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PTSD claim accepted. MST deferred. What does this mean


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I submitted a claims for ptsd through the VA due to sexual assault in active duty.  I was just informed by my VSO that I was awarded 30% for PTSD and the MST is deferred.  What does this mean?   Also she explained that I was only awarded 30% due to what boxes the C&P examiner checked.  She read me the ones not checked and I know that several of them should have been according to the things we discussed in the exam.  I am very new to all of this and it has taken me years to get to a point where I could talk about this enough to even file and no I feel as if my experience has just been minimized.  

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Buc.....what you said about C&P examinations is so true.  I think the VA goes 95% with the exam. If exam doctor says you are a basket casthe VA just excepts that because they are lazy.  I did get

I think it means that the decision for the MST claim relating to your PTSD has been delayed. They are saying you have PTSD AT A 30% level BUT was it caused by MST? Maybe someone else will come along a

LadyMC Congrats! Yes, congrats are in order. You have gone thru a lot, really stressed out and it has been an ordeal. But, you won! This is great. I'm not making light of the fact that you believe you

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I think it means that the decision for the MST claim relating to your PTSD has been delayed. They are saying you have PTSD AT A 30% level BUT was it caused by MST? Maybe someone else will come along and correct me if I am wrong. In the mean time don't give up, YOU know what caused YOUR PTSD. Good luck!!!!!

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LadyMC Congrats! Yes, congrats are in order. You have gone thru a lot, really stressed out and it has been an ordeal. But, you won! This is great. I'm not making light of the fact that you believe your claim was low-balled. Quite possibly it was. So, join the club. MOST of us are in the same boat. So, first things first. Celebrate the fact that you won. That is a big hurdle. The VA has admitted your MH is service-connected. Now, there are a couple of things you need to do. You need the VA's decision letter. You need to know what the basis for decision is. You want to know what your MH condition is.  Maggiebell is most likely correct; you have a partial decision. The MST part is being further developed. You may need an additional C&P or the VA has to review some records that were not available but referenced in the decision. Or something. Until you can get clarification as to where your at from the other half of the claim, you don't know what your next course of action is. Get the decision letter and let us know what it says. There is no reason for us to speculate; you have to know what they are up to. 

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"Deferred" means you should get a decision on MST later.  Not much you can do now, but wait, and, Congratulations, as GB Army said.  

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Thanks.  This is all very very new to me.  It has certainly been an ordeal.  I did not know that I could even file a claim for this until about a year ago. Then it took me almost a year to even be able to walk into the VA office.  This is something I’ve been dealing with for years.   Do you think the rating will go up when they finish the MST decision? Is that possible? 

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