Veterans Benefits

Where to go to ask your questions

 

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.  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.

Appeals
http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/admin21/m21_1/mr/part1/ch05.doc
Board of Veteran's Appeals
http://www.va.gov/vbs/bva/
CARES Commission
http://www.va.gov/vbs/bva/
CARES Draft National Plan
http://www1.va.gov/cares/page.cfm?pg=105  
Center for Minority Veterans
http://www1.va.gov/centerforminorityveterans/
Center for Veterans Enterprise
http://www.vetbiz.gov/default2.htm
Center for Women Veterans
http://www1.va.gov/womenvet/
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%20/ch07.doc
Compensation Rate Tables, 12-1-03
http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/Rates/comp01.htm
Department of Veterans Affairs Home Page
http://www.va.gov/  
Directory of Veterans Service Organizations
http://www1.va.gov/vso/index.cfm?template=view
Disability Examination Worksheets Index, Comp http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/Benefits/exams/index..htm
Due Process
http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/admin21/m21_1/mr/part1/ch02.doc  
Duty to Assist
http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/admin21/m21_1/mr/part1/ch01.doc
Electronic Code of Federal Regulations
http://www.gpoaccess.gov/ecfr/
Emergency, Non-emergency, and Fee Basis Care
http://www1.va.gov/opa/vadocs/fedben.pdf
Environmental Agents
http://www1.va.gov/environagents/
Environmental Agents M10
http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1002
Establishing Combat Veteran Eligibility
http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=315  
EVALUATION PROTOCOL FOR GULF WAR AND IRAQI FREEDOM VETERANS WITH POTENTIAL EXPOSURE TO DEPLETED URANIUM (DU)
http://www1.va.gov/gulfwar/docs/DUHandbook1303122304.DOC  and http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1158
See also, Depleted Uranium Fact Sheet
http://www1.va.gov/gulfwar/docs/DepletedUraniumFAQSheet.doc  
EVALUATION PROTOCOL FOR NON-GULF WAR VETERANS WITH POTENTIAL EXPOSURE TO DEPLETED URANIUM (DU)
http://www1.va.gov/gulfwar/docs/DUHANDBOOKNONGW130340304.DOC  
Fee Basis, PRIORITY FOR OUTPATIENT MEDICAL SERVICES AND INPATIENT HOSPITAL CARE
http://www1.va..gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=206 Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependants 2005 http://www1.va.gov/opa/vadocs/fedben.pdf OR, http://www1.va..gov/opa/vadocs/current_benefits.htm  
Forms and Records Request
http://www.va.gov/vaforms/    
General Compensation Provisions
http://www.access.gpo.gov/uscode/title38/partii_chapter11_subchaptervi_.html
Geriatrics and Extended Care
http://www1.va.gov/geriatricsshg/  
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
http://www1.va.gov/gulfwar/docs/VHIgulfwar.pdf
Gulf War Subject Index
http://www1.va.gov/GulfWar/page.cfm?pg=7&template=main&letter=A
Gulf War Veteran's Illnesses Q&As
http://www1.va.gov/gulfwar/docs/GWIllnessesQandAsIB1041.pdf  
Hearings

http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/admin21/m21_1/mr/part1/ch04.doc
Homeless Veterans
http://www1.va.gov/homeless/
HSR&D Home
http://www.hsrd.research.va.gov/
Index to Disability Examination Worksheets C&P exams
http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/benefits/exams/index..htm
Ionizing Radiation
http://www1.va.gov/irad/    
Iraqi Freedom/Enduring Freedom Veterans VBA
http://www.vba.va.gov/EFIF/        
M 10 for spouses and children <
http://www1..va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1007  
M10 Part III Change 1
http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1008
M21-1 Table of Contents
http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/M21_1.html  
Mental Disorders, Schedule of Ratings
http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/regs/38CFR/BOOKC/PART4/S4_130.DOC  
Mental Health Program Guidelines
http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1094
Mental 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
http://www.myhealth.va.gov/
NASDVA.COM http://nasdva.com/  
National Association of State Directors
http://www.nasdva.com/
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/38cfr/bookc/part4/s4%5F124a.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/solicitations/docs/parkinsons.pdf  
and,
http://www1.va.gov/padrecc/          
Peacetime Disability Compensation
http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=browse_usc&docid=Cite:+38USC1131
Pension for Non-Service-Connected Disability or Death
http://www.access.gpo.gov/uscode/title38/partii_chapter15_subchapteri_.html          and, http://www.access.gpo.gov/uscode/title38/partii_chapter15_subchapterii_.html  
and,
http://www.access.gpo.gov/uscode/title38/partii_chapter15_subchapteriii_.html
Persian Gulf Registry
http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?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/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1232
Persian Gulf Registry Referral Centers
http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1006
Persian Gulf Veterans' Illnesses Research 1999, Annual Report To Congress
http://www1.va.gov/resdev/1999_Gulf_War_Veterans'_Illnesses_Appendices.doc          

Persian Gulf Veterans' Illnesses Research 2002, Annual Report To Congress http://www1.va.gov/resdev/prt/gulf_war_2002/GulfWarRpt02.pdf  
Phase I PGR
http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1004
Phase II PGR
http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1005          
Policy Manual Index
http://www.va.gov/publ/direc/eds/edsmps.htm  
Power of Attorney
http://www.warms.vba..va.gov/admin21/m21_1/mr/part1/ch03.doc          

Project 112 (Including Project SHAD) http://www1.va.gov/shad/
Prosthetics Eligibility
http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.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/publications.cfm?Pub=4
Publications and Reports
http://www1.va.gov/resdev/prt/pubs_individual.cfm?webpage=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
http://www.forms.va.gov/va/Internet/VARF/getformharness.asp?formName=3288-form.xft  
Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans Illnesses April 11, 2002
http://www1.va.gov/rac-gwvi/docs/Minutes_April112002.doc  
Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans Illnesses

http://www1.va.gov/rac-gwvi/docs/ReportandRecommendations_2004.pdf
Research and Development
http://www.appc1.va.gov/resdev/programs/all_programs.cfm
Survivor's and Dependents' Educational Assistance
http://www.access.gpo.gov/uscode/title38/partiii_chapter35_.html
Title 38 Index Parts 0-17

http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?sid=1b0c269b510d3157fbf8f8801bc9b3dc&c=ecfr&tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title38/38cfrv1_02.tpl  
Part 18

http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?sid=1b0c269b510d3157fbf8f8801bc9b3dc&c=ecfr&tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title38/38cfrv2_02.tpl
Title 38 Part 3 Adjudication Subpart A "Pension, Compensation, and Dependency and Indemnity Compensation
http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=ecfr&sid=1b0c269b510d3157fbf8f8801bc9b3dc&tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title38/38cfr3_main_02.tpl  
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-idx?c=ecfr&sid=1b0c269b510d3157fbf8f8801bc9b3dc&tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title38/38cfr3_main_02.tpl         Title 38 PART 4--SCHEDULE FOR RATING DISABILITIES Subpart B--DISABILITY RATINGS
http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=ecfr&sid=ab7641afd195c84a49a2067dbbcf95c0&rgn=div6&view=text&node=38:1.0.1.1.5.2&idno=38
Title 38 4.16 Total disability ratings for compensation based on unemployability of the individual. PART A "SCHEDULE FOR RATING DISABILITIES Subpart "General Policy in Rating
http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=ecfr&sid=1b0c269b510d3157fbf8f8801bc9b3dc&rgn=div8&view=text&node=38:1.0.1.1.5.1..96.11&idno=38
U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
http://www.vetapp.gov/  
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/inForceGliSite/GLIhandbook/glibookletch3.htm#310
VA Loan Lending Limits and Jumbo Loans
http://valoans.com/va_facts_limits.cfm  
VA MS Research
http://www.va.gov/ms/about.asp  
VA National Hepatitis C Program
http://www.hepatitis.va.gov/  
VA Office of Research and Development
http://www1.va.gov/resdev/  
VA Trainee Pocket Card on Gulf War
http://www.va.gov/OAA/pocketcard/gulfwar.asp  
VA WMD EMSHG
http://www1.va.gov/emshg/  
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
http://www.va.gov/rcs/Eligibility.htm  
Veterans Benefits Administration Main Web Page
http://www.vba.va.gov/  
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  http://webmaila.juno.com/webmail/new/UrlBlockedError.aspx>
VHA Public Health Strategic Health Care Group Home Page http: //
www.publichealth.va.gov/  
VHI Guide to Gulf War Veterans (tm) Health
http://www1.va.gov/vhi_ind_study/gulfwar/istudy/index.asp  
Vocational Rehabilitation
http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/vre/  
Vocational Rehabilitation Subsistence
http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/vre/InterSubsistencefy04.doc  
VONAPP online
http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/main.asp  
WARMS - 38 CFR Book C
http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/bookc.html  
Wartime Disability Compensation
http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=browse_usc&docid=Cite:+38USC1110          
War-Related Illness and Injury Study Center - New Jersey
http://www.wri.med.va.gov/  
Welcome to the GI Bill Web Site
http://www.gibill.va.gov/
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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