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Question A. I was previously denied for apnea – Should I refile a claim?
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Rephrase the question: I was involved in a traumatic incident on base in 1974 and have had nightmares ever since, but I did not go to mental health while enlisted. How can I get help?
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I will try to make this as straight to the point as possible without triggering.
I have been patient and have waited over two years up until now without making a fus.
I've HAD IT. My case should be very cut and dry as I have a pile a mile high of evidence
to support my claim, however the VA denied.
(Air Force) In 2004 I was sexually harassed by my supervisor. The Military Equal Opportunity office
got involved and opened a case against him. After a one month investigation, he was
CHARGED with 4 counts of sexual harassment and one count of discrimination. He was then
DEMOTED in rank.
I then seperated from the military. Honerable Discharge.
Within 6 months, I went into severe mental stress, psychosis of the mind, due to trauma.
I checked myself into a mental health hospital and was there for 2 weeks. I had stopped
sleeping, had anxiety, flashbacks, was replaying the events again and again, the list goes
on and on.
Over the past 5 years, since the 2004 events, I've been homeless twice, I've been
unable to acquire gainful employment, I've been in and out of mental health and have
since finally in 2008!!!! received access to the VA for MST/PTSD mental health care (4 years
too late). Here is the series of events, and I swear that once I am finished with my claim
I will spend the rest of my life helping women and men who suffer from MST with their VA
claims. I am so upset at this point, today I am triggering all over the place and I'm finally
From 2003-2004 in active duty I was repeatedly harassed, threatened, the list goes on
and I don't want to get into personal details here about the assault by my supervisor.
I discharged in 2004, honerable
In 2005 I contacted the MEO office that held the MEO investigation into the harassment
and requested my documents per the FOIA (Freedom of Information Act). I have a copy
of this letter sent to them. In 2007 I received a letter back, stating the documents had been
destroyed. This was two years too late. I requested in 2005!!!! The letter told me to contact
the Secretary of Department of Defense and that under a 2 year clause the documents were to
be destroyed. I have a copy of this letter and have sent it to my claim file with the VA in 2007.
I also have a copy of the orginal claim statement from MEO during the investigation, I sent this
to the VA in 2007. (made copies at the time of the investigation, which goes over the harassment in detail,
times/dates/places, MEO investigated numerous other people who also confirmed the harassment before he was
charged with the crimes and demoted). I sent a copy of the investigation paperwork into
the VA when I opened my claim for PTSD/MST in 2007.
I spent 2005 until today in and out of mental health hospitals, clinics, etc. all of this documentation
has been sent to the va.
THE VA DOCTORS AT THE LOCAL VA CLAIM I HAVE MST/PTSD and rate me at 48% GAF SCORE.
Their own DOCTORS state that I have PTSD from MST.
I opened my VA claim in 2007 and I'm now at 22 months in waiting. It was first denied, and I sent
a notice of disagreement. It is now supposedly being "expedited" due to having ended up homeless
again. While staying at the homeless shelter, I had a fax sent into the VA claims stating that I was
homeless and in this shelter (letterhead from the shelter). This is when they said it would be expedited.
This was the second time I ended up homeless.
Now a few months have gone by and the VA telephone representatives say they have no record
of an original EXPRESS MAILED DOCUMENT that I sent in 2007 which contained 1) the MEO investigation
paperwork I had copies of 2) a letter from the acting commander at the time in which he talks about
the incidents in the letter. They said they have no record of that from 2007. So I then RE-SENT in
EXPRESS mail and registered mail AGAIN, copies of the same documents.
I finally got up the nerve yesterday to call the base where the events happened. As soon as I called
I triggered and began crying. I called the MEO office and asked about the case documents, again
was told there is no record anymore that they were possibly destroyed in 2005. I expressed my
feelings to this office and I'm now officially going to put in a written complaint to the base commander
about how the entire case was handled back in 2004, how fast it was swept under the carpet, and
how I should have immediately been placed into counseling/mental health treatment immediately
after the incidents occured and immediately after the MEO investigation. The investigation into the
harassment was as bad as the harassment itself. It was first turned on me, then after the month
went by, I was given an apology from the Wing Commander about how this sort of thing would
"never happen under his chain of command again". There is a zero tolerance policy alright, it's a zero
tolerance policy for anyone who SPEAKS UP about harassment/rape.
The VA says the claim is being expedited. They said they are now waiting for records from the
National Personnel Archive and Federal Archieve. Well one more ounce of proof is if they pull the
perpetrators personnel record to see he was DEMOTED.
They can destroy records all day, but if I learned anything at all it was make copies of everything.
I have the basic MEO investigation copies from the investigation, the commanders letter from official
govt email address talking about the events, I guess I have to prove a stressor. What else could
I have to prove, HE WAS CHARGED WITH FOUR COUNTS OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND ONE COUNT
OF DISCRIMINATION. I suffered through the harassment for one years time, then had to suffer
through the investigation for a month and come home in complete shambles. The VA mental health
doctors claim I have PTSD from MST.
Hello? The VA cannot possibly be this bad with their claims process. I'm at 22 months. I'm fed up
and I'm ready to start speaking out and I can assure these people that the last thing they are going
to want to be out in the news is information regarding how bad my case truly was, and to what extent
it got to. There was a point in 2006 that I began prostituting myself to put food on the table. I gave
up my life, my self esteem was gone, I stopped caring about myself, my life, I almost killed myself
at one point, I was in psychosis of the mind, hiding out in a hotel room afraid to death of anyone in
uniform. I was afraid to even go to the VA for help or anyone else at that point because I was so
mentally stressed and afraid and replaying the events, that I thought someone in uniform would come
hurt me again.
HELLO VA, IF YOU'RE READING THIS, I'm at my limit and I'm close to posting up information for the world
to see about how you, the armed services, and the DOD handles PTSD cases for women and men raped
and abused in the service.
I LOST MY LIFE FOR 5 YEARS!!!
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