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Military Trauma



This section is for Researchers, Providers, & Helpers

This section is for Researchers, Providers, and Helpers

Military Trauma

This page includes information for professionals about the effects of war or risk for trauma in military service more generally. The material included here also considers combat effects on special populations.

Essential Information and Guidelines

Military Trauma Basics

  • Combat Stress Injuries
    This PTSD 101 online course presents a model for discriminating normal, adaptive responses to combat stress from those responses that entail injury to the mind and brain.
  • Traumatic Brain Injury and PTSD: Focus on Veterans
    Provides background information about traumatic brain injury and how it relates to PTSD. Includes implications for diagnosis and treatment.

Sexual Trauma in a Military Context

  • Military Sexual Trauma: Issues in Caring for Veterans
    From the Iraq War Clinician Guide. Military sexual trauma (MST) happens to both women and men. Discusses the meaning, epidemiology, and psychological effects of MST. Information on screening for and assessing MST, as well as available treatments.
  • Rape of Civilian Women in a War Zone
    Discusses civilian rape in war zones or refugee camps. Includes focus on cultural attitudes and stigma in different countries.

Specific Populations


  • Videos: Military Trauma
    List of online educational videos for providers. Includes products focused on gender and ethnic differences in relation to military trauma and PTSD care.
  • Web Links: Military
    Links to a wide variety of military resources, such as military branches, military family programs, and Veterans service organizations (VSOs).

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