Military Service Records: Searching for the Truth

  title={Military Service Records: Searching for the Truth},
  author={Robert G. Moering},
  journal={Psychological Injury and Law},
In conducting Compensation and Pension (C&P) examinations, one of the most significant sources of evidence supporting a veteran’s claim for service connection are found in the veteran’s service medical records and service personnel records. Although specific numbers are unknown, a majority of mental health providers who conduct C&P examinations are not veterans and have limited knowledge and understanding of the records they are being asked to review. In cases of an initial posttraumatic stress… 

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