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What obstacles exist when filing a claim for military sexual trauma?

You may experience some obstacles when filing a claim for military sexual trauma. Be prepared to discuss the trauma in detail in front of people who are not healthcare of mental health providers. Reliving the experience may prove stressful to some and could even aggravate some of your symptoms, especially if you suffer from PTSD. Primary care providers and their mental health colleagues need to be prepared for this possibility and should have a treatment plan in place (e.g., medications for symptoms, mental health referral) should it occur. Also, be conscious of how you will handle the outcome if you encounter denial.

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