Battling the Storm Within

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Female veterans battling PTSD from sexual trauma fight for redress

WASHINGTON — Thousands of female veterans are struggling to get health care treatment and compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs on the grounds they suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder caused by sexual trauma in the military. The veterans and their advocates call it “the second battle” — with a bureaucracy they say is stuck in the past.
Judy Atwood-Bell was just a 19-year-old Army private when she says she was locked inside a barracks room at Fort Devens in Massachusetts, forced to the cold floor and raped by a fellow solider.

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