Below are documents that were produced by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as a result of lawsuits filed by the Service Women's Action Network, the ACLU, and the ACLU of CT against the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and VA. These records document VA's treatment of disability compensation claims filed by veterans who experienced sexual violence in the military, referred to by VA as military sexual trauma ("MST").
These documents are presented here, in chronological order, with the most recently released document appearing first. They are labeled according to date received, title, and the agency/department from which the document was released.
In November 2013, Service Women's Action Network (SWAN), the American Civil Liberties Union Women's Rights Project (ACLU), and the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut (ACLU-CT) released a report based on some of this data, "Battle for Benefits: VA Discrimination Against Survivors of Military Sexual Trauma." The full report is available for download here.
|Veterans' Affairs Documents |
|06/06/2013 ||Cover Email for VA Production |
| ||Counts of Unique Veterans with MST (Sexual Harassment/Trauma) - Department of Veterans Affairs |
| ||Counts of Unique Veterans with Mental Health Disorders - Department of Veterans Affairs |
|08/04/2011 ||Data on disability benefit claims, female veterans service-connected conditions, service connection grant/denial, and trends in PTSD claims - Compensation and Pension Service, Veterans Benefits Administration |
|04/12/2011 ||Cover Email for VBA Revised Exhibit B |
| ||Count of Unique Veterans with Initial PTSD Grant/Denial by Fiscal Year and by Gender - Revised Exhibit B - Veterans Benefits Administration |
|03/31/2011 ||Sexual Assault/Harassment PTSD claims FY 2008-2010 - Exhibit A - Prepared by Data and Information Service, Veterans Benefits Administration |
| ||All Cases with PTSD special issue indicators FY 2008-2010 - Exhibit B - Prepared by Data and Information Service, Veterans Benefits Administration |
| ||Data on Veterans Receiving Compensation and Benefits for PTSD - Exhibit C - Data and Information Service, Veterans Benefits Administration |
|12/14/2010 ||Veterans Benefits Administration Letter - Information from FY 2006 -2010 pertaining to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Military Sexual Trauma |
|04/01/2011 ||Cover letter for BVA Production - Exhibits A-C |
| ||Appeal Grants and Denials with Sexual Harassment Contention, 2005-2010 - Exhibit A - Board of Veterans' Appeals |
| ||Non-PTSD Appeals with Sexual Harassment, Docket Numbers, 2005-2010 - Exhibit B - Board of Veterans' Appeals |
| ||PTSD Appeals with Sexual Harassment Contention, Docket Numbers, 2005-2010 - Exhibit B - Board of Veterans' Appeals |
| ||Appeal Docket Numbers for all Decisions on PTSD, FY 2006-2010 - Exhibit C - Board of Veterans' Appeals |
|11/11/2010 ||Appeals, PTSD Issues by Disposition - Board of Veterans' Appeals |