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http://www.index.va.gov/search/va/view.jsp?FV=http://www.va.gov/vetapp00/files2/0010597.txt

"Fear of hostile military or terrorist activity" means that a Veteran experienced, witnessed, or was confronted with an event or circumstance that involved actual or threatened death or serious injury, or a threat to the physical integrity of the Veteran or others, such as exposure to an improvised explosive device; vehicle-imbedded explosive device; incoming artillery, rocket, or mortar fire; grenade; small arms fire, including suspected sniper fire; or attack upon friendly military aircraft, and the Veteran's response to the event or circumstance involved a psychological or psycho-physiological state of fear, helplessness, or horror.  Id.

/ The Veteran's lay testimony may establish the occurrence of the claimed in-service stressor where the stressor claimed by the Veteran is related to the Veteran's fear of hostile military or terrorist activity, the claimed stressor is consistent with the places, types, and circumstances of the Veteran's service, and a VA psychiatrist or psychologist, or one with whom VA has contracted, confirms that the claimed stressor is adequate to support a diagnosis of PTSD and the Veteran's symptoms are related to the claimed stressor, as long as there is no clear and convincing evidence to the contrary.  38 C.F.R. § 3.304(f)(3).

 

 

 

 

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