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Applying For Disability Based On Mst/ptsd, Depression

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Hello All,

I was in the Army back in the early 80's and I was the first female assigned to an all male basic training battalion at Fort Benning, Ga.

All of this (filing for disability) is new to me so I need to educate myself on MST, because back in the 80's MST was not a term used in the service (as most of you probably know). I am so thankful for this site and thankful that the VA now recognizes MST as a real problem, and that they are addressing it. I had thought of applying for disability years ago, but I really didn't think that I would be taken seriously.

Are there any specific groups for MST out there ?

I won't get into specifics, but the issues I faced back then still affect me today and it's been thirty years. I have only been working on the disability packet for about a week now. Looking back and facing those memories is the hardest part of applying for me. I really didn't think it would be this difficult.

Again, I am so grateful that this website exists and I look forward to learning more about this topic, and maybe communicating with others who have been down a similar path. Talking to others, I imagine, will be a gift for me and I am looking forward to hearing from those who have gone through similar experiences.

Thank you and God Bless You All,


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Protect our Defenders is a good site as well. Vet Wow has some great videos on YouTube.

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Sorry to hear of your issues as I too have a lot in common with you. Welcome aboard and we are hear for you. God Bless and good luck

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What kind of evidence do you have of MST and depression while in-service? Were you ever treated for MH issues of any kind? Did your work efficiency fall off after the attack or harassment? Did you speak to anyone about your problem? What I am getting at is are their any records you could access to bolster your case. The VA always wants evidence. I am a guy. If I had been sexually assaulted I would have found it hard to talk about until I had killed the bastard that did it.


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Just to recap, I was awarded 100 % disability about a year and a half ago. I would have posted this sooner, but I forgot my password to the site. It was a total surprise to me when I found out the results from the VA, actually, I think I'm still in shock. I sympathize with the many on this forum who are trying to get results from the VA and still suffering. I am praying for all of you, in that God blesses you for your trauma and struggles.

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