United States Department of Veterans Affairs

Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center

Military Sexual Trauma


Military Sexual Trauma Program


Military sexual trauma (MST) refers to “physical assault of a sexual nature, battery of a sexual nature, or sexual harassment ‘repeated unsolicited verbal or physical contact of a sexual nature which is threatening in character’ that occurred while a Veteran was serving on active duty or active duty for training” (Title 38 US Code 1720D).  MST can happen to either gender  and a perpetrator can be of any rank and either gender. 

Fortunately, people can recovery from experiences of trauma and the VA has services to help promote recovery. Veterans do not need to be service connected (have a VA disability rating) to receive free, confidential treatment for mental health and physical conditions related to MST. Veterans do not need to have reported the incident(s) when they happened or have other documentation that it occurred.  Every VA facility has a designated MST Coordinator who serves as a contact person for MST related issues.  If you would like to speak to someone about MST you can make an appointment  to see an MST Coordinator by calling the Behavioral Health Clinic.


MST General Fact Sheet   

  Patty Chaverra-Catania, MSW, LICSW, DCSW
Military Sexual Trauma Coordinator
(304) 623-3461 Ext. 3905


Lisa Hardman RN, DNP
Women Veterans Program Manager                                         
(304) 623-3461
Extension 3066 or 4126


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