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This is a more comprehensive list of links to help you find the support or services you need.

Again - the presence of these links does not constitute an endorsement by CVMA or this Chapter

 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
Center for Minority Veterans
Center for Women Veterans
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 
Environmental Agents
Evaluation Protocol for Gulf War and Iraqui Freedom Veterans w potential exposure to Depleted Uranium (DU)
Depleted Uranium Fact Sheet
Geriatrics and Extended Care
Guide to Gulf War Veteran's Health
Gulf War Veteran's Illnesses Q&As
Homeless Veterans
HSR&D Home
Index to Disability Examination Worksheets C&P exams
My Health e Vet
Neurological Conditions and Convulsive Disorders, Schedule of Ratings
Peacetime Disability Compensation
Policy Manual Index
Power of Attorney
Prosthetics Eligibility
Publications Manuals
VA Best Practice Manual for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
VA Home Loan Centers - NOT a government entity - this is a commercial lender
VA Loan Lending Limits and Jumbo Loans
VA Research & Development
VA Trainee Pocket Card on Gulf War
VA WMD EMSHG
Vet Center Eligibility - Readjustment Counseling Service
Veterans Benefits Administration Main Web Page
Vocational Rehabilitation
VONAPP online
Wartime Disability Compensation

 Veterans' Disability Compensation Injustice

Compensation Rate Tables, 12-1-02

 Hepatitis C Vets

Presidential  Memorial Certificate for Deceased American Veterans

Every American family that has a deceased member who served in  the military
should apply to the White House for a Memorial Certificate.
Regardless of when a veteran served or cause of death every  family is
entitled to receive a Memorial Certificate from the President of  the United
States.
If any deceased member(s) of your family served in the military  please
travel to this website for information on applying. Future  generations of
your family will appreciate you making the time to obtain this  family
heirloom... your only cost is a few moments of your time and the  price of a
first-class stamp.
 

Agent Orange Web Site

VA Agent Orange Claims  Retroactive:  A federal appeals court in San Francisco has ruled  that Vietnam vets who contacted prostrate cancer and diabetes  related to Agent Orange exposure should receive retroactive  disability benefits dated to the time they first filed a claim  with the VA.

  The ruling of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals  sets a legal precedent that could extend to a wide range of illnesses associated with herbicides. 

The appeals court decision let stand a lower court ruling that held the VA incorrectly interpreted regulations to  deny retroactive payments to vets who filed claims after early  1994. A DEC 1999 U.S. District Court ruling held that all  Vietnam veteran prostrate cancer claimants and  their survivors  are entitled to retroactive benefits to the date of their first  filing of their claim for service connection or survivor's  benefits (as long as the prostrate claim was not final before 25  SEP 1985).
 
Also upheld by the appeals court was a provision in a  2000 ruling by US District Judge Thelton Henderson, ordering  the VA to provide retroactive payments to the estates of  veterans who died before the VA paid the money they were owed. 

In addition to the prostrate cancer, the appeals ruling also  affects veterans who filed for adult-onset, or Type 2, diabetes which was added to the list in 2000. 

 The VA still  has the right to further appeal this decision. [Source: DAV  Magazine May/JUN 2002]

Pharmacy  Discount

The American Veterans [AMVET] organization  provides a free prescription discount card to its members.  The  card entitles members up to a 40% discount for all family  member's prescription drugs at participating pharmacies. 

Most  national chain pharmacies will honor this card. 

You can call [888]-868-5854 to confirm if your local  pharmacy will also honor it. 

The service is offered through  MemberHealth, Inc. (MHI) who administers the operation of  packaged health benefit discount programs. 

To determine the  average price of a drug you can check their product guide atwww.mhrx.xom by either brand or generic name to determine if their price is  cheaper than you are currently paying. 

 The saving for the  medications listed are as printed, but there is no guaranteed  percentage savings on every prescription purchase. 

The price  you pay depends on the participating pharmacy and the type of  drug you require. It is possible that the medication you require  is already priced by your pharmacy at a very competitive price.   If that is the case MHI cannot discount an existing low or promotional price. 

If you are not currently receiving medications through Tricare or the VA this may be a  way to save a few dollars.

This article should not be considered  an endorsement of this program, but only informational in  nature.