Everything Veterans Affairs does with your service connected disability compensation claim, is governed by law. You may want to bookmark this page as a reference as you proceed with your claim. It can be a bit daunting. Just remember the U.S.C. is the law, the C.F.R. is how they interpret the law and last but certainly not least is the V.A. adjudication manuals that is how they apply the law. The section of the law that covers the veterans benefits is Title 38 in the U.S.C. in the C.F.R. is usually written 38 C.F.R. or something similar.
- U.S.C. United States Code
United States Code is the law and the U.S.C. is the governments official copy of the code.
- U.S.C.A. United States Code Annotated
U.S.C.A. contain everything that is printed in the official U.S. Code but also include annotations to case law relevant to the particular statute.
- U.S.C.A. United States Code Annotated
… Practicing lawyers who can afford them almost always use an annotated version of the U.S. Code from a private company. These annotated versions contain notes following each section of the law, which organize and summarize court decisions, law review articles, and other authorities that pertain to the code section, and may also include uncodified provisions that are part of the Public Laws. The publishers of these versions frequently issue supplements that contain newly enacted laws, which may not yet have appeared in an official published version of the Code, as well as updated secondary materials such as new court decisions on the subject. Source: Wikipedia
- C.F.R. Code of Federal Regulations
The C.F.R. is the interpretation of the law.
Compensation and Pension Materials
- M21-1 – Adjudication Procedures (Archive)
- M21-1 – Adjudication Procedures Manual
- Part 1. Claimants’ Rights and Responsibilities
- Part 2. Direct Services
- Part 3. General Claims Process
- Part 4. Compensation, DIC and Death Compensation Benefits
- Part 5. Pension and Parent’s Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC)
- Part 6. Chapter 18 Benefits
- Part 7. Burial Benefits
- Part 8. Accrued Benefits
- Part 9. Ancillary and Special Benefits
- Part 10. Matching Programs
- Part 11. Fiduciary Program
- M21-4 – Manpower Control and Utilization in Adjudication Divisions
- Legal Instruments Examiner Program Guide
- C&P Clinician’s Guide: Service Clinician’s Guide
- Veterans Benefits Administration Program Guide 21-2:
Further reading on the law from Guide to Law from the Library of Congress
- United States Code (U.S. House of Representatives, Office of the Law Revision Counsel) offers introductory material to the Code, a search feature, and the option to browse the current and previous editions (1995 to present).
- United States Code (Law Library of Congress) 1925-1988 edition (with supplements)
- In Custodia Legis: The United States Code Online – Downloadable XML Files and More (Law Library of Congress) explaining the new features of the U.S. House Office of the Law Revision Counsel site.
- United States Code (U.S. Government Publishing Office, FDsys) provides a search engine for searching editions of the code from 1994 to present
- United States Code (Cornell Legal Information Institute) provides an updated interface to the U.S. Code, with links to notes and legislative activity through THOMAS, various search options, and a popular name table
Statutes at Large
- United States Statutes at Large (Law Library of Congress) v. 1-64 (1789-1950)
- United States Statutes at Large (Law Library of Congress / National Digital Library Program) v. 1-18 (1789-1875)
- United States Statutes at Large (U.S. Government Publishing Office / FDsys) v. 65-125 (1951-2011) authenticated PDF copies
- United States Public Laws (U.S. Government Publishing Office, FDsys) provides access to authenticated United States Public laws enacted since the 104th Congress, 1st Session (January 1995).
- Congress.gov: Browse U.S. Legislation: Laws
- Access to Public Laws (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration) includes lists of Public Laws from current and previous Congressional sessions.
- United States Statutes and the United States Code: Historical Outlines, Notes, Lists, Tables, and Sources (Law Librarians’ Society of Washington, D.C.)
- For the process of creating U.S. federal laws, see Guide to Law Online: U.S. Legislature – U.S. Congress and the Federal Legislative Process
- For federal regulations and Code of Federal Regulations, see Guide to Law Online: U.S. Executive Agencies and Regulations