Webinar: Military Sexual Trauma: Survivors & VA Disability Benefits


This webinar is hosted by the Battered Women’s Justice Project and is open to the public.

Date: May 17th
Time: 2:00-3:30 CT

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Ronald B. Abrams, Esq. has worked in veterans law for over 40 years and currently serves as Joint Executive Director for the National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP).

Tiffany P. Kelley, Esq. is an Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by Raytheon Company and Kirkland & Ellis LLP.


The Department of Defense estimates that the vast majority of military sexual assault cases go unreported.  However, approximately 1 in 4 women and 1 in 100 men seen for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care report a history of military sexual trauma (MST) when screened by a VA provider.  Obtaining disability compensation from the VA for MST survivors can be a complicated process, particularly for those who did not initially report their assaults.  Attendees of this webinar will learn effective tips and strategies for overcoming the obstacles of unreported MST and obtaining benefits for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well as other mental disabilities that so many victims of MST experience.  Topics the webinar will examine will include:

  • Special evidentiary rules that the VA has established to assist veterans corroborate in-service assaults.
  • Markers that can be used when an instance of MST goes unreported.
  • Cases where MST survivors obtained benefits due to creative advocacy techniques.


  • A webinar is an online seminar and requires internet access to connect.
  • You will receive a confirmation email from emailservice@ilinc.com immediately after registering. If you don’t see it in your inbox, please check your spam or junk mail. Please keep this email as it contains the webinar and audio information needed to join the webinar. You will receive a reminder email the day before the webinar as well.
  • Audio option includes: 1) VoIP (free audio through the internet, speakers are required, a headset is recommended) or 2) dialing into a teleconference line. Your standard long distance charges will apply.
  • Do you require closed captioning? BWJP requires 5 business days notice and you must request it when registering.
  • Questions? Contact Kari Sonmore at ksonmore@bwjp.org


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