VA Connecticut Healthcare System
Military Sexual Trauma Services
Military sexual trauma (MST) is the term that the Department of Veterans Affairs uses to refer to sexual assault or sexual harassment that occurred while the veteran was in the military. Both women and men can experience military sexual trauma (MST) during their service. We know that any type of trauma can affect a person’s physical and mental health, even many years later. We also know that people can recover from trauma. VA has services to help veterans do this.
MST can affect a person's mental and physical health, even many years later. Some of the difficulties both female and male survivors of MST may have include strong emotions, feeling emotionally “numb,” trouble sleeping, problems with attention and memory, problems with alcohol or drugs, feeling on edge or jumpy all the time, avoiding things that may remind them of the sexual trauma, difficulty trusting others, having a hard time feeling safe, and physical health problems (for example, chronic pain, gastrointestinal problems, or sexual difficulties).
The VA provides free, confidential counseling and treatment to male and female veterans for mental and physical health conditions related to the experience of MST. Veterans may receive components of their care in different programs within VA Connecticut (for example, in the Women's Clinic and in the Mental Health Service). You do not need to be service-connected for anything, and may be able to receive this benefit even if you are not eligible for other VA care. You do not need to have reported the incident when it happened or have other documentation that it occurred.
If you have any questions or want to find out how to come in and get care, please call VA Connecticut’s MST coordinator, Jason DeViva, at (203) 932-5711 x 2722.
West Haven and Newington Campuses
Limited Services at CBOCs
- 203-932-5711 Ext. 2722
Hours of Operation
West Haven emergency services (medical and psychiatric) available 24/7