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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.







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




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)








See also, Depleted Uranium Fact Sheet






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








Forms and Records Request





General Compensation Provisions





Geriatrics and Extended Care




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










Homeless Veterans




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




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








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




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




VA Office of Research and Development





VA Trainee Pocket Card on Gulf War















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




What VA Social Workers Do





WRIISC Patient Eligibility

Important VA Offices

Western Regional Office
3333 North Central Ave, Suite 3026
Phoenix, AZ 85012-2402
Phone: (800) 827-1000
Southern VA Healthcare System
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
Phone: (800) 827-0648

VA’s Telephone Service Helps Family Members Encourage Veterans to Seek Medical Care

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has launched a telephone service, Coaching into Care, to provide assistance to family members and friends trying to encourage their Veteran to seek health care for possible readjustment and mental health issues.

“Those closest to Veterans are often the first to recognize when Veterans are having difficulties,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki.  “Family members and friends may not know what to say to encourage their Veterans to seek much needed readjustment and health care. The Coaching into Care line will help them find the right words.”

To help Veterans address problems and support Veterans in making decisions about getting care, the Coaching into Care program offers unlimited, free coaching with family members or friends over a series of telephone calls.  The priority is connecting Veterans with VA care in their community through the family member’s help and encouragement.  Callers receive professional coaching on solving specific logistical obstacles and encouraging sometimes reluctant Veterans to seek care while still respecting the Veteran’s right to make personal decisions.

Coaching into Care, launched in March 2011, has had more than 650 calls with family members or friends of greater than 175 Veterans to encourage them to seek care.   This phone line is connected to VA’s Veterans Crisis Line, Caregiver Support Line, and the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans. This way, if the caller or Veteran is in an immediate crisis, or has concerns regarding caregiving for a disabled Veteran, or seeking assistance regarding homelessness, there is no wrong number for families to call.

Callers can reach VA’s Coaching into Care program at the toll-free number 1-888-823-7458, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, and online at  As always, Veterans can reach immediate help at the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255, press 1 for Veterans.