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Level of detail in statement of events; MST


I'm putting together a narrative of what happened during my service. There are court martial records, so establishing the events isn't an issue.

My question is how much detail should i provide about my experiences? 

That is, should i detail just the exact events or should i explain what happened during my service that led up to the events as well?

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One piece of advice.  Write the letter in third person or try to keep only to the facts.  I find that when I write letters I tend to get tied up in what happened and explaining my feelings.

I'm sorry I didn't read this whole thread. I just went through this whole process. Just wanted to say what's as important as what happened is how it impacts you life today. I just wrote one page btw.

Well guys, I finally filed. It took 6 months of building myself up to the prospect of having to talk about it but the deed is done. I assume they'll request a C&P whereat I get to detail

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2 hours ago, CptDT said:

ea, I don't think I relayed how things are very effectively in the C&P. 

here's a blip for ya. one of the common characteristics of people with ptsd are inconsistencies with the event details/timeline. we also share a  tendency to put on a good face under questioning about our lives. an experienced examiner will know how to read between the lines.

don't expend any energy trying to second guess or worry about the c&p right now. I don't remember if you said if it was done at the VA or at a contractor site. If at the VA then in about 3 days it will be in your Blue Button files. If at an outside contractor it will take 2 to 4 weeks before it is in your c-file.

Call Peggy and she will tell you if the files are there.

If they are there then you can file for another c-file or try and contact your local RO Release of Information office sometimes called Record Management office.  You want to get your entire C&P packet which includes the doctors notes and the request for the c&p. you must ask for these explicitly no matter where you get them from.

You have to fill out an FOIA and it should be both explicit and general

I am requesting




4) and every other file, note, test result, xray, mri, cat scan, or document related to the aforementioned C&P (pick which apply)

the point is to capture the stuff the VA doesn't send us or automatically put in the c-file.


this link has a few excel sheets on them for FOIA requests for both VA Health and Administration/Benefits. find yours and try to set an appointment to get your stuff.


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1 minute ago, GeekySquid said:

here's a blip for ya. one of the common characteristics of people with ptsd are inconsistencies with the event details/timeline. we also share a  tendency to put on a good face under questioning about our lives. an experienced examiner will know how to read between the lines...

I found it in healthevet already: 



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17 minutes ago, CptDT said:

I found it in healthevet already

that is great, but IMO you will still want the other stuff in the packet in the event you wish to NOD the rating or have other legal action. The three items I listed must display a close affinity to each other. In other words the request must state exactly what they are looking for, the dbq must address all of those things and the notes must support both. If there is a variance you might have an opportunity for a higher rating, earlier date, etc or if need be if the rater strays from the dbq and denies you will have proof of their not having read the files and results and or trying to find negative evidence instead of working to maximize you claim.

IMO it is better to do this now than to wait, but you do what you feel is necessary.

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The DX will be for PTSD due to personal trauma(MST). MST is the cause, like getting hit by a truck. The truck then isn't the DX, the injuries caused by hypothetical truck are. PTSD is the result of the MST. Once you get that DX, I highly recommend you ask to be transferred to your local Vet Center. They deal specifically with PTSD, in their counseling therapy. And their notes are not accessible by the VAMC. So you can freely speak of all things pertaining to you, with no fear of big brother VAMC looking to find something to screw you over with. And it's a much more relaxed atmosphere as well. All the counselors will be Vets themselves with PTSD...which means they will understand what its like. As they been there and done that too.

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