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Mst Is An Experience. It Is Not A Diagnosis. Your Claim Will Be For Ptsd Most Likely.


It's important to remember that MST is an experience. It is not a diagnosis or a mental health condition in and of itself.

The claim you will file will mostly likely be for PTSD, MST is one of many causes of PTSD that our veterans face. Most likely a claim for PTSD, however it could be claim for Major Depressive Disorder MDD. Don't get yourself to wrapped up in labels while working your claim, 50% for PTSD pays the same as 50% for MDD. Remember the VA will compensate but they won't validate you.

This forum was set up because when filing a claim for PTSD because of MST there are several very specific items to these claims as far what can be considered evidence and so on.

My biggest concern is that some may come to this forum for some therapy work and it is not designed for that. There are other good sites out there

http://www.vetwow.com and http://ptsdforum.org they deal more with the working through the trauma. We are ill equipped to help anyone work through their trauma, so if you need to do trauma work please seek a resource that has the tools to do this for you.

A note about Validation versus Compensation Below:

This is not meant to sound harsh, just a hard lesson I had to learn and it took me a long time. It's just the way it is.

Validation you get from your therapists, your brothers and sisters here, your friends and your family. Compensation you get from the V.A. don't confuse the two, you can waste a lot of energy trying to get the V.A. to validate your feelings that you've been screwed, it's been my experience that it is not going to happen. Work on your claim for compensation in a methodical, detailed way, go to therapy, talk to your family, yell at the top of your lungs with your car windows closed. Then come back to your claim for compensation and it work it methodically, sharpening, sharpening, always sharpening your claim. The V.A. will hardly ever make you feel validated, I know sometimes we want to jam it down their throats until they get a taste of it themselves, metaphorically speaking, that is. It's a waste of energy I say. When working the claim focus on the mission at hand. The mission is to receive compensation for the disability that you incurred or was aggravated by your service.

As for validation, you get it where you can, it never feels quite like anybody gets it to me, of course I'm still in therapy…so what do I know.

If you really want to aggravate the V.A. help another veteran get their ducks in a row.

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Tbird, thanks for an excellent post. You are so right.

Once I took a whooping deep breath and put in the initial claim based on my VA psych diagnosis of PTSD, I, too, pursued my claim with all the energy and passion I could find inside. I was convinced that it was all about getting the VA, the Military, SOMEONE in authority to accept the truth and give me validation.

I wanted the VA to say it was taking responsibility for all the opportunities I ran from, the college degree I didn't finish, the jobs and relationships I sabotaged or dropped out of without a word. I wanted them to say they were sorry. I wanted a letter that said they acknowledged that I was INJURED, hurt, damaged, by another member of the service while I was just trying serve my country. I wanted a hug that I wouldn't cringe from, an apology from someone among the "them" that would give me relief and make me feel better.

Instead, when I got my SC and my rating, I cried and crawled even deeper into my hiding place. Somehow my PTSD being made Official and the reality of it all hit me like a big box of rocks. I didn't feel good about it at all.

It just seemed to say "yeah, you were abused, now you're messed up so bad you can't hold a job, can't have friends, can't get through the day without pills. Yep, we admit it really happened. Here's your compensation back to the date you filed your claim. (shhhhh, never mind the other 25 years). Thank you for your service :) "

I'm trying, trying, trying, not to be bitter. But it's difficult. I'm TDIU to 100% and I'm very grateful for that. I appreciate it, and the other benefits that go with it. But I'd still rather have had a chance to live my life, live up to my potential. I was going to be a psychologist. Ha... the irony is hilarious.

Did I meander too much? I was trying to reinforce Tbird's statement with my own reaction. I hope that's what I did.....

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Im sooooo sorry this happened to you. I understand as best anybody can, and know that no amount of money will take it back.GIVE IT BACK! Its said that its better than nuthin. I spose if you look at it THAT way, it might help a little.Try not to think about it ever, unless youre in a therapists office. None of it was your fault, you just did the best you could with what that PERP left you, and its GOOD ENOUGH! ITLL HAVE TO BE! Big Warm Hug, Mystic

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Yes Hedgey I do understand and I am glad you found my explanation on validation versus compensation helpful.

In order to get your claim through it's important to remember compensation is the goal. Looking for validation for any of us MST or not is just tilting at windmills IMVHO.

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Thanks, mystic. cyber hugs aren't too scary... :)

Tbird, what you've said gave me a heart-thumping thought. Maybe the only place we'll ever be able to get validation is from... ourselves?

Talk about getting blood from a turnip.

I'm nuts today. I'm going to make a sticky note that says

"I am not a turnip!"

We can start a movement and march on Washington with signs and t-shirts with turnips on them...

Got a case of the nuts that's gotta be it.. I always giggle when I'm shaken or nervous. Dark Humor. Dark Parsnip...

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