Polish Legion of American Veterans U.S.A.
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All Concerned:   This is a list I got from the Special Operatios Association guys.  Most of you may already know it, but it's a good concise list to copy and keep close until needed.  Also, some like me, are in the business of helping Vets that might not already know it, and maybe can pass it on to someone in need of these services.  
Comment:  Someone has gone to a lot of trouble.  If this helps one person, then it was worthwhile.  Please pass this on to all Veterans on you e-mail list.

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 
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 
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
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

Part 18
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
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:
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

Print this out and save it in your  VA files. There may be a time for use in the future. 

Shinseki Says VA's Home Loan Program Continues to Stay Strong

Veterans More Likely to Avoid Foreclosure with VA-Backed Loan

WASHINGTON - Mortgage loans guaranteed by the Department of Veterans
Affairs (VA) continue to have the lowest rate for serious delinquency
and foreclosures in the industry.

"The continued high performance of VA loans is due to the dedication of
VA's loan professionals, the support of our partners in the mortgage
industry and most notably, the responsibility of our Veterans and their
desire to maintain home ownership," said Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Eric K. Shinseki.  "VA is making good on its promise to help Veterans
achieve the American dream of owning a home."

There are currently about 1.3 million active home loans that have been
obtained using VA's Home Loan Guaranty Program.  The program makes home
ownership more affordable for Veterans, active-duty service members, and
eligible surviving spouses by permitting low or no downpayment loans and
by protecting lenders from loss if the borrower fails to repay the loan.

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association National Delinquency
Survey, VA's foreclosure rate for the last eight quarters and serious
delinquency rate for the last five consecutive quarters have been the
lowest of all measured loan types, even prime loans. 

Much of the program's strength stems from the efforts of VA employees
and loan servicers nationwide, whose primary mission is to "ensure all
Veterans receive every possible opportunity to remain in their homes,
avoid foreclosure, and protect their credit from the consequences of a
foreclosure," added Shinseki. 

Depending on the situation, VA's loan specialists can intervene on a
Veteran's behalf to help pursue home-retention options such as repayment
plans, forbearances and loan modifications.  When home retention is not
an option, sometimes VA can help arrange a sale, or a deed-in-lieu of
foreclosure, both of which are better options for Veteran borrowers than

Since 1944, when home-loan guaranties were first offered under the
original GI Bill, VA has guaranteed more than 18.8 million home loans
worth $1.06 trillion.

To obtain more information about the VA Home Loan Guaranty Program,
Veterans can call VA at 1-877-827-3702.  Information can also be
obtained at

Here are some new sites for Military Healthcare :

Official Website of the Military Healthcare System

Medicare Supplement Search for Veterans

Health Insurance and Mental Health Services

Military Mental Health Resources

Guide to PTSD and Addiction

Mental Health Services | VA.gov

Locate Mental Health Service Providers

     To view and download VA news releases, please visit the following
Internet address


    Subject: VA Applications

VA offers faster application process for veterans
WASHINGTON (AFRNS) -- As part of Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki's effort to streamline access to benefits, Department of Veterans Affairs officials removed the signature requirement for veterans who electronically submit an online 10-10EZ "Application for Health Benefits."
"This singular action will reduce days, if not weeks, for veterans who apply online to access their hard-earned medical benefits and upholds the promise to reduce access barriers to needed care for this nation's veterans," Secretary Shinseki said.
Previously, veterans filling out the online application were required to print a copy, sign it and send to their local medical center, or wait for a copy to be mailed to them for signature and mailing before enrollment into the VA health care system could occur.
For additional information, go to www.va.gov/healtheligibility or call VA's toll-free number at 877-222-8387. The online form is available at https://www.1010ez.med.va.gov/sec/vha/1010ez/.


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