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How can I prepare myself for filing a military sexual trauma claim?

If you’re thinking about filing a claim for military sexual trauma, the best preparation is to establish a consistent relationship with a mental health provider. Take advantage of support networks, including your family and friends, and resources such as VA coordinators and counselors who can assist you through the process. Understand the process may aggravate your condition creating PTSD flare ups. You may want to have a follow-up visit with your mental health provider. Try to establish good coping strategies such as meditation and exercise instead of alcohol or substance abuse.

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