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Veterans Share How They Won

Susan Avila-Smith, Army Veteran

Once I found the "formula" for VA Compensation, I have assisted 2,000+ with their claims


1.  A Diagnosis of (PTSD, MST, Anxiety and or Depression, Back

pain, etc.)
2.  A Nexus, or link to Service.  Example:  After reviewing Jerry's

medical records, it is my opinion, more likely than not, that his

PTSD, (or what you are filing for that matches the diagnosis in

number 1) is a direct result of personal trauma that he experienced

while on active duty.
3.  A piece of Evidence (such as the loss of a foot) or in

the case of Military Sexual Trauma, creating the list of markers (see below).











4. A Global Assessment of functioning (for pysch claims) under 50.

Add your stressor letter, and you are done.  You WIN.  This is NOT

rocket science, people.

> * alternative evidence might still establish an in-service stressful

incident.  Behavior changes that occurred at the time of the

incident may indicate the occurrence of an in-service stressor.

> Examples of behavior changes that might indicate a stressor are (but are not limited to):

> (a) Visits to a medical or counseling clinic or dispensary without a specific diagnosis or specific ailment;











> (b) Sudden requests that the veteran's military occupational seriesor duty assignment be changed without other


> (c) Lay statements indicating increased use or abuse of leave without an apparent reason such as family obligations or family

> (d) Changes in performance and performance evaluations;

> (e) Lay statements describing episodes of depression, panic attacks or anxiety but no identifiable reasons for the episodes;

> (f) Increased or decreased use of prescription medications;

> (g) Increased use of over-the-counter medications;

> (h) Evidence of substance abuse such as alcohol or drugs;

> (i) Increased disregard for military or civilian authority;

> (j) Obsessive behavior such as overeating or undereating;

> (k) Pregnancy tests around the time of the incident;

> (l) Increased interest in tests for HIV or sexually transmitted diseases;

> (m) Unexplained economic or social behavior changes;

> (n) Treatment for physical injuries around the time of the claimed trauma but not reported as a result of the trauma;

> (o) Breakup of a primary relationship.
In personal assault claims, secondary evidence may need interpretation by a clinician, especially if it involves behavior

changes. Evidence that documents such behavior changes may require interpretation in relationship to the medical diagnosis by a neuropsychiatric physician.

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