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February 21, 2019

VA Approves Fewer Male Veterans' Claims for PTSD Related to Sexual Trauma

Featuring Kayla M. Williams


Journalist Patricia Kime

The Department of Veterans Affairs approves claims for post-traumatic stress disorder related to military sexual assault at significantly lower rates for men than women -- a gap the former director of the VA's Center for Women Veterans says shows "systematic discrimination" against men in an era of #MeToo.

In an editorial published Feb. 11 by The Hill, Kayla Williams, a senior fellow and director of the Military, Veterans and Society Program at the Center for a New American Security, said the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) has closed a gap that once existed between approval rates for combat-related PTSD and claims for military sexual trauma (MST), but a disparity still exists between the genders for MST-related claims.

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  • Kayla M. Williams

    Former Senior Fellow and Director, Military, Veterans, and Society Program

    Kayla M. Williams is a former Senior Fellow and Director of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS)....