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HBOT - Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment
Websites For Veterans And Military Families
Veteran Resources
Links For Veterans

Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment
  1. HBOT Treatment - HBOT Study offers free treatment to Veterans with brain injury or brain injury plus PTSD.

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Websites For Veterans and Military Families
  1. - American Academy of Pediatrics: Support for Military Children & Adolescents
  2. - Army Wife
  3. - CFK Connect For Kids / Child Advocacy 360 / Youth Policy Action Center
  4. - Coming Mome: Families Touched By War
  5. - U.S. Department of Defense
  6. - Department of Defense Education Activity
  7. - Texas A&M University Extension Service
  8. - Federation of Families: For Children's Mental Health (Tampa Bay Region)
  9. - Fischer House: Photo Gallery
  10. - Fort Sam Houston Morale Welfare and Recreation
  11. - Grateful Heart: Helping Service Members & Their Families (Alabama)
  12. - This is a Yahoo community group for ALL Veterans who have received a Traumatic Brain Injury or Concussive Brain Injuries in War or Peace time, in-service or afterwards. One must be both Brain Injured AND a Vet to Join
  13. - Journal of the American Medical Association
  14. - All the Benefits of Service
  15. - Adopting In The Military & From Overseas
  16. - Military Child Education Coalition: For The Sake Of The Child
  17. - A 24/7 Resource For Military Members, Spouses & Families
  18. - Military Impacted Schools Association: Providing For The Needs Of Military Children
  19. - National Military Family Association: The Voice For Military Families
  20. - Supporting National Guard & Military Reserve Families One Child at a Time
  21. - Safety Planning and Disaster Response & Recovery
  22. - Housing and mortgage guide created specifically for veterans
  23. - "In recognition of the contributions made by the United States Armed Forces, Sesame Workshop presents this bilingual educational outreach initiative designed for military families and their young children to share"
  24. - SOFAR: Strategic Outreach To Families Of All Reservists
  25. - STOMP: Specialized Training Of Military Parents
  26. -Tradegy Assistance Program For Survivors: Front Line Resource For All Who Are Grieving The Death Of a Loved One Serving Our Country
  27. - Texas Education Agency: Resources For Military Families In Texas
  28. - VFW Unmet: Our Military Families Need Your Help Here At Home
  29. - Department Of Defense and States, Partnering To Support Military Families
  30. - VA IGF website for additional info.
  31. - VA Office of Inspector General (OIG) reports health status and services for returning veterans of Iraq and Afghan wars
  32. - Welcome To Veterans & Families Coming Home
  33. - The Wal-Mart Foundation: Creating Opportunities So People Can Live Better
  34. - Wounded Warrior Project: The Greatest Casualty Is Being Forgotten

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Veteran Resources
  1. America's Heroes at Work - America's Heroes at Work is a U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) project that focuses on the employment challenges of returning service members living with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and/or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The project equips employers and the workforce development system with the tools they need to help returning service members affected by TBI and/or PTSD succeed in the workplace - particularly service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan
  2. Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center DVBIC) - The mission of the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) is to serve active duty military, their dependents and veterans with traumatic brain injury (TBI) through state-of-the-art medical care, innovative clinical research initiatives and educational programs
  3. Documentary Film: Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury - This 29-minute video, introduced by General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.), offers an introduction to TBI, a health issue affecting at least 1.4 million Americans each year. It features the recovery journeys of several service personnel and their families. (this is on the DVBIC web site)
  4. TBISERV - Listserv for the Federal TBI Program
  5. TBISERV - Search the TBISERV archives

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Links For Veterans

Below are websites 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.

(With thanks to Edward Butler, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Governorís Office for People with Disabilities.)

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.

  1. Appeals:
  2. Board of Veteran's Appeals:
  3. CARES Commission:
  4. CARES Draft National Plan:
  5. Center for Minority Veterans:
  6. Center for Veterans Enterprise:
  7. Center for Women Veterans:
  8. Clarification on the changes in VA healthcare for Gulf War Veterans:
  9. Classified Records - American Gulf War Veterans Assoc.:
  10. Compensation for Disabilities Associated with the Gulf War Service:
  11. Compensation Rate Tables, 12-1-03:
  12. Department of Veterans Affairs Home Page:
  13. Directory of Veterans Service Organizations:
  14. Disability Examination Worksheets Index, Comp:
  15. Due Process:
  16. Duty to Assist:
  17. Electronic Code of Federal Regulations:
  18. Emergency, Non-emergency, and Fee Basis Care:
  19. Environmental Agents:
  20. Environmental Agents M10:
  21. Establishing Combat Veteran Eligibility:
  22. Evaluation Protocol for Gulf War and Iraqi Freedom Veterans with Potential Exposure to Depleted Uranium (DU): and
    See also, Depleted Uranium Fact Sheet:
  23. Evaluation Protocol for Non-Gulf War Veterans with Potential Exposure to Depleted Uranium (DU):
  24. Fee Basis, Priority for Outpatient Medical Services and Inpatient Hospital Care: 
  25. Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependants 2005: or,
  26. Forms and Records Request:
  27. General Compensation Provisions:
  28. Geriatrics and Extended Care:
  29. Guideline for Chronic Pain and Fatigue MUS-CPG:
  30. Guide to Gulf War Veteran's Health:
  31. Gulf War Subject Index: and
  32. Gulf War Veteran's Illnesses Q&As:
  33. Hearings: and
  34. Homeless Veterans:
  35. HSR&D Home:
  36. Index to Disability Examination Worksheets C&P exams:
  37. Ionizing Radiation:
  38. Iraqi Freedom/Enduring Freedom Veterans VBA:
  39. M10 for spouses and children:
  40. M10 Part III Change 1:
  41. M21-1 Table of Contents:
  42. Mental Disorders, Schedule of Ratings:
  43. Mental Health Program Guidelines:
  44. Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Centers:
  45. MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Centers of Excellence:
  46. My Health e Vet:
  47. NASDVA.COM National Association of State Directors:
  48. National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention:
  49. Neurological Conditions and Convulsive Disorders, Schedule of Ratings:
  50. OMI (Office of Medical Inspector):
  51. Online VA Form 10-10EZ:
  52. Parkinson's Disease and Related Neurodegenerative Disorders: and,
  53. Peacetime Disability Compensation: and
  54. Pension for Non-Service-Connected Disability or Death: and, and,
  55. Persian Gulf Registry:
    This program is now referred to as Gulf War Registry Program (to include Operation Iraqi Freedom) as of March 7, 2005:
  56. Persian Gulf Registry Referral Centers:
  57. Persian Gulf Veterans' Illnesses Research 1999, Annual Report To Congress:'_Illnesses_Appendices.doc
  58. Persian Gulf Veterans' Illnesses Research 2002, Annual Report To Congress:
  59. Phase I PGR:
  60. Phase II PGR:
  61. Policy Manual Index:
  62. Power of Attorney:
  63. Project 112 (Including Project SHAD):
  64. Prosthetics Eligibility:
  65. Public Health and Environmental Hazards Home Page:
  66. Public Health/SARS:
  67. Publications Manuals:
  68. Publications and Reports:
  69. Records Center and Vault Homepage:
  70. Records Center and Vault Site Map:
  71. Reques for and Consent to Release of Information from Claimant's Records:
  72. Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans Illnesses April 11, 2002:
  73. Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans Illnesses:
  74. Research and Development:
  75. Survivor's and Dependents' Educational Assistance:
  76. Title 38
    Index, Parts 0-17:
    Parts 18-75:
  77. Title 38
    Part 3 Adjudication
    Pensions, Bonuses & Veterans Relief
    (also 3.317 Compensation for certain disabilities due to undiagnosed illnesses found here):
  78. Title 38
    PART 4 - Schedule for Rating Disabilities
    Subpart A - General Policy in Rating
    (see 4.16 Total disability ratings for compensation based on unemployability of the individual)
  79. Title 38
    Part 4 - Schedule for Rating Disabilities
    Subpart B - Disability Ratings;sid=3c60967029d458eb832d813a7fb27001;rgn=div6;view=text;node=38%3A1.;idno=38;cc=ecfr
  80. U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims:
  81. VA Best Practice Manual for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD):
  82. VA Fact Sheet:
  83. VA Health Care Eligibility:
  84. VA Instituting Global Assessment of Function (GAF):
  85. VA Life Insurance Handbook, Chapter 3:
  86. VA Loan Lending Limits and Jumbo Loans:
  87. VA MS Research:
  88. VA National Hepatitis C Program:
  89. VA Office of Research and Development:
  90. VA Trainee Pocket Card on Gulf War:
  93. VAOIG Hotline Telephone Number and Address:
  94. Vet Center Eligibility - Readjustment Counseling Service:
  95. Veterans Benefits Administration Main Web Page:
  96. Veterans Legal and Benefits Information:
  97. VHA Forms, Publications, Manuals:
  98. VHA Programs - Clinical Programs & Initiatives:
  99. VHA Public Health Strategic Health Care Group Home Page:
  100. VHI Guide to Gulf War Veterans(tm) Health:
  101. Vocational Rehabilitation:
  102. Vocational Rehabilitation Subsistence:
  103. VONAPP online:
  104. WARMS - 38 CFR Book C:
  105. Wartime Disability Compensation: and
  106. War-Related Illness and Injury Study Center - New Jersey:
  107. Welcome to the GI Bill Web Site:
  108. What VA Social Workers Do:
  109. WRIISC Patient Eligibility:

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