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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.  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.

I recommend that every Veteran who is contemplating filing for disability (or already has been awarded some disability) should read the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR); Title 38: Pensions, Bonuses, and Veterans' Relief. It is a bit of a read because it was written by Lawyers, but it is the Law that the VA is governed by and is a wealth of information related to benefits and, most importantly, it gives you the words that t
he VA needs to hear to relate to a disability or impairment. this CFR can be found at

 (http://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/cfr.php?title=38&type=chapter&value=1).

I recommend that you print and read chapters 3 Adjudication and 4 Schedule for rating disabilities Many of the other chapters are listed below........


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/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/e%20%20cfr/
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.DOCandhttp://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.pdfOR,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%20%20.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/
M10 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=10++94
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 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.pdfand,
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 Deathhttp://   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=2 0Home 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 Gul f 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
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Part 18
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Title 38; Part 3 Adjudication
Subpart A "Pension, Compensation, and Dependency and Indemnity Compensation:http://ecfr..gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/textidx?c=ecfr&sid=1b0c269b510d3157fbf8f8801bc9b3dc&tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title38/38cfr3_main_02.tpl
Title 38
Pensions, Bonuses & Veterans Relief
(also A 3.317 Compensation for certain disab ilities due to undiagnosed illnesses found here)
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Title 38
PART 4--SCHEDULE FOR RATING DISABILITIES
Subpart B--DISABILITY RATINGS
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A 4.16 Total disability ratings for compensation based on unemployability of the individual. PART 4a"SCHEDULE FOR RATING DISABILITIES
Subpart Aa"General Policy in Rating   http://ecfr.gpoaccess..gov/cgi/t/text/textidx?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 a" 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
VHA Public Health Strategic Health Care Group Home Page   http://www.publichealth.va.gov/
VHI Guide to Gulf War Veteransa(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/InterSu bsistencefy04.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
 


SUDDEN IMPACT INJURIES - Naval Special Warfare (NSW) high-speed boats (HSBs) routinely operate under conditions that place repeated sudden impacts (shocks) on the vessel. These shocks, which are transmitted through the HSB structure to the operators and crew members can result in injury and fatigue to the operators. NSW initiated a program to study and solve this program. Read the results of the studies in these documents. (Adobe .pdf format)
Sudden impact 94 Sudden impact 95 part 1 Sudden impact 95 part 2