Trauma-Informed Care of Veterans

  • Megan R. GerberEmail author


As participation in military service has waned since World War II, the experience of United States (US) military Veterans is less understood by the general public. Many Veterans access care in community settings, and some do not self-identify as Veterans. In order to implement trauma-informed services for this worthy population, it is important to understand military culture and the unique needs of Veterans. This chapter reviews unique era of service characteristics for current US Veterans and describes the traumatic and historical experiences of each group. A review of military sexual trauma (MST) and unique aspects of trauma-informed care for homeless and justice-involved Veterans follows. Available services in the Veterans Health Administration are discussed. Clinicians are encouraged to routinely screen for military service among their patient populations.


Veteran Military culture War injuries Military sexual trauma Combat Woman veteran Posttraumatic stress disorder 



The views expressed in this chapter are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the Department of Veterans Affairs or the US government.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Section of General Internal MedicineBoston University School of Medicine, Veterans Affairs (VA) Boston Healthcare SystemBostonUSA

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