Military Sexual Trauma
VA refers to MST as the experiences of sexual harassment and/or sexual assault that occurred while the veteran was in the military. Both males and females can experience MST. The perpetrator can be of the same or of the opposite gender. Like other types of trauma, MST can negatively impact a person’s mental and physical health, even many years later. The Veterans Health Care Act of 1992 (Public Law 102-585) was signed into law after a series of hearings on women veterans’ issues by the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee in July 1992.