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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:



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

VA Facility Locator:

List of All VA Facilities:

VA Publications (including Directives):

VA Regulations (2004 to Present):

VA Office of Regulation & Policy Management Main Page:

VA Forms:

VA Travel Pay FAQ:

VA Foreign Medical Program:

VA Freedom of Information Act:

National Center for Veterans Analysis & Statistics:

Publications List from CIDER (Center for Information Dissemination and Educational

VA Health Economics Research Center:

VA Corporate Data Warehouse (CDW):

VAnguard (the VA's Magazine):

VA Website Site Index:


CHAMPVA Main Page:

CHAMPVA "How to Apply":

CHAMPVA "How to File a Claim":

CHAMPVA Application for Coverage:

CHAMPVA Handbook:

CHAMPVA Fact Sheet - "How to Read an Explanation of Benefits Form":

CHAMPVA Inhouse Treatment Initiative (CITI) Overview:

CHAMPVA List of Facilities Participating in CITI:

Links for Info from VHA (Veterans Health Administration)

Apply for VA Health Care / Enrollment Online:

Healthcare Eligibility Guidelines:

VA Meds by Mail Program:

VA Healthcare Info for Active Duty Servicemembers:

VA Healthcare Info for Family Members:

VA Priority Groups Table:

VA Health Benefits Reference Library:

Healthcare Administration Center (HAC) Fact Sheet List:

HAC Forms List (includes CHAMPVA forms, Release of Information forms, etc):

VA Health Benefits Handbook:

Veterans Health Guide:

2012 VA Healthcare Benefits Overview:

Women Veterans Home Page:

VHA Office of Rural Health (ORH):

Contact Info for ORH Resource Centers:

VHA Publications:

Health Benefits Glossary of Terms:

VA Prosthetic and Sensory Aids Handbooks

Links for Info from VBA (Veterans Benefits Administration)

Veterans Benefits Home:

VBA Publications & Regulations (also known as "WARMS"):

VBA Fact Sheets:

VA Benefits Fact Sheets (includes State-by-State fact sheets with info about facilities and
approx number of Veterans in each State):

VBA Reports:

Fax Numbers for VA Regional Offices:

Addresses for VA Regional Offices:

Annual Benefits Reports:

Home Improvements and Structural Alterations (HISA) Grant:

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:

DBQ Overview:

List of DBQ's Available (by name):

List of DBQ's Available (by symptom):

Instructions for Veterans/Caregivers:

Instructions for Physicians:

Frequently Asked Questions about the DBQ Process:

Mental Health and PTSD Resources & Info

VA Mental Health Resources Home Page:

National Center for PTSD:

Printable Publications from the National Center for PTSD:

Understanding Military Culture 101 (for Providers):

Products, Courses, & Materials Available from the National Center for PTSD:

Where to Get Help for PTSD:

VA "Coaching Into Care" Program:

VA Online Mental Health Screening Tools (Confidential):

Guide to VA Mental Health Services for Veterans & Families:

Talking About a Suicide Attempt (info for children, caregivers, families, etc) & more:

Handbook - Information & Support for Family Members After a Veteran Suicide Attempt:

National Suicide Prevention Hotline - "After an Attempt" Guide for Family Members:

Suicide Prevention Resource Center Library:

Veterans Crisis Line:

VA Suicide Prevention:

VA Vet Center:  (For more details about Vet Centers, CLICK

Vet Center Combat Call Center:

Defense Centers for Excellence for Psychological Health & Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE):

Make the Connection:

PILOTS (Published International Literature on Traumatic Stress) Index:

PTSD Publications from

Vets4Warriors 24 Hour Call Line:

VA Caregiver Resources

Main Caregiver Site:

VA Caregiver "Toolbox":

Caregiver "Help Near Home" (info on Caregiver Hotline & contacting your local Caregiver
Support Coordinator):

Post-9/11 Caregiver Program Overview:

Post-9/11 Caregiver Program Fact Sheet:

Start Application for Post-9/11 Caregiver Program:

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

Non-VA Official Resources Related to Veterans

State / Territory Veteran Affairs Listing:

Code of Federal Regulations Access:

Federal Benefits for Veterans & Dependents Handbook:

Military Pay Policy & Procedures - Active Duty & Reserve:

Recovery Month / SAMHSA "Coming Home: Supporting Military Service Members,
Veterans, and Their Families" Webcast:

TBI Publications from

Deployment Health & Family Readiness Library:
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