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I'm hoping someone could help me with this question. I have two different PTSD events that occurred during my service. One was combat related and the other was non-combat. Do I need to file two different claims or should I just file one and submit my evidence with nexus?

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Also Remember You  will need to be diagnose by the VA Dr's   psychiatrist or psychologist and a    VA  L.C.S.W. can also diagnose PTSD  they are the ones you normally see when referred to them by your

i thought you might find this article helpful https://www.hillandponton.com/part4-rating-ptsd/#:~:text=This condition is the 6th,of PTSD at some level.

Thanks everyone for all the help. I'm glad I found this forum.

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I feel you should send them a 21-4138, as additional information, for your PTSD claim  and advise them of the combat stressors, with any possible evidence you have.

That is a claim that puts you into the criteria of the 2010 regulations.

I can tell you have read the regulations. Thank you for doing that.

The 2010 regulations were developed to make it easier for combat veterans to prove their stressors.

When the VA gives you a C & P exam I think the combat related stressor(s) would be the ones the VA examiner would need to know about.

You can certainly mention the non combat stressor as well, at the C & P exam.

 

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Sometimes I wonder if the Vet reps out there are fully  aware of the 2010 PTSD regulations, and if a veteran is not aware of them, they could easily be denied right off the bat:

"Effective July 13, 2010, the regulations governing adjudication of service connection for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) were liberalized, in certain circumstances, with respect to the evidentiary standard for establishing the required in-service stressor. For cases pending before VA as of that date, if a stressor claimed by a veteran is related to the Veteran's fear of hostile military or terrorist activity and a VA psychiatrist or psychologist, or a psychiatrist or psychologist with whom VA has contracted, confirms that the claimed stressor is adequate to support a diagnosis of PTSD and that the Veteran's symptoms are related to the claimed stressor, in the absence of clear and convincing evidence to the contrary, and provided the claimed stressor is consistent with the places, types, and circumstances of the Veteran's service, the Veteran's lay testimony alone may establish the occurrence of the claimed in-service stressor. For purposes of this paragraph, "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 from an actual or potential 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. 38 C.F.R. § 3.304 (f)(3); see 75 Fed. Reg. 39843 (July 13, 2010)."

https://www.va.gov/vetapp15/Files6/1547678.txt

As the regulations say- if the stressor is consistent with places and times of the veteran's service, the VA might not even have to verify the stressor, and will accept the veteran's lay statement on the stressor.

But I feel any details and even proof of the stressor, with the lay statement , enhances the VA's ability to concede the stressor without a lot of time wasted, trying to get JSRRC to verify it.JSRRC was as affected by the Covid crisis as the VA was. Everything is taking longer than it used to.

"fear of hostile military or terrorist activity" is a key component to the regulations.

 

 

 

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 Also Remember You  will need to be diagnose by the VA Dr's   psychiatrist or psychologist and a    VA  L.C.S.W. can also diagnose PTSD  they are the ones you normally see when referred to them by your Dr  or VA PCP  the Dr signs off the the L.C.S.W. Diagnose.

THE L.C.S.W.  is the first person a veteran sees when getting help for his MH Issue 

If your claiming MST I can only refer you to the MENTAL HEALTH COORDINATOR FOR EVALUATION.

Just remember anything you say you can back it up, when you go see a C&P Examiner this is when things gets fairly rough and you may become emotionally distressed , this examiner will normally take about 90 minutes asking you questions and these questions will be in the form of forensic  questions during this 90 minutes  and also the examiner reads all your records pertaining to your PTSD and they usually take 1 /3 hours reading  so they will cover all you been through with the VA MH Doctors and L.C.S.W.'s before the exam.  (normally)

Just remember to be honest and truthful and if you can't answer a question  just say you don't know.

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This all may be different if you have a VCC *(VEDIO CONFRANCE CALL) BUT IN GENERAL IT ALL MAYBE CONDUCTED IN THE SAME MANNER AS AN IN OFFICE IN PERSON C&P EXAM.

As for as which stressor to give  give both at the same time  if you have in fear for your life stressor due to combat tell them about that  if you have a MST case defiantly tell them about that...they will consead one or the other  remember you can only have one M.H Claim from the VA, , but can be diagnose for more than one MH ISSUE.

They may call some unspecific condition to other Mental Health Disorders.

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I wanted to add this.

As for as what they rate you  then that depends on your symptoms  and what the examiner checks  in the boxes.

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