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Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

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This for anyone filing a claim for PTSD

As to entitlement to service connection for PTSD, governing

criteria specifically requires (i) medical evidence

diagnosing PTSD in accordance with 38 C.F.R.

§ 4.125(a)(2006); (ii) medical evidence establishing a link

between current symptoms and an in-service stressor; and

(iii) credible supporting evidence that the claimed in-

service stressor occurred. 38 C.F.R. § 3.3.04(f). The

provisions of 38 C.F.R. § 4.125(a) in turn require that a

diagnosis of a mental disorder conform to the American


OF MENTAL DISORDERS, 4th Edition (1994) (DSM IV).

If a veteran did not engage in combat with the enemy, or the

claimed stressor is not related to combat, then his lay

testimony alone will not be enough to establish the

occurrence of the alleged stressor. In such cases, the

record must contain service records or other corroborative

evidence which substantiates or verifies the veteran's

testimony or statements as to the occurrence of the claimed

stressors. See Zarycki v. Brown, 6 Vet. App. 91, 98 (1993).

In adjudicating a claim for service connection for PTSD, the

Board is required to evaluate the supporting evidence in

light of the places, types, and circumstances of service, as

evidenced by the veteran's military records, and all

pertinent medical and lay evidence. 38 U.S.C.A. § 1154(:P

(West 2002); 38 C.F.R. § 3.304(f).


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What about vets (both women and men) who are victims of rape and/or sexual assault? Is it true the VA has changed "the rules" for these claims as well? I've heard from a couple of women vets that their claims were returned "denied" because they refused to name their attacker!!!!

That is so much BS!!

I never named my attacker (and I never will) and the VA cannot force me to do so, yet my claim was approved with no problem. (About 4 years ago).

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Consider yourself VERY lucky in regards to your claim

being approved with "no problem".



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Purple,i started another topic for personal trauma PTSD


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Your post was an excellent read. Thank you.


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