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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.

Board of Veteran’s Appeals
CARES Commission
CARES Draft National Plan
Center for Minority Veterans
Center for Veterans Enterprise
Center for Women Veterans
Clarification on the changes in VA healthcare for Gulf War Veterans
Classified Records – American Gulf War Veterans Assoc
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
Emergency, Non-emergency, and Fee Basis Care
Environmental Agents
Environmental Agents M10
Establishing Combat Veteran Eligibility
See also, Depleted Uranium Fact Sheet
for Veterans and Dependants 2005 OR,
Forms and Records Request
General Compensation Provisions
Geriatrics and Extended Care
Guideline for Chronic Pain and Fatigue MUS-CPG
Guide to Gulf War Veteran’s Health
Gulf War Subject Index
Gulf War Veteran’s Illnesses Q&As
Homeless Veterans
HSR&D Home
Index to Disability Examination Worksheets C&P exams
Ionizing Radiation
Iraqi Freedom/Enduring Freedom Veterans VBA
M 10 for spouses and children <
M10 Part III Change 1
M21-1 Table of Contents
Mental Disorders, Schedule of Ratings
Mental Health Program Guidelin es
Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Centers
MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Centers of Excellence
My Health e Vet
National Association of State Directors
National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Neurological Conditions and Convulsive Disorders, Schedule of Ratings
OMI (Office of Medical Inspector)
Online VA Form 10-10EZ
Parkinson’s Disease and Related Neurodegenerative Disorders
Peacetime Disability Compensation

Pension for Non-Service-Connected Disability or Death
Persian Gulf Registry
This program is now referred to as Gulf War Registry Program (to include Operation
Iraqi Freedom) as of March 7, 2005:
Persian Gulf Registry Referral Centers
Persian Gulf Veterans’ Illnesses Research 1999, Annual Report To Congress
Persian Gulf Veterans’ Illnesses Research 2002, Annual Report To Congress
Phase I PGR
Phase II PGR

Policy Manual Index
Power of Attorney
Project 112 (Including Project SHAD)
Prosthetics Eligibility
Public Health and Environmental Hazards Home Page
Public Health/SARS
Publications Manuals
Publications and Reports
Records Center and Vault Homepage
Records Center and Vault Site Map

Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans Illnesses April 11, 2002
Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans Illnesses
Research and Development
Survivor’s and Dependents’ Educational Assistance
Title 38 Index Parts 0-17

Part 18

Title 38 Part 3 Adjudication Subpart Pension, Compensation, and Dependency and Indemnity Compensation

Title 38 Pensions, Bonuses & Veterans Relief (also 3.317 Compensation for certain disabilities due to undiagnosed illnesses found here)

Title 38 4.16 Total disabiliity ratings for compensation based on
unemployability of the individual. PART 4 SCHEDULE FOR RATING DISABILITIES Subpart General Policy in Rating

U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
VA Best Practice Manual for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
VA Fact Sheet
VA Health Care Eligibility

VA Life Insurance Handbook Chapter 3
VA Loan Lending Limits and Jumbo Loans
VA MS Research
VA National Hepatitis C Program
VA Office of Research and Development
VA Trainee Pocket Card on Gulf War
VAOIG Hotline Telephone Number and Address
Vet Center Eligibility – Readjustment Counseling Service
Veterans Benefits Administration Main Web Page
Veterans Legal and Benefits Information
VHA Forms, Publications, Manuals
VHA Programs – Clinical Programs & Initiatives>
VHA Public Health Strategic Health Care Group Home Page http: //
VHI Guide to Gulf War Veterans Health
Vocational Rehabilitation
Vocational Rehabilitation Subsistence
VONAPP online
WARMS – 38 CFR Book C
Wartime Di sability Compensation

War-Related Illness and Injury Study Center – New Jersey
Welcome to the GI Bill Web Site
What VA Social Workers Do
WRIISC Patient Eligibility

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Why we started and why we must go on!

As many know, NABVETS originally started in 1969 as the Interested Veterans of the Central City or better knows as IVOCC.  The organization was begun by seven (7) returning veterans that believed that they could make a difference that would help all veterans particularly African American veterans.  The primary issues of the day were Welfare, Education, Housing, Hospitalization, Employment and Economic Assistance.  In 1973 the National Association of Black Veterans Inc. was born.  Little did we realize at the time was that in every city and town around the country, there were carbon copies of the original seven returning veterans that were equally dissatisfied with the lack of attention that was given to their unique needs, namely Less than Honorable Discharges, High Unemployment, higher incidents of PTSD, Chemical Dependency and lack of equal V.A. claims assistance.

Through the years NABVETS thrived and not withstanding growing pains, that included disagreements as to organizational strategic direction and other personal distractions, the orgainzation was able to come together and present a unified front.  We all realized that speaking with one collective voice to our elected representatives went much farther than trying to speak with one individual voice.

Today NABVETS has grown into one of the strongest black veterans organizations in the country.  There are presently over thirty-five (35) chapters with many state commands.  NABVETS has further developed its own nationwide telephone claims system to assure uniform VA claims tracking accountability.  (This system will be released soon.)  NABVETS is further proud of its national Eclipse magazine which is published quarterly and its newest publication, The NABVETS National Chapters Update Newsletter.  We are presently working on plans to honor African American Veterans with a special monument, titled “Rebirth of Freedom” to be dedicated on November 11, 2007 on the VA grounds in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

NABVETS must go on because although we have made some accomplishments, there still remains much work to be done.  This work includes monitoring and advocating for veterans, particularly veterans of color as it relates to the increasing backlog of V.A. service disability claims.  We will be the voice for the voiceless!

[originally printed in the NABVETS National Chapters Update Newsletter]

Oct.20th-24th – NABVETS Annual Convention

This year Dr. AV Hankins, MD and Founder of the ACES Museum and the Commander of our Philadelphia chapter will be our dynamic keynote speaker!!

Lodging will be at the beautiful Renaissance Hotel in Downtown OKC, 10 N. Broadway Ave. Oklahoma City, OK

For full information, check out our Upcoming Events page

Destination Freedom: Black Radio Days May 24th

NO CREDITS PRODUCTIONS CELEBRATES 15!  No Credits Productions, LLC celebrates 15 years in the Denver community.  After a very successful 3 nights of radio dramas in April 2010  NCP presents a triumphant return to its roots with the Award winning radio series DESTINATION FREEDOM: BLACK RADIO DAYS, a monthly “edutainment” series that has been on the air for 12 seasons!

Officers of the 761st Medium Tank Battalion, await action near Nancy, France on 5 November 1944. L-R: Captain Ivan H. Harrison, Captain Irvin McHenry and 2nd Lieutenant James C. Lightfoot

On Monday May 24th 2010 at 7PM at Dazzle Restaurant 9th and Lincoln in downtown Denver Destination Freedom is proud to honor our troops with Richard Durham”s The Tiger Hunt The story of The 761st Tank Battalion. The 761st distinguished itself by extraordinary gallantry, courage, professionalism and high esprit de corps displayed in the accomplishment of unusually difficult and hazardous operations in the European Theater of Operations from 31 October 1944 to 6 May 1945. During 183 days in combat, elements of the 761st – the first United States Army tank battalion committed to battle comprised of black soldiers – were responsible for inflicting thousands of enemy casualties and for capturing, destroying, or aiding in the liberation of more than 30 major towns, 4 airfields, 3 ammunition supply dumps, 461 wheeled vehicles, 34 tanks, 113 large guns, 1 radio station, and numerous individual and crew-served weapons. This was accomplished while enduring an overall casualty rate approaching 50 percent, the loss of 71 tanks, and in spite of extremely adverse weather conditions, very difficult terrain not suited to armor operations, heavily fortified enemy positions and units, and extreme shortages of replacement personnel and equipment. The accomplishments are outstanding examples of the indomitable spirit and heroism displayed by the tank crews of the 761st 

This month”s show features an award-winning cast, including donnie l. betts, producer/director and filmmaker; Kurt Soderstrom, featured in all of Destination Freedom Shows; Jeff Campbell spoken word artist and educator, Donahue Hayes, Ma Rainey and Michael 

This year is not only the 15th anniversary of No Credits Productions, the 12th anniversary of Destination Freedom: Black Radio Days but a very special anniversary for NCP founder donnie l. betts, who donated a kidney to his sister that is living with the complications of Lupus 10 years ago this March.

As always, Destination Freedom is presented true-to-form radio show in front of a live studio audience; at Dazzle Restaurant   Tickets are $10 general admission.  This Monday May 24th at 7PM not only features the live broadcast on KGNU 88.5 FM Boulder 1390 Denver with our musical guests, but a an after show discussion with Black Veterans and the music from Haitian artists Sue and Jodel Charles. Enjoy the wonderful food and drinks as you take in the show.

For more information contact 720-748-1388 or go to