Below are web-sites that provide information on Veterans' benefits and how to file/ask for them. Accordingly, there are many sites that explain how to obtain books, military/medical records, information and how to appeal a denied claim with the VA.

Please pass this information on to every Veteran you know.

Nearly 100% of this information is free and available for all veterans, the only catch is: you have to ask for it, because they won't tell you about a specific benefit unless you ask for it.

You need to know what questions to ask so the right doors open for you and then be ready to have an advocate who is willing to work with and for you, stay in the process, and press for your rights and your best interests. Help for veterans with mesothelioma who were exposed while serving their country., is an excellent resource to learn about Asbestos in the military and the various treatment options for Mesothelioma.

MHMR - Texas Department of State Health Services

Veterans Services Office - Salvador J. Castillo, Asst Veterans Officer, 1390 West Expressway 83, San Benito, TX 78586

The Center for Economic Opportunities, Inc. - Arturo Ramirez, Executive Director, (956) 783-7730

TEX VET - dedicated to providing veterans, military members and their families with equal access to information.

Texas Valley Coastal Bend Healthcare System - independent VA health care system in effort to provide an expansion of health care services to our nation's heroes right here in our communities.

American Military Support - Lupita Alvarado Co-Founder, Emma P. Alvarado Co-Founder,, (956) 425-1549

Harlingen Veteran's Advisory Board - Alex Trejo - Chairman, cell 535-1141,,

S.A.V.E. Special Assistance for Veterans Endeavours, Fred Rendon, Author of Echoes of PTSD, (956)622-1018,

TROPICAL TEXAS BEHAVIORAL HEALTH - Anna Castillo,, (956) 289-7151, Texas MHMR - quality behavioral healthcare

Stage Seven - Sean Hanna Lac, MAOM, Executive Director,, 512-784-5154, 1600 W. 38th St., #2109, Austin TX, 78752, Shirin M. Bazaz, Psy. D. Director of Care Coordination,, 512-636-1704, 811 W. St John's Avenue, Suite 420, Austin TX, 78731

Carpenter Chartered - 785-537-5251, 785-357-7312, Fax 357-4902, VA Specialist, 

Celia Hernandez - Social Security Disability Specialist 956-536 3678, 956-230-1652

Brenda Cruz, MHMR, Womens Jail and Encarceration Outreach 956-566-4771

Marine Corps Reserve - Toys for Tots, Omar Avendano,

Bring Everyone in the Zone - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic, Brain Injury and Sexual Trauma Support Facilitators Military Support Program, Peer to Peer Support Groups

Pathways Core Training - Experience Based training program where you are lead through a series of processes whereby you discover things for yourself.


Board of Veteran's Appeals

CARES Commission

CARES Draft National Plan

Center for Minority Veterans

Center for Veterans Enterprise 

Center for Women Veterans 

Clarification on the changes in VA healthcare for Gulf War Veterans

Classified Records - American Gulf War Veterans Assoc

Compensation for Disabilities Associated with the Gulf War Service

Compensation Rate Tables, 12-1-03

Department of Veterans Affairs Home Page

Directory of Veterans Service Organizations

Disability Examination Worksheets Index, Comp

Due Process

Duty to Assist

Electronic Code of Federal Regulations

Emergency, Non-emergency, and Fee Basis Care

Environmental Agents

Environmental Agents M10

Establishing Combat Veteran Eligibility

Evaluation Protocol for Gulf War and Iraqi Freedom Vets with Potential Exposure to Depleted Uranium (DU)

See also, Depleted Uranium Fact Sheet

Evaluation Protocol for Non-Gulf War Veterans with Potential Exposure to Depleted Uranium (DU)

Fee Basis, Priority for Outpatient Medical Services and Inpatient Hospital Care 

Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependents 2005

Forms and Records Request

General Compensation Provisions

Geriatrics and Extended Care 

Guideline for Chronic Pain and Fatigue MUS-CPG

Guide to Gulf War Veteran's Health 

Gulf War Subject Index

Gulf War Veteran's Illnesses Q&As


Homeless Veterans 

HSR&D Home

Index to Disability Examination Worksheets C&P exams

Ionizing Radiation

Iraqi Freedom/Enduring Freedom Veterans VBA

M 10 for spouses and children <

M10 Part III Change 1

M21-1 Table of Contents

Mental Disorders, Schedule of Ratings

Mental Health Program Guidelines

Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Centers

MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Centers of Excellence

My Health e Vet


National Association of State Directors

National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

Neurological Conditions and Convulsive Disorders, Schedule of Ratings

OMI (Office of Medical Inspector)

Online VA Form 10-10EZ

Parkinson's Disease and Related Neurodegenerative Disorders


Peacetime Disability Compensation

Pension for Non-Service-Connected Disability or Death

Persian Gulf Registry

This program is now referred to as Gulf War Registry Program (to include
Operation Iraqi Freedom) as of March 7, 2005:

Persian Gulf Registry Referral Centers

Persian Gulf Veterans' Illnesses Research 1999, Annual Report To Congress'_Illnesses_Appendices.doc

Persian Gulf Veterans' Illnesses Research 2002, Annual Report To Congress

Phase I PGR

Phase II PGR

Policy Manual Index

Power of Attorney

Project 112 (Including Project SHAD)

Prosthetics Eligibility

Public Health and Environmental Hazards Home Page 

Public Health/SARS 

Publications Manuals

Publications and Reports

Records Center and Vault Homepage

Records Center and Vault Site Map

Request and Consent to Release of Information from Claimant’s Records

Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses April 11, 2002

Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses

Research and Development

Survivor's and Dependents' Educational Assistance 

Title 38 Index Parts 0-18

Title 38 Part 3 Adjudication Subpart A "Pension, Compensation, and Dependency and Indemnity Compensation

Title 38 Pensions, Bonuses & Veterans Relief (Compensation for certain disabilities due to undiagnosed illnesses found here)

Title 38 Part 4—Schedule for Rating Disabilities Subpart B—Disability Ratings

Title 38§ 4.16 Total disability ratings for compensation based on unemployability of the individual.

U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims

VA Best Practice Manual for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

VA Fact Sheet

VA Health Care Eligibility

VA Instituting Global Assessment of Function (GAF)

VA Life Insurance Handbook

Lending Limits and Jumbo Loans

VA MS Research

VA National Hepatitis C Program 

VA Office of Research and Development

VA Trainee Pocket Card on Gulf War




Vet Center Eligibility - Readjustment Counseling Service

Veterans Benefits Administration Main Web Page 

Veterans Legal and Benefits Information

VHA Forms, Publications, Manuals

VHA Programs - Clinical Programs & Initiatives

VHA Public Health Strategic Health Care Group Home Page http: //

VHI Guide to Gulf War Veterans Health

Vocational Rehabilitation

Vocational Rehabilitation Subsistence

VONAPP online

WARMS - 38 CFR Book C

Wartime Disability Compensation

War-Related Illness and Injury Study Center - New Jersey

Welcome to the GI Bill Web Site

What VA Social Workers Do

WRIISC Patient Eligibility

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