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Am J Public Health. 2010 Aug;100(8):1409-12. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2009.171793. Epub 2010 Jun 17.

Military-related sexual trauma among Veterans Health Administration patients returning from Afghanistan and Iraq.

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  • 1National Center for PTSD, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA.


We examined military-related sexual trauma among deployed Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans. Of 125 729 veterans who received Veterans Health Administration primary care or mental health services, 15.1% of the women and 0.7% of the men reported military sexual trauma when screened. Military sexual trauma was associated with increased odds of a mental disorder diagnosis, including posttraumatic stress disorder, other anxiety disorders, depression, and substance use disorders. Sexual trauma is an important postdeployment mental health issue in this population.

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