38 U.S. Code § 1166 - Specialized teams to evaluate claims involving military sexual trauma

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(a) In General.—
The Secretary shall establish specialized teams to process claims for compensation for a covered mental health condition based on military sexual trauma experienced by a veteran during active military, naval, or air service.
(b) Training.—
The Secretary shall ensure that members of teams established under subsection (a) are trained to identify markers indicating military sexual trauma.
(c) Definitions.—In this section:
(1)
The term “covered mental health condition” means post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, or other mental health diagnosis described in the current version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders published by the American Psychiatric Association that the Secretary determines to be related to military sexual trauma.
(2)
The term “military sexual trauma” means, with respect to a veteran, a physical assault of a sexual nature, battery of a sexual nature, or sexual harassment during active military, naval, or air service.
(Added Pub. L. 116–315, title V, § 5501(a)(1), Jan. 5, 2021, 134 Stat. 5048, § 1164; renumbered § 1166 and amended Pub. L. 117–16, § 7(a)(1), (b)(4)(A), June 8, 2021, 135 Stat. 284, 285.)
Editorial Notes
Amendments

2021—Pub. L. 117–16, § 7(b)(4)(A), made technical correction to directory language of Pub. L. 116–315, § 5501(a)(1), which enacted this section.

Pub. L. 117–16, § 7(a)(1), renumbered section 1164 of this title, relating to specialized teams to evaluate claims involving military sexual trauma, as this section.

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