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VA Training and Fast Letter Forum Index

The following is the index with links to the various Training and Fast Letters plus a few miscellaneous. These letters are not necessarily in the original formatting. I have tried to present them in an easy-to-read form instead of some forms as originally presented. Some of the paragraphs were WAAAAYYY too long. lol - HadIt.com Member fanaticbooks

Something to be aware....

Some of these letters may be rescinded, outdated, or otherwise no longer viable. I have still included them because sometimes they provide additional insight or just plain more information than the newest version.

Use them wisely.

The oldest letters will display at the bottom with the latest letters displayed at the top, all in sequential numbers.

Coding of the letters...
FL = Fast Letter
TL = Training Letter
First two numbers = last two digits of year of origin

Training Letter

TL 10-07 Adjudicating Total Disability on Indiv. Unemploy. (TDIU)

TL 10-06 Adjudicating Herbicide Exposure, U.S. Navy/Coast Guard, Vietnam

TL 10-04 REVISED NEHMER[/b] Training Guide for the readjudication of Claims for Ischemic Heart Disease (IHD), Parkinson‟s Disease (PD), Hairy Cell Leukemia (HCL) and other Chronic B-cell Leukemias, and other Diseases Under Nehmer (September 28, 2010)

TL 10-04 (NEHMER) Readjudication of Claims for Ischemic Heart Disease (IHD), Parkinson‟s Disease (PD), Hairy Cell Leukemia (HCL) and other Chronic B-cell Leukemias, and other Diseases Under NEHMER (June 14, 2010)

TL 10-03 Environmental Hazards in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Other Military Installations (April 26, 2010)

TL 10-01 Adjudicating Claims Based on Service in the Gulf War and Southwest Asia (February 4, 2010)

TL 09-01 Evaluating Residuals of Traumatic Brain Injury under Revised Criteria (Current as of 25 MAR 2010)

TL 07-04 Medical Consequences of Diving (July 5, 2007)

TL 07-01 Total Disability Ratings Based on Individual Unemployability (IU)

TL 02-04 Training letter on intervertebral disc syndrome (October 24, 2002)

TL 00-07 Cardiovascular disabilities (July 17, 2000)

TL 00-06 Training letter on diabetes mellitus and its complications (July 17, 2000)

Fast Letter

Number Title

FL 11-15 Handling Disagreements with Final Decisions by the Board of Veterans' Appeals (April 27, 2011)

FL 11-13 Medical Foster Home (MFH) Program, April 13, 2011)

FL 11-11 Overview of Changes Made by Public Law 111-275, the Veterans' Benefits Act of 2010. (April 4, 2011)

FL 11-09 Procedures for Rating Infectious Diseases Presumed to Be Related to Gulf War, Iraq, and Afghanistan Service under 38 CFR 3.317. (March 15, 2011)

FL 11-03 Consolidation and Processing of Disability Claims Based on Exposure to Contaminated Drinking Water at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina January 11, 2011)

FL 10-49 VA Form 21-0845, Authorization to Disclose Personal Information to a Third Party (November 3, 2010)

FL 10-46 Processing Awards Involving Voluntary Separation Pay (October 28, 2010)

FL 10-45 Delayed Payment Provision of 38 C.F.R. 3.31 and Certain Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) Awards for Schoolchildren (October 21, 2010)

FL 10-42 Guidance on Rating Dental Conditions (October 12, 2010)

FL 10-39 Adding Dependents Without Claims Folder Review (Sept. 15, 2010)

FL 10-35 Modifying the Development Process in Claims for Hearing Loss and/or Tinnitus (Sept. 2, 2010)

FL10-34 Disability Benefits Questionnaires -- They pertain to the disabilities related to herbicide exposure that are part of the proposed Agent Orange regulation: Ischemic Heart Disease, Hairy Cell Leukemia and other B-cell Leukemias, and Parkinson's Disease. (Sept. 2, 2010)

FL 10-32 Removal of Certain Co-Signature Requirements and Ordering Specialist Examinations (September 1, 2010)

FL 10-30 Substitution of Party in Case of Claimant's Death (August 10, 2010)

FL 10-26 Revisions to 38 C.F.R. 3.317 to clarify the Meaning of "Medically Unexplained Chronic Multisystem Illness" Related to Gulf War and Southwest Asia Service (July 21, 2010)

FL 10-25 Corroborating Military Sexual Trauma (MST) Using DD Form 2910, Victim Reporting Preference Statement, or Similar Forms (July 15, 2010)

FL 10-24E1 Pre-Discharge Program Form applicable to any and all conditions claimed prior to your release from active duty. (companion to FL 10-24)

FL 10-24 Updated Pre-Discharge Veterans Claims Assistance Act (VCAA) Notification in view of U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Federal Circuit) Decision in Vazquez-Flores and Schultz v. Shinseki (June 29, 2010)

FL 10-22 Fully Developed Claim Program -- Fully Developed Claim (FDC) Program to process claims meeting FDC Criteria within a 90-day timeframe (June 15, 2010)

FL 10-04 Final rule: Presumptive Service Connection for Former Prisoners of War (FPOWs) (January 11, 2010)

FL 10-03 Chapter 35 Benefits for Dependents of Servicemembers (January 7, 2010)

FL 10-02 Implementation of Board of Veterans' Appeals Decisions (January 6, 2010)

FL 09-52 Verification of Participation in "Special Operations" Incidents (December 9, 2009)

FL 09-50 Procedures for handling disability claims based on herbicide exposure for hairy cell and other B-cell leukemias, Parkinson's disease, and ischemic heart disease. (November 19, 2009)

FL 09-41 Revised Procedures for Releasing Monthly Benefits with Proposal of Incompetency (October 16, 2009)

FL 09-38 Reporting Violations of the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act (September 29, 2009)

FL 09-33 Special Monthly Compensation at the Statutory Housebound Rate (July 22, 2009)

FL 09-28 Benefit Summary and Tax Abatement Letters (June 18, 2009)

FL 09-27 Final rule: Presumptive Service Connection for AL Amyloidosis (June 5, 2009)

FL 09-26 Revised Fiduciary Accounting Requirements (June 5, 2009)

FL 09-25 Special Monthly Compensation at the "k" Level for Eligible Women Veterans (June 4, 2009)

FL 09-21E2 Enclosure Two - Summary of Regulatory Amendments (companion to FL 09-21)

FL 09-21 38 C.F.R. Parts 1, 14, 19 and 20 Accreditation of Agents and Attorneys; Agent and Attorney Fees; Final Rule (May 13, 2009)

FL 09-20 Developing for Evidence of Herbicide Exposure in Haas-Related Claims from Veterans with Thailand Service during the Vietnam Era (May 6, 2009)

FL 09-17 Filipino Veterans Equity Compensation Claims (March 27, 2009)

FL 09-15 Overview of Changes Made By Public Law 110-389, the Veterans' Benefits Improvement Act of 2008. (March 3, 2009)

FL 09-13 New and Revised Veterans Claims Assistance Act of 2000 (VCAA) Letter Templates and Enclosure in Modern Award Processing-Development (MAP-D) (February 20, 2009)

FL 09-10E1 Enclosure 1 -- Changes in the Eye Rating Schedule (companion to FL 09-10)

FL 09-10 Final Rule: Schedule for Rating Disabilities; Eye (February 13, 2009)

FL 09-09 Readjudication of Claims for AL Amyloidosis (ALA) and Other Diseases Under Nehmer (February 12, 2009)

FL 09-08 National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) Improvement Amendments Act of 2007 (February 9, 2009)

FL 09-07 Haas v. Peake -- This letter contains guidance for adjudicating cases affected by the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit decision in the case of Haas v Peake. (February 6, 2009)

FL 09-06 Appeals Resource Centers (January 29, 2009)

FL 09-05 New Notice and Development Paragraphs for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) Claims. (January 27, 2009)

FL 08-41 Special Temporary Procedures in Response to October 2008 Records Incident Purpose (November 14, 2008) (Concerning Shredding)

FL 08-38 Survivor Benefits Claims Consolidation Procedures (November 3, 2008)

FL 08-36 Final Rule: Schedule for Rating Disabilities; Evaluation of Residuals of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) (October 24, 2008)

FL 08-34 Revised Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Worksheet (October 10, 2008)

FL 08-33 Updated Audio Compensation and Pension Examination Worksheet (October 10, 2008)

FL 08-31 Interim Final Rule: Presumption of Service Connection for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Rescinds Fast Letter 01-100, Call Up and Identification of Cases of Gulf War Veterans with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)/Lou Gehrig's Disease, dated December 19, 2001. (October 7, 2008)

FL 08-29 Terminating Fugitive Felon Awards (October 3, 2008)

FL 08-26 Vazquez-Flores v. Peake and New Veterans Claims Assistance Act (VCAA) Notification Requirements (Sept. 16, 2008)

FL 08-23 Pension Consolidation Procedures (July 22, 2008)

FL 08-20 Benefits Delivery at Discharge Expansion and Pre-Discharge Claims Consolidation (July 2, 2008)

FL 08-15 Overview of Changes Made By Public Law 110-181, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008. (May 21, 2008)

FL 08-12 Overview of Changes in Evaluation of Visual Impairment Made by Public Law 110-157, the Dr. James Allen Veteran Vision Equity Act of 2007 (May 14, 2008)

FL 08-10 Update on Disability Examination Worksheets -- Audio, Genitourinary, and the new TBI disability examination worksheets (April 17, 2008)

FL 08-08 Additional Guidance on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), (April 7, 2008)

FL 08-02 TRIP Procedures Update (Training, Responsibility, Involvement and Preparation of Claims program) (February 12, 2008)

FL 07-27 Claims from veterans who served aboard the USS Ingersoll (DD652), (December 28, 2007)

FL 07-19 Procedures for Handling Extraordinary Awards (August 27, 2007)

FL 07-15 PUBLIC LAW 109-461 (June 6, 2007), (legislation governing the recognition of agents and attorneys representing claimants)

FL 07-10 Revised Disability Examination Worksheets--Revised disability examination worksheets for Audio; Ear Disease; Hand, Thumb and Fingers; Feet; Mental Disorders; Eating Disorders; Esophagus and Hiatal Hernia; Intestines; and Stomach, Duodenum, and Peritoneal Adhesions (April 24, 2007)

FL 07-07 Final Rule: Accrued Benefits (March 29, 2007)

FL 07-06 Overview of changes made to title 38, United States Code, by the Veterans Benefits, Health Care, and Information Technology Act of 2006 (Pub. L. No. 109-461) (March 27, 2007)

FL 07-01 Claims Processing for Military Retirees Entitled to Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC) and/or Concurrent Retirement and Disability Pay (CRDP) (January 22, 2007)

FL 06-29 Unauthorized Representation of Claimants and Unlawful Solicitation of Fees (January 3, 2007)

FL 06-28 Hartness v. Nicholson--This letter contains guidance for adjudicating special monthly pension (SMP) cases where the veteran is 65 years of age or older. (December 22, 2006)

FL 06-27 Commissary and Exchange Privilege Letters (Dec 14, 2006)

FL 06-26 Haas v. Nicholson (provides interim procedures for controlling claims) (December 11, 2006)

FL 06-25 Clarification of DeLuca Guidelines for Compensation and Pension Examiners (November 29, 2006)

FL 06-24 Withdrawal of Office of General Counsel Precedent Opinion (VAOPGCPREC) 6-93 in Part and VAOPGCPREC 12-94 in Full. (November 14, 2006), (accrued benefits-- beneficiary's death)

FL 06-21 Measurement of Visual Fields (November 8, 2006)

FL 06-19 Final Rule: Veterans Benefits Act of 2003 and Veterans Benefits Improvement Act of 2004 (October 3, 2006)

FL 05-08 Handling PTSD claims based on stressors experienced during service in the Marine Corps. (June 7, 2005)

FL 04-13 Relationship Between Immunization with Jet Injectors and Hepatitis C Infection as it Relates to Service Connection (June 29, 2004)

FL 04-06 Procedure for Manual Review of Claims Files to Award Earlier Effective Date Pursuant to Liesegang, et al. v. Secretary of Veterans Affairs. (April 12, 2004)

FL 02-24 Information and Procedures about SHAD (September 26, 2002)

FL 01-94 The Nehmer lawsuit and the granting of retroactive payments for Type 2 diabetes. (October 19, 2001)

FL 00-44 National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) Process (June 2, 2000)

FL 00-33 Review of Awards for Diseases Associated with Herbicide Exposure for Possible Retroactive Benefits Under Nehmer Order.
(December 3, 2002)

FL 99-124 Section 658, PL 106-65, Special Compensation for Severely Disabled Uniformed Services Retirees. (December 17, 1999)


Best Practice Manual for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Auditory - Noise FSH Regulation No. 40-7 MOS Titles Involving Routine Exposures to Hazardous Noise Hearing Loss

Auditory - Noise Duty MOS Noise Exposure List Hearing Loss

Auditory - Noise Cam Regulation 40-5 (January 31, 2008) Army Hearing Program (with Military Noise Sources appended) Hearing Loss

VHA Directives

Number Title

VHA DIRECTIVE 2010-045 Introduction Of Disability Benefit Questionnaires (Dbqs) To Support The Compensation And Pension (C&P) Process (October 1, 2010)

VHA Directive 2010-033 Military Sexual Trauma (MST) Programming (July 14, 2010)

VHA Directive 2010-029 Screening And Evaluation Of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) And Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) Veterans With Embedded Fragments (June 9, 2010)

VHA Directive 2010-014 Assessment And Management Of Veterans Who Have Been Victims Of Alleged Acute Sexual Assault[(March 25, 2010)

VHA Directive 2010-012 Screening And Evaluation Of Possible Traumatic Brain Injury In Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) And Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) Veterans (March 8, 2010)

VHA Directive 2010-009 Release Of Information To Social Security Administration (February 25, 2010)

VHA Directive 2009-048 Health Services For Veterans Treated With Nasopharyngeal (Np) Radium During Active Military Service (September 29, 2009)

VHA Directive 2009-047 Provision Of Health Care Services To Veterans Involved In Project 112-Shipboard Hazard And Defense (Shad) Testing (September 30, 2009)

VHA DIRECTIVE 2008-071 Provision Of Medical Statements And Completion Of Forms By VA Health Care Providers (October 29, 2008)

VHA Directive 2008-070 Prescribing Hearing Aids and Eyeglasses (October 28, 2008)

VHA Directive 2008-005 Certification Of Clinicians Performing Compensation And Pension Examinations (January 29, 2008)

VHA Directive 2007-039 Eligibility Guidelines For A One-Time Course Of Dental Care For Certain Homeless and Other Enrolled Veterans (November 21, 2007)

VHA Directive 2007-024 Provision of Medical Statements and Completion of Forms by VA Health Care Providers (September 11, 2007)

VHA Directive 2007-016 Coordinated Care Policy For Traveling Veterans (May 9, 2007)

VHA Directive 2007-013 Screening And Evaluation Of Possible Traumatic Brain Injury In Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) And Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) Veterans (April 13, 2007)

VHA Directive 2006-057 VHA Clinical Appeals (October 16, 2006)

VHA Directive 2006-013 Qualifications for Examiners Performing Compensation and Pension (C&P) Mental Disorder Examinations (March 7, 2006)

VHA Directive 2000-029 Provision Of Medical Opinions By VA Health Care Practitioners (September 22, 2000)