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 Tinnitus-(constant ringing of the ears either one, or both)

VA Tinnitus Compensation Eligibility: The United States Court of Appeals

For Veterans Claims has announced a decision in the case of Wanner v. Principi. At issue was whether service connection or compensation for Tinnitus should be allowed only for "head injury, concussion or acoustic trauma." The Court held that persistent tinnitus, no matter how it was acquired during service, entitles a veteran to compensation under the rating schedule. Accordingly, in claims for service connection for Tinnitus filed before June 10, 1999, including those now on appeal, claimants will now be entitled to service connection without regard to how the Tinnitus was acquired. The court did not decide whether veterans are entitled to separate ratings for service-connected bilateral tinnitus (tinnitus in each
ear). [Source: Armed Forces News Issue 28 FEB 2003]


 Links For Important Veterans Info

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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.
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%20/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 CARE Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependants 2005 http://www1.va.gov/opa/vadocs/fedben.pdf  OR,   
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/          
M 10 for spouses and children <   
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 http://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 Ratings http://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  
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 Death http://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_subchapteriii_.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:  
Persian Gulf Registry Referral Centers http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1006  
Persian Gulf Veterans' Illnesses Research 1999, Annual Report To Congress http://www1.va.gov/resdev/1999_Gulf_War_Veterans'_Illnesses_Appendices.doc           Persian Gulf Veterans' Illnesses Research 2002, Annual Report To Congress http://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           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   
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 RECORDS http://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 Gulf 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 Assistance http://www.access.gpo.gov/uscode/title38/partiii_chapter35_.html  
Title 38 Index Parts 0-17
http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?sid=1b0c269b510d3157fbf8f8801bc9b3dc&c=ecfr&tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title38/38cfrv1_02.tpl    
Part 18
http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?sid=1b0c269b510d3157fbf8f8801bc9b3dc&c=ecfr&tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title38/38cfrv2_02.tpl  
Title 38 Part 3 Adjudication Subpart A "Pension, Compensation, and Dependency and Indemnity Compensation http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=ecfr&sid=1b0c269b510d3157fbf8f8801bc9b3dc&tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title38/38cfr3_main_02.tpl    
Title 38 Pensions, Bonuses & Veterans Relief (also ç 3.317 Compensation for certain disabilities due to undiagnosed illnesses found here) http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=ecfr&sid=1b0c269b510d3157fbf8f8801bc9b3dc&tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title38/38cfr3_main_02.tpl          Title 38 PART 4--SCHEDULE FOR RATING DISABILITIES Subpart B--DISABILITY RATINGS
http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=ecfr&sid=ab7641afd195c84a49a2067dbbcf95c0&rgn=div6&view=text&node=38:1.0.1.1.5.2&idno=38  
Title 38§ 4.16 Total disability ratings for compensation based on unemployability of the individual. PART A "SCHEDULE FOR RATING DISABILITIES Subpart à "General Policy in Rating http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=ecfr&sid=1b0c269b510d3157fbf8f8801bc9b3dc&rgn=div8&view=text&node=38:1.0.1.1.5.1..96.11&idno=38  
U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims http://www.vetapp.gov/   
VA Best Practice Manual for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)   
VA Fact Sheet  
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 ¬" Chapter 3 http://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    
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   http://webmaila.juno.com/webmail/new/UrlBlockedError.aspx >
VHA Public Health Strategic Health Care Group Home Page http: // www.publichealth.va.gov/    
VHI Guide to Gulf War Veterans ¬(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  

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