Although many who are exposed to psychological trauma are remarkably resilient and do not have chronic difficulties, trauma can be associated with a number of difficulties including Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, other anxiety problems, or problems relating to others. Depending on a veteran’s needs, a range of trauma-related services are available to help Veterans readjust following military or non-military trauma such as combat, sexual assault, or other life-threatening experiences.
Tools available to help Veterans cope more effectively with post-traumatic stress include:
Military sexual trauma (MST) refers to sexual assault or repeated, threatening sexual harassment that occurred while the Veteran was in the military. It includes any sexual activity where someone is involved against his or her will. It also includes unwanted sexual touching or grabbing; threatening, offensive remarks about a person’s body or sexual activities; and/or threatening or unwelcome sexual advances. Both women and men can experience MST during their service. We know that people can recover from trauma. All Veterans seen at Veterans Health Administration facilities are asked about experiences of sexual trauma and are offered free services if the veteran needs and wants help, even many years later. You do not need to have a VA disability rating (be “service connected”) to receive these services and may be able to receive services even if you are not eligible for other VA care. You do not need to have reported the incident(s) when they happened or have other documentation that they occurred.
For veterans recovering from trauma and borderline personality disorder, we offer a 12-week intensive outpatient program. Veterans engage in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Prolonged Exposure therapy in a milieu environment. Referrals are accepted from any VA and interested Veterans must submit an application.
To access all services for psychological or sexual trauma, and other
mental health difficulties, contact Mental Health Intake at (612) 467-1921,
Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm (click on the Mental
Health Services link on the right under Resources for details).
If you feel your situation is an emergency, call 911.
The National Center for PTSD website contains information for the public about common reactions to trauma, treatments for posttraumatic stress, and information for family and friends of individuals who have survived trauma.
Learn about treatment options, watch this VA video on Understanding PTSD Treatment
For additional information about military sexual trauma (MST) or for assistance in accessing services, call the Minneapolis Medical Center at 612-725-2000 and request to speak with the Military Sexual Trauma Coordinator.