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Common Veterans Administration (VA) Abbreviations

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) uses many acronyms and abbreviations for VA terms.  As veterans disability attorneys, we are very familiar with “VA speak.”  Our veterans attorneys have compiled the following list of VA abbreviations to help you read VA records and understand VA shorthand.

A&A Aid and Attendance
AAO Assistant adjudication officer
ACAP Annual clothing allowance payment
AGG Aggravated in service
AIDS Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
AIRS Appellate Index Retrieval System
AO Adjudication Officer or Agent Orange
AOJ Agency of original jurisdiction
APA Administrative Procedures Act
AR Army regulation
AWOL Absence Without Official Leave
BCD Bad Conduct Discharge
BCMR Board for Correction of Military Records
BCNR Board for Correction of Naval Records
BVA Board of Veterans’ Appeals
C-file Claims File
CAVC U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
CBD Chief Benefits Director
C&C Confirmed and Continued (rating decision)
CD Clemency discharge
C.F.R. Code of Federal Regulations
CHAMPUS Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services
CHAMPVA Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs
COG Convenience of the government
COLA Cost-of-living adjustment
Comp. Compensation
C&P Compensation and pension
CTA Centralized transcription activities
CWT Compensation work therapy
DC Diagnostic code
DD Dishonorable discharge
DEA Dependents’ Educational Assistance
DIC Dependency and indemnity compensation
DNA Defense Nuclear Agency
DOD Department of Defense
DRE Discharge Review Board
DSMIV Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (4th ed.)
DVA Department of Veterans Affairs
EAD Entry on active duty
EAJA Equal Access to Justice Act
EOD Entry on duty
EPC End product control
ESG Environmental Support Group (see USASCRUR)
ETS Expiration of term of service
EVR Eligibility verification report
FOIA Freedom of Information Act
FR index Federal Register Index
FTCA Federal Tort Claims Act
GAO General Accounting Office
GC General Counsel
GD General discharge
GPO Government Printing Office
GSW Gunshot wound
HB Housebound
HD Honorable discharge
HPV Human immunodeficiency virus
HO Hearing officer
IME Independent medical expert
INC Incurred in service
IT Incentive therapy
RI Individual unemployability
NAP Income for VA purposes
JAG Member of Judge Advocate General’s Corp
LOD Line of duty
LSA List of Sections Affected (C.F.R.)
MAPR Maximum annual pension rate
NA National Archives
NAS National Academy of Sciences
MIL Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
NOA Notice of Appeal
NOD Notice of Death or Notice of Disagreement
NPRC National Personel Records Center
NSC Non-service-connected
NSLI National Service Life Insurance
NSO National service officer
NVLSP National Veterans Legal Services Program
OGC Office of the General Counsel (VA)
OMPF Official military personnel file
OPC Outpatient clinic
Op. G.C. Opinion of the General Counsel
Op. Gen. Coun. Opinion of the General Counsel
OPT Outpatient treatment
Op. VA Gen. Counsel Opinion of the General Counsel
PCT Porphyria cutanea tarda (a liver dysfunction)
Pen. Pension
PIF Pending issue file
PLEP.L. Public Law
POA Power of attorney
POW Prisoner of war
PRES Presumption
PT Permanent total disability
PTSD Post-traumatic stress disorder
Pub. L. No. Public Law
RAD Release from active duty
R.C. Regional counsel (the chief legal authority in a VARO)
RE code Reenlistment code
REPS Restored Entitlement Program for Survivors
RH Insurance policy designation for veterans with service-connected disabilities
RI Rating increase
RPC (VA) Records Processing Center (St. Louis)
RSFPP Retired Services Family Protection Plan
SBP Survivor Benefit Plan
SBP-MIW Survivor Benefit Plan-Minimum Income Widow
SC Service-connected
SDN Separation Designator Number
SDRP Special Discharge Review Program
SF Standard Form
SFW Shell fragment wound
SGLI Servicemen’s Group Life Insurance
SIRS Special Issue Rating System
SMC Special Monthly Compensation
SMifi Supplementary medical insurance benefit
SMP Special Monthly Pension
SMR Service medical record
SOC Statement of the Case
SPCM Special court-martial
SPD Separation Program Designator
SPN Separation program number
SRD Schedule for Rating Disabilities
SSA Social Security Administration
SSDI Social Security Disability Income
SSI Supplemental Security Income
SSOC Supplemental Statement of the Case
STS Soft tissue sarcomas
TDRL Temporary Disability Retired List (uniformed service)
TIN Transaction Identification Number
TPQ Third-party query
UCMJ Uniform Code of Military justice
UD Undesirable discharge
UOTHC (Discharge) under other than honorable conditions
USA U.S. Army
USAF U.S. Air Force
USASCRUR United States Armed Services Center for Research of Unit Records
US.C.S. United States Code Service
U.S.C.A. United States Code Annotated
USCCAN United States Code Congressional and Administrative News
USMC U.S. Marine Corps
USN U.S. Navy
VA Department of Veterans Affairs (also used for old Veterans Administration)
VACO VA Central Office
VACOLS Veterans Appeals Control and Locator System
VAMC VA Medical center
VAOPC VA Outpatient Clinic
VAR VA Regulation
VARO VA Regional Office
VBA Veterans Benefits Administration
VD Venereal disease
VEAP Veterans’ Education Assistance Program
VGLI Veterans’ Group Life Insurance
VHA Veterans Health Administration
VJRA Veterans’ Judicial Review Act of 1988
VSO Veterans service organization

If you have been denied VA service-connected compensation for disabilities that are related to your service, call VA Disability Attorney John Tucker at (866) 233-5044 or contact us online. We look forward to helping you get the compensation or pension benefits you deserve. Our veterans benefits law firm represents vets all over the United States, not just in Florida.  Contact an experienced veterans disability attorney for help with your denied claim today.