The VARO is VERY, VERY tough on a having stressor letter/statement on file.
My PTSD was approved .. in theory but NOT on paper .. until I personally met with my state POA and VARO manager and signed a stressor statement/letter.
Then my PTSD claim was basically completed on the spot and I was notified the next day (via phone) that the 100% PTSD rating was awarded and would be added to my other disabilities.
Back then .. I was so out of it when it came to VARO paperwork ... that I did not even know that my claim was hung up .. because a stressor statement/letter was not on file.
Also .. IF .. a veteran did happen to mistakenly get a PTSD award without a stressor letter ... I think that would possibly open him or her up to an audit and possible problems later .. maybe even the VA calling a CUE on themselves ???
That "Stressor Letter" is a absolutely necessary and it MUST be verifiable too.
Good luck and maybe your VARO will make the "stressor statement/letter situation" as easy on him as mine did on me ???
... Magoo .. aka ..Bill ...
PS ... All the medals in the world won't take the place of a "verifiable stressor statement/letter" either.
I guess .. technically .. a veteran could even have a CMOH and not PTSD ... very unlikely ... but possible.
Edited by Magoo_Mr., 07 February 2006 - 12:41 AM.