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Detail Or No Details In The Mst Stressor Statement

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I read the article about how to win an MST claim, but I still have to ask the question. Should I or should I not write out all the awful details of an assault incident. Some (maybe) relevant notes:

I remembered the creep's name and rank and unit, am about 95% sure I know when it happened within a few weeks (what if I am wrong though??? will this screw me up later if I get more information from my personnel records and realize the timing was different than I remember?).

I have only one person in my life that observed that I changed afterward and who knew I was doing crazy self-destructive things uncharacteristic for me after the assault. The problem is that this person was the messiest person in my friend network at the time - of course I only shared it with her, she was the only person who felt safe to share with because I was concerned about being judged. I tried to get a statement from her, but it has been years and it seems she can't either remember or just can't deal emotionally with my request.

As I am writing this, I just remembered that my parents noticed - they approached me and said they were concerned and asked me to see a psychiatrist. But, they thought other things were wrong with me - little did they know. I don't remember the crazy psychiatrist's name - I stopped going because I went from depressed to suicidal and I bailed out.

After the assault, I got in a bad relationship and did see a provider related to an issue from that relationship - but I can't recall where the clinic was or who I saw. Such a blocked and faded experience.

So, with no one to verify that this happened to me am I just throwing out an accusation with a whole lot of painful personal detail to the wind or will my testimony be sufficient? If I don't have proof, I guess to clarify my question, I am wondering if providing the awful details will help my claim.

Curious what you all think.

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My stressor letter is over 7 pages long and I got awarded 70% the first time. Some will say to keep it short and simple. IMO write as much as you need to get how you felt in that moment across. You want whoever reads it at the RO to have some bond to your case. There is no better way to create that bond than through your stressor statement. Describe every feeling that you can from the event.

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I am rated 70% for MST that happened in 1978 and I did not put in a claim with the VA until 2005 and I included every detail in my stressor letter...including the name of my attacker, the day it happened, the weather conditions that day, the time it happen and the place... I feel the more details you can give the stronger the case. Like most victims I did not report the attack but my actions after the attack spoke volumes...I did speak out...it is a long story...but in my way of thinking it is best to give every detail you can...sometimes as it happens you may not have seen your attacker...so describing any physical detail you can about that predator will also make a strong statement...

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