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VA Disability Law
VA Disability Law dictates everything VA does with your service connected disability claim.

VA Disability Law, Manuals, etc.


VA Law – VA Disability claims are 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 which is how they apply the law. 

The section of the law that covers the veteran’s benefits is Title 38 in the U.S.C. The C.F.R. is usually written 38 C.F.R. or something similar.

Compensation and Pension  >   

M21-1 Adjudication Procedures Manual

M21-4 Manual

M21-5 Appeals and Reviews

Further reading on the law from Guide to Law from the Library of Congress

U.S. Code

  • 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

The United States Statutes at Large is the collection of every law, public and private, ever enacted by the Congress, published in order of the date of its passage. These laws are codified every six years in the United States Code, but the Statutes at Large remains the official source of legislation. 

About this Collection  |  United States Statutes at Large  |  Digital Collections  |  Library of Congress

Public Laws

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