Department of Florida

NEC

FROM DENNNIS BOLAND, NEC

September 2019
Improve access to care for MST victims and survivors

The American Legion continues to track and monitor all issues related to Military Sexual Trauma (MST). MST includes any sexual activity against one’s will, or during a time when one is unable to consent to sexual activities, while serving in the military.

According to a VA Office of Inspector General review and the Department of Defense Report on Sexual Assault in the Military, more than 5,200 service members reported a sexual assault in fiscal 2017. The reported sexual assaults occurred during their military service nd was an increase of about 10 percent from previous years.

The American Legion is deeply concerned with the plight of MST survivors and continues to work with Congress to find the right treatment for very patient while urging VA to be flexible and to ensure that these veterans receive the care they need.

The American Legion will work to ensure that those who have become victims are treated, while urging the U.S. Armed Forces to take steps to eradicate MST entirely.

WHAT CAN CONGRESS DO?

Ensure VA has all necessary resources to remain committed to providing veterans access to help they need to recover from MST.

Encourage better awareness training in the DoD for MST sensitivity and develop more comprehensive care options for survivors, including better availability of therapists and group therapy, along with other options to make MST care more accessible to veterans.

Dennis Boland
National Executive Committeeman
nec@legionmail.org

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