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VA Approved Internet Stressor Verification. Sandra Covin / Trista Barnum Fall Conference, 2009. Objectives. General Development Considerations Identify Appropriate Stressor Development General and Local Development Research. General Development Considerations.

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VA Approved Internet Stressor Verification

Sandra Covin / Trista Barnum

Fall Conference, 2009


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Objectives

  • General Development Considerations

  • Identify Appropriate Stressor Development

  • General and Local Development Research


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General Development Considerations

  • Sensitive Nature of the Disorder

  • Reluctance to Discuss Stressful Event

  • Inability to Remember Details of Stressful Event

  • Only Absolutely Necessary Information Requested

  • Avoid Triggering Stimuli


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Stressor Development

  • No Evidence of Record to Support Claimed Stressor

  • PTSD Development Letter

    • PTSD due to Combat Stressor

    • PTSD due to Personal Trauma

  • Service Department Records

    • Request for combat records

    • Request for personal trauma records


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Local Stressor Research

  • C&P Stressor Verification Databases

  • Compiled by Chicago VA Regional Office Employee Over Several Years

  • Contain Official Military Documents Collected from Publicly Available Sources

  • Documents Organized by C&P Service


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What Resources Can Be Used?

  • Texas Tech University Database

  • Military Assistance Command (MACV) Reports

  • Virtual VA

  • The Board of Veterans Appeals

  • PTSD Rating Job Aids


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What Resources Can Be Used?

  • Transportation Histories from Fort Eustis

  • United States Air Force Class A Aerospace Mishaps

  • US Navy Seabee Museum

  • The Dictionary of American Fighting Ships

  • Gulf Link

  • Defense Link


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What Is An Acceptable Website?

  • C&P will endorse information from any website that is a military (.mil) or government (.gov) site.

  • Other sites also have value, primarily as a means to find “official” information.

  • Educational sites (.edu) like Texas Tech University, which contain PDF file repositories of official military documents and provide a search function.


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How Much Verification Is Needed?

  • Case - by - Case

  • All Evidence Must be Weighed

  • “Credible Supporting Evidence” to Corroborate the Occurrence of the Claimed Stressor


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Joint Services Records Research Center (JSRRC)

  • Army, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard

    • Historical Information on Individual Units

    • Some Personnel Records Related to Stressful Events

  • Marine Corps

    • Marine Corps Archives

  • Summary of Findings Only

    • No Evaluation of Evidence, Opinions, Conclusions, or Decisions


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Joint Services Records Research Center

  • JSRRC Cannot Verify:

  • Almost Happened

  • Civilian Involvement

  • Enemy Prisoner Treatment

  • Sniper Attacks

  • Convoy Travel

  • Door Gunner Duty



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Questions ??????

Thank You!!!!!


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