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Military Sexual Trauma

Where can I get help?

You can speak to a professional right now by calling the VAC Assistance Service at 1-800-268-7708. This service is a 24 hour toll free help line for military and RCMP Veterans, and their families. This service provides immediate short-term mental health counseling with a professional, along with referral services, including support for mental and emotional health concerns.

Applying for VAC benefits

You may now qualify for VAC benefits even if you have been denied in the past.

The Federal Court approved a settlement to compensate former and current CAF members, DND employees and Staff of Non Public Funds affected by sexual misconduct. Learn more about the settlement, who is included, and your legal rights and options at the CAF/DND Sexual Misconduct Class Action website.

Veterans or members who have a condition due to military sexual trauma, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression, and/or physical conditions, are encouraged to apply to VAC for disability benefits. Veterans or members may apply for any condition linked to military sexual trauma with supporting medical information from his or her treating physician/psychologist. A link between the medical condition and military sexual trauma must be present.

VAC has updated its approach and policies for determining claims for Veterans and CAF members applying for benefits involving an injury, illness or other medical condition resulting from military sexual trauma. You may be able to apply to VAC for departmental review or request reconsideration even if you have been denied VAC benefits for past claims arising from military sexual trauma.

Find out how to review or appeal a previous decision.

Updated policies

You can see the three updated policies here:

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