Compensation Benefits The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Disability Compensation is a benefit paid to a veteran because of injuries or diseases that (1) happened while on active duty, or (2) were made worse by active military service. Apply online. Once the VA processes your disability claim and grants you a rating for your medical condition, you'll receive monthly tax-free payments. Preview Website -
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Title 38, of the US Code of Federal Regulations (38 CFR) is the guidance that dictates how the VA will rate your disability. It is entitled, "Title 38: Pensions, Bonuses, and Veterans' Relief."
Part 4 is entitled, "Schedule for Rating Disabilities." Here you will find all the ratable health conditons currently recognized by the VA.
Table of Contents:
4.1 - 4.31 - Subpart A - General Policy in Rating
Subpart B - Subpart B - Disability Rating
4.40 - 4.73 - The Musculoskeletal System
4.75 - 4.84a-5 - The Organs of Special Sense
4.85 - 4.87a - Impairment of Auditory Acuity
4.88 - 4.89 - Infectious Diseases, Immune Disorders and Nutritional Deficiencies
4.96 - 4.97 - The Respiratory System
4.100 - 4.104 - The cardiovascular System
4.110 - 4.114 - The Digestive System
4.115 - 4.115b - The Genitourinary System
4.116 - Gynecological Conditions and Disorders of the Breast
4.117 - The Hemic and Lymphatic Systems
4.118 - The Skin
4.119 - The Endocrine System
4.120 - 4.124a - Neurological Conditions and Convulsive Disorders
4.125 - 4.130 - Mental Disorders
4.149 - 4.150 - Dental and Oral Conditions
Army Behavioral Health The Army Behavioural Health Website is provided by the US Army Medical Department for soldiers, their families, the public and news media. It is basically a collection of articles on a variety of issues specific to soldiers heading into or returning from combat. The range of articles is extensive ranging from dealing with deployment to appropriate mental health assessment post-deployment. Visitors will find content on PTSD, suicide prevention, coping with combat stress, helping children cope with trauma, and issues around family and friends. Resources are in a variety of formats from pdf articles to videos and weblinks. There is also some interesting content on the Mental Health Advisory Team (MHAT), a team of health professionals deployed to war zones to assess the mental and behavioural health of soldiers. This site is obviously of most use to soldiers and their families, although health professional working with military personnel may find some useful content on the site. Preview Website -
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Disabled American Veterans (DAV) The DAV employs a corps of highly trained personnel who directly and tirelessly represent veterans and their families with claims for benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Department of Defense, and other government agencies. Veterans do not have to be DAV members to take advantage of this outstanding assistance, which is provided free of charge. Preview Website -
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Gulf War Illnesses Are you a veteran of a Gulf War who has a question about Gulf War illnesses? This Web page is a good starting point for researching answers to your questions. Here you'll find links to reports, brochures, fact sheets, journal article summaries, and other articles about Gulf War illnesses.
U.S. Gulf War veterans include those who have served in the following military operations:
Operation Desert Shield (ODS),
Operation Desert Storm (ODS),
Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), and
Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).
Gulf War veterans were exposed to a wide variety of environmental hazards and potential harmful substances during their service in Southwest Asia. Many of the risk factors faced by Gulf War veterans include:
the anti-nerve gas pill pyridostigmine bromide,
chemical and biological warfare agents,
vaccinations (including anthrax and botulinum toxoid),
oil well free smoke and petroleum products,
and other health risk factors encountered by Gulf War veterans.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) cares about Gulf War veterans and has developed a comprehensive program to help you. This includes quantity medical care services, disability compensation, scientific research, outreach, and education.
The VA also offers a Gulf War Veterans Information Helpline: 1-800-PGW-VETS or 1-800-749-8387. This helpline assists the veteran in obtaining: marital or family counseling, disability compensation, or information about the wide range of benefit programs administered by the VA.
Individuals with first-hand information about "incidents" that occurred in the theater of operations during the Gulf War and that may be related to health problems experienced by individuals who served in the War: call the DoD "Incidents" Hotline at 1-800-497-6261.
Help for Homeless Veterans If you are a homeless veteran or a veteran at risk of becoming homeless, these pages provide information that you can use to seek help. They include addresses, phone numbers and websites to find out about services, programs and other help that is available.
This Web site's articles addresses the following topics:
Getting Started (Developing a plan),
Where to go for Help,
Replacing Personal Records,
Seeking Federal Benefits,
Guide for Women Veterans,
Guide for Incarcerated Veterans,
Phone/Web site List, and
Resources for Homeless Veterans.
If you experience difficulties getting results or locating services in your local area, call the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, 1-800-VET-HELP. Preview Website -
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REALifelines REALifelines (Recovery & Employment Assistance Lifelines) is a U.S. Department of Labor program for veterans injured or wounded while on active duty that assists recovery and success in your future career. Contact a REALifeLines representative at 1-888-774-1361 for transition assistance. Preview Website -
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Part 1 - General Program Information
Part 2 - Office Administration
Part 3 - Individuals' Rights and Responsibilities
Part 4 - Chapter 31 Case Management
Part 6 - Other Benefits Case Management
Part 7 - Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Manual
Vet Center A significant number of post-war veterans experience difficulties readjusting to civilian life.
Vet Centers provide a broad range of counseling, outreach, and referral services to all veterans who served in any combat zone. Services are also available for their family members for military related issues.
Vet Centers also furnish bereavement counseling services to surviving parents, spouses, children and siblings of service members who die of any cause while on active duty, to include federally activated Reserve and National Guard personnel. Preview Website -
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