Military Veterans PTSD Reference Manual - Appendix K

Veterans PTSD Reference Manual


Appendix K (Partial Only)

Guide for the Preparation and Submission

of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Research Requests

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Guide for the Preparation and Submission

of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Research Requests

Prepared and distributed by

U.S. Armed Services Center for Research

of Unit Records (USASCRUR)

Authors Note: To the best of my knowledge this guide has not been changed in any way other than the intentional omission of the documents between pages 24 to 49, the shortening of Section IX (AWARDS AND DECORATIONS), and the replacement of "U.S. Army and Joint Services Environmental Support Group (ESG)" with the new title of "U.S. Armed Services Center for Research of Unit Records (USASCRUR)" and the abbreviation "ESG" with "USASCRUR".

RESEARCHING PTSD REQUESTS

INTRODUCTION

The U.S. Armed Services Center for Research of Unit Records (USASCRUR) is located at 7789 Cissna Road, Suite 101, Springfield, Virginia 22150. The USASCRUR conducts records research to assist Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) officials and veterans service organizations in verifying the stressing experiences described by veterans in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) claims. The purpose of this guide is to provide information to officials who are requesting USASCRUR to provide PTSD research assistance. Veterans are strongly encouraged not to attempt to develop their cases without the assistance of service officials. (authors note: I hope after the publication of this manual this will no longer be the case). The veteranís Official Military Personnel File (OMPF) should be reviewed by the service representative assisting the veteran before a case is sent to USASCRUR.

Possession of awards and decorations can sometimes be an indicator of combat involvement. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Regulatory Amendment to Regulation 38 CFR 3.304 (f), dated May 19, 1933, states that the receiving of such awards as the Purple Heart (PH), the Bronze Star with "V" Device, Combat Infantryman Badge (CIB), or other similar citations indicating combat involvement, satisfies the VA requirement that the veteran was involved in a combat stressor.

If a case presents special problems or circumstances, do not hesitate to call USASCRUR at (703) 806-7835 for assistance and guidance. Research requests should list a phone number (including area code) so the USASCRUR researchers may call to obtain information if necessary.

USASCRUR has no official role in the adjudication of PTSD claims. In addition, we are not notified how the cases we research are adjudicated. USASCRUR is committed to accomplishing the most thorough and comprehensive research possible to ensure veterans get the benefits they deserve and have earned.

Local reproduction and maximum dissemination of this guide to veteran service officers is authorized and encouraged.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

SECTIONS

Section I: WHAT USASCRUR DOES AND DOES NOT DO-----------------3

Section II: RESEARCH POLICY------------------------------------------------------4

Section III HOW MILITARY RECORDS ARE ORGANIZED AND

WHAT THEY DO AND DO NOT CONTAIN----------------------4

Section IV: STRESS INCIDENT DESCRIPTION:--------------------------------7

Section V: SPECIFIC PROBLEMS WHERE ADDITIONAL

INFORMATION IS NEEDED-------------------------------------------8

Section VI: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT REQUESTS------------19

Section VII: DOCUMENTS TO BE FORWARDED WITH REQUESTS,

ARMY, NAVY, ARIFORCE AND COAST GUARD---------20

Section VIII: POINTS OF CONTACT FOR VARIOUS RECORDS--------22

Section IX: AWARDS AND DECORATIONS-----------------------------------50

Last updated 3-6-99.