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HAIR & MATTHEWS POST 32
3814 Legion Road
Hope Mills, NC 28348
American Legion, Department of North Carolina
Serving Veterans and the Hope Mills / Fayetteville COmmunity

Our vision for a strong America is:

A strong National Security, Taking Care of Veterans, Mentoring Youth, and Promoting Patriotism and Honor.

 


American Legion (also see Pillars links below)

US Government

Veterans & Professional Organizations

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 http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/admin21/m21_1/mr/part1/ch05.doc 
Board of Veteran's Appeals http://www.va.gov/vbs/bva/ 
CARES Commission http://www.va.gov/vbs/bva/ 
CARES Draft National Plan http://www1.va.gov/cares/page.cfm?pg=105 
Center for Minority Veterans http://www1.va.gov/centerforminorityveterans/ 
Center for Veterans Enterprise http://www.vetbiz.gov/default2.htm 
Center for Women Veterans http://www1.va.gov/womenvet/ 
Clarification on the changes in VA healthcare for Gulf War Veterans http://www.gulfwarvets.com/ubb/Forum1/HTML/000016.html 
Classified Records - American Gulf War Veterans Assoc http://www.gulfwarvets.com/ubb/Forum18/HTML/000011.html 
Compensation for Disabilities Associated with the Gulf War Service http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/admin21/m21_1/part6/ch07.doc 
Compensation Rate Tables, 12-1-03 http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/Rates/comp01.htm 
Department of Veterans Affairs Home Page http://www.va.gov/ 
Directory of Veterans Service Organizations http://www1.va.gov/vso/index.cfm?template=view 
Disability Examination Worksheets Index, Comp http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/Benefits/exams/index.htm 
Due Process http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/admin21/m21_1/mr/part1/ch02.doc 
Duty to Assist http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/admin21/m21_1/mr/part1/ch01.doc 
Electronic Code of Federal Regulations http://www.gpoaccess.gov/ecfr/ 
Emergency, Non-emergency, and Fee Basis Care http://www1.va.gov/opa/vadocs/fedben.pdf 
Environmental Agents http://www1.va.gov/environagents/ 
Environmental Agents M10 http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1002 
Establishing Combat Veteran Eligibility http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=315 
EVALUATION PROTOCOL FOR GULF WAR AND IRAQI FREEDOM VETERANS WITH POTENTIAL EXPOSURE TO DEPLETED URANIUM (DU)http://www1.va.gov/gulfwar/docs/DUHandbook1303122304.DOC and http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1158 
See also,
Depleted Uranium Fact Sheet http://www1.va.gov/gulfwar/docs/DepletedUraniumFAQSheet.doc 
EVALUATION PROTOCOL FOR NON -GULF WAR VETERANS WITH POTENTIAL EXPOSURE TO DEPLETED URANIUM (DU)http://www1.va.gov/gulfwar/docs/DUHANDBOOKNONGW130340304.DOC 
Fee Basis, PRIORITY FOR OUTPATIENT MEDICAL SERVICES
 AND INPATIENT HOSPITAL CAREhttp://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=206 
Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependants 2005 http://www1.va.gov/opa/vadocs/fedben.pdf OR,http://www1.va.gov/opa/vadocs/current_benefits.htm 
Forms and Records Request http://www.va.gov/vaforms/ 
General Compensation Provisions http://www.access.gpo.gov/uscode/title38/partii_chapter11_subchaptervi_.html 
Geriatrics and Extended Care http://www1.va.gov/geriatricsshg/ 
Guideline for Chronic Pain and Fatigue MUS-CPG http://www.oqp.med.va.gov/cpg/cpgn/mus/mus_base.htm
 

Guide to Gulf War Veteran's Health http://www1.va.gov/gulfwar/docs/VHIgulfwar.pdf 
Gulf War Subject Index http://www1.va.gov/GulfWar/page.cfm?pg=7&template=main&letter=A 
Gulf War Veteran's Illnesses Q&As http://www1.va.gov/gulfwar/docs/GWIllnessesQandAsIB1041.pdf 
Hearings http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/admin21/m21_1/mr/part1/ch04.doc 
Homeless Veterans http://www1.va.gov/homeless/ 
HSR&D Home http://www.hsrd.research.va.gov/ 
Index to Disability Examination Worksheets C&P exams http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/benefits/exams/index.htm 
Ionizing Radiation http://www1.va.gov/irad/ 
Iraqi Freedom/Enduring Freedom Veterans VBA http://www.vba.va.gov/EFIF/ 
M10 for spouses and children http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1007 
M10 Part III Change 1 http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1008 
M21-1 Table of Contents http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/M21_1.html 
Mental Disorders, Schedule of Ratings http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/regs/38CFR/BOOKC/PART4/S4_130.DOC 
Mental Health Program Guidelines http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1094 
Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Centers http://www.mirecc.med.va.gov/ 
MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Centers of Excellence http://www.va.gov/ms/about.asp 
My Health e Vet http://www.myhealth.va.gov/ 
NASDVA.COM National Association of State Directors http://www.nasdva.com/ 
National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention http://www.nchpdp.med.va.gov/postdeploymentlinks.asp 
Neurological Conditions and Convulsive Disorders, Schedule of Ratingshttp://www.warms.vba.va.gov/regs/38cfr/bookc/part4/s4%5F124a.doc 
OMI (Office of Medical Inspector) http://www.omi.cio.med.va.gov/ 
Online VA Form 10-10EZ https://www.1010ez.med.va.gov/sec/vha/1010ez/ 
Parkinson's Disease and Related Neurodegenerative Disorders http://www1.va.gov/resdev/funding/solicitations/docs/parkinsons.pdf and,

http://www1.va.gov/padrecc/ 
Peacetime Disability Compensation http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=browse_usc&docid=Cite:+38USC1131 
Pension for Non-Service-Connected Disability or Deathhttp://www.access.gpo.gov/uscode/title38/partii_chapter15_subchapteri_.html 
and, http://www.access.gpo.gov/uscode/title38/partii_chapter15_subchapterii_.html 
and, http://www.access.gpo.gov/uscode/title38/partii_chapter15_subchapt eriii_..html

Persian Gulf Registry http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1003 
This program is now referred to as Gulf War Registry Program (to include Operation Iraqi Freedom) as of March 7, 2005:
http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1232 
Persian Gulf Registry Referral Centers http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.as p?pub_ID=1006 
Persian Gulf Veterans' Illnesses Research 1999, Annual Report To Congresshttp://www1.va.gov/resdev/1999_Gulf_War_Veterans'_Illnesses_Appendices.doc 
Persian Gulf Veterans' Illnesses Research 2002, Annual Report To Congresshttp://www1.va.gov/resdev/prt/gulf_war_2002/GulfWarRpt02.pdf 
Phase I PGR http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1004 
Phase II PGR http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1005 
Policy Manual Index http://www.va.gov/publ/direc/eds/edsmps.htm 
Power of Attorney http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/admin21/m21_1/mr/part1/ch03.doc 
Project 112 (Including Project SHAD) http://www1.va.gov/shad/ 
Prosthetics Eligibility http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=337

Public Health and Environmental Hazards Home Page http://www.vethealth.cio.med.va.gov/

Public Health/SARS http://www.publichealth.va.gov/SARS/ 
Publications Manuals http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/publications.cfm?Pub=4 
Publications and Reports http://www1.va.gov/resdev/prt/pubs_individual.cfm?webpage=gulf_war.htm 
Records Center and Vault Homepage http://www.aac.va.gov/vault/default.html 
Records Center and Vault Site Map http://www.aac.va.gov/vault/sitemap.html 
REQUEST FOR AND CONSENT TO RELEASE OF INFORMATION FROM CLAIMANT'S RECORDShttp://www.forms.va.gov/va/Internet/VARF/getformharness.asp?formName=3288-form.xft 
Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans Illnesses April 11, 2002
 http://www1.va.gov/rac-gwvi/docs/Minutes_April112002.doc 
Research Advisory Committee on Gul f War Veterans Illnesses http://www1.va.gov/rac-gwvi/docs/ReportandRecommendations_2004.pdf 
Research and Development http://www.appc1.va.gov/resdev/programs/all_programs.cfm 
Survivor's and Dependents' Educational Assistancehttp://www.access.gpo.gov/uscode/title38/partiii_chapter35_.html 


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U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims http://www.vetapp.gov/ 
VA Best Practice Manual for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)http://www.avapl.org/pub/PTSD%20Manual%20final%206.pdf 
VA Fact Sheet http://www1.va.gov/opa/fact/gwfs.html 
VA Health Care Eligibility http://www.va.gov/healtheligibility/home/hecmain.asp 
VA INSTITUTING GLOBAL ASSESSMENT OF FUNCTION (GAF) http://www.avapl.org/gaf/gaf.html 
VA Life Insurance Handbook a" Chapter 3http://www.insurance.va.gov/inForceGliSite/GLIhandbook/glibookletch3.htm#310 
VA Loan Lending Limits and Jumbo Loans http://valoans.com/va_facts_limits.cfm 
VA MS Research http://www.va.gov/ms/about.asp 
VA National Hepatitis C Program http://www.hepatitis.va.gov/ 
VA Office of Research and Development http://www1.va.gov/resdev/ 
VA Trainee Pocket Card on Gulf War http://www.va.gov/OAA/pocketcard/gulfwar.asp 
VA WMD EMSHG http://www1.va.gov/emshg/ 
VA WRIISC-DC http://www.va.gov/WRIISC-DC/ 
VAOIG Hotline Telephone Number and Address http://www.va.gov/oig/hotline/hotline3.htm 
Vet Center Eligibility - Readjustment Counseling Service http://www.va.gov/rcs/Eligibility.htm 
Veterans Benefits Administration Main Web Page http://www.vba.va.gov/ 
Veterans Legal and Benefits Information http://valaw.org/ 
VHA Forms, Publications, Manuals http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ 
VHA Programs - Clinical Programs & Initiatives http://www1.va.gov/health_benefits/page.cfm?pg=13 
VHA Public Health Strategic Health Care Group Home Page http://www.publichealth.va.gov/ 
VHI Guide to Gulf War Veteransa(tm) Health http://www1.va.gov/vhi_ind_study/gulfwar/istudy/index.asp 
Vocational Rehabilitation http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/vre/ 
Vocational Rehabilitation Subsistence http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/vre/InterSubsistencefy04.doc 
VONAPP online http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/main.asp 
WARMS - 38 CFR Book C http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/bookc.html 
Wartime Disability Compensation http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=browse_usc&docid=Cite:+38USC1110 
War-Related Illness and Injury Study Center - New Jersey http://www.wri.med.va.gov/ 
Welcome to the GI Bill Web Site http://www.gibill.va.gov/ 
What VA Social Workers Do http://www1.va.gov/socialwork/page.cfm?pg=3 
WRIISC Patient Eligibility http://www.illegion.org/va1.html

 

State and Local Links:

Scouting:

Miscellaneous

  • The Ride Home - http://www.powridehome.org
  • POW/MIA Freedom Fighters - http://www.powmiaff.org/
  • Ride to the Wall Foundation - http://www.ridetothewall.com/
  • POW Network - http://www.pownetwork.org/
  • Vietnam War Resources - http://www.cc.gatech.edu/fac/Thomas.Pilsch/Vietnam.html
  • Patriot Guard - http://www.patriotguard.org/
  • National Alliance of Families for the Return of America's Missing Servicemen
    - http://www.nationalalliance.org/
  • Pleural Mesothelioma - http://www.pleuralmesothelioma.com/
  • Mesothelioma Center at Asbestos.com: www.asbestos.com
  • Rolling Thunder, NC Chapter 1 :
    www.rollingthunder-nc1.com/
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