FIGHTIN' 311 TOMCATS News, Photo's and Etc.


An Official Web Site of the VMF-311/VMA-311 Alumni Association


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I have just been redoing this site, so it is a work in process for now. 8/9/12 s/fnt



Ken Mentch from Plano, Texas sent me a DVD CD of his pictures and I added them to a *.pdf file so you can share them. Just click on this link  Ken_Mentch_pics.pdf


Check them Out !!!

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DD FORM 214 -- Extra SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFIT


Jim asked me to pass this to ALL HANDS. It applies to all, not just retirees!!(ft)


DD FORM 214 -- Extra SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFIT for those with active duty active duty between January 1957 to December 31, 2001 (UNCLASSIFIED)



Classification: UNCLASSIFIED


Caveats: FOUO



DD FORM 214 -- SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFIT Please share this with anyone who's had active duty service between January 1957 to December 31, 2001 and planning for retirement. In a nutshell it boils down to this: 



You qualify for a higher social security payment because of your Military service, for active duty any time from 1957 through 2001 (the program was done away with 1 January 2002). Up to $1200 per year of earnings credit credited at time of application - which can make a substantial difference in social security monthly payments upon your retirement. You must bring your DD-214 to the Social Security Office and you must ask for this benefit to receive it!



Soc Sec website: http://www.ssa.gov/retire2/military.htm



This is something to put in your files for when you apply for Social Security down the road.. It is NOT just for retirees, BUT anyone who has served on active duty between January 1957 to December 31, 2001. 



FYI - this benefit is not automatic, you must ask for it! We've all been on active duty between 1957 and 2001 or know someone who has.



Passing on good information for all you military folks when you apply for social security. I know this may be too early for some of you to think about social security but, keep living and you will get there...


"ALL VETS SHOULD COPY THIS"


Comment: Someone has gone to a lot of trouble. If this helps one person, then it was worthwhile. Please pass this on to all veterans on you e-mail list. (Note: you will need to cut & paste the Email addresses as I didn't do all of the links! ft)


GUS PIERCE, one of our members forwarded this Email to share with all veterans. If some of this looks a bit different, it's just like I copied it from the Email. THANKS GUS


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.


Appeals http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/admin21/m21_1/mr/part1/ch05.doc


Board of Veteran's Appeals http://www.va.gov/vbs/bva/


CARES Commission http://www.va.gov/vbs/bva/


CARES Draft National Plan http://www1.va.gov/cares/page.cfm?pg=105 


Center for Minority Veterans http://www1.va.gov/centerforminorityveterans/


Center for Veterans Enterprise http://www.vetbiz.gov/default2.htm


Center for Women Veterans http://www1.va.gov/womenvet/


Clarification on the changes in VA healthcare for Gulf War Veterans http://www.gulfwarvets.com/ubb/Forum1/HTML/000016.html


Classified Records - American Gulf War Veterans Assoc http://www.gulfwarvets.com/ubb/Forum18/HTML/000011.html


Compensation for Disabilities Associated with the Gulf War Service http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/admin21/m21_1/part6%20/ch07.doc


Compensation Rate Tables, 12-1-03 http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/Rates/comp01.htm


Department of Veterans Affairs Home Page http://www.va.gov/ 


Directory of Veterans Service Organizations http://www1.va.gov/vso/index.cfm?template=view


Disability Examination Worksheets Index, Comp http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/Benefits/exams/index.htm


Due Process http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/admin21/m21_1/mr/part1/ch02.doc 


Duty to Assist http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/admin21/m21_1/mr/part1/ch01.doc


Electronic Code of Federal Regulations http://www.gpoaccess.gov/ecfr/


Emergency, Non-emergency, and Fee Basis Care http://www1.va.gov/opa/vadocs/fedben.pdf


Environmental Agents http://www1.va.gov/environagents/


Environmental Agents M10 http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1002


Establishing Combat Veteran Eligibility http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=315 


EVALUATION PROTOCOL FOR GULF WAR AND IRAQI FREEDOM VETERANS WITH POTENTIAL EXPOSURE TO DEPLETED URANIUM (DU) http://www1.va.gov/gulfwar/docs/DUHandbook1303122304.DOC and http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1158


See also, Depleted Uranium Fact Sheet http://www1.va.gov/gulfwar/docs/DepletedUraniumFAQSheet.doc 


EVALUATION PROTOCOL FOR NON-GULF WAR VETERANS WITH POTENTIAL EXPOSURE TO DEPLETED URANIUM (DU) http://www1.va.gov/gulfwar/docs/DUHANDBOOKNONGW130340304.DOC 


Fee Basis, PRIORITY FOR OUTPATIENT MEDICAL SERVICES AND INPATIENT HOSPITAL CARE http://www1.va..gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=206 Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependants 2005 http://www1.va.gov/opa/vadocs/fedben.pdf OR, http://www1.va..gov/opa/vadocs/current_benefits.htm 


Forms and Records Request http://www.va.gov/vaforms/ 


General Compensation Provisions http://www.access.gpo.gov/uscode/title38/partii_chapter11_subchaptervi_.html


Geriatrics and Extended Care http://www1.va.gov/geriatricsshg/ 


Guideline for Chronic Pain and Fatigue MUS-CPG http://www.oqp.med.va.gov/cpg/cpgn/mus/mus_base.htm


Guide to Gulf War Veteran's Health http://www1.va.gov/gulfwar/docs/VHIgulfwar.pdf


Gulf War Subject Index http://www1.va.gov/GulfWar/page.cfm?pg=7&template=main&letter=A


Gulf War Veteran's Illnesses Q&As http://www1.va.gov/gulfwar/docs/GWIllnessesQandAsIB1041.pdf 


Hearings http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/admin21/m21_1/mr/part1/ch04.doc


Homeless Veterans http://www1.va.gov/homeless/


HSR&D Home http://www.hsrd.research.va.gov/


Index to Disability Examination Worksheets C&P exams http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/benefits/exams/index.htm


Ionizing Radiation http://www1.va.gov/irad/ 


Iraqi Freedom/Enduring Freedom Veterans VBA http://www.vba.va.gov/EFIF/ 


M 10 for spouses and children <http://www1..va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1007 


M10 Part III Change 1 http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1008


M21-1 Table of Contents http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/M21_1.html 


Mental Disorders, Schedule of Ratings http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/regs/38CFR/BOOKC/PART4/S4_130.DOC 


Mental Health Program Guidelin es http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1094


Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Centers http://www.mirecc.med.va.gov/ 


MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Centers of Excellence http://www.va.gov/ms/about.asp


My Health e Vet http://www.myhealth.va.gov/


NASDVA.COM http://nasdva.com/ 


National Association of State Directors http://www.nasdva.com/


National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention http://www.nchpdp.med.va.gov/postdeploymentlinks.asp


Neurological Conditions and Convulsive Disorders, Schedule of Ratings http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/regs/38cfr/bookc/part4/s4%5F124a.doc


OMI (Office of Medical Inspector) http://www.omi.cio.med.va.gov/


Online VA Form 10-10EZ https://www.1010ez..med.va.gov/sec/vha/1010ez/


Parkinson's Disease and Related Neurodegenerative Disorders http://www1.va.gov/resdev/funding/solicitations/docs/parkinsons.pdf 


and, http://www1.va.gov/padrecc/ 


Peacetime Disability Compensation http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=browse_usc&docid=Cite:+38USC1131


Pension for Non-Service-Connected Disability or Death http://www.access.gpo.gov/uscode/title38/partii_chapter15_subchapteri_.html and, http://www.access.gpo.gov/uscode/title38/partii_chapter15_subchapterii_.html 


and, http://www.access.gpo.gov/uscode/title38/partii_chapter15_subchapteriii_.html


Persian Gulf Registry http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1003 


This program is now referred to as Gulf War Registry Program (to include Operation Iraqi Freedom) as of March 7, 2005: http://www1..va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1232


Persian Gulf Registry Referral Centers http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1006


Persian Gulf Veterans' Illnesses Research 1999, Annual Report To Congress http://www1.va.gov/resdev/1999_Gulf_War_Veterans'_Illnesses_Appendices.doc


Persian Gulf Veterans' Illnesses Research 2002, Annual Report To Congress http://www1.va.gov/resdev/prt/gulf_war_2002/GulfWarRpt02.pdf 


Phase I PGR http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1004


Phase II PGR http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1005 


Policy Manual Index http://www.va.gov/publ/direc/eds/edsmps.htm 


Power of Attorney http://www.warms.vba..va.gov/admin21/m21_1/mr/part1/ch03.doc


Project 112 (Including Project SHAD) http://www1.va.gov/shad/


Prosthetics Eligibility http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=337


Public Health and Environmental Hazards Home Page http://www.vethealth.cio.med.va.gov/ 


Public Health/SARS http://www..publichealth.va.gov/SARS/ 


Publications Manuals http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/publications.cfm?Pub=4


Publications and Reports http://www1.va.gov/resdev/prt/pubs_individual.cfm?webpage=gulf_war.htm 


Records Center and Vault Homepage http://www.aac.va.gov/vault/default.html 


Records Center and Vault Site Map http://www.aac.va.gov/vault/sitemap.html 


REQUEST FOR AND CONSENT TO RELEASE OF INFORMATION FROM CLAIMANT'S RECORDS http://www.forms.va.gov/va/Internet/VARF/getformharness.asp?formName=3288-form.xft 


Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans Illnesses April 11, 2002 http://www1.va.gov/rac-gwvi/docs/Minutes_April112002.doc 


Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans Illnesses 


http://www1.va.gov/rac-gwvi/docs/ReportandRecommendations_2004.pdf


Research and Development http://www.appc1.va.gov/resdev/programs/all_programs.cfm


Survivor's and Dependents' Educational Assistance http://www.access.gpo.gov/uscode/title38/partiii_chapter35_.html


Title 38 Index Parts 0-17 


http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/textidx?sid=1b0c269b510d3157fbf8f8801bc9b3dc&c=ecfr&tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title38/38cfrv1_02.tpl 


Part 18 


http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?sid=1b0c269b510d3157fbf8f8801bc9b3dc&c=ecfr&tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title38/38cfrv2_02.tpl


Title 38 Part 3 Adjudication Subpart Aââ,¬


"Pension, Compensation, and Dependency and Indemnity Compensation http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=ecfr&sid=1b0c269b510d3157fbf8f8801bc9b3dc&tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title38/38cfr3_main_02.tpl 


Title 38 Pensions, Bonuses & Veterans Relief (also Ã,§ 3.317 Compensation for certain disabilities due to undiagnosed illnesses found here) http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=ecfr&sid=1b0c269b510d3157fbf8f8801bc9b3dc&tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title38/38cfr3_main_02.tpl Title 38 PART 4--SCHEDULE FOR RATING DISABILITIES Subpart B--DISABILITY RATINGS 


http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=ecfr&sid=ab7641afd195c84a49a2067dbbcf95c0&rgn=div6&view=text&node=38:1.0.1.1.5.2&idno=38


Title 38 4.16 Total disabiliity ratings for compensation based on unemployability of the individual. PART 4"SCHEDULE FOR RATING DISABILITIES Subpart Aââ,¬"General Policy in Rating http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=ecfr&sid=1b0c269b510d3157fbf8f8801bc9b3dc&rgn=div8&view=text&node=38:1.0.1.1.5.1..96.11&idno=38


U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims http://www.vetapp.gov/ 


VA Best Practice Manual for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) http://www.avapl.org/pub/PTSD%20Manual%20final%206.pdf 


VA Fact Sheet http://www1.va.gov/opa/fact/gwfs.html


VA Health Care Eligibility http://www.va.gov/healtheligibility/home/hecmain.asp


VA INSTITUTING GLOBAL ASSESSMENT OF FUNCTION (GAF) http://www.avapl.org/gaf/gaf.html 


VA Life Insurance Handbook Chapter 3 http://www.insurance.va.gov/inForceGliSite/GLIhandbook/glibookletch3.htm#310


VA Loan Lending Limits and Jumbo Loans http://valoans.com/va_facts_limits.cfm 


VA MS Research http://www.va.gov/ms/about.asp 


VA National Hepatitis C Program http://www.hepatitis.va.gov/ 


VA Office of Research and Development http://www1.va.gov/resdev/ 


VA Trainee Pocket Card on Gulf War http://www.va.gov/OAA/pocketcard/gulfwar.asp 


VA WMD EMSHG http://www1.va.gov/emshg/ 


VA WRIISC-DC http://www.va.gov/WRIISC-DC/ 


VAOIG Hotline Telephone Number and Address http://www.va..gov/oig/hotline/hotline3 .htm


Vet Center Eligibility - Readjustment Counseling Service http://www.va.gov/rcs/Eligibility.htm 


Veterans Benefits Administration Main Web Page http://www.vba.va.gov/ 


Veterans Legal and Benefits Information http://valaw.org/ 


VHA Forms, Publications, Manuals http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ 


VHA Programs - Clinical Programs & Initiatives http://www1.va.gov/health_benefits/page.cfm?pg=13 http://webmaila.juno.com/webmail/new/UrlBlockedError.aspx> 


VHA Public Health Strategic Health Care Group Home Page http: // www.publichealth.va.gov/ 


VHI Guide to Gulf War Veterans Health http://www1.va.gov/vhi_ind_study/gulfwar/istudy/index.asp 


Vocational Rehabilitation http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/vre/ 


Vocational Rehabilitation Subsistence http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/vre/InterSubsistencefy04.doc 


VONAPP online http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/main.asp 


WARMS - 38 CFR Book C http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/bookc.html 


Wartime Di sability Compensation http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=browse_usc&docid=Cite:+38USC1110 


War-Related Illness and Injury Study Center - New Jersey http://www.wri.med.va.gov/ 


Welcome to the GI Bill Web Site http://www.gibill.va.gov/ 


What VA Social Workers Do http://www1.va.gov/socialwork/page.cfm?pg=3


WRIISC Patient Eligibility http://www.illegion.org/va1.html



Print this out and save it in your VA files. There may be a time for use in the future 


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Semper Fidelis


Fred Townsley (webmaster)


5/7/2011