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Military sexual trauma, or MST, is the term used by VA to refer to experiences of sexual assault or sexual harassment experienced during military service. You do not file a disability for MST. You file for what MST caused you to suffer mentally and or physically.

This website will help you achieve a Disability Rating for what was caused during your service. You need to know the differences between the VHA and VBA. What is Tonic Immobility, IBS, MST, PTSD, TBI, VSARD, DSM-5, and VSO? You will learn more than you thought you would ever know. Be truthful with the Veterans Administration. Anything less than honesty is fraud.

Some MST Victims are confused lost souls without a compass. If you need help to get your head straight contact the VA MST Coordinators. Contact a VSO to file claims for your disabilities.


To receive composition for anything caused by MST you have to prove you experienced it.  This is the Evidence Needed for A Disability Claim Based on MST. Don’t be discouraged. The way to approach it is to Write Your Story using the VA Markers which will help you Write Your Claim for PTSD and everything else the MST Caused. 

You have to know about both sides of the VA.  They are the Veterans Health Administration – VHA for Healthcare and the Veterans Benefits Administration – VBA for Disability Compensation.  They are separate organizations. The healthcare side will give medical care for your disability but has nothing to do with your disability claims. Health Records are shared between them. Here is some Helpful Information about how this system works.

A doctor must diagnose your medical condition according to VSARD (Veteran Affairs Schedule for Rating Disabilities)which is 38 CFR Book C, Schedule for Rating Disabilities.   It is the guide for evaluating the severity of disabilities resulting from all types of diseases and injuries encountered as a result of or incident that took place while in military service. The degree of severity is expressed as a percentage rating determining the monthly compensation amount.  Look up every conceivable disease or injury that took place during your military service and be treated by the VHA for them. The VBA will assign a rating for your claim.

Examples:

Have you heard about Contreltophobia also called  Agraphobia;  it is the fear or phobia of being sexually abused, assaulted, or raped. This fear goes beyond the “normal” fear of this happening since it is logical to be afraid of being raped or abused. It creates AGORAPHOBIA which is covered by  VSARD CFR 4.130 9412 Anxiety Disorders. Many sexual assault survivors have one question that plagues them.  “Why couldn’t I stop it?” Learn about Tonic Immobility.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that affects millions worldwide, causing abdominal pain and changes in bowel habits. According to research, people who have been through trauma are also more likely to develop irritable bowel syndrome or IBS, which causes you to have pain in your belly, as well as other symptoms. While there is no cure for IBS, treatment can help reduce symptoms and improve quality of life. For veterans with IBS, disability benefits may be available through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  VA Ratings for irritable bowel syndrome under 38 CFR § 4.114, diagnostic code 7319 for Irritable Colon Syndrome. VA disability ratings for IBS range from 0 to 10 to 30 percent, depending on the severity of symptoms. 

DSM-5 Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) published the DSM-5 to provide a resource to help healthcare providers diagnose these mental health disorders. The VA uses it as well. 

The VA Disability Compensation rates PTSD by using the General Rating Formula for Mental Disorders that shows what percentage of the compensation you are entitled to.

TBI Traumatic Brain Injury. PTSD is frequently a secondary service connected to TBI, with both conditions resulting from the same event, and sharing many of the same symptoms.  How severely were you beaten into submission when you were raped?

Contact a VSO to file claims: 

Have you experienced one or more of these conditions on this list?  Get medical treatment and file for everything you find yourself suffering from physically and mentally that is covered in VSARD.  Each condition caused by Military Sexual Trauma can be rated independently as long as they are definitely separate and distinct from one another. The laws state that a single symptom can only be rated once, so if two conditions are technically diagnosed, but each causes similar symptoms, then only one can be rated. 

  • PTSD or TBI are similar.
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Agoraphobia
  • Panic Attacks 
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Sleeping Disorders 
  • Eating Disorders 
  • Hearing Loss and Tinnitus and Vertigo.

For Older Veterans, if you think you missed the boat for a Disability Rating think again.

PTSD symptoms may be worse in later years as veterans age. Learn how as an older Veteran, you may still be affected by your past events during your service. There are tips to find help as well.  Here is another study about how older VIETNAM ERA Veterans start suffering from PTSD and Depression nearing their 8th Decade.


If you feel out of control and need serious help NOW: START HERE.

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