Veterans Military Sexual Trauma as a Stressor for PTSD

Our courageous veterans filing disability claims for in-service personal assault face difficult challenges that are unique to their service connected disability. Personal assault and trauma would include: rape, physical assault, domestic battering, robbery, stalking, and harassment. Both female and male veterans are victims of personal assault.

Many of these assaults were never officially reported, so the victims had difficulty producing evidence to support their claims. The VA is becoming increasingly sensitive, however, to the reasons behind a claimant’s original reluctance to formally report the stressor event.

Today, a veteran’s military record is not required to document such an assault; the veteran may use alternative evidence. This list of possible types of alternative evidence is fairly broad. Given the current media coverage of the tremendous public outcry on behalf of our veterans who are continuing to deal with the emotional aftermaths of these types of assaults, the VA most likely will continue to consider a wide range of alternative evidence.

This is a rapidly developing area of Veterans’ Law. The VA criteria are evolving as more of these types of claims are processed at all Veterans Affairs levels, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC), Washington, D.C.

Attorney Sonya L. Pence is accredited by the U.S. Department of Veterans Claims to represent claimants in all 50 states at all stages of their VA applications and appeals, including the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, Washington, D.C.

If you believe that you are the victim of a service-connected personal assault, or if you previously filed a claim and were denied, The Law Office of Sonya L. Pence will stand along side you and zealously prosecute your claim through all steps necessary to obtain the disability compensation you deserve.