Stateside Legal: VA Policy Memo on Military Sexual Trauma 2011

URL: http://statesidelegal.org/sites/default/files/VBA%20Letter%20on%20MST%2020-11-23.pdf

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.

More MST resources

Original source link: http://statesidelegal.org/2011-va-policy-memo-military-sexual-trauma