Battling the Storm Within

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Veterans discharged after sexual trauma push for VA health benefits

It took Navy Airman Apprentice Elena M. Giordano nine years to finally be granted service-connected disability compensation from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for the post-traumatic stress disorder she suffered after multiple sexual assaults.

Until recently, she was also not eligible for any VA medical care or other benefits because she was told she did not serve long enough. It’s a common problem for women and men who leave the service early due to sexual trauma.


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