INFORMATION YOU NEED TO KNOW


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. 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.
My advice to those who are contemplating retirement, start early. Begin making copies of your medical records 18 months out. Attend TAP, Rhuelin and whatever else is offered. Start up your resumes if you intend to work after you retire. Start carrying around your business cards and give them out like candy. I can't say this enough: NETWORK NETWORK NETWORK!!! Finally, set up a file specifically for your VA stuff, print this out and save it in your spanking new VA files. There may be a time for use in the future. r/Jackie

 
Department of Veteran Affairs - http://www.va.gov/
 
Veterans Affairs Medical Center Birmingham, AL - http://www.birmingham.va.gov/ 
 
To request your DD214 or a copy of your medical records - http://www.archives.gov/
 
Board of Veteran's Appeals - http://www.bva.va.gov
 

Center for Veterans Enterprise - http:www.vetbiz.gov 

Center for Women Veterans - http://www1.va.gov/womenvet/

Forms and Records Request - http://www.va.gov/vaforms/

U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims - http://search.vetapp.gov/
 
 
Veterans Benefits Administration Main Page - http://www.vba.va.gov/

WARMS - 38 CFR Book C - http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/bookc.html

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

 

 

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