What do all these letters mean to your veteran and family?
Let’s face it, the military loves their acronyms and the VA is no different.
As a dependent or even a service member you learned to get very familiar with all the letters and to make sense of what it means to you and your family.
In our promotion of handling your own or your Veterans own claim it is also important to commit some of these commonly used acronyms to memory to understand where, what, how, who and when your benefits are being processed.
A & A Aid and Attendance
ADL Activities of Daily Living
ALS Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
AMC Appeals Management Center. The AMC is a function of the BVA. We view it as a special sort of hell where bad files go. There is little information published.
AMI Acute Myocardial Infarction (Also Acute Coronary Syndrome – Heart Attack)
AMIE Automated Medical Information Exchange
Apportionment Just like wage garnishment, only different. See Divorce.
AO Agent Orange (Herbicide, Dioxin)
ARPERCEN Army Reserve Personnel Records Center
AWOL Absent WithOut Leave
ARNP Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner
BDD Benefits Delivery at Discharge
BDN Benefits Delivery Network
BVA Board of Veterans Appeals. Search previous BVA cases and keywords here to help win your claim and not make the same mistakes as others.
CAD Coronary Artery Disease
CAT Computerized Axial Tomography (CAT Scan, Radiology Imaging)
CAPRI Compensation and Pension Records Interchange
CBOC Community Based Outpatient Clinic; A facility generally providing access to outpatient health care needs.
CDC Centers for Disease Control
CRDP Concurrent Retirement and Disability Payments
CRSC Combat-Related Special Compensation
C-File Claims File or Claims Folder, the materials and evidence gathered about you and your claim
CFR Code of Federal Regulations (VA regulations are contained in Title 38 of the Code of Federal Regulations.)
CHAMPVA Civilian Health & Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs
Child Support Veterans have to pay child support just like anyone else. See Divorce.
CHF Congestive Heart Failure
CLC Community Living Center
CMOP Consolidated Mail Order Pharmacy
CO VA Central Office (VACO)
COBRA Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985
COLA Cost-0f-Living Adjustment
C & P Compensation and Pension
COE Certificate of Eligibility
Condition VA refers to injuries, illnesses and diseases as conditions.
COVERS Control of Veterans Records System
CPRS Computerized Patient Record System
CWT Compensated Work Therapy
CZTE Combat Zone Tax Exclusion
DBQ Disability Benefits Questionnaires are downloadable forms created for Veterans’ use in the evaluation process for disability benefits.
DD 214 A discharge document providing confirmation of military service and many details of service.
DES Disability Evaluation System – similar to BDD
DIC Dependency Indemnity Compensation; A monthly Benefit paid to eligible survivors of certain veterans.
DIY Do It Yourself … in legal terms; Pro Se
DoD Department of Defense
DRO Decision Review Officer; The DRO is a senior individual with authority to review and revise adjudications made by others.
DVA Department of Veterans Affairs; The proper term for VA. In common use either term is acceptable.
ECA Expedited Claims Adjudication Initiative
ED Erectile Dysfunction; The inability to achieve and maintain an erection suitable for sexual intercourse.
EP End Product (claims control)
EP Electrophysiology. A medical term usually used to describe the electrical conduction system of the heart.
Equitable Relief 38 USC § 503 – Administrative error; equitable relief In the M21-1MR
FHA Federal Housing Administration
FSGLI Family Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance
HUD Department of Housing and Urban Development
IRR Individual Ready Reserve
FUBAR Fouled Up Beyond All Recognition
IU Individual Unemployability (TDIU)
Jurisprudence Click here
KM KiloMeter (Often; Click or Klick)
KM/H KiloMeters per Hour
Knot Aviation and maritime unit of velocity
LTC Lieutenant Colonel
MGIB Montgomery GI Bill
MRI Magnetic Resonance Imaging – Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), nuclear magnetic resonance imaging (NMRI), or magnetic resonance tomography (MRT) is a medical imaging technique used in radiology to visualize internal structures of the body in detail. MRI makes use of the property of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) to image nuclei of atoms inside the body.
MST Military Sexual Trauma
NAS Naval Air Station
Nexus A word meaning connection
NPRC National Personnel Records Center
NSLI National Service Life Insurance
OEF Operation Enduring Freedom
OIF Operation Iraqi Freedom
Ombudsman A function of BVA http://www.bva.va.gov/OMBUDSMAN_CustomerService.asp
OPM Office of Personnel Management
PA Physician Assistant
POW Prisoner of War
PTSD Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
PCP Primary Care Physician or Practitioner or Provider
Physician A medical doctor or doctor of osteopathic medicine
PIES Personnel Information Exchange System
PFC Private First Class
P & T Permanent and Total
POA Power of Attorney
Pro Se To Do It Yourself Read the definition
Recoupment Similar to garnishment, usually used for debt created by overpayment of a benefit
RNP Registered Nurse Practitioner
RO Regional Office…Often VARO
RVSR Ratings Veterans Service Representative
SAH Specially Adapted Housing
SBA Small Business Administration
SMR Service Medical Record
SNAFU Situation Normal, All Fouled Up
SSI Supplemental Security Income
S-DVI Service-Disabled Veterans’ Insurance
SGLI Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance
SSB Special Separation Benefits
TAC Tactical Air Command
TAP Transition Assistance Program
TSGLI Traumatic Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance
USCIS U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
USDA U.S. Department of Agriculture
USAF United States Air Force
USAFE United States Air Force in Europe
USMC United States Marine Corps
USN United States Navy
WO Warrant Officer
VA Veterans Administration; More proper is the current term: Department of Veterans Affairs
VEAP Veterans Educational Assistance Program
VEOA Veterans’ Employment Opportunities Act
VGLI Veterans’ Group Life Insurance
VHA Veterans Health Administration
VMET Verification of Military Experience and Training
VMLI Veterans’ Mortgage Life Insurance
VR&E Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment
VSI Voluntary Separation Incentive
VARO VA Regional Office
VBA Veterans Benefits Administration, one of the business units of the DVA, gatekeeper to benefits
VCAA Veterans Claims Assistance Act
VISTA (VistA) Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture
VSC Veterans Service Center; The more modern and proper term for Regional Office.
VSCM Veterans Service Center Manager; The manager or director of the RO.
VSO Veterans’ Service Organization
VSO Veterans Service Officer
VSR Veterans Service Representative, a VBA employee accountable for early work on your claim
WIPP (WIP) work in progress
WAAC Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps
WASPs Women Air Force Service Pilots Missing in Action