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I am just starting this journey 42 years after I was assaulted and I've been an anxious mess ever since!

I was having a conversation with another gal when she mentioned she was an MST survivor and is receiving disability for ptds/mst.  Her trauma was 32 years ago and after talking with her I thought it was about time I did something about it.  I went to the local vet center and I was given an appointment to meet with a therapist.  I had NO IDEA this has been available to me all these years.  I have gone to therapists thru the years but would not continue mostly due to cost since it was all out of pocket.  The therapist has set me up on bi-weekly visits and has also suggested an mst group at the VA hospital.

Like everyone else, I feel like the Army just washed their hands of me and "the problem" when I was honorably discharged after a suicide attempt 2 months after the attack.

I am starting to gather documentation, have requested both my service and medical records.  The attacker was a civilian but the attack happened on base.  He was arrested, charged and was  originally sentenced to 40 years.  I called the courthouse in South Carolina and explained that I needed the court records and they put me in touch with the archivist in Atlanta.  They called me back and luckily they had everything.  So I have my proof!  I was worried that my service records would be "lost" and I was being proactive.  It gave me the validation that I needed that the scumbag was sent away to rot!

6 months after the attack and 3 months after I was discharged, I was having terrible pains in my stomach and found out that he had left me with a parting gift.  I was hospitalized that day and put on IV antibiotics for 10 days and they had to go back in had to have a tube removed.  This led to infertility and to years of IVF treatments.  I did have a happy ending and have a beautiful daughter after years of struggle and lots of $$$.

My question is this - The doctor who treated me in 1978 is no longer practicing and my medical records are long gone.  Would a letter from my sister and mother be accepted as proof that this did happen?  The only proof I have is the incision scar from the surgery.

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Ok.  As always, you need the 3 Caluza elements for service connection.  Get these, and you get SC, without any one of them, you get a denial.  (You may get a denial even with them, but that should be overturned on appeal).  

1.  Current diagnosis of PTSD/MST etc.  This must be made by a VA doc, neither your sister nor your mother can diagnose you unless they have a medical degree.  

2.  In service event.  This could be documented with the records you indicated..that the offender went to jail.  

3.  Nexus, or doctors opinion that your current diagnosis is "at least as likely as not" related to "the event in service".  

Focus on these, most of the rest of the stuff is "noise".  

After you get sc, then you need documentation of "symptoms" for a rating.  These are your current and past symptoms.  The VA does not compensate you for the trauma you experienced, but rather, the symptoms you experience.  A PTSD diagnosis is very important.  Check your records for that.  

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I am not sure if that the fact that he was not a service member matters. I know that if he was not a service member and it was off post then its a no go. But your case might be different. Their claim was denied as it was not a MST technically because it was non military related. Also, you do sound like you have the evidence needed to prove your claim. I wish you luck. 

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On 3/22/2019 at 2:16 PM, broncovet said:

Ok.  As always, you need the 3 Caluza elements for service connection.  Get these, and you get SC, without any one of them, you get a denial.  (You may get a denial even with them, but that should be overturned on appeal).  

1.  Current diagnosis of PTSD/MST etc.  This must be made by a VA doc, neither your sister nor your mother can diagnose you unless they have a medical degree.  

2.  In service event.  This could be documented with the records you indicated..that the offender went to jail.  

3.  Nexus, or doctors opinion that your current diagnosis is "at least as likely as not" related to "the event in service".  

Focus on these, most of the rest of the stuff is "noise".  

After you get sc, then you need documentation of "symptoms" for a rating.  These are your current and past symptoms.  The VA does not compensate you for the trauma you experienced, but rather, the symptoms you experience.  A PTSD diagnosis is very important.  Check your records for that.  

 

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Thank you for responding.

Question about the 3 Caluza's you mention regarding the nexus.  Who do I get that from?  The VA therapist I am working with or is that done during the C&P exam?

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Caluza element 1:  Current diagnosis...get that from a doctor.  With PTSD it needs to be a VA doc.

Caluza element 2:  In service event.  You cant "get" that..it needs to be documented in your records.  You may be able to get a buddy letter which would suffice.  Example:  Your buddy saw you get shot at.  

Caluza element 3:  Nexus.  This comes from a doctor, or from an IMO.  You have to pay for the IMO.  

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77 recruit, You should be able to request a copy of your Military (Medical) Records. I was out of the Army for about 25 years before I started this journey. During that time I had moved many times and I no longer had any of my records. I was put in touch with a VSO (a DAV Rep) and they requested all my Military Records for me. Having your records will help you build your claim right and help proofing that the event happen during service.  

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Posted Thursday at 05:52 PM

I am just starting this journey 42 years after I was assaulted and I've been an anxious mess ever since!

I was having a conversation with another gal when she mentioned she was an MST survivor and is receiving disability for ptds/mst.  Her trauma was 32 years ago and after talking with her I thought it was about time I did something about it.  I went to the local vet center and I was given an appointment to meet with a therapist.  I had NO IDEA this has been available to me all these years.  I have gone to therapists thru the years but would not continue mostly due to cost since it was all out of pocket.  The therapist has set me up on bi-weekly visits and has also suggested an mst group at the VA hospital.

Like everyone else, I feel like the Army just washed their hands of me and "the problem" when I was honorably discharged after a suicide attempt 2 months after the attack.

I am starting to gather documentation, have requested both my service and medical records.  The attacker was a civilian but the attack happened on base.  He was arrested, charged and was  originally sentenced to 40 years.  I called the courthouse in South Carolina and explained that I needed the court records and they put me in touch with the archivist in Atlanta.  They called me back and luckily they had everything.  So I have my proof!  I was worried that my service records would be "lost" and I was being proactive.  It gave me the validation that I needed that the scumbag was sent away to rot!

you need to get with a MST Coordinator   and ask to be evaluated for MST that happen years ago while in the military on a military base., Plus you need to get in therapy ASAP. if your in therphy  stay there. do not miss a session.

You will be ask what happen how it happen and the date and location it happen,  how its effected you ect,,,ect,,you need police reports as well as your service records   plus medical records military or private  of the event in question.

First thing you need is a Diagnosis of this Mental disorder and the VA MH Docs needs to figure out what the disorder is?...Depression /PTSD Anxiety disorder ect,,ect,,  you can only file on One mental disorder.

The claim for MST is usually evaluated as PTSD depending on what you tell them about how this event effected you and your symptoms  and the date of your claim will be the date you filed , being you filed ITF it will give you a Year to file the MST Claim.   (I doubt they will go back to 1978)

Note: SOME OF THE QUESTION THEY MAY ASK WILL BE HARD FOR YOU BUT ITS QUESTIONS THAT NEED ANSWERS TO.

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