PTSD: National Center for PTSD
Military Sexual TraumaBoth men and women can experience military sexual trauma (MST), which VA defines as sexual assault or repeated, threatening sexual harassment that occurred while a Veteran was in the military. There are many services available for sexual assault treatment within the DoD, and every VA medical center has an MST Coordinator available. It is important to raise your awareness about sexual traumas and prepare for how you will respond if Service members or Veterans discuss their experiences with sexual assault. These resources provide links to materials to help you become more familiar with sexual assault and its treatment.
Supporting Military FamiliesClergy members have an important role and opportunity in supporting Service members, Veterans, and their families. VA clergy can meet with Veterans, spouses, children, and extended family members to provide spiritual care and support.
When Service members leave military service, either voluntarily or due to medical discharge, they and their families experience many changes and losses. Veterans may also lose a sense of identity because they are no longer part of a well-trained unit. For their part, families can experience relocation, isolation, and the loss of an extended community of support when they leave a military base.
Religious communities can be important sources of support, both emotional and instrumental. You can encourage families to connect with healthy community supports, and facilitate religious communities' efforts to reach out to Service members and their families.
Here is a selection of programs and resources that provide helpful services for Service members, Veterans, and their families: