VA Policy Memo on Military Sexual Trauma 2011
Veterans Benefit Administration (VBA) Letter 20-11-23 emphasizes training protocols for VA Regional Office staff involved in disability claims related to military sexual trauma (MST).
It also states that claims examiners must:
- Apply "proper flexibility and sensitivity in evaluating evidence;"
- Accept both the veteran's statement and secondary evidence of changes in behavior as evidence; and
- Schedule the appropriate exam when a claim is received based on MST even if the veteran's service records are silent concerning any official notification or immediate behavioral changes.
July 2011, updated May 2020