However a buddy statement must contain description of the actual stressor, and give details as to how the buddy (Unit and MOS) was also present at the stressor as an eyewitness. A buddy should give VA their phone number and email address as well as their address and the VA often calls buddies for more details.
Whether the veteran has a buddy statement or is depending on their lay statement describing a stressor-
if they did not engage in combat and have the awards on their DD 214 as within the above BVA statement, the veteran must give the VA enough information to prove the where and when of the stressor as well as that fact that they were they. JS RRC (formerly CUrr) Joint Services Records Research Center depends on detailed accounts in order to support proof of a stressor.
NVLSP makes the point that just about every vet in Vietnam was within range of mortars and often within rocket range.
“A PTSD claim involving mortars and rockets must be put in the context of the personal involvement of the veteran.”
For example was their duty section or barracks a direct hit and damaged by mortar?
How frequent were the attacks? Did the veteran’s unit suffer casualties from the attacks?
When did these mortar attacks occur?