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Acronyms

A & A Aid and Attendance

ADL Activities of Daily Living

AMI Acute Myocardial Infarction (Also Acute Coronary Syndrome - Heart Attack)

AMIE Automated Medical Information Exchange

AO Agent Orange (Herbicide, Dioxin)

ARPERCEN Army Reserve Personnel Records Center

AWOL Absent WithOut Leave

ARNP Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner

BDN Benefits Delivery Network

BVA Board of Veterans Appeals; An organization outside the RO established to adjudicate cases where veterans have disagreed with the findings of the RO.

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

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

CHF Congestive Heart Failure
CMOP Consolidated Mail Order Pharmacy; A contracted provider and supplier of medicines prescribed to the veteran by various health care providers.

CO Central Office

COBRA Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985

COLA Cost-0f-Living Adjustment

COVERS Control of Veterans Records System
C & P Compensation and Pension (C&P Exam, C&P Division of VBA)

CPRS Computerized Patient Record System

DD 214 A discharge document providing confirmation of military service and many details of service.

DIC Dependency Indemnity Compensation; A monthly Benefit paid to eligible survivors of certain veterans.

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.

ED Erectile Dysfunction; The inability to achieve and maintain an erection suitable for sexual intercourse.

EP end product (claims control)

FUBAR Fouled Up Beyond All Recognition

IU Individual Unemployability

KG Kilograms

KM KiloMeter (Often; Click or Klick)

KM/H KiloMeters per Hour

Knot Aviation and maritime unit of velocity

LT Lieutenant

LTC Lieutenant Colonel

M21-1MR A guide for use by VBA staff to determine outcomes of your claims

MRI Magnetic Resonance Imaging An advanced medical imaging technique that allows physicians to peer deep into joints, organs and other places within the body that traditional x-rays won't display. It doesn't replace all other tehniques but often supplements a diagnosis

MST Military Sexual Trauma; Sexual assault or rape upon a member of the military by a member of the military whether male or female.

NAS Naval Air Station

Nexus A word meaning connection; In the VA disability claims process a nexus letter is often required to prove that a condition is connected to an event in service and is thus service connected. The nexus letter is usually best if written by a physician who has knowledge of the veteran's history and current condition. The author of the nexus letter must be qualified by training and experience to render the required opinion.

NPRC National Personnel Records Center

PCP Primary Care Physician or Practitioner or Provider; The health care professional who is generally responsible for overseeing and coordinating the veterans health care.

PIES Personnel Information Exchange System

PFC Private First Class

P & T Permanent and Total; Referring to a disabling condition as being totally disabling as well as permanent in nature. The P & T designation is required to be eligible for some benefits.

POA power of attorney

RO Regional Office; VA has 57 Regional Offices throughout the US and other territories.

RVSR Ratings Veterans Service Representative, the decision maker to your claim

SGT Sergeant

SMR Service Medical Record

SNAFU Situation Normal, All Fouled Up

TAC Tactical Air Command

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

VARO VA Regional Office

VBA Veterans Benefits Administration, one of the business units of the DVA, gatekeeper to benefits

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