Stateside Legal: VA Policy Memo on Military Sexual Trauma 2011


VBA Letter 20-11-23 emphasizes training protocols for VARO 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.

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