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April 2021 - Volume 17 - Issue 10
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West Palm Beach VA provides free support to help Veterans heal from military sexual trauma

April 5 2021 - The West Palm Beach VA Medical Center is pausing to honor and recognize Sexual Assault Awareness Month this April. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launches a new campaign to promote military sexual trauma (MST) and invite Veterans who experienced MST into a community that listens, understands and believes in them. West Palm Beach VA Medical Center support goes beyond just the month of April- year-round our team is present.
 
This year, VA’s message for Sexual Assault Awareness Month focuses on VA’s support for MST survivors and confidence in their strength and resilience: “We believe you — and we believe in you.”
 
“We want MST survivors to know that we are here with free, private MST-related services that can help,” said Mr. Cory P. Price, West Palm Beach VA Medical Center Director. “It can be tremendously healing for survivors to learn that someone will listen, believes in them, and takes their experiences of trauma seriously. We are here to help Veterans through it, no matter how long it has been.”
 
VA uses the term MST to refer to sexual assault or sexual harassment experienced during military service. Even though significant numbers of Veterans of all genders and backgrounds have experienced MST, many survivors feel alone, ashamed or unable to ask for help.
 
VA offers free counseling and treatment to Veterans for mental and physical health conditions related to MST. Veterans do not need to have a VA disability rating, have reported the MST or have other documentation of the experience to get this care. They may be able to receive services even if they are not eligible for other VA care.
 
VA encourages everyone to learn about MST to discover ways to foster the recovery of Veterans and help take practical action as part of the larger supportive community. Join the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center by taking part in the Virtual MST Informational Session on April 7, 2021 from 3 p.m.- 4p.m. For a link to the virtual session, visit https://www.westpalmbeach.va.gov/WESTPALMBEACH/calendar.asp
 
The panel will feature Ms. Janis Hoewing, West Palm Beach VA Medical Center MST Coordinator, and Angela Choice, Florida Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Claims Examiner Supervisor.
 
Veterans who have experienced MST and would like to learn more about VA support may call West Palm Beach VA Medical Center [561.422.6844] and speak with the MST Coordinator, Ms. Hoewing, or a VA health care provider. Information about MST and VA’s MST-related services is available at www.mentalhealth.va.gov/msthome.asp.
 
 
 
 
 
For more information about the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center’s health care system visit  www.westpalmbeach.va.gov.  
 
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