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VA Disability Law References

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VA Disability Law, Manuals, etc.

VA Law – VA Disability claims are governed by law. You may want to bookmark this page as a reference as you proceed with your claim. It can be a bit daunting. 

Just remember, the U.S.C. is the law, the C.F.R. is how they interpret the law, and last but certainly not least is the V.A. adjudication manuals, which is how they apply the law. 

The law's section covering veterans' benefits is Title 38 in the U.S.C. The C.F.R. is usually written 38 C.F.R. or something similar.

va-manual-m-21-1-adjudication-procedures-manual.pngCompensation and Pension M21-1 Adjudication Procedures Manual

Further reading on the law from Guide to Law from the Library of Congress

U.S. Code

  • United States Code (U.S. Government Publishing Office, FDsys) provides a search engine for searching editions of the code from 1994 to present
  • United States Code (Cornell Legal Information Institute) provides an updated interface to the U.S. Code, with links to notes and legislative activity through THOMAS, various search options, and a popular name table.

Statutes at Large

The United States Statutes at Large is the collection of every public and private law ever enacted by Congress, published in order of the date of its passage. These laws are codified every six years in the United States Code, but the Statutes at Large remains the official source of legislation. 

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Public Laws

See Also


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