Veteran's Law Group Glossary of Terms

Term Section: T

Temporary Disability Retirement List

Status of military personnel that are determined to suffer from a physical or psychological disability, not yet determined to be permanent in nature, but that nonetheless disqualifies them from active military duty. Periodic medical reviews of persons in this status are conducted to determine whether their conditions have improved such that they are fit to return to active military service, or whether they should be permanently retired for disability.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

A condition caused by a head injury that results in lasting damage to the brain. The symptoms of a TBI range in severity and may include headaches, confusion, dizziness, mood changes, irritability, memory and concentration problems, seizures, and sleep disturbances. Traumatic brain injuries may occur both when the skull fractures and the brain is directly penetrated and also when the skull remains intact but the brain still sustains damage.

Travel Board Hearing

A personal hearing conducted at a VA regional office by a member of the Board.

Term Section: U

United States Court of Veterans Appeals

An independent court that reviews appeals of BVA decisions.

Term Section: V

VA Form 9

This form, which accompanies the SOC, formally initiates the appeal process.


A person who served in the active military, naval, or air service and who was discharged or released there from under conditions other than dishonorable.

Veteran of Any War

Any person who served in the active military, naval, or air service during a period of war.

Veteran Service Organization (VSO)

An organization that represents the interests of veterans. Most veterans’ service organizations have specific membership criteria, although membership is not usually required to obtain assistance with benefit claims or appeals.

Vocational Rehabilitation

Services and assistance provided to eligible veterans with compensable service-connected disabilities to enable them to achieve maximum independence in daily living and, to the maximum extent feasible, to become employable and to obtain and maintain suitable employment.

Term Section: W

Waiver of Overpayment

Determination by a regional office Committee on Waivers and Compromises not to collect an overpayment, or any interest thereon, because to do so would be against equity and good conscience.

War Time Service

The following dates are formal periods of war. If a veteran served during one or more of these periods, he or she will have been considered as serving during a wartime period: WWI, April 6, 1917-November 11, 1918 (Veterans who served in Russia between April 6, 1917-July 7, 1921 are also considered wartime veterans); WWII, September 16, 1940-December 31, 1946; Korean Conflict, June 27, 1950-January 31, 1955; Vietnam War, August 5, 1964-May 7, 1975 (If you served as an advisor in Vietnam, any time between February 28, 1961 and August 4, 1964); Persian Gulf War, August 2, 1990 to a date yet to be determined.

Wartime service also means any time which combat service was performed during between January 1, 1947 and a date yet to be determined, Several exampled would be the Berlin Air Lift, Lebanon Crisis, Grenada, Iranian Crisis, and Bosnia.

Waters Adjacent To

With regard to service during the Mexican boarder period, the waters (including the islands) that are within 750 nautical miles (863 statute miles of the coast of the mainland of Mexico).

Willful Misconduct

An act involving conscious wrongdoing or known prohibited action; willful misconduct involves deliberate or intentional wrongdoing with knowledge of or wanton and reckless disregard of its probable consequences. Benefits are not payable in cases where an injury, disease, or death was the result of willful misconduct.

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