Veterans Affairs Acronyms & Terms

Updated: March 20, 2021

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    Veterans Affairs Acronyms & Terms A list of common and frequent VA acronyms, terms and abbreviations that are used when discussing veterans benefits, health, education, retirement and disability. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and involved individuals use many acronyms and abbreviations. Browse through the acronym list letter by letter or use the search box to quickly look up an acronym and its meaning.

    Veterans Affairs Acronyms & Terms

    AbbreviationMeaning
    9VA Form 9, Appeal to the Board of Veterans' Appeals
    10-10ECVA Form 10-10EC, Application for Extended Care Services
    10-10EZVA Form 10-10EZ, Application for Health Benefits
    10-10EZRVA Form 10-10EZR, Health Benefits Renewal Form
    1151 ClaimA claim for benefits as a result of injury caused by VA treatment
    A&AAid and attendance
    AAOAssistant adjudication officer
    ABCMRArmy Board for Correction of Military Records
    ABDAnnuity Beginning Date
    ACAPAnnual clothing allowance payment
    ADAAmericans with Disabilities Act
    ADHCAdult day health care
    ADLActivities of daily living
    ADTActive duty for training
    AFBAir Force Base
    AFBCMRAir Force Board for Correction of Military Records
    AFHRAAir Force Historical Research Agency
    AFIAir Force instruction
    AFIPArmed Forces Institute of Pathology
    AGGAggravated in service
    AHRCArmy Human Resources Command
    AIRSAppellate Index Retrieval System
    ALAmerican Legion
    ALJAdministrative Law Judge
    ALSAmyotrophic lateral sclerosis
    AMCAppeals Management Center
    AMLAcute myelogenous leukemia
    AMVETSAmerican Veterans
    AOAgent Orange
    AOAdjudication Officer
    AOCAPAgent Orange Class Assistance Program
    AOJAgency of original jurisdiction
    AORAgent Orange Registry
    APAAdministrative Procedures Act
    ARArmy regulation
    ARBAArmy Review Boards Agency
    AVSCMAssistant Veterans Service Center Manager
    AWAAll Writs Act
    AWOLAbsent without official leave
    BCDBad conduct discharge
    BCMRBoard for Correction of Military Records
    BCNRBoard for Correction of Naval Records
    BDDBenefits Delivery at Discharge
    BDNBenefits Delivery Network
    BHLBilateral hearing loss
    BoardThe Board of Veterans' Appeals or "BVA".
    BVAThe Board of Veterans' Appeals.
    C&CConfirmed and Continued (rating decision)
    C&PCompensation and Pension
    C.F.R.Code of Federal Regulations
    CAAFCourt of Appeals for the Armed Forces
    CARESCapital Asset Realignment for Enhanced Services
    CAVCThe Unites States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.
    CAVCU.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
    CBDChief Benefits Director
    CBOChief business office
    CBOCCommunity Based Outpatient Clinic
    CCFCompound comminuted fracture
    CDClemency discharge
    CDRCounter designation of record
    C-fileClaims File
    CFRCode of Federal Regulations
    CFRCode of Federal Regulations
    CGCoast Guard
    CGBCMRCoast Guard Board for Correction of Military Records
    CHAMPUSCivilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services
    CHAMPVACivilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs
    CHRConsolidated health record
    CIBCombat Infantryman Badge
    CLCVA Community Living Center (formerly VA Nursing Home Care Units)
    CLLChronic lymphocytic leukemia
    CMBCombat Medical Badge
    CMDChief Medical Director
    CMOChief Medical Officer
    CNHCCommunity nursing home care
    COVA Central Office or commanding officer
    CODCharacter of discharge
    COECertificate of Eligibility
    COGConvenience of the government
    COLACost-of-living adjustment
    Comp.Compensation
    CONUSThe contiguous United States
    COVACourt of Veterans Appeals (Renamed Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims)
    COWCCommittee on Waivers and Compromises
    CPIClaims Processing Improvement
    CRCCommunity residential center
    CRDPConcurrent retirement and disability pay
    CRRCCommunity Resource and Referral Centers
    CRSCCombat-related special compensation
    CTACentralized transcription activities
    CUEClear and unmistakable error
    CURRCenter for Units Records Research
    CVCombat Veteran
    CWTVA Compensated Work Therapy Program
    CWTCompensation work therapy
    DAVDisabled American Veterans
    DBQDisability Benefits Questionnaire
    DCDiagnostic code
    DCHVDomiciliary Care for Homeless Veterans
    DDDishonorable discharge
    DD-214Discharge certificate
    DDDDegenerative disc disease
    DEADependent's educational assistance
    DESDisability evaluation system
    DFASDefense Finance and Accounting Services
    DFRDropped from the rolls
    DICDependency and indemnity compensation
    DMDiabetes mellitus
    DMZDemilitarized zone
    DODDepartment of Defense
    DODDepartment of Defense
    DRBDischarge Review Board
    DRCDecision Ready Claims
    DREDischarge Review Board
    DRODecision Review Officer
    DSMAmerican Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders
    DSMIVDiagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (4th ed.)
    DSODepartment service officer
    DTRDeep tendon reflexes
    DVAThe Department of Veterans Affairs.
    DVADepartment of Veterans Affairs
    EADEntry on active duty
    EAJAEqual Access to Justice Act
    ECAExpedited Claims Adjudication Initiative
    EDErectile dysfunction
    EGCElectrocardiogram
    EKGElectrocardiogram
    EOBExplanation of benefits
    EODEntry on Duty
    EODExplosive Ordinance Disposal
    EPCEnd product control
    ESGEnvironmental Support Group (see USASCRUR)
    ETSExpiration of term of service
    EVREligibility verification report
    FDCFully Developed Claim
    FHAFederal Housing Authority
    FOIAFreedom of Information Act
    Form 9The VA form that must be submitted after receipt of a Statement of the Case to perfect an appeal.
    FR indexFederal Register Index
    FSGLIFamily Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance
    FTCAFederal Tort Claims Act
    GAOGovernment Accounting Office
    GCGeneral counsel
    GDGeneral discharge
    GIBGI Bill
    GPDGrant and Per Diem
    GSWGun shot wound
    GWSGulf war syndrome
    H&CBCHome and Community Based Care
    HBHousebound
    HBHCHospital Based Home Care
    HBPCHome Based Primary Care
    HCHVHealth Care for Homeless Veterans
    HCRVHealth Care for Reentry Veterans
    HDHonorable discharge
    HIPAAHealth Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
    HISAHome improvement and structural alterations
    HIVHuman immunodeficiency virus
    HOHearing officer
    H-PACTsHomeless Patient Aligned Care Teams
    HPVHuman immunodeficiency virus
    HUD-VASHHousing and Urban Development - Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing
    HVCESHomeless Veteran Community Employment Services
    IEDImprovised explosive device
    IGInspector general
    IMEIndependent medical expert or independent medical evaluation
    INCIncurred in service
    IOMInstitute of Medicine
    IOPInternal operating procedures
    IRISInquiry Routing and Information System
    IRRRLNative American Direct Loan
    ITIncentive therapy
    IUIndividual unemployability
    IVAPIncome for VA purposes
    JAGJudge Advocate General
    JMRJoint motion for remand
    JSRRCJoint Services Records Research Center
    LODLine of duty
    LOMLimitation of motion
    LSAList of Sections Affected (C.F.R.)
    LSWLicensed social worker
    M-1VA Healthcare Adjudication Manual
    M-21VA Claims Adjudication Manual
    M21-1MRAdjudication Procedures Manual Rewrite
    MACRMissing air crew reports
    MAPRMaximum annual pension rate
    MGIBMontgomery GI Bill
    MHSMental Health System
    MIBMarine index bureau
    MOSMilitary occupational specialty
    MPRMilitary personnel records
    MRIMagnetic resonance imaging
    MSTMilitary Sexual Trauma
    MTFMilitary Treatment Facility (DoD)
    NADLInterest Rate Reduction Refinance Loan
    NAPIncome for VA purposes
    NARANational Archives and Record Administration
    NAUSNational Association for Uniformed Services
    NHLNon-hodgkins lymphoma
    NMCBU.S. Navy Mobile Construction Battalion
    NOANotice of Appeal
    NODNotice of Death or Notice of Disagreement
    NOSNot otherwise specified
    NPCNaval Personnel Command
    NPRCNational Personnel Records Center
    NRPCNaval Reserve Personnel Command
    NSCNon-service-connected
    NSLINational Service Life Insurance
    NSONational service officer
    NVLSPNational Veterans Legal Services Program
    OEFOperation Enduring Freedom
    OGCOffice of the General Counsel
    OIFOperation Iraqi Freedom
    OIGOffice of Inspector General
    OMPFOfficial military personnel file
    Op. G.C.Opinion of the General Counsel
    OPCOutpatient clinic
    OPTOutpatient treatment
    OQPOffice of Quality and Performance
    OSGLIOffice of Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance
    OTHOther than honorable
    PCPPrimary Care Provider
    PDBRPhysical Disability Board of Review
    PDRPhysicians Desk Reference
    PEBPhysical Evaluation Board
    PEBLOPhysical Evaluation Board Liaison Officer
    PERMSPermanent Electronic Records Management System
    PGPersian Gulf
    PGWPersian Gulf War
    PIESPersonnel Information Exchange System
    PIFPending issue file
    PIIPersonally Identifiable Identification
    PLEP.L.Public Law
    PMCPension Maintenance Center
    PMHPPrimary Mental Health Provider
    POAPower of attorney
    POCPoint of Contact
    POWPrisoner-of-war
    PRCPolytrauma Rehabilitation Center
    PTPhysical therapy or permanent total disability
    PTEPeace time era
    PTSDPost-Traumatic Stress Disorder
    R.C.Regional counsel (chief legal authority in a VARO)
    RADRelease from active duty
    RCSReadjustment Counseling Service
    RE codeReenlistment code
    REAPReserve Educational Assistance Program
    REPSRestored Entitlement Program for Survivors
    RESCUEResources and Education for Stroke Caregivers' Understanding and Empowerment
    RHInsurance policy designation for veterans with service-connected disabilities
    RIIndividual unemployability
    RIRating increase
    RLCRegional Loan Center
    RMCRecords Management Center
    RMORecords Management Officer
    RNRegistered nurse
    RORegional Office
    ROIRelease of Information
    ROTCReserve Officers' Training Corps
    RPC(VA) Records Processing Center (St. Louis)
    RSFPPRetired Services Family Protection Plan
    RVNRepublic of Vietnam
    RVSRRating Veterans Service Representative
    SAHSpecially Adapted Housing
    SAPSubstance Abuse Program
    SBPSurvivor Benefit Plan
    SBP-MIWSurvivor Benefit Plan-Minimum Income Widow
    SCService-connected
    SDNSeparation Designator Number
    SDRPSpecial Discharge Review Program
    SDRPSpecial Discharge Review Program
    S-DVIService-Disabled Veterans Life Insurance
    SFSpecial forces
    SFStandard Form
    SFWShell fragment wound
    SGLIServicemembers' Group Life Insurance
    SGLI-DEServicemembers' Group Life Insurance-Disability Extension
    SHASpecial Housing Adaptation
    SIRSSpecial Issue Rating System
    SMService Members
    SMCSpecial Monthly Compensation
    SMifiSupplementary medical insurance benefit
    SMPSpecial monthly pension
    SMPSpecial Monthly Pension
    SMRService medical record
    SMRService medical record
    SNService number
    SOCStatement of the Case
    SPCMSpecial court-martial
    SPDSeparation program designator
    SPNSeparation program number
    SRDSchedule for Rating Disabilities
    SSASocial Security Administration
    SSBSpecial separation benefits
    SSDISocial Security Disability Income
    SSISupplemental Security Income
    SSNSocial Security Number
    SSOCSupplemental Statement of the Case
    SSVFSupportive Services for Veteran Families
    STRService treatment records
    STSSoft tissue sarcoma
    TADTemporary active duty
    TAPTransition Assistance Program
    TBITraumatic brain injury
    TDIUTotal Disability based on Individual Unemployability
    TDRLTemporary Disability Retired List (uniformed service)
    TDYTemporary duty
    TINTransaction Identification Number
    TPQThird-party query
    TRDLTemporary disabled retirement list
    TSGLITraumatic Injury Protection Group Life Insurance
    U.S.C.United States Code
    U.S.C.A.United States Code Annotated
    U.S.C.S.United States Code Service
    UCMJUniform Code of Military Justice
    UDUndesirable discharge
    UOTHC(Discharge) under other than honorable conditions
    USGLIUnited States Government Life Insurance
    USJSRRCUnited States Joint Service Records Research Center
    VAVeteran Affairs
    VACOVA Central Office
    VACOLSVeterans Appeals Control and Locator System
    VADEXVA Index
    VAFVA form
    VAGCVA General Counsel
    VAHACVA Health Administration Center
    VAHCSDepartment of Veterans Affairs Health Care System
    VAi2VA Innovation Initiative
    VAMCVA Medical Center
    VAOGCVA Office of the General Counsel
    VAOIGVA Office of the Inspector General
    VAOPCVA outpatient clinic
    VARVA regulation
    VAROVA Regional Office
    VBAVeterans Benefits Administration
    VBCVeterans benefits counselor
    VCAAVeterans Claims Assistance Act
    VDVenereal disease
    VEAPPost-Vietnam Era Veterans' Educational Assistance Program
    VETSVeterans Employment and Training Service
    VFWVeterans of Foreign Wars
    VGLIVeterans' Group Life Insurance
    VHAVeterans Health Administration
    VICVA Innovation Center
    VISNVeterans Integrated Service Network
    VJOVeterans Justice Outreach
    VJRAVeterans Judicial Review Act
    VLJVeterans Law Judge
    VMLIVeterans' Mortgage Life Insurance
    VONAPPVeterans Online Application
    VR&EVocational Rehabilitation and Employment
    VRAPVeterans Retraining Assistance Program
    VRCVocational rehabilitation counseling
    VSCMVeterans Service Center Manager
    VSMVietnam Service Medal
    VSOVeterans service organization
    VSRVeterans Service Representative
    WRIISCWar Related Illness and Injury Center
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