Veterans Affairs Law, Code and Manuals

VA Law

Veterans Affairs Law – 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.

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

Source: VA.gov Web Automated Reference Material System
Further reading on the law from Guide to Law from the Library of Congress

U.S. Code

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

Public Laws

See Also

Failure to Submit to Medical Examination–Insistence on the Presence of an Attorney and Use of a Recording Device
Challenging Your C&P Exam



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