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Veterans

INFORMATION FOR VETERANS


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. www.aap.org/sections/unifserv/deployment/index.html - American Academy of Pediatrics: Support for Military Children & Adolescents
  2. www.armywife.com - Army Wife
  3. www.connectforkids.org - CFK Connect For Kids / Child Advocacy 360 / Youth Policy Action Center
  4. www.CNN.com/Cominghome - Coming Mome: Families Touched By War
  5. www.defenselink.mil - U.S. Department of Defense
  6. www.dodea.edu - Department of Defense Education Activity
  7. fcs.tamu.edu/about_fcs/index.php - Texas A&M University Extension Service
  8. www.federationoffamilies.org - Federation of Families: For Children's Mental Health (Tampa Bay Region)
  9. www.fischerhouse.com - Fischer House: Photo Gallery
  10. www.fortsamhoustonmwr.com - Fort Sam Houston Morale Welfare and Recreation
  11. www.governor.state.al.us/ogh - Grateful Heart: Helping Service Members & Their Families (Alabama)
  12. health.groups.yahoo.com/group/Vets-w-TBI/ - 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. www.jama.ama-assn.org - Journal of the American Medical Association
  14. www.military.com - All the Benefits of Service
  15. www.military.adoption.com - Adopting In The Military & From Overseas
  16. www.militarychild.org - Military Child Education Coalition: For The Sake Of The Child
  17. www.militaryonesource.com - A 24/7 Resource For Military Members, Spouses & Families
  18. www.militarystudent.org - Military Impacted Schools Association: Providing For The Needs Of Military Children
  19. www.nmfa.org - National Military Family Association: The Voice For Military Families
  20. www.ourmilitarykids.org - Supporting National Guard & Military Reserve Families One Child at a Time
  21. www.preparerespondrecover.com - Safety Planning and Disaster Response & Recovery
  22. www.refinancemortgagerates.org/refinance-mortgage-guide-for-u-s-veterans/ - Housing and mortgage guide created specifically for veterans
  23. www.sesameworkshop.org/tlc - "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. www.sofarusa.org - SOFAR: Strategic Outreach To Families Of All Reservists
  25. www.stomp.com - STOMP: Specialized Training Of Military Parents
  26. www.taps.org -Tradegy Assistance Program For Survivors: Front Line Resource For All Who Are Grieving The Death Of a Loved One Serving Our Country
  27. www.tea.state.tx.us/mil/index.html - Texas Education Agency: Resources For Military Families In Texas
  28. www.unmetneeds.com - VFW Unmet: Our Military Families Need Your Help Here At Home
  29. www.usa4militaryfamilies.org - Department Of Defense and States, Partnering To Support Military Families
  30. www.va.gov/OIG/ - VA IGF website for additional info.
  31. www.va.gov/oig/54/reports/VAOIG-05-01818-165.pdf - VA Office of Inspector General (OIG) reports health status and services for returning veterans of Iraq and Afghan wars
  32. www.veteransandfamilies.org - Welcome To Veterans & Families Coming Home
  33. www.walmartfoundation.org - The Wal-Mart Foundation: Creating Opportunities So People Can Live Better
  34. www.woundedwarrior.org - 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:  www.warms.vba.va.gov/admin21/m21_1/mr/part1/ch05.doc
  2. Board of Veteran's Appeals:  www.va.gov/vbs/bva
  3. CARES Commission: www.va.gov/vbs/bva
  4. CARES Draft National Plan:  www1.va.gov/cares/page.cfm?pg=105
  5. Center for Minority Veterans:  www1.va.gov/centerforminorityveterans
  6. Center for Veterans Enterprise:  www.vetbiz.gov/default2.htm
  7. Center for Women Veterans:  www1.va.gov/womenvet/
  8. Clarification on the changes in VA healthcare for Gulf War Veterans:  www.gulfwarvets.com/ubb/Forum1/HTML/000016.html
  9. Classified Records - American Gulf War Veterans Assoc.:  www.gulfwarvets.com/ubb/Forum18/HTML/000011.html
  10. Compensation for Disabilities Associated with the Gulf War Service:  www.warms.vba.va.gov/admin21/m21_1/part6/ch07.doc
  11. Compensation Rate Tables, 12-1-03:  www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/Rates/comp01.htm
  12. Department of Veterans Affairs Home Page:  www.va.gov
  13. Directory of Veterans Service Organizations:  www1.va.gov/vso/index.cfm?template=view
  14. Disability Examination Worksheets Index, Comp:  www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/Benefits/exams/index.htm
  15. Due Process:  www.warms.vba.va.gov/admin21/m21_1/mr/part1/ch02.doc
  16. Duty to Assist:  www.warms.vba.va.gov/admin21/m21_1/mr/part1/ch01.doc
  17. Electronic Code of Federal Regulations:  www.gpoaccess.gov/ecfr/
  18. Emergency, Non-emergency, and Fee Basis Care:  www1.va.gov/opa/vadocs/fedben.pdf
  19. Environmental Agents:  www1.va.gov/environagents
  20. Environmental Agents M10:  www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1002
  21. Establishing Combat Veteran Eligibility:  www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=315
  22. Evaluation Protocol for Gulf War and Iraqi Freedom Veterans with Potential Exposure to Depleted Uranium (DU):  www1.va.gov/gulfwar/docs/DUHandbook1303122304.DOC and  www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1158
    See also, Depleted Uranium Fact Sheet:  www1.va.gov/gulfwar/docs/DepletedUraniumFAQSheet.doc
  23. Evaluation Protocol for Non-Gulf War Veterans with Potential Exposure to Depleted Uranium (DU):  www1.va.gov/gulfwar/docs/DUHANDBOOKNONGW130340304.DOC
  24. Fee Basis, Priority for Outpatient Medical Services and Inpatient Hospital Care: 
  25. Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependants 2005:  www1.va.gov/opa/vadocs/fedben.pdf or,  www1.va.gov/opa/vadocs/current_benefits.htm
  26. Forms and Records Request:  www.va.gov/vaforms
  27. General Compensation Provisions:  www.access.gpo.gov/uscode/title38/partii_chapter11_subchaptervi_.html
  28. Geriatrics and Extended Care:  www1.va.gov/geriatricsshg
  29. Guideline for Chronic Pain and Fatigue MUS-CPG:  www.oqp.med.va.gov/cpg/cpgn/mus/mus_base.htm
  30. Guide to Gulf War Veteran's Health:  www1.va.gov/gulfwar/docs/VHIgulfwar.pdf
  31. Gulf War Subject Index:  www1.va.gov/GulfWar/page.cfm?pg=7 and http://www1.va.gov/GulfWar/page.cfm?pg=7&template=main&letter=A&template=main&letter=A
  32. Gulf War Veteran's Illnesses Q&As:  www1.va.gov/gulfwar/docs/GWIllnessesQandAsIB1041.pdf
  33. Hearings:  www.warms.vba.va.gov/admi and  www.warms.vba.va.gov/admin21/m21_1/mr/part1/ch04.docn21/m21_1/mr/part1/ch04.doc
  34. Homeless Veterans:  www1.va.gov/homeless
  35. HSR&D Home:  www.hsrd.research.va.gov
  36. Index to Disability Examination Worksheets C&P exams:  www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/benefits/exams/index.htm
  37. Ionizing Radiation:  www1.va.gov/irad
  38. Iraqi Freedom/Enduring Freedom Veterans VBA:  www.vba.va.gov/EFIF
  39. M10 for spouses and children:  http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1007
  40. M10 Part III Change 1:  www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1008
  41. M21-1 Table of Contents:  www.warms.vba.va.gov/M21_1.html
  42. Mental Disorders, Schedule of Ratings:  www.warms.vba.va.gov/regs/38CFR/BOOKC/PART4/S4_130.DOC
  43. Mental Health Program Guidelines:  www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1094
  44. Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Centers:  www.mirecc.med.va.gov
  45. MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Centers of Excellence:  www.va.gov/ms/about.asp
  46. My Health e Vet:  www.myhealth.va.gov
  47. NASDVA.COM National Association of State Directors:  www.nasdva.com
  48. National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention:  www.nchpdp.med.va.gov/postdeploymentlinks.asp
  49. Neurological Conditions and Convulsive Disorders, Schedule of Ratings:  www.warms.vba.va.gov/regs/38cfr/bookc/part4/s4_124a.doc
  50. OMI (Office of Medical Inspector):  www.omi.cio.med.va.gov
  51. Online VA Form 10-10EZ:  www.1010ez.med.va.gov/sec/vha/1010ez
  52. Parkinson's Disease and Related Neurodegenerative Disorders:  www1.va.gov/resdev/funding/solicitations/docs/parkinsons.pdf and,   www1.va.gov/padrecc
  53. Peacetime Disability Compensation:
    frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=browse_usc and  frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/
      getdoc.cgi?dbname=browse_usc&docid=Cite:+38USC1131&docid=Cite:+38USC1131
  54. Pension for Non-Service-Connected Disability or Death:  www.access.gpo.gov/uscode/title38/partii_chapter15_subchapteri_.html and,  www.access.gpo.gov/uscode/title38/partii_chapter15_subchapterii_.html and,  www.access.gpo.gov/uscode/title38/partii_chapter15_subchapteriii_.html
  55. Persian Gulf Registry:  ww1.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:  www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1232
  56. Persian Gulf Registry Referral Centers:  www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1006
  57. Persian Gulf Veterans' Illnesses Research 1999, Annual Report To Congress:  http://www1.va.gov/resdev/1999_Gulf_War_Veterans'_Illnesses_Appendices.doc
  58. Persian Gulf Veterans' Illnesses Research 2002, Annual Report To Congress:  www1.va.gov/resdev/prt/gulf_war_2002/GulfWarRpt02.pdf
  59. Phase I PGR:  www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1004
  60. Phase II PGR:  www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1005
  61. Policy Manual Index:  www.va.gov/publ/direc/eds/edsmps.htm
  62. Power of Attorney:  www.warms.vba.va.gov/admin21/m21_1/mr/part1/ch03.doc
  63. Project 112 (Including Project SHAD):  www1.va.gov/shad
  64. Prosthetics Eligibility:  www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=337
  65. Public Health and Environmental Hazards Home Page:  www.vethealth.cio.med.va.gov
  66. Public Health/SARS:  www.publichealth.va.gov/SARS
  67. Publications Manuals:  www1.va.gov/vhapublications/publications.cfm?Pub=4
  68. Publications and Reports:  www1.va.gov/resdev/prt/pubs_individual.cfm?webpage=gulf_war.htm
  69. Records Center and Vault Homepage:  www.aac.va.gov/vault/default.html
  70. Records Center and Vault Site Map:  www.aac.va.gov/vault/sitemap.html
  71. Reques for and Consent to Release of Information from Claimant's Records:  www.forms.va.gov/va/Internet/VARF/getformharness.asp?formName=3288-form.xft
  72. Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans Illnesses April 11, 2002:  www1.va.gov/rac-gwvi/docs/Minutes_April112002.doc
  73. Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans Illnesses: 
    www1.va.gov/rac-gwvi/docs/ReportandRecommendations_2004.pdf
  74. Research and Development:  www.appc1.va.gov/resdev/programs/all_programs.cfm
  75. Survivor's and Dependents' Educational Assistance:  www.access.gpo.gov/uscode/title38/partiii_chapter35_.html
  76. Title 38
    Index, Parts 0-17:
    ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?sid=1b0c269b510d3157fbf8f8801bc9b3dc&c=ecfr&tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title38/38cfrv1_02.tpl
    Parts 18-75:
    ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?sid=1b0c269b510d3157fbf8f8801bc9b3dc&c=ecfr&tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title38/38cfrv2_02.tpl
  77. Title 38
    Part 3 Adjudication
    Pensions, Bonuses & Veterans Relief
    (also 3.317 Compensation for certain disabilities due to undiagnosed illnesses found here):
    ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=ecfr&sid=1b0c269b510d3157fbf8f8801bc9b3dc&tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title38/38cfr3_main_02.tpl
  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)
    ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=ecfr&rgn=div6&view=text&node=38:1.0.1.1.5.1&idno=38
  79. Title 38
    Part 4 - Schedule for Rating Disabilities
    Subpart B - Disability Ratings
    ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=ecfr;sid=3c60967029d458eb832d813a7fb27001;rgn=div6;view=text;node=38%3A1.0.1.1.5.2;idno=38;cc=ecfr
  80. U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims:  www.vetapp.gov
  81. VA Best Practice Manual for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD):
    www.avapl.org/pub/PTSD%20Manual%20final%206.pdf
  82. VA Fact Sheet:  www1.va.gov/opa/fact/gwfs.html
  83. VA Health Care Eligibility:  www.va.gov/healtheligibility/home/hecmain.asp
  84. VA Instituting Global Assessment of Function (GAF):  www.avapl.org/gaf/gaf.html
  85. VA Life Insurance Handbook, Chapter 3:  www.insurance.va.gov/inForceGliSite/GLIhandbook/glibookletch3.htm#310
  86. VA Loan Lending Limits and Jumbo Loans:  valoans.com/va_facts_limits.cfm
  87. VA MS Research:  www.va.gov/ms/about.asp
  88. VA National Hepatitis C Program:  www.hepatitis.va.gov
  89. VA Office of Research and Development:  www1.va.gov/resdev
  90. VA Trainee Pocket Card on Gulf War:  www.va.gov/OAA/pocketcard/gulfwar.asp
  91. VA WMD EMSHG:  www1.va.gov/emshg
  92. VA WRIISC-DC:  www.va.gov/WRIISC-DC
  93. VAOIG Hotline Telephone Number and Address:  www.va.gov/oig/hotline/hotline3.htm
  94. Vet Center Eligibility - Readjustment Counseling Service:  www.va.gov/rcs/Eligibility.htm
  95. Veterans Benefits Administration Main Web Page:  www.vba.va.gov
  96. Veterans Legal and Benefits Information:  valaw.org
  97. VHA Forms, Publications, Manuals:  www1.va.gov/vhapublications
  98. VHA Programs - Clinical Programs & Initiatives:  www1.va.gov/health_benefits/page.cfm?pg=13
  99. VHA Public Health Strategic Health Care Group Home Page:  www.publichealth.va.gov
  100. VHI Guide to Gulf War Veterans(tm) Health:  www1.va.gov/vhi_ind_study/gulfwar/istudy/index.asp
  101. Vocational Rehabilitation:  www.vba.va.gov/bln/vre
  102. Vocational Rehabilitation Subsistence:  www.vba.va.gov/bln/vre/InterSubsistencefy04.doc
  103. VONAPP online:  vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/main.asp
  104. WARMS - 38 CFR Book C:  www.warms.vba.va.gov/bookc.html
  105. Wartime Disability Compensation:  frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=browse_usc and
    frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=browse_usc&docid=Cite:+38USC1110
  106. War-Related Illness and Injury Study Center - New Jersey:  www.wri.med.va.gov
  107. Welcome to the GI Bill Web Site:  www.gibill.va.gov
  108. What VA Social Workers Do:  www1.va.gov/socialwork/page.cfm?pg=3
  109. WRIISC Patient Eligibility:  www.illegion.org/va1.html

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