MST themed retreat at Project New Hope April 12

Project New Hope will offer an MST workshop in AprilA retreat on MST—military sexual trauma—issues is being offered on the weekend of April 12-14 in Shutesbury, Mass.

Project New Hope is a resource that supports military veterans and their families. Unlike other resources focused solely on the vet, Project New Hope considers the veteran’s entire network of loved ones who also are affected by the veteran’s service and re-entry into civilian life.

The April 12 retreat is one of a series being offered this year with different focuses. They include “Gold Star & Survivors,” “Family,” and “Women Vets.” The registration deadline for this retreat is March 31.

The Rev. Todd Farnsworth, pastor of the Belchertown Congregational Church and a retreat presenter, said that “more men than women have signed up so far” for the MST retreat. Mr. Farnsworth will be offering a workshop on the discipline of “Tapping Prayer” as an aid in relieving trauma and anxiety in a spiritual framework.

Details for the MST retreat

Retreat attendance is free of charge for participants. All veterans are welcome. According to the Web site, participants need to bring “twin sheets, blanket (or sleeping bag), pillow, and personal hygiene items to include a towel and appropriate clothing for the season. [You should also bring] medication and inform Project New Hope Inc of any allergies.”

MST – Military sexual trauma hazard some female vets face

MST is an injury that overlays PTSDThe growing exposure of MST (Military Sexual Trauma) stirs both heartache and compassion among families and friends.

Truthful numbers are only beginning to emerge. A study cited in this New York Times article says that of homeless (not all) female veterans surveyed, 53 percent said they had experienced military sexual trauma.

This suggests that the injury is an underlying cause of homelessness among a slight majority of female veterans.

MST article in the New York Times

The NYT article profiles several female veterans who have MST. It also offers links to several helpful resources for homeless and traumatized veterans.

Read the article here.