Military Sexual Trauma - VA San Diego Healthcare System
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VA San Diego Healthcare System


Military Sexual Trauma

Did you know that one in five women and one in a hundred men have experienced Military Sexual Trauma (MST)?

Sexual violence or sexual trauma can affect Veterans' physical and mental health many years after the event. 

Some problems associated with MST include:

  • Strong emotions (depression, anger, fear)
  • Lack of emotions (numbness)
  • Anxiety, feeling on edge or jumpy
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Concentration or memory problems
  • Changes in eating and/or weight
  • Problems with alcohol or drug use
  • Poor self-esteem
  • Relationship difficulties (feeling disconnected, being distrustful)
  • Physical health problems (pain, sexual, gastrointestinal issues)

VA San Diego Healthcare System offers a variety of services to assist Veterans who have experienced MST. Treatment for all mental and physical health conditions related to MST is FREE. You may be eligible to receive free MST care even if you are not eligible for other VA care.

VA San Diego is here to help you. Our Military Sexual Trauma Coordinator can help you find and access VA services and programs, state and federal benefits, and community resources.

For more information, please contact:

Autumn Backhaus, Ph.D.
Military Sexual Trauma Coordinator
(858) 642-1662

Contact Info


  • San Diego VAMC and all outpatient clinics

Contact Number(s)

  • 858-642-1662

Hours of Operation

  • Monday - Friday
    8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.