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          VA Related Acronyms and Abbreviations

          Acronymns Used When Veterans Benefits Are Involved

          Acronymns, Abbreviations, and Short-cuts used by the Government, both State and Federal, as well as by involved individuals when discussing Veterans Benefits, Retirement and Disability:


          38 CFR - Title 38 Code of Federal Regulations
          38 USC - Title 38 of the United States Code
          A&A - Aid and Attendance
          AAFES - Army & Air Force Exchange Service
          ABD - Annuity Beginning Date
          ACE ? Automated Certificate of Eligibility
          AD - Active Duty
          ADA - Americans with Disabilities Act
          AFEES - Armed Forces Examining and Entrance Station
          AIS - Automated Information Systems
          AL - American Legion
          ALS - Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
          AMC - Appeals Management Center
          AMVETS - AMVETS (American Veterans)
          AO - Agent Orange
          BCD - Bad Conduct Discharge
          BCMR - Board of Corrections for Military Records
          BDD - Benefits Delivery at Discharge
          BDN - Benefits Delivery Network
          BiPAP - Bi-level Positive Airway Pressure.
          BVA - Board of Veterans Appeals
          BX - Base Exchange
          CAP - Combined Assessment Program
          C&V - Construction and Valuation [a unit at a RLC that evaluates construction and makes sure that effective controls are in place to ensure that fee appraisers are qualified and that appraisal assignments are made equitably]
          CBOC - Community-based Outpatient Clinic
          CHAMPVA - Civilian Health and Medical Program of VA
          CAD - Coronary Artery Disease
          CAP - Combined Assessment Program [CAP reviews are part of the Office of Inspector General?s (OIG) effort to ensure that high quality health care and benefits services are provided to the Nation?s veterans]
          CARES - Capital Asset Realignment for Enhanced Services
          CAVC - Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
          CHAMPVA - Civilian Hearth and Medical Program VA .
          Chapter 61 - US Code, Title 10, Chapter 61 Disability Retirements
          Chapter 35 - Title 38 US Code Dependents' Educational Assistance Program
          Chapter 71 - US Code, Title 10, Chapter 71 Computation of retired pay
          CFIDS - Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome
          C-File - Claims File
          C-File # - Claims File ID Number (Now your SSAN)
          CFS - Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
          CMS - Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
          COLA - Cost of Living Allowance
          COOP ? Continuity of Operations Plan
          COPD - Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
          C & P - Compensation and Pension
          CPAP - Continuous Positive Airway Pressure
          CPEP - Compensation and Pension Examination Program
          CPI - Consumer Price Index
          CPI - Claims Processing Improvement [A Team Structure based on task-based teams with defined functions]
          CRDP - Concurrent Retirement and Disability Payments
          CSRS - Civil Service Retirement System
          CRSC - Combat-Related Special Compensation
          CUE - Clear and Unmistakeable Error
          C&UE - Clear and Unmistakeable Error
          CWT - Compensated Work Therapy
          CZTE - Combat Zone Tax Exclusion
          DANTES - Defense Activities Non-Traditional Education Support
          DAV - Disabled American Veterans
          DC - Diagnostic Code also Death Certificate
          DD - Dishonorable Discharge
          DD-149 - Application for the Correction of Military Record
          DD-214 - Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty
          DD-293 - Application for the Review of Discharge from the Armed Forces of the United States
          DD-1172 - Application for Uniformed Services Identification Card - DEERS Enrollment
          DD-1173 - United States Uniformed Services Identification and Privilege Card
          DD-2765 - Department of Defense/Uniformed Services Identification and Privilege Card
          DEA - Dependents' Educational Assistance Program
          DeCA - Defense Commissary Agency
          DEROS - Date Eligible for Return From Overseas
          DFAS - Defense Finance and Accounting Service
          DIC - Dependency and Indemnity Compensation
          DMII - Diabetes Mellitus Type II
          DoD - Department of Defense
          DRB - Discharge Review Board
          DRO - Decision Review Officer
          DSM IV - Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 4th Edition
          DVA - Department of Veterans Affairs
          EAJA - Equal Access to Justice Act
          EAS - End of Active Service
          EAOS - End of Active Obligated Service
          EEO - Office of Equal Opportunity
          EP - End Product (System)
          ESG - Environmental Support Group
          FECA - Federal Employees? Compensation Act
          FERS - Federal Employees Retirement System
          F&FE - Fiduciary and Field Examination
          FHA - Federal Housing Administration
          FICA - Federal Insurance Contributions Act
          FM - Fibromyalgia
          FOIA - Freedom Of Information Act
          FR - Federal Register
          FRA - Full Retirement Age
          FSGLI - Family Service Members? Group Life Insurance
          GAF - Global Assessment of Function
          GAO - Government Accountability Office
          GHP - Group Health Plan
          GIB - GI Bill
          GOE - General Operating Expenses
          GWI - Gulf War I
          GWII - Gulf War II
          HAC - Health Administration Center
          HIPPA - Health Information Portability and Accountability Act
          HISA - Home Improvement and Structural Alterations Program
          HUD - Department of Housing and Urban Development
          IG - Inspector General
          ILP - Independent Living Program
          IME - Independent Medical Evaluations
          IMHO - In My Humble Opinion
          IMO - Independant Medical Opinion
          IOM - Institute of Medicine
          IRM - Information Resources Management
          IQR - Random Individual Quality Review
          IRR - Individual Ready Reserve
          ISTM - It Seems To Me
          IRS - Internal Revenue Service
          IRIS - Inquiry Routing and Information System
          I/U - Individual Unemployabilty
          JSRRC - U.S. Army & Joint Services Records Research Center
          LIE - Legal Instruments Examiner
          LGY - Loan Guaranty
          LOD - Line of Duty
          LPE - Last Pre-Retirement Nonrailroad Employer
          LTC - Long Term Care
          M21-1MR - VA Claims Adjudication Manual
          MEB - Medical Evaluation Board
          MGIB - Montgomery GI Bill
          MGIB-AD - Montogmery GI Bill - Active Duty Educational Assistance Program
          MGIB-SR - Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve
          MIA - Missing in Action
          MOAA - Military Officers Association of America
          MOPH - Military Order of the Purple Heart
          MOS - Military Occupation Specialty
          MWR - Morale, Welfare & Recreation
          NAGE - National Association of Government Employees
          NARA - National Archives Records Administration
          NCA - National Cemetery Administration
          NDAA - National Defense Authorization Act
          NDR - Non-Duty Related
          NEC - Navy Enlisted Classification (code)
          NEX - Navy Exchange
          NIH - National Institutes of Health
          NOD - Notice of Disagreement
          NP - Nurse Practiconer
          NPRC - National Personnel Records Center
          NSC - Non Service Connected
          NSO - National Service Officer (Usually DAV)
          NSLI - National Service Life Insurance
          NVLSP - National Veterans Legal Services Program
          OEF - Operation Enduring Freedom
          OIF - Operation Iraqi Freedom
          OGC - (VA) Office of General Counsel
          OJT - On-the-job Training
          OMPF - Official Military Personnel File
          OPM - Office of Personnel Management
          ORM - Office of Resolution Management
          OWCP - Office of Workers? Compensation Program
          PA - Physicians Assistant
          PARDS - Partner Assisted Rating Decision System (a fast track claim)
          PC - Prostate Cancer
          PCP - Primary Care Physician
          PDR - Physicians Desk Reference
          PDRL - Permanently Disabled Retired List
          PEB - Physical Evaluation Board
          PEBLO - Physical Evaluation Board Liason Officer
          PG - Persian Gulf
          PMA ? President?s Management Agenda
          PN - Peripheral Neuropathy
          POA - Power of Attorney
          POW - Prisoner of War
          PSA - Prostate-specific antigen (Test For Prostate Cancer)
          PSP - Public Service Pension
          P&T - Permanently and Totally Disabled
          PTSD - Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
          PVD - Peripheral Vascular Disease
          PVA - Paralyzed Veterans of America
          PX - Post Exchange
          QC - Quarters of Coverage
          QTC - Quality Treatment Corporation (a VA medical contractor)
          redux - Military Retirement Reform Act of 1986
          RIF ? Reduction in Force
          RLC - Regional Loan Center ? [VA has 9 Regional Centers located throughout the US that handle loan processing. For example the Cleveland VARO has one of the largest RLC which provides home loan guaranty services for the states of Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.]
          RO - Regional Office
          RRA - Railroad Retiremnet Act
          RRB - Railroad Retirement Board
          RVSR - Rating Veterans Service Representative
          SAH - Specially Adapted Housing
          SAA - State Approving Agency
          SBA ? Small Business Administration
          SBP - Survivors Benefit Plan
          SC - Service Connected
          SCI - Spinal Cord Injury
          S-DVI ? Service-Disabled Veterans? Insurance
          SEA - Sotheast Asia
          SECA - Self-Employment Contributions Act
          SEP - Special Enrollment Period
          SF-180 - Standard Form, Requests Pertaining to Military Records
          SGLI - Servicemembers? Group Life Insurance
          SMC-n - Special Monthly Compensation where "n" is K thru R
          SMR - Service Medical Records
          SO - Service Officer
          SOC - Statement of the Case
          SR - Service Records
          SQC - Statistical Quality Control
          SS - Social Security
          SSA - Social Security Administration
          SSB - Special Separation Benefits
          SSAN - Social Security Account Number
          SSI - Supplemental Security Income
          SSN - Social Security Number
          SSOC - Supplemental Statement of the Case
          ?Super Senior? ? [Technical Expert to mentor VA staff involved in the process of claims establishment]
          TAP - Transition Assistance Program
          TBI - Traumatic Brain Injury
          TDIU -Totally Disabled based on Individual Unemployability
          TIGER TEAM ? [A special unit at the Cleveland VARO that is responsible for expeditiously processing certain C&P claims submitted by beneficiaries who are aged 70 or older. The Tiger Team, which reports to VBA Headquarters, is staffed with RVSRs, VSRs, and clerical support.]
          TSGLI - Traumatic Service Members? Group Life Insurance
          USCIS ? U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
          USDA ? U.S. Department of Agriculture
          VA ? Department of Veterans Affairs (Also, sometimes referred to as DVA)
          VAF ? VA Form
          VAMC ? VA Medical Center
          VARO ? VA Regional Office
          VBA ? Veterans Benefits Administration
          VCS - Veteran's Canteen Service
          VEAP ? Post-Vietnam Era Veterans Educational Assistance Program
          VEOA ? Veterans? Employment Opportunities Act
          VETSNET ? Veterans Services Network
          VFW ? Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.
          VGLI ? Veterans? Group Life Insurance
          VHA ? Veterans Health Administration
          VISN ? Veterans Integrated Service Network
          VistA ? Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture
          VMET ? Verification of Military Experience and Training
          VMLI ? Veterans? Mortgage Life Insurance
          VONAPP - Veterans On Line Applications
          VR&E ? Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment
          VSC - Veterans Service Center
          VSI ? Voluntary Separation Incentives
          VSO ? Veterans Service Organization
          VSR ? Veterans Service Representative
          WAAC ? Women?s Army Auxiliary Corps
          WARMS - Web Automated Reference Materials System
          WASPs ? Women Air Force Service Pilots
          WIPP ? Work-In-Process [system of the BDN that generates reports to monitor and manage individual claims]

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