174 questions in this forum
Hi all, new to the board...I need some help with trying to figure out if this will be enough to satisfy an examiner that I was sexually assaulted and repeatedly harassed by a Naval Officer in 1985/86. Background: While stationed aboard a US Naval Ship in 1985/86 I was sexually assaulted by naval officer and repeatedly harassed by him for months afterward...I had brought the assault to the attention of my chain of command who did nothing until another person came forward and also made a similar claim. At this time the Naval Investigative Service came in and interviewed myself along with another person. To make a long story even longer, the officer was arrested and court ma…0 votes18 answers
I have been in therapy for about a year and the va hospital. They are still trying to figure out my medication dosage. I have one on one with vet center every week. ( wish I love going to ), one on one once month with the VA for medication, and I have attended 3 group therapy: ( 2 I finished and one was stop to due to people started drop out). They turn that group therapy into and one on one with the group leader instead due only me and another vet was the last women standing. My question is with this one on one group problem. Everything was going great until she wanted to have everyone to write about our Event and read it to her only. That is when everyth…0 votes1 answer
What I don't understand is were's the outrage for the women who join the military and fell victim to MST then you have our government making us jump through hoops to get what should have been taken care up since the dawn of time. If they mad the effort to take care of the problem from the start, we wouldn't have this big problem now. Problem is that you see these big female stars winning about how my big fat check is not bigger compare to my co-star. Ranting about where is the outrage from this country for us.0 votes3 answers
I have been waiting for 2 years on a BVA appeal of my PTSD claim due to MST and have accepted the fact that I may still have to wait for some time to come. I am having to appeal because the C&P doctor could not conclusively state there was a connection between my PTSD and the MST I suffered in service. When I went for an appt. last week, I stopped to get a copy of my medical records that were dated AFTER I submitted my paperwork for the BVA appeal. As I read through my records, I came across an entry by my VA psychiatrist in 2013 that's says, "A lengthy review of her records shows the patient has for years reported symptoms, signs, memories, dreams, intrusive thoughts…0 votes18 answers
[-] My Event happened in 1984, and I could not deal with the military anymore and got out in 1985. Honorably(E-4) I have been going to VA since Nov 2014 on my MST. They have me on three Kinds of medications for ptsd for Mst. I've completed two group therapies, and now I am working on the 15-week ptsd program. I have a one on one at the vet center. Now my Phycologist provider want to see me twice a month. I'm putting in my claim now. but since I didn't report it back then when I got out. My question is all have is my statement. and family and buddy letters. for evidence. However, when I got out in 1985, I had to go into the navy reserved. When I …0 votes14 answers
I have the results of my C and P exam. I am hoping for some feedback. In particular the references to work. It does note I left my Federal job from anxiety from working with men. However, they state I have been self-employed for 20 years. That is true but as a way for me to feel like I am making some contribution. My average income from the business is $1500 per year. If you have advice on what to do with that information it would be appreciated. I really want to put all this behind me and get on with life. C AND P RESULTS (Personal information has been removed. The went back to the examiner for additional information which is included.) Initial Post Traumatic Stress Diso…0 votes3 answers
New to posting so hope still active here, I have a diagnosis ptsd and mdd due to mst , and have been treated for last 8 yrs by va. I have decided to file for comp past year but hard to bring myself to it. I have my service records , med and regular as well as All va treatment files. Had some dbqs filled out by my psychiatrist , case workers and my VASH case manager, also my primary physician, did not file charges in marines but requested change of duty station and mos which was granted right away, at new duty had physical to check for stds and was pregnant from the rape. This is all documented as well as sons dna does not match husbands, Have a letter statement from mom t…0 votes7 answers
i recently went for a ratings increase for my PTSD related to a MST, I am currently 50% for my PTSD, 80% total for SC. I have had to fight since day one, starting out with 10%, then 30 and finally 50, had to write my congressman several times but this last time, did not help as my 50% was continued. It's so depressing to read the decision and just not understanding how they make their decisions! My first complaint is that the crazy rating guide does not take into consideration what it means to be raped by someone you trusted! I mean if you don't fall into one of their categories, I must not really be suffering from the MST. Because I take care of my body, bathe, not a al…0 votes3 answers
Two of my social worker told me that on my medical record was a statement saying that I have ptsd/ depression and anxiety attack due to MST. And my clinical psychologist told she said it seems that I have ptsd and I was told that I had on my record. However, I was told by my social worker to file a claim to see if I can get VA disability. So, now I started the whole process and pick up my record for my vso and now I read that my clinical psychologist is stating now that I'm depressed over money problem and death of brother from 10 years ago. ( this is not true) I have not work in two years, and I'm living off of my pension from my last job. I'm making …0 votes4 answers
PTSD patient and Marine veteran Dennis Parker battles for care from the Veterans Health Administration This story is really the tip of the iceburg in what they did. In order to keep vets alive, that clinic shown in the article was passing out drugs to vets that had been flagged. Myself in particular. I posess the Uniform Official Report showing thier internal investigation, confirming the practice with a written confession, and discovery of a cache of drugs. Not sure why the paper ommitted that - I'm betting their police contacts asked them to be patient in reporting that as I am told this is a big deal. I can send a scan to you if you like showing my own sole point …0 votes5 answers
I am new to this site and I thank God for leading me here, as I have found knowledge here that I haven't found anywhere else. I am a MST survivor and I have been trolling different sites for years, I want to know, why do you send MST survivors to different sites when you guys have have the expertise to help all veterans. Speaking for myself I already don't feel as if I'm a veteran even though I have served honorably, I am 52 years old and I am scared everyday, I need you guys, and I am sure that many of the veterans that have experienced what I have feel the same way, we need your help. Our scars run deep, some of us haven't been under enemy attack but we have had to fig…0 votes9 answers
before I begin, please understand idk where else to report this and need fellow MST survivors to give me their input. So I found that a friend from HS is getting SSDI for depression. She claims she was raped. So she is to depressed to work. But my sister said she sees her at the mall at least 3 times a week window shopping. That she interacts with people out in public like anyone would. Now this woman is at Disney World, posting selfies of her smiling, having a good time. Now I don't think she is lieing about being raped, but I think she is about how bad her symptoms are. If I report her to SSDI will they stop her benefits? I don't want her to get into legal trouble, …0 votes25 answers
My wife is nagging me to go to Kings island with her and our son. Says we can plan it for a tuesday when the park will be 'dead.' I really don't want to go, but is it reasonable for my wife to expect me to at least go once this season? My doctor says, 'it'll be good exercise,' but at the same time i'm thinking that it'll be used against me. Then I start hating myself for even considering going because I think that if I can handle a few hours at a park then why can't I get and/or hold a job? Sure, I spent the past 6 days and counting at home, but then why would I deserve IU/100% if I am able to handle going to a park once in a blue moon. I already feel guilty because the V…0 votes11 answers
Hello Hadit Members, I have not been on here in a very long time. However, I do check in from time to time to read opinions on different subjects. I appreciate all the hard work that members do here. Backstory: Discharged in 1988 due to “other physical/mental conditions. Personality disorder” In 2008 and after 14 years of battling for my disability for neck/back injuries and depression, I gave up after being denied. I didn’t appeal the BVA decision. I was really worn out. I was diagnosed with PTSD due to MST (changed from depression) back in 2007. For some reason I didn’t pursue it. I told someone after it happened and she didn’t believe me so I held it i…0 votes44 answers
As a male survivor of MST it is difficult to find inpatient programs that will work. Going to a regular combat oriented PTSD program doesn't seem like an option. Any reccomendations on good VA inpatient programs? Bay Pines in Florida no longer takes patients from outside there area.0 votes5 answers
I think I finally know where to get help. However I was not diagnosed correctly at the time of event so I do not have mst or ptsd on my disability benefits. Back story: Enlisted in air force with documentation and waiver of being sexually molested by my father in the past. I was 10 when I reported it and he confessed and went to jail. I know that it's well documented as I was given the job of a police officer under general at first which I was able to decline due to my past history of abuse. Got married in service to another abuser, emotionally, sexually. While I never officially reported him, I did ask his supervisor to keep him away which was ultimately laughed …0 votes2 answers
Something I started to realized the past few days is im mentally stuck in the past. Stuck around the time everything happened to me, but it doesn't make sense because a lot of non-mst stuff I can't remember, I have a hard time putting things in a timeline, and it still feel like i'm back in 2005. I watched doctor Phil about the boy who killed his mother with a sludge hammer and what doctor Phil said hit me hard. I believe my own reality and not what my doctor keeps telling me. My fears, thoughts, anxiety all feel normal to me and what everyone else is saying just isn't true. At the same time I feel guilty for being 70% SC for ptsd and waiting on BVA process. My doctors, l…0 votes4 answers
I met a vet. Discharged for marijuana use. She gets very little services at the VA. Only MST counseling. Can she fight to upgrade her discharge since the cannabis use was a way of coping with MST?0 votes11 answers
I have been reading on this forum and am really nervous about the C&P exam that I have coming up this Thursday. It seems there are so many horror stories. I was triggered with PTSD summer of 2013 and had to call VA crisis line Nov 2013 when I was thinking of killing myself because I was becoming so unraveled and didn't understand why...hadn't been in the service since 1996 and didn't even know that MST existed...it wasn't until i talked to the crisis DR follow up the next day that he said it sounded like I had PTSD. I thought PtSD was just for people who saw war. I was out of on short term disability at work in Nov 2013, Dec 2013, March 2014, and haven't been able to …0 votes11 answers
Berta, I put in a topic for MST Cumalitive trauma. i have included some info that may be useful to you along with a link to some very good info if interested. I hope if is helpful to you if you haven't already seen it. Brooke bassrunnin0 votes0 answers
Hello everyone, I've been reading this page on and off for awhile and thought I'd try to get some advice. I served in the Navy as Air traffic controller from 2007-2012 In 2009 I was raped and I reported it Transferred duty stations Immediately began treatment on board my new ship with the ship board Psychologist After some time she diagnosed me with PTSD Prescribed Trazadone I was demoted in job responsibilities My flight status for controlling was grounded due to the meds and diagnosis I started a claim in 01/10/2014 for PTSD due to MST Went to two separate mental health exams On 01/15/2015 I received my denial letter from the VA stating it is as leas…0 votes33 answers
I was wondering if anyone uses a therapy dog for their MST? Because of the anxiety, panic attacks, and other symptoms that go along with my PTSD/MST, I work from home. I have never been a "dog" person - I am a "cat" person; however, my daughter dropped off her 6-month old puppy with me last year and moved overseas. I gradually got used to the dog - she's a mixed hound dog - extremely large and extremely friendly. I now find that I am very dependent upon this dog. She follows me throughout the house and lays down by me as I work. I am finding that she is extremely comforting to me. she alerts when someone comes to the door and seems to know when I am more depr…0 votes8 answers
Hello there! I am a newbie so forgive me if I am not in the right area but I have done some research and I think I am in the correct area. I had my C&P Exam last week for my Eating Disorder and PTSD due to MST. I am currently S/C as of June 2014 40% for IBS; Anemia, Tinnitus, Left Ankle. My original claim is from May 2013. The MH C&P was my last one I have been waiting for. As I stated, I had it last week and felt that it well and the examiner was quite compassionate, caring and considerate - considering my situation. I do not know how to upload my exam results so I will try to give some of it here. The examiner did TWO DBQ's for me: ***************…0 votes10 answers
Hello, my name is Gary. I am a MST Survivor and Complex PTSD sufferer, that after over 30 years of silence, is tired of being silent. So, back in September of 2013, I started a blog to bring awareness to MST/PTSD Sufferers, to bring hope to those who are currently suffering in silence; to encourage them to seek help; as I finally did, both in and outside of the VA. I hope if you are a victim/survivor, and also suffer in silence or have not sought out assistance, please read the blog archives, and feel free to contact me. I am also willing to allow for linking to the blog, and sharing of it's content as long is it is being used for helping silent sufferers and current …0 votes3 answers
MST was devastating to me. Raped and assaulted 3 times in the Navy within 6 months and then treated awful when I reported and asked for help. I finally finished my story and published it on Amazon. I was surprised that after years in the publishing industry no editor wanted to publish about men and MST...or maybe I shouldn't be surprised. We've always been ignored. So I self-published on Amazon. I call the book The Year of My Enlightenment, and yes, there is a bit of sarcasm intended in the title because of the horror of that year and the absurdity of the military.0 votes10 answers
Tbird posted an answer to a question,Further Reading from VA.gov
How do I upload evidence online to support my disability claim?
If you’ve filed a claim for disability compensation, you can continue uploading more evidence for up to one year to support your claim. Evidence may include supporting documents like medical test results, doctor’s reports, and other records. Upload your evidence online now.
If you’re waiting for a decision on your disability claim, you can upload evidence to support that claim using our claim status tool.
Upload evidence using our claim status tool
Note: For any other type of document you’d like to submit online to us, please use the QuickSubmit tool through AccessVA.
If I filed a standard disability claim, when should I upload evidence?
Upload your evidence as soon as you can.
You can continue uploading documents for up to 1 year from the date we receive your claim. But, if you don’t provide any evidence or give us the information we need to help you get evidence within 30 days, we may make a decision on your claim earlier.
If we decide your claim early, you’ll still have the rest of the 1-year period to provide more information or evidence.
What happens if I upload more evidence after I’ve submitted a fully developed claim?
We’ll remove your disability claim from the Fully Developed Claims program and process it as a standard claim.
If we decide your claim earlier than 1 year from the date we received the claim, you’ll still have the rest of the year to provide any additional information or evidence.
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broncovet posted a question in VA Disability Compensation Benefits Claims Research Forum,Let's begin with the regulation on CUE:
https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/38/20.1403#:~:text=Clear and unmistakable error is,different but for the error.
The Cue error, therefore, needs to be all these things:
2. Outcome determinative.
3. Based on the records VA has in their possession at the time of the decision. If VA was/is missing critical evidence, consider filing a 38 CFR 3.156 (new evidence) instead of CUE.
4. May be filed at any time, such as after the one year appeal period expired.
What CUE is NOT:
Rattler posted an answer to a question,Let me give you some guidance. But first I have to ask some questions.
Did you file an "intent to file" with the VA. What this means is you filed with the VA saying I want to file a claim for XX. An "intent to file" claim basically says you are going to provide the VA with more information with in one years time. (Service Medical Records, Doctors Reports outside of the VA Etc.)
If you did not do an "intent to file" you filed a direct claim and you have started the claims process. Each can be time sensitive.
Hopefully I can give you a step by step on how to do this.
1. If you have not done so you will need to get your military records including you military medical records.
You need to do this now. You military records can take 1 to 3 Mo.
Your VA records can take 8 to 9 Mo.
Without them you are kind of shooting in the dark.
You need to sign-up with the VA at https://www.va.gov/?next=loginModal .
I recommend you use Login.gov to get your login above the others as it seems to work better than the others
This way you can track you claims, apply for other VA benefits'.
2. Go to the Non-VA doctors that have diagnosed you with XXX and get there medical records. Go through the records and pull out ONLY the ones that say you have XXX and submit ONLY THE RECORS THAT PROVE YOUR CLAIM. I can not stress this enough. The VA people who review your claim do not have the time to read through 500 pages of your medical history to pick out the 2 pages that says you have XXX. This will hopefully speed up your claim.
3. The quickest way to submit stuff to the VA is at this address. https://eauth.va.gov/accessva/#forVeterans . This is why you need to get the VA access through Login.gov.
Use the Quick Submit button and follow the instructions.
This should get you going in the right direction.
Two words to the wise.
1. Do not rely on Youtube or other videos on the internet. There is a lot of misinformation out there. There is a lot of old information that doesn't work in today's VA.
2. When seeking a VSO with a veterans service veterans service organization the first words out of your mouth should be, "Do you have VBMS access." VBMS access is real time access to your VA claims file. There are a lot veterans service organization that have suto VSO that kind of only do intake for veterans service organization. What I mean by this is they are not "VA Certified Claims Agents." they are only trained by the veterans service organization to fill out forms and submit them via fax or mail. Only "VA Certified Claims Agents" have VBMS access.
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