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Common Veterans Administration (VA) Abbreviations

Our Nationally Recognized Law Firm Has Compiled the Following List of VA Acronyms

As a military veteran, you have served our country with dignity and respect. Unfortunately, this service often comes with a price. You may have suffered an illness or injury while you were in service and continue to experience one or more mental or physical disabilities. If this is the case, then you deserve to recover service-connected compensation benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). However, the VA disability claim process is often difficult. Claim forms often contain VA acronyms and abbreviations that make it difficult for you to understand what is going on.

At Tucker Law Group, our attorneys know that VA disability compensation claim forms are often difficult to read. The VA uses many acronyms and abbreviations for VA terms. As VA disability attorneys, we are very familiar with “VA speak.” Our attorneys have compiled the following list of VA acronyms and abbreviations. We want you to better understand VA shorthand. This will help you tremendously when reading VA forms and records.

Department of Veterans Affairs Acronyms and Abbreviations

The VA uses many acronyms and abbreviations throughout the disability claim process. Here are the most popular acronyms and abbreviations you will encounter when filling out claim forms and reviewing VA records and documents.

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A
A&AAid and Attendance
AAOAssistant adjudication officer
ACAPAnnual clothing allowance payment
AGGAggravated in service
AIDSAcquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
AIRSAppellate Index Retrieval System
AMAAppeals Modernization Act (new appeal system started in 2019)
AOAdjudication Officer or Agent Orange
AOJAgency of original jurisdiction
APAAdministrative Procedures Act
ARArmy regulation
AWOLAbsence Without Official Leave
 

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B
BCDBad Conduct Discharge
BCMRBoard for Correction of Military Records
BCNRBoard for Correction of Naval Records
BVABoard of Veterans’ Appeals

 

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C
C-fileClaims File
CAVCU.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
CBDChief Benefits Director
C&CConfirmed and Continued (rating decision)
CDClemency discharge
C.F.R.Code of Federal Regulations
CHAMPUSCivilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services
CHAMPVACivilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs
COGConvenience of the government
COLACost-of-living adjustment
Comp.Compensation
C&PCompensation and pension
CTACentralized transcription activities
CWTCompensation work therapy
 

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D
DCDiagnostic code
DDDishonorable discharge
DEADependents’ Educational Assistance
DICDependency and indemnity compensation
DNADefense Nuclear Agency
DODDepartment of Defense
DREDischarge Review Board
DSM IVDiagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (4th ed.)
DVADepartment of Veterans Affairs
 

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E
EADEntry on active duty
EAJAEqual Access to Justice Act
EODEntry on duty
EPCEnd product control
ESGEnvironmental Support Group (see USASCRUR)
ETSExpiration of term of service
EVREligibility verification report

 

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F
FOIAFreedom of Information Act
FR indexFederal Register Index
FTCAFederal Tort Claims Act
 

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G
GAOGeneral Accounting Office
GCGeneral Counsel
GDGeneral discharge
GPOGovernment Printing Office
GSWGunshot wound

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H
HBHousebound
HD

 

HLR

Honorable discharge

 

Higher Level Review

HPVHuman immunodeficiency virus
HOHearing officer

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I
IMEIndependent medical expert
INCIncurred in service
ITIncentive therapy
IUIndividual unemployability
 

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J
JAGMember of Judge Advocate General’s Corp

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L
Legacy

 

LOD

Claims denied before February 16, 2019

 

Line of duty

LSAList of Sections Affected (C.F.R.)
MAPRMaximum annual pension rate
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M
MILNon-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
 

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N
NANational Archives
NAPIncome for VA purposes
NASNational Academy of Sciences
NOANotice of Appeal
NODNotice of Disagreement (in VA’s Legacy Appeals system)
NPRCNational Personnel Records Center
NSCNon-service-connected
NSLINational Service Life Insurance
NSONational service officer
NVLSPNational Veterans Legal Services Program
 

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O
OGCOffice of the General Counsel (VA)
OMPFOfficial military personnel file
OPCOutpatient clinic
Op. G.C.Opinion of the General Counsel
Op. Gen. Coun.Opinion of the General Counsel
OPTOutpatient treatment
Op. VA Gen. CounselOpinion of the General Counsel

 

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P
PCTPorphyria cutanea tarda (a liver dysfunction)
Pen.Pension
PIFPending issue file
PLEP.L.Public Law
POAPower of attorney
POWPrisoner of war
PRESPresumption
PTPermanent total disability
PTSDPost-traumatic stress disorder
Pub. L. No.Public Law
 

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R
RADRelease from active duty
R.C.Regional counsel (the chief legal authority in a VARO)
RE codeReenlistment code
REPSRestored Entitlement Program for Survivors
RHInsurance policy designation for veterans with service-connected disabilities
RIRating increase
RPC(VA) Records Processing Center (St. Louis)
RSFPPRetired Services Family Protection Plan

 

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S
SBPSurvivor Benefit Plan
SBP-MIWSurvivor Benefit Plan-Minimum Income Widow
SCService-connected
SDNSeparation Designator Number
SDRPSpecial Discharge Review Program
SFStandard Form
SFWShell fragment wound
SGLIServicemen’s Group Life Insurance
SIRSSpecial Issue Rating System
SMCSpecial Monthly Compensation
SMifiSupplementary medical insurance benefit
SMPSpecial Monthly Pension
SMRService medical record
SOCStatement of the Case
SPCMSpecial court-martial
SPDSeparation Program Designator
SPNSeparation program number
SRDSchedule for Rating Disabilities
SSASocial Security Administration
SSDISocial Security Disability Income
SSISupplemental Security Income
SSOCSupplemental Statement of the Case
STSSoft tissue sarcomas

 

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T
TDIU

 

TDRL

Total Disability based on Individual Unemployability

 

Temporary Disability Retired List (uniformed service)

TINTransaction Identification Number
TPQThird-party query

 

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U
UCMJUniform Code of Military justice
UDUndesirable discharge
UOTHC(Discharge) under other than honorable conditions
USAU.S. Army
USAFU.S. Air Force
USASCRURUnited States Armed Services Center for Research of Unit Records
US.C.S.United States Code Service
U.S.C.A.United States Code Annotated
USCCANUnited States Code Congressional and Administrative News
USMCU.S. Marine Corps
USNU.S. Navy

 

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V
VADepartment of Veterans Affairs (also used for old Veterans Administration)
VACOVA Central Office
VACOLSVeterans Appeals Control and Locator System
VADEXVA Index
VAMCVA Medical center
VAOPCVA Outpatient Clinic
VARVA Regulation
VAROVA Regional Office
VBAVeterans Benefits Administration
VDVenereal disease
VEAPVeterans’ Education Assistance Program
VGLIVeterans’ Group Life Insurance
VHAVeterans Health Administration
VJRAVeterans’ Judicial Review Act of 1988
VSOVeterans service organization

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Our Attorneys Can Help You Better Understand VA Acronyms

The process for recovering VA disability benefits is already complex. You could find yourself waiting for years to receive a decision from the VA. However, the language used on claim forms and VA records can make the process even more complex. Many different VA acronyms and abbreviations are used, making it difficult for you to understand what you are reading. Our list of commonly used acronyms and abbreviations by the VA will help you better understand the VA disability claim process.

Contact Our VA Disability Attorneys

Have you been denied VA service-connected compensation for disabilities related to your service? If so, then our VA disability attorneys can help. Give us a call today at (866) 233-5044, or send us a message online. We look forward to helping you get the compensation or pension benefits you deserve.

At Tucker Law Group, we provide counsel in all 50 states. Contact an experienced veterans disability attorney for help with your denied claim today.