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Veteran Health Indiana


Military Sexual Trauma (MST)


Military Sexual Trauma (MST) is the term used by VA to refer to sexual assault or sexual harassment that occurred during a Veteran’s military service.

  • MST can occur on or off base and while a Veteran is on or off duty;
  • Perpetrators might be anyone: men or women, military personnel or civilians, commanding officers or subordinates, strangers, friends, or intimate partners;
  • Veterans from all eras of service have reported experiencing MST.

MST affects both mental and physical health.

  • Sexual assault is more likely to result in symptoms of PTSD than are most other types of trauma,  including combat.  Depression and substance abuse are also common;
  • Sexual trauma is also associated with headaches, gastrointestinal difficulties, chronic pain, chronic fatigue, and sexual dysfunction;
  • Veterans from all eras of service have reported experiencing MST. Both men and women can experience MST.

The Indianapolis VAMC will address your MST with you respectfully and confidentially.

Your local MST contacts:

Ashley Maynard, MSW, LCSW
Acting MST Program Coordinator
Indianapolis VA Medical Center
(317) 988-4327

Judith Kelly
Indianapolis VA Medical Center
Women Veterans Program Manager
(317) 988-4642

Patricia McAtee
VBA Regional Office
Women Veterans Coordinator
(317) 916-3462

Shalanda Martin
VBA Regional Office
MST Coordinator
(317) 916-3496

Printable document for your reference:

What is MST, and how does the VA help you?

Military Sexual Trauma: Stories from Survivors 

How does a Veteran get help? 


Contact Info


  • VAMC, D wing, Room D5025

Contact Number(s)

  • 317-988-3449

Hours of Operation

  • Mon - Fri, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.