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.
- C.F.R. Code of Federal Regulations
The C.F.R. is the interpretation of the law.
- VA Manuals
Manuals take the interpretation of the law from the Code of Federal Regulations and tell the VA how to apply the law.
- U.S.C. United States Code
United States Code is the law and the U.S.C. is the government’s official copy of the code.
M21-1 Adjudication Procedures Manual
- M21-1 Resources
- Part 01 (Part I). Claimants’ Rights and Claims Processing Centers and Programs
- Part 02 (Part II). Intake, Claims Establishment, Jurisdiction, and File Maintenance
- Part 03 (Part III). The Development Process
- Part 04 (Part IV). Examinations
- Part 05 (Part V). The Rating Process
- Part 06 (Part VI). The Authorization Process
- Part 07 (Part VII). Dependency
- Part 08 (Part VIII). Special Compensation Issues
- Part 09 (Part IX). Pension, Survivors’ Pension, and Parents’ Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC)
- Part 10 (Part X). Benefits Administration and Oversight
- Part 11 (Part XI). Notice of Death, Benefits Payable at Death, and Burial Benefits
- Part 12 (Part XII). Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) and Other Survivor’s Benefits (Excluding Survivor’s Pension)
- Part 13 (Part XIII). Eligibility Determinations and Information Sharing for Other Benefits
- Part 14 (Part XIV). Matching Programs
- VA Changes By Date
- VA Memo of Major Changes
- M21-1 Resources
- Appendix A. Regional Office Station Numbers, Payee Codes, and Work-Rate Standards
- Appendix B. End Product Codes
- Appendix C. Index of Claim Labels
- Appendix D. Index of Claim Stage Indicators
- Appendix E. Index of Corporate Flashes and Special Issues
- Appendix F. Fiduciary Workflow Stage Indicators and Administrative Tasks
- Chapter 1. Overview
- Chapter 2. Workload Management Plans
- Chapter 3. National Quality Reviews
- Chapter 4. Claims and Appeals Processing Timeliness
- Chapter 5. Strategic Oversight and Analysis Review
- Chapter 6. Quality Review Team (QRT)
- Chapter 7. Pension Management Center (PMC) National Quality Reviews and Quality Review Team (QRT)
- Chapter 8. Fiduciary Hub (Hub) National Quality Reviews and Quality Review Teams (QRT)
- Chapter 9. Rescinded
M21-5 Appeals and Reviews
- Basic M21-5 Overview, Table of Contents
- Basic M21-5 Resources
- Chapter 1 Field Oversight
- Chapter 2 National Training Program
- Chapter 3 Quality Assurance
- Chapter 4 AMA Control & Other Activities
- Chapter 5 HLR Procedures
- Chapter 6 Controlling Legacy Appeals
- Chapter 7 Legacy Appeal Procedures
- Chapter 8 Agent and Attorney Fee Processing
- VA Changes by Date
- VA Memo of Major Changes in M21-5
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
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.
- United States Public Laws
- History of Line Item Veto Notices
- Congress.gov: Browse U.S. Legislation: Laws
- Access to Public Law
- United States Statutes and the United States Code: Historical Outlines, Notes, Lists, Tables, and Sources