OK, let me give you the bad news first. PTSD is, techincally, a personality disorder. It can be found in the DSM IV (the manual that doctors use to diagnose mental conditions) as a disorder. So she has an uphill battle from the start.
The other bit of bad news is that if she has filed the DD149 already to the BCNR, then she can only re-apply to the BCNR IF she can show new evidence not covered in the orginal submission.
Now, that said, you say
My second attempt to get this changed resulted in a letter stating there was inadequate documentation as required by reference for the diagnosis of PTSD. Further into the letter it says "Additionally, no evidence of the cutaneous residuals that might have been expected from such an assault as described is noted; and unfortunately, much supportive evidence had, reportedly, been disposed of (and no attempt at retrieval made initially).
If she was med boarded and diagnosed with PTSD, this would certaily address the response
"there was inadequate documentation as required by reference for the diagnosis of PTSD."
SO she may be able to use this to get the BCNR to re-open the case.
I think, at a minimum, if this disorder was caused by the military (seems to me it was) then it may be possible to have the narrative changed to "personality disorder-PTSD"
Now, this portion here
Additionally, no evidence of the cutaneous residuals that might have been expected from such an assault as described is noted; and unfortunately, much supportive evidence had, reportedly, been disposed of (and no attempt at retrieval made initially).
Is troubling...since it seems that the board is saying "we do not believe this was a rape". That may be the root of this whole thing. IF you do appeal this, it would serve you well to address this...find some way of convincing the board that there was a rape...the standard is low...more likely than not...but she will need to present some evidence to the board.
To have the greatest chance for success you should consider working with an attorney that can help you assemble the package you will submit. A google search under "military lawyer upgrade discharge
" will net you several prospects...I would talk to several to see if one can be of help...but understand this is a long shot...beware of promises.
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