Military Sexual Trauma - Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital
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Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital


Military Sexual Trauma

Like other types of trauma, MST can negatively impact a person's mental and physical health, even many years later. Some problems associated with MST include:

  • Feeling isolated from other people.
  • Disturbing memories or nightmares.
  • Problems with anger or irritability.
  • Feelings of depression or numbness.
  • Problems with alcohol or other drugs.
  • Difficulty feeling safe.
  • Problems with sleep.
  • Physical health problems.

People can recover from trauma. To help veterans do this, VA provides free, confidential counseling and treatment for mental and physical health conditions related to experiences of MST. You do not need to be service-connected and may be able to receive this benefit even if you are not eligible for other VA care. You do not need to have reported the incidents when they happened or have other documentation that they occurred.

Articles, Brochures, Information Sheets and Web Resources

  • MST Brochure for Veterans and MST Information Sheet for Veterans
    The MST Brochure and MST Information Sheet provide additional information on issues related to MST, including services available from VA.
  • Veteran Learns to "Face her Demons" with VA PTSD Treatment
    Michelle Covert had PTSD for 24 years but didn’t know it. Today, thanks to her treatment at a VA hospital, she is working, happy and determined to be a “voice of hope.”
    If you are an active duty service member and have been a victim of Military Sexual Assault (or know someone who has), provides information and guidance on your reporting options and rights.  

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Contact Info


  • Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital

Contact Number(s)

  • 708-202-8387 Ext. 25067

Hours of Operation

  • Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:30pm