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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:
Sexual Assault in the Military: Where to Get Help
As the media focus on this issue intensifies, the military - and others - have ramped up their efforts to create safe places for victims to turn. Here are links to the resources we have found.
Safe Helpline: Sexual Assault Support for the DoD Community
Was your MST-Related VA Benefit Claim Denied? Learn about Special Review…
How to get your previously denied VA Compensation claim reviewed.
Disability Claims Based on PTSD
Post-traumatic stress disorder [PTSD ] is often a cause or contributing factor in disability claims filed by veterans.
A July 2010 VA rule makes it easier to receive those benefits if you have PTSD as a result of events or circumstances in military service.