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    Veterans programs

    Below are web-sites that provide information on Veterans benefits and how to file/ask for them. Accordingly, there are many sites that explain how to obtain books, military/medical records, information and how to appeal a denied claim with the VA.

    If the links don't work, just copy and paste into your browser.


    Please pass this information on to every Veteran you know. Nearly 100% of this information is free and available for all veterans, the only catch is: you have to ask for it, because they won't tell you about a specific benefit unless you ask for it. You need to know what questions to ask so the right doors open for you - and then be ready to have an advocate who is willing to work with and for you, stay in the process, and press for your rights and your best interests.
    Links for Veterans

    Appeals: http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/admin21/...part1/ch05.doc
    Board of Veteran's Appeals: Board of Veterans' Appeals Home
    CARES Commission: Board of Veterans' Appeals Home
    CARES Draft National Plan: http://www1.va.gov/cares/page.cfm?pg=105
    Center for Minority Veterans: Center for Minority Veterans Home
    Center for Veterans Enterprise: http://www.vetbiz.gov/default2.htm
    Center for Women Veterans: Center for Women Veterans Home
    Clarification on the changes in VA healthcare for Gulf War Veterans: http://www.gulfwarvets.com/ubb/Forum1/HTML/000016.html
    Classified Records - American Gulf War Veterans Assoc.: http://www.gulfwarvets.com/ubb/Forum18/HTML/000011.html
    Compensation for Disabilities Associated with the Gulf War Service: http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/admin21/m21_1/part6
    http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/admin21/...part6/ch07.doc
    Compensation Rate Tables, 12-1-03: Compensation Rate Table - Effective 12/1/08 (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs)
    Department of Veterans Affairs Home Page: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
    Directory of Veterans Service Organizations: Directory of Veterans Service Organizations - View by Chartered Organizations
    Disability Examination Worksheets Index, Comp: Index of Disability Examination Worksheets (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs)
    Due Process: http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/admin21/...part1/ch02.doc
    Duty to Assist: http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/admin21/...part1/ch01.doc
    Electronic Code of Federal Regulations: GPO Home Page
    Emergency, Non-emergency, and Fee Basis Care: http://www1.va.gov/opa/vadocs/fedben.pdf
    Environmental Agents: Hazardous Exposures - Office of Public Health and Environmental Hazards
    Environmental Agents M10: http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/V...sp?pub_ID=1002
    Establishing Combat Veteran Eligibility: http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/V...asp?pub_ID=315
    EVALUATION PROTOCOL FOR GULF WAR AND IRAQI FREEDOM VETERANS WITH POTENTIAL EXPOSURE TO DEPLETED URANIUM (DU): Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses - Office of Public Health and Environmental Hazards and http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/V...sp?pub_ID=1158
    See also, Depleted Uranium Fact Sheet: Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses - Office of Public Health and Environmental Hazards
    EVALUATION PROTOCOL FOR NON-GULF WAR VETERANS WITH POTENTIAL EXPOSURE TO DEPLETED URANIUM (DU): Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses - Office of Public Health and Environmental Hazards
    Fee Basis, PRIORITY FOR OUTPATIENT MEDICAL SERVICES AND INPATIENT HOSPITAL CARE: http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/V...asp?pub_ID=206
    Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependants 2005: http://www1.va.gov/opa/vadocs/fedben.pdf OR, Redirect
    Forms and Records Request: VA Forms
    General Compensation Provisions: http://www.access.gpo.gov/uscode/tit...haptervi_.html
    Geriatrics and Extended Care: Office of Geriatrics and Extended Care Home
    Guideline for Chronic Pain and Fatigue MUS-CPG: http://www.oqp.med..va.gov/cpg/cpgn/mus/mus_base.htm
    Guide to Gulf War Veteran's Health: Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses - Office of Public Health and Environmental Hazards
    Gulf War Subject Index: Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses - Office of Public Health and Environmental Hazards and Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses - Office of Public Health and Environmental Hazards
    Gulf War Veteran's Illnesses Q&As: Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses - Office of Public Health and Environmental Hazards
    Hearings: http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/admi - http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/admin21/...part1/ch04.doc
    Homeless Veterans: Homeless Veterans Home
    HSR&D Home: VA Health Services Research & Development (HSR&D)
    Index to Disability Examination Worksheets C&P exams: Index of Disability Examination Worksheets (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs)
    Ionizing Radiation: http://www1.va.gov/irad/
    Iraqi Freedom/Enduring Freedom Veterans VBA: http://www.vba.va..gov/EFIF/
    M10 for spouses and children: http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/V...sp?pub_ID=1007 - http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/V...sp?pub_ID=1007
    M10 Part III Change 1: http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/V...sp?pub_ID=1008
    M21-1 Table of Contents: VBA M21-1 (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs)
    Mental Disorders, Schedule of Ratings: http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/regs/38C...RT4/S4_130.DOC
    Mental Health Program Guidelines: http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/V...sp?pub_ID=1094
    Ment al Illness Research, Education and Clinical Centers: http://www.mirecc.med.va.gov/
    MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Centers of Excellence: http://www.va.gov/ms/about.asp
    My Health e Vet: My HealtheVet - The Gateway to Veteran Health and Wellness
    NASDVA.COM National Association of State Directors: National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs (NASDVA)
    National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention: http://www.nchpdp.med.va.gov/postdeploymentlinks.asp
    Neurological Conditions and Convulsive Disorders, Schedule of Ratings: http://www.warms.vba..va.gov/regs/38.../s4%5F124a.doc - http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/regs/38c...t4/s4_124a.doc
    OMI (Office of Medical Inspector): http://www.omi.cio.med.va.gov/
    Online VA Form 10-10EZ: https://www..1010ez.med.va.gov/sec/vha/1010ez/
    Parkinson's Disease and Related Neurodegenerative Disorders: http://www1.va.gov/resdev/funding/so...parkinsons.pdf and, http://www1.va.gov/padrecc/
    Peacetime Disability Compensation: http://frwebgate..access.gpo.gov/cgi...ame=browse_usc - http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-...ite:+38USC1131
    Pension for Non-Service-Connected Disability or Death: http://www.access.gpo.gov/uscode/tit...chapteri_.html and, http://www.access.gpo.gov/uscode/tit...hapterii_.html and, http://www.access.gpo.gov/uscode/tit...apteriii_.html
    Persian Gulf Registry: http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/V...sp?pub_ID=1003
    This program is now referred to as Gulf War Registry Program (to include Operation Iraqi Freedom) as of March 7, 2005: http://www1..va.gov/vhapublications/...sp?pub_ID=1232
    Persian Gulf Registry Referral Centers: http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/V...sp?pub_ID=1006
    Persian Gulf Veterans' Illnesses Research 1999, Annual Report To Congress
    http://www1.va.gov/resdev/1999_Gulf_...Appendices.doc
    Persian Gulf Veterans' Illnesses Research 2002, Annual Report To Congress: http://www1.va.gov/resdev/prt/gulf_w...lfWarRpt02.pdf
    Phase I PGR: http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/V...sp?pub_ID=1004
    Phase II PGR: http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/V...sp?pub_ID=1005
    Policy Manual Index: Directive Management Services Webpage
    Power of Attorney: http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/admin21/...part1/ch03.doc
    Project 112 (Including Project SHAD): http://www1.va.gov/shad/
    Prosthetics Eligibility: http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/V...asp?pub_ID=337
    Public Health and Environmental Hazards Home Page: http://www.vethealth.cio.med.va.gov/
    Public Health/SARS: http://www.publichealth.va.gov/SARS/
    Publications Manuals: http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/p...ons..cfm?Pub=4
    Publications and Reports: http://www1.va.gov/resdev/prt/pubs_i...e=gulf_war.htm
    Records Center and Vault Homepage: http://www.aac.va.gov/vault/default.html
    Records Center and Vault Site Map: http://www.aac.va.gov/vault/sitemap.html
    REQUEST FOR AND CONSENT TO RELEASE OF INFORMATION FROM CLAIMANT'S RECORDS: VA Forms
    Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans Illnesses April 11, 2002: http://www1.va.gov/rac-gwvi/docs/Min...pril112002.doc
    Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans Illnesses: http://www1.va.gov/rac-gwvi/docs/Rep...tions_2004.pdf
    Research and Development: Page Not Found
    Survivor's and Dependents' Educational Assistance: http://www.access.gpo.gov/uscode/tit...apter35_..html

    Title 38
    Index
    Parts 0-17
    Electronic Code of Federal Regulations:

    Part 18
    http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?sid=1b0c269b510d3157fbf8f8801bc9b3dc&c=ecfr&tp l=/ecfrbrowse/Title38/38cfrv2_02.tpl>
    Electronic Code of Federal Regulations:

    Title 38
    Part 3 Adjudication
    Subpart A, Pension, Compensation, and Dependency and Indemnity Compensation:

    Electronic Code of Federal Regulations:
    Electronic Code of Federal Regulations:

    Title 38
    Pensions, Bonuses & Veterans Relief
    (also 3.317 Compensation for certain disabilities due to undiagnosed illnesses found here):

    http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-

    Title 38
    PART 4 - SCHEDULE FOR RATING DISABILITIES
    Subpart B - DISABILITY RATINGS
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    Electronic Code of Federal Regulations:
    Electronic Code of Federal Regulations:

    Title 38
    4.16 Total disability ratings for compensation based on unemployability of the individual.
    PART 4, SCHEDULE FOR RATING DISABILITIES
    Subpart A, General Policy in Rating
    http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/textidx?c=ecfr
    Electronic Code of Federal Regulations:
    Electronic Code of Federal Regulations:

    U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims: This site has moved...
    VA Best Practice Manual for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): http://www.avapl.org/pub/PTSD%20Manual%20final%206.pdf
    VA Fact Sheet: http://www1.va.gov/opa/fact/gwfs.html
    VA Health Care Eligibility: http://www.va.gov/healtheligibility/home/hecmain.asp
    VA INSTITUTING GLOBAL ASSESSMENT OF FUNCTION (GAF): http://www.avapl.org/gaf/gaf.html
    VA Life Insurance Handbook, Chapter 3: http://www.insurance.va.gov/inForceG...letch3.htm#310
    VA Loan Lending Limits and Jumbo Loans: VA Loan Lending Limits and VA Jumbo Loans
    VA MS Research: http://www.va.gov/ms/about.asp
    VA National Hepatitis C Program: Clinical Public Health Programs: Hepatitis C (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs)
    VA Office of Research and Development: Our Domain Name Has Changed
    VA Trainee Pocket Card on Gulf War: Gulf War Health Issues Readings - U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
    VA WMD EMSHG: Emergency Management Strategic Health Care Group Home
    VA WRIISC-DC: http://www.va.gov/WRIISC-DC/
    VAOIG Hotline Telephone Number and Address: http://www.va.gov/oig/hotline/hotline3.htm
    Vet Center Eligibility - Readjustment Counseling Service: Vet Center Home
    Veterans Benefits Administration Main Web Page: Redirect to Benefits Home Page
    Veterans Legal and Benefits Information: http://valaw.org/
    VHA Forms, Publications, Manuals: http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/
    VHA Programs - Clinical Programs & Initiatives: http://www1.va.gov/health_benefits/page.cfm?pg=13
    VHA Public Health Strategic Health Care Group Home Page: Office of Public Health and Environmental Hazards Home
    VHI Guide to Gulf War Veterans**(tm) Health: http://www1.va.gov/vhi_ind_study/gul...tudy/index.asp
    Vocational Rehabilitation: Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service Home Page
    Vocational Rehabilitation Subsistence: http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/vre/InterSubsistencefy04.doc
    VONAPP online: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Veterans Online Application System (VONAPP)
    WARMS - 38 CFR Book C: VBA 38 CFR Book C (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs)
    Wartime Di sability Compensation: http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-...ame=browse_usc - http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=browse_usc&docid=Cite:+38USC1110 > &docid=Cite:+38USC1110
    War-Related Illness and Injury Study Center - New Jersey: VA New Jersey War Related Illness and Injury Study Center - War Related Illness and Injury Study Center (WRIISC)
    Welcome to the GI Bill Web Site: Welcome to the GI Bill Website - U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs
    What VA Social Workers Do: http://www1.va.gov/socialwork/page.cfm?pg=3
    WRIISC Patient Eligibility: http://www.illegion.org/va1.html
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    Great info! I have yet to ask or require services from my government post commitment. But I may in the future. Thank you.

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    good info

    thanks...

    I am 0% rated for two service connected = free care for those

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    Worth bumping up. Great info.

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    Great info! Worth a sticky?
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    I agree on making it a sticky. I'm rated at 70% and have used a lot of those resources already and will most likely need to use them again in the future.

    Thanks for posting them.

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    I too, like Mr. D, am rated "less than 10%", which means ZERO compensation. Have never bothered to pursue it, and just let it lie. Can see now, it'd almost be a worthless battle. At my age, I'll be long gone, before the VA would compensate me.

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    I'm rated 20% with re-eval in 5 years. My buddy has the same injuries as me, and he got 70%.
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    I attached the link below to CFR 38 part 4. When I took my TAPS class before I retired the VA rep who taught us for 1 day worked in Oklahoma as one of the approvers for VA disabilities. He told all of us that this was the bible for all VA disabilities and what the ratings are for diagnosed conditions. If it's not a listed condition within this CFR 38 Part 4 then the VA does not recognize it. He also said to be sure that any medical problems we may have to be diagnosed with an exact name.

    I used this info by matching my medical records diagnoses with conditions listed in this CFR. Long story short, I submitted 13 diagnoses (all were documented in med records) listed within the CFR and all were approved as service related. 7 were assigned with a rating of 10% and higher and the other 6 were approved service related but rated at 0%. The real kicker about this is, it only took 2 months and 3 days from submitting my request to the VA before I got my disability rating. I attribute this by making sure I used the exact language (exact diagnosis) from CFR 38 part 4 and ensured I tagged the pages of my medical records supporting my submittal.

    I really appreciate what that VA rep taught us because it sure made my VA disability approval process go smooth. Anyways, hope this link can help someone out there.


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    Whoa, that's a wealth of information there. Thanks for posting.
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    Thumbs up

    I was looking for info on Agent Orange disabilities during the Vietnam war. Couldn't find anything from the list. Did I miss it? Nonetheless, thanks for sharing. Great sources.
    May we never forget those in uniform who protect us night and day in lands far away. And those in all wars who paid the supreme sacrifice in defense of our country. May God Bless our Troops and First Responders.

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    Blue Jacket, Have you seen the agent orange site at the link below? Not sure if that's what you're looking for.

    Agent Orange - Office of Public Health and Environmental Hazards

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    Check out VA Watchdog.org , read that site every night. Jim Strickland has a lot of good info. I was in the USAF 1960-1967, in 1961 I had a head injury and was in a coma for three days. In 1971 I had a series of seizures. I filed my first claim in 1971 and was given 0 %. 6 years ago I had some skin problems and thought it might be agent orange. I put in a claim and now am at 80%. The VA has treated me very well in every respect. The VFW helped me with my claims and would recommend them.

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    Thanks Alf87 for the site. I'll pass it to my friend who was in TET and has kidney cancer and other medical conditions due to agent orange exposure.
    May we never forget those in uniform who protect us night and day in lands far away. And those in all wars who paid the supreme sacrifice in defense of our country. May God Bless our Troops and First Responders.

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    Thanks for posting the above links for others.
    Disabled Nam Vet.

    Here is a link to the informative site;

    VA Watchdog dot Org -- Home Page - Keeping an eye on the VA because somebody has to!

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