Category Archives: Resources

VA Mobile Apps for PTSD

VA mobile applications (apps) provide self-help, education and support. They also have treatment companion apps, for use with a health care provider, to make treatment easier. There are apps for iOS and Android devices.

PTSD is a serious mental health condition that often needs professional evaluation and treatment. These apps are not intended to replace needed professional care.

http://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/pages/fslist_mobile_apps.asp

Cellular discounts

In the last Retired Military Newsletter, they mentioned discounts veterans are due for cell phone service. They explained it was a requirement included in the Federal Telecommunications Act 1996 Discount to Federal Employees Past and Present. They listed the companies and phone numbers:

Cingular (19% discount) 800-319-6393
T-Mobile (22% discount) 866-646-4688
Sprint (15% discount) 888-788-4727
Nextel (18% discount) 800-639-6111
Verizon (23% discount) 800-922-0204

The simplest way was to go to the local office and show them your ID (or DD Form 214). It is quick & easy.

Free and Discount Tickets for Veterans

Veteran Tickets Foundation’s website, Vettix.org, is available for active duty and veterans to obtain free tickets or discounts on activities throughout the nation. This great group started in Arizona a few years ago by veterans.

After you sign up by submitting a DD214, you only have to pay the postage for many venues. This includes baseball tickets — many Cactus League games this year were included — and plays at such places as Gammage auditorium. There are many small theaters that offer tickets including in Wickenburg and Tucson. NASCAR and the Phoenix Open were just some of the many special events that helped veterans save money.

Tickets given away to date: 344,309. They have given tickets away in all 50 states. Arizona, Texas, Missouri, California, Florida and Washington, D.C. received among the most donations. Distribution has included veterans, 13 percent; active military, 21 percent; military organizations, 2 percent and military bases, 64 percent.

They are working to have more veterans sign up online. In 2010, the organization ran at 94.5 percent, which means that 94.5 cents of every dollar went back out the door to their verified veterans. For 2011, they are in the 98-99 percent range. They have been approved for the Combined Federal Campaign charity list. They are waiting to hear back about their Arizona State Combined Campaign charity list.

To register, you need to send your DD214 by either fax, scan or mail. Leaving for the summer? You may transfer by logging in your number to the next destination.

Handy links for veterans

 

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

 

 

 

 

Board of Veteran’s Appeals

 

 

 

 

CARES Commission

 

 

 

 

CARES Draft National Plan

 

 

 

 

Center for Minority Veterans

 

 

 

 

Center for Veterans Enterprise

 

 

 

 

Center for Women Veterans

 

 

 

 

Clarification on the changes in VA healthcare for Gulf War Veterans

 

 

 

 

Classified Records – American Gulf War Veterans Association

 

 

 

 

Compensation for Disabilities Associated with the Gulf War Service

 

 

 

 

Compensation Rate Tables, 12-1-03

 

 

 

 

Department of Veterans Affairs Home Page

 

 

 

 

Directory of Veterans Service Organizations

 

 

 

 

Disability Examination Worksheets Index, Comp

 

 

 

 

Due Process

 

 

 

 

Duty to Assist

 

 

Electronic Code of Federal Regulations http://www.gpoaccess.gov/ecfr/

 

 

 

Emergency, Non-emergency, and Fee Basis Care

 

 

 

 

Environmental Agents

 

 

 

 

Environmental Agents M10

 

 

 

 

Establishing Combat Veteran Eligibility

 

 

 

 

Evaluation Protocol for Gulf War and Iraqi Freedom Vets with Potential Exposure to Depleted Uranium (DU)

 

 

And

 

 

 

 

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)

 

 

 

 

Fee Basis, Priority for Outpatient Medical Services and Inpatient Hospital Care

 

 

 

 

Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependents 2005

 

 

OR,

 

 

 

 

Forms and Records Request

 

 

 

 

General Compensation Provisions

 

 

 

 

Geriatrics and Extended Care http://www1.va.gov/geriatricsshg/

 

 

 

Guideline for Chronic Pain and Fatigue MUS-CPG

 

 

 

 

Guide to Gulf War Veteran’s Health

 

 

 

 

Gulf War Subject Index

 

 

 

 

Gulf War Veteran’s Illnesses Q&As

 

 

 

 

Hearings

 

 

 

 

Homeless Veterans http://www1.va.gov/homeless/

 

 

 

HSR&D Home

 

 

 

 

Index to Disability Examination Worksheets C&P exams

 

 

 

 

Ionizing Radiation

 

 

 

 

Iraqi Freedom/Enduring Freedom Veterans VBA

 

 

 

 

 

 

M 10 for spouses and children

 

 

 

 

 

 

M 10 Part III Change 1

 

 

 

 

M 21-1 Table of Contents http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/M21_1.html

 

 

 

Mental Disorders, Schedule of Ratings

 

 

 

 

Mental Health Program Guidelines

 

 

 

 

Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Centers

 

 

 

 

MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Centers of Excellence

 

 

 

 

My Health e Vet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Association of State Directors

 

 

 

 

National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

 

 

 

 

Neurological Conditions and Convulsive Disorders, Schedule of Ratings

 

 

 

 

OMI (Office of Medical Inspector)

 

 

 

 

Online VA Form 10-10EZ

 

 

 

 

Parkinson’s Disease and Related Neurodegenerative Disorders

 

 

and,

 

 

 

 

Peacetime Disability Compensation

 

 

 

 

Pension for Non-Service-Connected Disability or Death

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This program is now referred to as Gulf War Registry Program (to include Operation Iraqi Freedom) as of March 7, 2005:

 

 

 

 

Persian Gulf Registry Referral Centers

 

 

 

 

Persian Gulf Veterans’ Illnesses Research 1999, Annual Report To Congress

 

 

 

 

Persian Gulf Veterans’ Illnesses Research 2002, Annual Report To Congress

 

 

 

 

Phase I PGR

 

 

 

 

Phase II PGR

 

 

 

 

Policy Manual Index

 

 

 

 

Power of Attorney

 

 

 

 

Project 112 (Including Project SHAD)

 

 

 

 

Prosthetics Eligibility

 

 

 

 

Public Health and Environmental Hazards Home Page

 

 

 

 

Public Health/SARS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Publications and Reports

 

 

 

 

Records Center and Vault Homepage

 

 

 

 

Records Center and Vault Site Map

 

 

 

 

Request and Consent to Release of Information from Claimant’s Records

 

 

 

 

Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses April 11, 2002

 

 

 

 

Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses

 

 

 

 

Research and Development

 

 

 

 

Survivor’s and Dependents’ Educational Assistance http://www.access.gpo.gov/uscode/title38/partiii_chapter35_.html

 

 

 

Title 38 Index Parts 0-18

 

 

 

 

Title 38 Part 3 Adjudication Subpart A “Pension, Compensation, and Dependency and Indemnity Compensation

 

 

 

 

Title 38 Pensions, Bonuses & Veterans Relief (Compensation for certain disabilities due to undiagnosed illnesses found here)

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims

 

 

 

 

VA Best Practice Manual for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

 

 

 

 

VA Fact Sheet

 

 

 

 

VA Health Care Eligibility

 

 

 

 

VA Instituting Global Assessment of Function (GAF)

 

 

 

 

VA Life Insurance Handbook

 

 

 

 

Lending Limits and Jumbo Loans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VA National Hepatitis C Program http://www.hepatitis.va.gov/

 

 

 

VA Office of Research and Development

 

 

 

 

VA Trainee Pocket Card on Gulf War

 

 

 

 

VA WMD EMSHG

 

 

 

 

VA WRIISC-DC

 

 

 

 

VAOIG Hotline Telephone Number and Address

 

 

 

 

Vet Center Eligibility – Readjustment Counseling Service

 

 

 

 

Veterans Benefits Administration Main Web Page

 

 

 

 

Veterans Legal and Benefits Information

 

 

 

 

VHA Forms, Publications, Manuals

 

 

 

 

VHA Programs – Clinical Programs & Initiatives

 

 

 

 

VHA Public Health Strategic Health Care Group Home Page

 

 

 

 

VHI Guide to Gulf War Veterans Health

 

 

 

 

Vocational Rehabilitation

 

 

 

 

Vocational Rehabilitation Subsistence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WARMS – 38 CFR Book C

 

 

 

 

Wartime Disability Compensation

 

 

 

 

War-Related Illness and Injury Study Center – New Jersey

 

 

 

 

Welcome to the GI Bill Web Site http://www.gibill.va.gov/

 

 

 

What VA Social Workers Do

 

 

 

 

WRIISC Patient Eligibility
http://www.illegion.org/va1.html

Important VA Offices

Western Regional Office
3333 North Central Ave, Suite 3026
Phoenix, AZ 85012-2402
Phone: (800) 827-1000
Southern VA Healthcare System
(SAVAHCS)
3601 S. 6th Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85723
Phone: (520) 792-1450/ (800) 470-8262
Tucson Vet Center
3055 N. First Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85719
Phone: (520) 882-0333
VA Regional Loan Center
3333 N. Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85012-2402
Phone: (800) 827-1000
Muskogee Education Regional Processing Office
125 South Main Street
Muskogee, OK 74401
Phone: (888) 442-4551
St Paul Regional Office Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment
VR&E Division (28) 1 Federal Drive
Fort Snelling
St Paul, MN 55111-5040
Phone: 612-970-5440/ (800) 827-1000
Prescott National Cemetery
VAMC, 500 Highway 89
North Prescott, AZ 86313
Phone: (480) 513-3600
National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona
23029 North Cave Creek Road
Phoenix, AZ 85024
Phone: (480) 513-3600
Department of Veterans Affairs
810 Vermont Avenue Northwest
Washington D.C., DC 20420-0002
Phone: (202) 273-5400
Department of Veterans Affairs Pension Management Center
1 Federal Drive
Fort Snelling
St. Paul, MN 55111
Phone: (800) 827-1000
Southeast Tucson Community Based Outpatient Clinic
7395 S. Houghton Road Ste 129
Tucson, AZ 85747
Phone: (520) 792-1450
Department of Veterans Affairs Debt Management Center
P.O. Box 11930
St. Paul, MN 55111
E-mail: dmc.ops@va.gov
Phone: (800) 827-0648