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Recognizing the effects of military sexual trauma

Recognizing the effects of military sexual trauma


It was very difficult because
I didn’t have any family. I didn’t have any friends. And I was basically just
starting from scratch, and figuring out what was going on,
figuring out how to find the resources I needed. Because by that point, I had a
small child who had a very severe illness. So I was just trying to navigate
through all of the different systems, and work,
and transition out. So it was tough. I ended up at the VA out
of severe distress. Again, at that point,
I was married. And we had insurance. But my medical care had started
to just basically eat up all of our money. I needed to see the doctor two
or three times a month. Plus the medications,
and then three or four different doctors. It just became too much. And so I figured, maybe I could
go the VA and at least get my prescriptions. And so that’s how I ended
up at the VA. And my blood pressure was
very out of control. Of course, my weight
was out of control. And I was very, very stressed,
and anxious, and depressed. And so when they screened me,
they screened me positively for military sexual trauma. And I didn’t even know that they
were doing that kind of questioning. But they sent me through
the process. And so that’s pretty much how
I ended up at the VA. They kept saying, this
isn’t your fault. These are the things
that happen. And these are all the events
that took place. So now you have to just get
some help and come in, and talk to somebody.


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