Websites for American Veterans – What All Vets Should Know

   Veterans,  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.
Board of Veteran’s Appeals:   http://www.va.gov/vbs/bva/
VA In the News:  http://www1.va.gov
Center for Minority Veterans:  http://www1.va.gov/centerforminorityveterans/
Center for Veterans Enterprise: http://www.vetbiz.gov
Center for Women Veterans:  http://www1.va.gov/womenvet/
American Gulf War Veterans Association:  http://www.gulfwarvets.com/
VA Web Automated Reference Material System (WARMS):  http://www.benefits.va.gov/WARMS/Site_Map.asp
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://www.nonvacare.va.gov/
Environmental Issues and Hazards: https://iris.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1252
Combat-Related Special Compensation: https://iris.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/410/related/1
Evaluation Protocol for Gulf War/Iraqi Freedom Veterans with Potential Exposure to Depleted Uranium (DU): http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/depleted_uranium/index.asp  And:  http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1158
Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Documents Home Page: http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications
Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependants 2010:  http://www.va.gov/opa/publications/benefits_book.asp
Forms and Records Request http://www.va.gov/vaforms 
General Compensation Provisions and Benefits (go to title 38):  http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collectionUScode.action?collectionCode=USCODE
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://www.va.gov/RAC-GWVI/index.asp
Gulf War Subject Index: http://www.va.gov/RAC-GWVI/Recently_funded_Gulf_War_Illnesses_related_Research_Studies.asp
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: https://iris.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1519
Iraqi Freedom/Enduring Freedom Veterans VBA: http://www.oefoif.va.gov/
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.va.gov/index.asp
Military Personnel Records:  http://www.archives.gov/st-louis/military-personnel/index.html
MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Centers of Excellence: http://www.va.gov/ms/index.asp
My Health e Vet: http://www.myhealth.va.gov/
National Archives: http://www.archives.gov/st-louis/
National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention: http://www.prevention.va.gov/
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.medicalinspector.va.gov/index.asp
Online VA Form 10-10EZ: https://www.1010ez.med.va.gov/sec/vha/1010ez/
Parkinson’s Disease and Related Neurodegenerative Disorders: http://www.research.va.gov/funding/solicitations/docs/parkinsons.pdf    
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 (see Chapter 15): http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collectionUScode.action?collectionCode=USCODE
Persian Gulf Registry http://www.gulfweb.org/bigdoc/selfhelp.cfm
This program is referred to as Gulf War Registry Program (includes Operation Iraqi Freedom) as of March 7, 2005
Persian Gulf Registry Referral Centers https://iris.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/542
Persian Gulf Veterans’ Illnesses Research 1999, Annual Report to Congress: http://www4.va.gov/OCA/testimony/hvac/sh/hvac61.asp
Persian Gulf Veterans’ Illnesses Research Report To Congress: http://www.va.gov/RAC-GWVI/index.asp
Directives Manual Index: http://www.va.gov/publ/direc/eds/edsmps.htm 
Power of Attorney: http://www.benefits.va.gov/WARMS/M21_1MR1.asp
Project 112 (Including Project SHAD): https://iris.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1520/related/1
Prosthetics Eligibility: http://www.prosthetics.va.gov/
Public Health and Environmental Hazards Home Page: http://www.publichealth.va.gov/ 
Public Health/SARS: http://www.vba.va.gov/ro/central/stpau/Lenders/sarrequirements.html
Publications Manuals: http://www1.va.gov/vapubs/
VA Office of Information Enterprise Records Management Service: http://www.rms.oit.va.gov/index.asp
Records Center and Vault Homepage: http://www.rcv.va.gov/
Records Center and Vault Site Search: http://www.rcv.va.gov/site_search.asp
Release of Information Consent Form: http://www.minneapolis.va.gov/patients/pati_release.asp
Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans Illnesses:
http://www.va.gov/RAC-GWVI/Gulf_War_Illnesses_links.asp
Research and Development: http://www.research.va.gov/
Survivor’s and Dependents’ Educational Assistance: http://www.gibill.va.gov/pamphlets/ch35/ch35_pamphlet_general.htm
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 à “General Policy in Rating”: http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=ecfr&tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title38/38cfr4_main_02.tpl
U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims: http://www.uscourts.cavc.gov/
VA Best Practice Manual for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): http://www.avapl.org/pub/PTSD%20Manual%20final%206.pdf
VA Fact Sheet: http://www.sanfrancisco.va.gov/news/publications.asp
VA Health Care Eligibility: http://www.va.gov/healtheligibility/
VA Life Insurance Handbook: http://www.insurance.va.gov/miscellaneous/index.htm
VA Loan Lending Limits and Jumbo Loans: http://valoans.com/va_facts_limits.cfm 
VA MS Research: http://www.va.gov/ms/
VA National Hepatitis C Program: http://www.hepatitis.va.gov/
VA Office of Research and Development: http://www.research.va.gov/
VA on Gulf War: http://www.va.gov/OAA/pocketcard/gulfwar.asp 
VA WMD EMSHG: http://www.publichealth.va.gov/emergencymanagement/staff.asp
VAOIG Hotline Telephone Number and Address: http://www.va.gov/oig/contacts/hotline.asp
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 Resource Network: http://www.38uscode.com/
Veterans Service Records: http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/index.html
VHA Forms, Publications, Manuals: http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ 
VHA Programs – Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Centers: http://www.mirecc.va.gov/index.asp
VHA Public Health Strategic Health Care Group Home Page:  http://www.publichealth.va.gov/
Vocational Rehabilitation:  http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/vre/
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:  http://www.warrelatedillness.va.gov/
Welcome to the GI Bill Web Site:  http://www.gibill.va.gov/
What VA Social Workers Do:  http://www.socialwork.va.gov/socialworkers.asp
For more information please call Wayne Kleinschmidt at 660-359-2078 Mon-Fri 9-5

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