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ranger11bv

My Stressor Letter

Question

MY PTSD STRESSOR STATEMENT*

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This situation relates to a time when I was in basic training at

Ft Benning Ga. My basic training unit was Company C42, USAIC, Fort Benning,

GA. Date there was from Oct. 18, 1985 to Jan. 24, 1986. My Drill Sgt was

Staff Sgt. Talamoa

During this time II was subjected to higher then normal levels of

intimidation, bulling, and physical trauma. Several times I was punched in

the face or chest over the course of a few weeks. I reported these incidents

to my Drill Sergeant, but was told to take it like a man and continue on

with my training.

One night on Fire Guard duty in Harmony Church, I was doing my

rounds when I was jumped by four (4) trainees. Three (3) held me down while

one individual continued to assault me, by hitting me repeatedly. I woke up

later with a trainee over me and asking me if I was alright OK. As I tried

to get up, I felt nauseated and vomited. There was pain in my stomach, my

right eye was closed up, and my nose was bleeding. The Trainee helped me up

and got Drill Sgt Talamoa (sp). Drill Sergeant gets me and others about an

hour later and asked us about what happened. When he seen my face, he asked

me about it. I said it was dark and they got me from behind. Drill Sergeant

then told me NOT to go to the aid station. I just nodded and went to the

latrine to clean up.

I was bed-ridden for 3 days. During which time I was

continuously coughing up blood and vomiting. I asked the Drill Sergeant

Talamoa if I could go to the aid station, but again he said no, I'll get

better. Eventually I did get better- physically. But I did have a sense of

helplessness I never felt before. I started having trouble concentrating on

simple tasks at hand. I had recurring nightmares of the event. I started

sleeping less and less until it was just 2-3 hours per night. This still

continues to this day. I wake up w/ my heart pounding 3-5 times per night.

Before the event, I was very engaging and trusting of others. Now, I only

have a handful of people I can call friends. I will do anything to avoid

getting into a physical altercation all together. To this day I'm nervous

when in a crowd. I try to be by myself seeing that being alone, I'm

guaranteed that I will be OK. This also helps me with my over-hyper

vigilance. I can concentrate on the things that are important. But being

alone just puts this in a controllable albeit uncertain level. My outburst

of anger constantly reminds me that I must watch myself. These outburst have

led to either getting fired from jobs, or makes it near impossible to have a

serious relationship. While in, I had 4 AR-15. On the outside, I have had over

65 jobs up to 2007. I have not worked since.

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"I was bed-ridden for 3 days." Is the lack of duty time documented in your 201 file?

Do you have a current diagnosis of PTSD? and current treatment records?

"While in, I had 4 AR-15."

Did any of these AR15s contain documentation that could be a nexus for a PTSD claim?

I posted a topic here available under search called Definition of a Stressor.

Maybe it would help you.

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"I was bed-ridden for 3 days." Is the lack of duty time documented in your 201 file?"

As my statement says, I was bedridden, and my DI told me NOT to go to the aid station.

"Do you have a current diagnosis of PTSD? and current treatment records?"

Yes, I am diagnosed with PTSD. But its not service connected.

"While in, I had 4 AR-15."

I DO have proof of my AR-15's. But as for the paperwork itself, they are all gone.

Did any of these AR15s contain documentation that could be a nexus for a PTSD claim?

Possibly, but as I said above, the paperwork is gone. I posted a topic here available under search called Definition of a Stressor.

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ranger11bv,

I suggesting using this form for your stressor letter.

This specific form is used for PTSD due to Personal Assault.

carlie

http://www.vba.va.gov/pubs/forms/VBA-21-0781a-ARE.pdf

Thnx!! Will do!

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Wondering if this would help w/ my PTSD letter:

changes in performance and performance evaluations- 4 AR-15's

episodes of depression, panic attacks, or anxiety without an identifiable cause- Diagnoed w/ PTSD, Depression, Bi-Polar,am recieving Social Secuity Disability for PTSD

increased disregard for military or civilian authority-

one AR-15 was about Disrespecting Cpt Winters

Another was for disobeying an order from my team leader

One was about me changing out my M-16 bolt assembly with another weapon.

the forth and last one was the one that got me kicked out.

obsessive behavior such as overeating or undereating- have had to taqke anger management classes to help control my anger

unexplained economic or social behavior changes- 67 jobs since 1992. Have not worked since 2007, individual Unemployability- 2 suicide attempts

Broke up w/ Megan Waroff in 2008 after 2 years.

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A side note; I cant see the cursor when I type!! Its a pain!!! And can only type at the end of the whole post...weird!

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