WASHINGTON (CN) – The evidentiary standard for establishing an in-service stressor for a finding of posttraumatic stress disorder is reduced in cases in which the stressor is related to the veteran’s fear of hostile military or terrorist activity, according to a finalized rule by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The rule eliminates the requirement for corroborating that the claimed in-service stressor occurred if a stressor claimed by a veteran is related to the veteran’s fear, and a VA psychiatrist or psychologist confirms that the claimed stressor is adequate to support the diagnosis and that the veteran’s symptoms are related to the claimed stressor, provided that the claimed stressor is consistent with the places, types and circumstances of the veteran’s service.
To use the looser standard, the veteran’s service must have been active, and his or her discharge must have been honorable. There is no geographic requirement.
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