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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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

An independent court that reviews appeals of BVA decisions.