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2 provisions in VA Reform Bill address MST. 1. Active Duty and Reserve will have access to MST therapy at the VA. 2. A study will be done showing differences in available treatment for male MST vets vs female MST vets.0 votes8 answers
The thing about MST is you're not a hero. At the VA I'm surrounded by Vietnam/Desert Storm/OEf & OIF vets. I'm always aware that I have PTSD because of my weakness while combat vets have it because of their strength.0 votes10 answers
Male Military Rape Survivors Speak Out May 18, 2013 "The Pentagon estimated about 13,000 of the 1.2 million men serving in the military suffered sexual assault last year, NBC News reported. About 12,100 of the 203,000 women in uniform were sexually assaulted on active duty last year. The Defense Department has said men "report at much lower rates than female survivors." Brian Lewis, a rape survivor who served in the Navy, said that is because male survivors are "still viewed as having wanted it."" Full article: http://www.military.com/daily-news/2013/05/18/male-military-rape-survivors-speak-out.html?ESRC=army-a.nl0 votes13 answers
Read Raymonds post about fibromyalgia. I was shocked to see the connection between the VA's recognition of typical physical MST symptoms and Fybromyalgia. Chronic pain, gastrointestinal issues, sleep problems, and depression of course. Anyone else swEet of this connection?0 votes4 answers
Hello. Submitted a claim 7 months ago for PTSD by MST. I followed the vet wow guideline. I have been diagnosed with MDD, PTSD, Anxiety and bipolar by a VA Psychiatrist. I see my doc about every 4-6 weeks trying to get the meds right. What are the chances of me winning? Thanks for your help!0 votes7 answers
I didn't know we could post this type of stuff. I never had this before MST. I was a virgin before MST. So please don't think i'm some sick freak. Ever since my MST I craved relationships with women that would 'put out' multiple times a day. I never got enjoyment from it. But it was somehow a release valve for me. Everything I see, hear, read I usually somehow turn it sexual in my head. IE: like the billboards with milk on a woman's lips, seeing a woman sucking a drink through a straw, ect. Just about any skinny, nice looking woman turns my mind to doing her. Never any forced idea. Oddly enough one woman I was with wanted to pretend and I tried, but couldn't 'finish.'…0 votes2 answers
The excellent news: physical health case closed. 100% P&T No Future Exams Scheduled. Mental Health: My plan is to continue tx, continue all meds prescribed, grit my teeth, white knuckle it through most of the day and just keep breathing. My Psychiatrist has been wanting me to file for mental health claim and so has my therapist. I just got off the phone with my VSO who told me not to because I can't get anything else, I'v reached "the gold key" and I would just be taking up space and time for other claims going through the system. ( i told her if i got at least 60% it would pay more, thats when she told me they would take away my 100%) For almost a month thi…0 votes14 answers
I was out of the Army for 5 years before seeking help with my mst. To my surprise the VA granted me 70%, but I haven't worked since 6 months before getting treatment. I'm really hoping they're going to change their decision and not make me go through the BVA process, but the reasons for my denial for 100% is, focused on task during c&p, and I play a PC game that requires concentration.0 votes18 answers
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Hi there! Just an update, I went to a lawyer who said I needed more evidence,so I obviously just wanted to give up and stop fighting for myself, BUT I have not and will not. If I was going to give up I should have done it 13 years ago! I could not stand up for my self then, but I can now, and I owe it to myself and all other men and women who we raped in the military to do so. I found one of the people I told when it happened ( now I'm not recommending everyone do this) I prayed to God to give me the courage to call him and ask for a statement knowing he is still in the Military and could say "no", but I figured if he said "no" then he would have to live with that guilt f…0 votes6 answers
My PTSD therapy was going well so I did a TV interview about MST and invited people to my house to see it ( first time I had people over to my house in over a decade). A week later one of the people that came to see it asked to come over cause he was having a rough time. He ended up being a predator and sexually assaulted me. 1. My VA claim has not been decided yet. Will this mess up my VA PTSD claim cause i just experienced a new trauma? 2. Should I ask the Detective handling my case if I can talk to the prosecutors office. A sexual assault kit was done and the DA takes a couple months to decide if they'll prosecute. 3. My PTSD symptoms are worse now than ever.…0 votes10 answers
The National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP), a non-profit veteran’s service organization, has started a new program to provide free legal representation to veterans whose disability claims for PTSD resulting from military sexual trauma (MST) have been denied by the VA - either recently denied or denied long ago. If you are interested in receiving assistance through our program, please email us your name and contact information at MSTsurvivor@nvlsp.org.0 votes4 answers
http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20130417/BENEFITS06/304170007/VA-fights-bill-ease-benefits-sexual-trauma-victims It would be nice if they make this the standard for all RO's.0 votes5 answers
The Oscar-nominated film, The Invisible War, was the inspiration behind the development of the Artemis Rising Invisible War Recovery Program -- an intensive 15-day residential treatment program especially designed for military sexual trauma (MST) survivors. The program combines a variety of non-pharmaceutical healing methods that are evidence based and highly effective for the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). We utilize Eye Movement and Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Somatic Experiencing (SE), and therapeutic Equine Therapy in group and individual sessions. Trauma-informed yoga, meditation, acupuncture and recreational activities compliment the…0 votes2 answers
Well - so the hell much for DOD's zero tolerance policy ! "US Army General Charged With Sex Crimes Sep 26, 2012 Associated Press| by Michael Biesecker and Lolita C. Baldor FORT BRAGG, N.C. - An Army brigadier general who served five combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan has been charged with forcible sodomy, multiple counts of adultery and having inappropriate relationships with several female subordinates, two U.S. defense officials said Wednesday. The defense officials spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to provide details on the case. Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair faces possible courts martial on cha…0 votes3 answers
"Air Force general calls sex assaults a 'cancer' WASHINGTON (AP) — Likening sexual assault in the Air Force's ranks to a cancer, the service's top officer resolved Wednesday to tackle the problem by screening personnel more carefully and putting an end to bad behaviors like binge drinking that can lead to misconduct. But Gen. Mark Welsh, the Air Force chief of staff, underscored the challenge by telling a House oversight committee that the service recorded a disturbing number of reports of sexual assault last year even as it worked to curb misconduct in the wake of a sex scandal at its training headquarters in Texas. Dozens of young female recruits and airmen …0 votes10 answers
Thanksgiving was truly a wonderful week this year. My wife is a Vietnam era veteran. I have seen first-hand, her pain and suffering. At times it was all I could bear as she suffered through the problems of her service connected disabilities. Her problems caused a lot of tension between us. I love her very much. I write this so that other women veterans never give up their fight for justice. My wife got a letter in the mail from VA giving her an 80% disability rating this week for service connected disabilities that occurred in the middle seventies. She was under PTSD treatment at the VA for MST. She also had a related disability. She first filed a claim about 5 years …0 votes14 answers
Government Slow to Respond to Epidemic of Sexual Assaults Full article: http://backhome.news21.com/article/mst/0 votes3 answers
I have been able to avoid going through Prolonged Exposure Therapy for a long time, but apparently my VA therapist is losing patience, or he's getting pressure from above. One good reason for the pressure is that according to him, after the 8-10 weeks of PET I would drop off his regular patient list and become an occasional follow-upper. I'm terrified. Petrified. Makes me sick and panicky just to think about it. I cannot visualize how I'm supposed to do this 're-living' my stressor events for 90 minutes, then happily head home and be okay around my DH and family. Plus we have to record the sessions and I have to listen to them every day until the next session a week …0 votes5 answers
The film relates solely to Military Sexual Trauma (MST). I just finished watching this film on face book. They did an amazing job. When will DOD and VBA wake up and quit covering up and sweeping this issue under the rug. IMO, the perpetrators need to be tagged as the enemy, they are in fact a "hostile0 votes2 answers
I have been rated 70% for ptsd due to mst for over a year now. After I got the 70% I filed for an increase and was denied and they said they're going to take away my 30% for asthma. Then I filed a nod and just got a letter in the mail from the DAV saying unofficially that the va is reducing my asthma from 30 to 0%. Does this mean they have also made a decision on my ptsd claim? On E-ben it still has my nod at the first lvl even though calling the 800# they say it is with a review officer waiting for a decision.0 votes1 answer
"The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments are failing to provide adequate mental health services to troops and veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder caused by sexual assault — a deficiency that contributes to lifelong struggles, military rape survivors told Congress on Friday. Earlier this week, the DoD Inspector General reported that more than 10 percent of sexual assault allegations within the military are not adequately investigated. Speaking before the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee’s health panel, four former troops said the military and VA also fail to provide adequate, timely access to health services and counseling for sex assault victims. “Why is…0 votes3 answers
Has anyone else ever felt sexually assaulted at the VA? I have not once but multiple times... I had a Mental health doc that never made me feel comfortable and would say things when he could tell I was having anxiety like... Do I make you feel nervous, while he looked me up and down... Then yes, I was, well felt assaulted while on the table before going under for a tonsillectomy, the lady, yes lady on lady... took my blanket off knowing well I was fully nakid in front of about 10 docs and nurses and interns, to put on those little heart monitors.... this was a ORAL surgery, why am I nakid!!! and why did she do this, she had been making me feel uncomfortable all mo…0 votes4 answers
VA says it doesn't need new law to help sex assault victims The Veterans Affairs Departments views as unnecessary a House committee-passed bill to change evidentiary rules for veterans filing disability claims related to sexual assaults. VA says it is doing fine without it. Approval of disability claims for military sexual trauma are “roughly on par” with approval rates for claims of post-traumatic stress from combat veterans, said VA press secretary Josh Taylor. VA, he said, has taken “concrete actions” and there is “more to come.” Statistics provided by Taylor show that in December, VA approved 59 percent of PTSD claims and 53 percent of military sexual trauma cl…0 votes6 answers
Yesterday I received a letter from my RO stating that although my claim for PTSD was denied, that claims for PTSD based on MST are being reviewed in an effort to assist Veterans. A new review will determine if any evidence was overlooked. Participation in a VA examination may be reviewed. I am instructed to contact my local VA RO if I would like my PTSD claim reviewed to determine entitlement to SC. For my convenience, I was sent a VA Form 21-4138 and instructed to indicate that I would like my PTSD claim based on MST reviewed. The letter also tells me I can submit additional evidence from family or fellow service members to support my claim. The letter was from Thomas…0 votes1 answer
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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