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Learn About VA Benefits & Resources
"Official" places for Veterans & Caregivers to learn more about
VA treatment, resources, regulations, and more




While we realize this page is very long (sorry!), it represents many years of learning which
questions and resources Veterans and families ask us for help finding.  There is
information about how different VA programs work, benefit eligibility, where to read and
search VA and Federal policies related to benefits, resources for mental health care and
education, and more.  Hope you find it useful (and worth the read!).

Links for VA Wide Information

Returning Servicemembers - OIF/OEF/OND: http://www.oefoif.va.gov/

eBenefits: https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits-portal/ebenefits.portal

MyHEALTHeVet: https://www.myhealth.va.gov/index.html

VA Inquiry Routing & Information System (IRIS) *Use "Ask a Question" function near bottom
to send a message to VA about benefits, claims, etc.*
https://iris.custhelp.com/

VA Facility Locator: http://www2.va.gov/directory/guide/home.asp?isflash=1

List of All VA Facilities: http://www2.va.gov/directory/guide/rpt_fac_list.cfm?isflash=0

VA Publications (including Directives): http://www1.va.gov/vapubs/index.cfm

VA Regulations (2004 to Present):
http://www.va.gov/ORPM/VA_Regulations_Published_From_Fiscal_Year_FY_2004.asp

VA Office of Regulation & Policy Management Main Page: http://www.va.gov/orpm/

VA Forms: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/

VA Travel Pay FAQ: http://www.va.gov/healthbenefits/resources/BeneTravelFAQ.asp

VA Foreign Medical Program: http://www.va.gov/hac/forbeneficiaries/fmp/fmp.asp

VA Freedom of Information Act: http://www.foia.va.gov/

National Center for Veterans Analysis & Statistics: http://www.va.gov/vetdata/

Publications List from CIDER (Center for Information Dissemination and Educational
Resources):
http://www.cider.research.va.gov/pubs.cfm

VA Health Economics Research Center: http://www.herc.research.va.gov/home/default.asp

VA Corporate Data Warehouse (CDW):
http://www.virec.research.va.gov/Index.htm#CDWGuide

VAnguard (the VA's Magazine): http://www.va.gov/opa/publications/vanguard.asp

VA Website Site Index: http://www.va.gov/site_map.htm


CHAMPVA Info

CHAMPVA Main Page: http://www.va.gov/hac/forbeneficiaries/champva/champva.asp

CHAMPVA "How to Apply": http://www.va.gov/hac/forbeneficiaries/champva/apply.asp

CHAMPVA "How to File a Claim": http://www.va.gov/hac/forbeneficiaries/champva/claim.asp

CHAMPVA Application for Coverage:
http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-10d-fill.pdf

CHAMPVA Handbook:
http://www.va.gov/hac/forbeneficiaries/champva/handbook/chandbook.pdf

CHAMPVA Fact Sheet - "How to Read an Explanation of Benefits Form":
http://www.va.gov/hac/forbeneficiaries/champva/brochure/HowToReadAnEOBBrochure.pdf

CHAMPVA Inhouse Treatment Initiative (CITI) Overview:
http://www.va.gov/hac/forbeneficiaries/champva/citi.asp

CHAMPVA List of Facilities Participating in CITI:
http://www.va.gov/hac/forbeneficiaries/champva/docs/CITIFacilityPhoneNumbersList.pdf















Links for Info from VHA (Veterans Health Administration)

Apply for VA Health Care / Enrollment Online: https://www.1010ez.med.va.gov/

Healthcare Eligibility Guidelines: http://www.va.gov/healthbenefits/apply/veterans.asp

VA Meds by Mail Program: http://www.va.gov/hac/forbeneficiaries/meds/meds.asp

VA Healthcare Info for Active Duty Servicemembers:
http://www.va.gov/healthbenefits/apply/active_duty.asp

VA Healthcare Info for Family Members:
http://www.va.gov/healthbenefits/apply/family_members.asp

VA Priority Groups Table: http://www.va.gov/healthbenefits/resources/priority_groups.asp

VA Health Benefits Reference Library:
http://www.va.gov/healthbenefits/resources/publications.asp

Healthcare Administration Center (HAC) Fact Sheet List:
http://www.va.gov/hac/factsheets/factsheets.asp

HAC Forms List (includes CHAMPVA forms, Release of Information forms, etc):
http://www.va.gov/hac/forms/forms.asp

VA Health Benefits Handbook: http://www.va.gov/healthbenefits/vhbh/

Veterans Health Guide:
http://www.va.gov/healthbenefits/resources/publications/IB10-185-health_care_benefits_ov
erview_2012_eng.pdf

2012 VA Healthcare Benefits Overview:
http://www.va.gov/healthbenefits/resources/publications/IB10-185-health_care_benefits_ov
erview_2012_eng.pdf

Women Veterans Home Page: http://www.womenshealth.va.gov/

VHA Office of Rural Health (ORH): http://www.ruralhealth.va.gov/

Contact Info for ORH Resource Centers:
http://www.ruralhealth.va.gov/resource-centers/index.asp

VHA Publications: http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/index.cfm

Health Benefits Glossary of Terms:
http://www.va.gov/healthbenefits/resources/glossary.asp

VA Prosthetic and Sensory Aids Handbooks
http://www.prosthetics.va.gov/PSAS_Handbooks.asp


Links for Info from VBA (Veterans Benefits Administration)

Veterans Benefits Home: http://www.vba.va.gov/VBA/

VBA Publications & Regulations (also known as "WARMS"):
http://www.benefits.va.gov/WARMS/Site_Map.asp

VBA Fact Sheets: http://www.vba.va.gov/VBA/benefits/factsheets/index.asp

VA Benefits Fact Sheets (includes State-by-State fact sheets with info about facilities and
approx number of Veterans in each State):
http://www1.va.gov/opa/publications/factsheets.asp

VBA Reports: http://www.vba.va.gov/reports/

Fax Numbers for VA Regional Offices:
http://benefits.va.gov/TRANSFORMATION/disabilityexams/fax_numbers.asp

Addresses for VA Regional Offices:
http://www2.va.gov/directory/guide/Allstate_flsh.asp?dnum=3&divName=Veterans%20Benef
its%20Administration

Annual Benefits Reports: http://www.vba.va.gov/REPORTS/abr/index.asp

Home Improvements and Structural Alterations (HISA) Grant:
http://www.prosthetics.va.gov/HISA2.asp


New VA Disability Benefits Questionnaires (DBQ) Process

Note: This process allows Veterans to have C&P (Compensation & Pension Exams) for 70
Conditions done by any provider instead of having a C&P Rating Physician (through the
Veterans Benefits Adminstration) do the exam. This allows Veterans to have the exams
done by providers who are most familiar with their conditions.

DBQ Home Page: http://benefits.va.gov/TRANSFORMATION/disabilityexams/index.asp

DBQ Overview: http://benefits.va.gov/TRANSFORMATION/dbqs/overview.asp

List of DBQ's Available (by name):
http://benefits.va.gov/TRANSFORMATION/dbqs/ListByDBQFormName.asp

List of DBQ's Available (by symptom):
http://benefits.va.gov/TRANSFORMATION/dbqs/ListBySymptom.asp

Instructions for Veterans/Caregivers:
http://benefits.va.gov/TRANSFORMATION/dbqs/veteraninstruct.asp

Instructions for Physicians:
http://benefits.va.gov/TRANSFORMATION/dbqs/providerinstruct.asp

Frequently Asked Questions about the DBQ Process:
http://benefits.va.gov/TRANSFORMATION/dbqs/FAQS.asp


Mental Health and PTSD Resources & Info

VA Mental Health Resources Home Page: http://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/

National Center for PTSD: http://www.ptsd.va.gov/

Printable Publications from the National Center for PTSD:
http://www.ptsd.va.gov/about/print-materials/Materials_for_Printing.asp

Understanding Military Culture 101 (for Providers):
http://www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/ptsd101/course-modules/military_culture.asp

Products, Courses, & Materials Available from the National Center for PTSD:
http://www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/pages/fslist-products-courses-materials.asp

Where to Get Help for PTSD: http://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/where-to-get-help.asp

VA "Coaching Into Care" Program: http://www.mirecc.va.gov/coaching/

VA Online Mental Health Screening Tools (Confidential):
http://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/gethelp.asp#tabs-4

Guide to VA Mental Health Services for Veterans & Families:
http://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/docs/Guide_to_VA_Mental_Health_Srvcs_FINAL12-20-10.p
df

Talking About a Suicide Attempt (info for children, caregivers, families, etc) & more:
http://www.mirecc.va.gov/visn19/VISN_19_Education.asp

Handbook - Information & Support for Family Members After a Veteran Suicide Attempt:
http://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/docs/ResourceGuideFamilyMembers.pdf

National Suicide Prevention Hotline - "After an Attempt" Guide for Family Members:
http://store.samhsa.gov/shin/content//SMA08-4357/SMA08-4357.pdf

Suicide Prevention Resource Center Library:
http://www.sprc.org/library_resources/listing/search

Veterans Crisis Line: http://www.veteranscrisisline.net/

VA Suicide Prevention: http://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/suicide_prevention/index.asp

VA Vet Center: http://www.vetcenter.va.gov/  (For more details about Vet Centers, CLICK
HERE)

Vet Center Combat Call Center:
http://www.vetcenter.va.gov/media/Call-Center-PSA.asp

Defense Centers for Excellence for Psychological Health & Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE):
http://www.dcoe.health.mil/

Make the Connection: http://maketheconnection.net/

PILOTS (Published International Literature on Traumatic Stress) Index:
http://www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/pilots-database/pilots-db.asp

PTSD Publications from SAMHSA.gov:
http://store.samhsa.gov/facet/Issues-Conditions-Disorders/term/Posttraumatic-Stress-Disor
der

Vets4Warriors 24 Hour Call Line: http://www.vets4warriors.com/


VA Caregiver Resources

Main Caregiver Site: http://www.caregiver.va.gov/

VA Caregiver "Toolbox": http://www.caregiver.va.gov/toolbox_landing.asp

Caregiver "Help Near Home" (info on Caregiver Hotline & contacting your local Caregiver
Support Coordinator):
http://www.caregiver.va.gov/help_landing.asp

Post-9/11 Caregiver Program Overview: http://www.caregiver.va.gov/support_benefits.asp

Post-9/11 Caregiver Program Fact Sheet:
http://www.caregiver.va.gov/pdfs/CaregiverFactSheet_Apply.pdf

Start Application for Post-9/11 Caregiver Program:
http://www.va.gov/healthbenefits/resources/Caregiver_Eligibility_Check.asp

Note: There is also a page on our website that extensively covers the VA Caregiver
Program and includes a free podcast with interviews we did with several of the VA's best
Caregiver Support Coordinators which covers common questions, how the program works,
etc.  It's available by
CLICKING HERE.


Non-VA Official Resources Related to Veterans

State / Territory Veteran Affairs Listing: http://www.va.gov/statedva.htm

Code of Federal Regulations Access:
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collectionCfr.action?collectionCode=CFR

Federal Benefits for Veterans & Dependents Handbook:
http://www1.va.gov/OPA/publications/benefits_book.asp

Military Pay Policy & Procedures - Active Duty & Reserve:
http://comptroller.defense.gov/fmr/07a/

Recovery Month / SAMHSA "Coming Home: Supporting Military Service Members,
Veterans, and Their Families" Webcast:
http://recoverymonth.gov/Resources-Catalog/2012/Webcast/08-Coming-Home-Supporting-
Our-Military-and-Their-Families-That-Love-Them.aspx

TBI Publications from SAMHSA.gov:
http://store.samhsa.gov/facet/Issues-Conditions-Disorders/term/Traumatic-Brain-Injury

Deployment Health & Family Readiness Library: http://dhl.dhhq.health.mil/

AfterDeployment.org: http://www.afterdeployment.org/
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