Military sexual violence and trauma is often referred to as the unspoken epidemic among service members and veterans. Sexual violence can look very different in a military setting, and it's important for behavioral health providers and the public-at-large to understand the context of the assault and unique treatment considerations.
In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Swords to Plowshares is taking action by educating behavioral health providers who work with veterans about unique circumstances in the trauma they have experienced. In an upcoming webinar, "Useful Strategies and Restorative Practices in the Treatment of Trauma among Veterans," Elizabeth Stinson of the Trauma Assessment Project will present useful strategies and restorative practices in the treatment of trauma, including circumstances unique to MST, co-morbidity symptom awareness and clinical diagnosis, impact on survivors, as well as family systems and how to establish a system of care for survivors. This webinar is open to the public.
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In an April 11 article in MilitaryTimes by Leo Shane III, housing advocates worry that veterans in rural America may be getting left behind in the national push to end homelessness. A new report released by the Housing Assistance Council this week notes that rural veterans face a different range of challenges from their urban counterparts, and that finding and aiding those at-risk veterans will require new effort from public and private agencies.
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VVA Expresses Outrage over the Outcome of Recent MST Cases; Calls for Passage of Military Justice Improvement Act
(Washington, D.C.) – Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) is outraged and disappointed over the outcome of two military sexual abuse cases last week. "Last week MST victims were dealt a setback in their quest for justice when two decisions were announced in which complainants had to accept the ruling of the self-serving chain of command," said John Rowan, National President of VVA.
On March 20, a military judge found a former Navy football player not guilty of sexually assaulting a female classmate at an off-campus party. The judge referred lesser charges of lying to investigators back to the academy to handle internally. Cmdr. John Schofield, an academy spokesman, said Thursday that the remaining charges were being dropped in exchange for Tate's agreement "to accept the most serious form of punishment a midshipman can receive through the conduct system, a dismissal from the Naval Academy."
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Personality Disorder Discharges
The Department of Defense (DoD) has violated the law by failing to release records showing that it has wrongfully discharged nearly 26,000 service members on the basis of so-called "Personality Disorder."