It don’t matter if this was yesterday or 40 years ago trauma is trauma! the effect trauma has on someone may differ between combat trauma and MST…BUT its all Trauma. You don’t need any medical documentation to support your MST Claim but it certainly helps obviously ,but so many never reported this horrible tragic event for reasons of guilt, shame or fear of retaliation or other, However they will use your lay statment. You should be evaluated according to your symptoms. Medical records are your best friend, and evidence…also your lay statment as to what happen and when and where, if you can prove you were there with your ISR’s or buddy statements ,close to the dates the event happen, if no actual court proceedings were held then they have to go with your lay statement keeping your lay statement to the actual facts of the issue. This you need to let a VA Phyistrist know! or qualified VA MH Dr. you need to write out your in- detail lay statement of what happen, after that they can read it. A lot of veterans are coming forward now that has had MST to seek the help they need, but because of past shame or just never wanted to talk about it in the past and maybe just wanted it all to go away they never said anything to anyone!… & Its ok to mention this and the VA examiners are supposed to understand that. Usually a prompt C&P Examiner will read your medical records/lay statment of the event (stressors) before the exam and not ask you about it anymore , they can say ”I’ve read your medical records and your lay statement of the event and I won’t be dwelling on this with you today” ”I don’t want to bring back those horrible memories for you ” and just get on with the exam”. Also when you have an C&P PTSD Exam answer all the questions the best you can if you get emotional thats ok but answer the question fairly quickly & the best way you can fully and honestly, this is your chance to lay it all on the line as to how your LIFE has been effected by MST, try to keep your composure but if you can’t control your body language then that’s ok too but don’t over exaggerate. The examiner should know your up set and your trying your best to get through this exam…look the examiner in the eyes when you address his/her questions, looking off in the floor or away from the examiner will only put doubts in the examiners mind (so to speak) do not let that happen. if the examiner is typing then sit quietly and head down. VA Raters will rely on the C&P Examiners report to make a decision…but the good thing is you can disagree within one year after your notified of the decision. This would be basically your in disagreement with the C&P Examiner and let them know why.
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