1st Cav
alry Division Association
Health Care Information Committee

Health Care Information Links

Veterans Administration Links
VA Homepage
VA News Release (June 2010 PDF)
Agent Orange Exposure
Center for Women Veterans
Federal Benefits for Veterans

Federal Benefits for Veterans (2013 Edition PDF)
Gulf War Health Issues

Health Benefits

Korean War Health Issues

Make the Connection


My E Benefits

PTSD Home Page

Public Health Issues
Returning Service Members 
Returning Service Members
Suicide Prevention Lifeline  (National Hotline)
Suicide Prevention (Veterans Crisis Hotline)
Military & Vet Mental Health Report  (2013 PDF)
VA, Affordable Care Act and You
VA Medical Centers
VA Patient Rights & Responsibilities

Vietnam  War  Health Issue
World War II Health Issues

Simplified Veterans Benefit Forms
Application for Compensation and Pension
VA Form 21-526 (PDF)
Supplemental Claim for Compensation
VA Form 21-526b (PDF)
Pre-Discharge Compensation Claim
VA Form 21-526c (PDF)
Fully Developed Claim
VA Form 21-526EZ

Army & Department of Defense Links
Army Homepage
Army Suicide Prevention Program
Army Wounded Warriors
Comprehensive Soldier & Family Fitness CSF2
Wounded Warrior Care

Congress and White House Links
House Committee on Veterans' Affairs

Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs

White House Veterans' Issues

Veteran Service Organization Links
American Legion Homepage

Disabled American Veterans Home DAV
Iraq Afghanistan Veterans of America
Korean War Veterans Association KWVA
Military Order of the Purple Heart MOPH
National Veterans Organization
Veterans of Foreign Wars Homepage

VFW Veterans Services
Vietnam Veterans of America VVA
VVA Veterans Health Council

Other Links of Interest
Gulf War Task Force Report VA (Draft)
How To Assemble a VA Claim
Mesothelioma and Asbestos Info - Veterans
Nat'l Assn  State Directors of Veteran Affairs

Social Security Administration  Government Site
Social Security & Disability Government Site
Washington Post - Prostate Cancer Agent O



 Mission of the Committee

The Health Care Information Committee is a standing committee of the 1st Cavalry Division Association.  The Committee was established in February 2009  by the President of the 1st Cavalry Division Association, James W. 'Pete' Booth, and approved by the Association's Board of Governors during their meeting at Fort Hood, Texas.  The purpose of the Committee is:

  • To stay abreast of developments in the Department of Defense and Veterans Administration health care and compensation systems including policies, procedures, funding, staffing, facilities and other capabilities

  • To be aware of relevant positions taken on health care and other matters by other veterans organization

  • To seek to understand the needs of active duty and retired Association members

  • To inform the Association membership of how and to whom they may most effectively voice their requirements and preferences.

Guidance to the Committee

  • The Committee will take great care to comply with the provisions of the Association Constitution, which states, "The Association shall be nonpolitical, nonpartisan, and nonsectarian".

  • The Committee shall be directly responsible to the President of the 1st Cavalry Division Association.

  • The Chairman shall ensure that at least every other issue of SABER carries an article concerning some facet of the Committee's business.

  • The Committee will meet as appropriate but, as a minimum, a meeting shall be called in conjunction with every regularly scheduled meeting of the 1st Cavalry Division Association's Board of Governors.

Committee Membership

All members of the Committee are appointed by the President of the Association and will serve on an entirely voluntary basis.  The Committee chair shall be a member in good standing of the 1st Cavalry Division Association Board of Governors.  Other Committee members will be suitably qualified and interested members of the Association.   Members of this committee may include a legal representative, a medical specialist, a qualified Veterans Service Officer, a member of the 1st Cavalry Division Association President's Advisory Council, and representation from the active membership of the 1st Cavalry Division.  Current members of the Health Care Information Committee are:

  • Scott B. Smith - Chairman

  • Roger May

  • Barry L. McAlpine

  • James R. Rollins

  • Scott L. Sjule

What's New on this page?

On 26 March 2014 a link to the Make the Connection web page was added.  Make the Connection is a public awareness campaign by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that provides provides personal video testimonials and resources to help Veterans discover ways to improve their lives. The site also provides informational resources on mental health conditions such as PTSD and traumatic brain injury, symptoms of problems such as drug and alcohol abuse, and life experiences such as transitioning from service and dealing with family and relationship challenges.  They also have a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/VeteransMTC.

On 9 January 2014 a link to the Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness (CSF2) web page was added.  CSF2 is designed to build resilience and enhance performance of the Army Family -- Soldiers, their Families, and Army Civilians. CSF2 does this by providing hands-on training and self-development tools so that members of the Army Family are better able to cope with adversity, perform better in stressful situations, and thrive in life.  While this program is focused on the currently serving Soldiers and Army civilians, its core concepts and ideas are transferable to the Veteran and his/her family fitness.

On 15 August 2013 a link to the VA, Affordable Care Act and You site was added.  The VA encourages eligible Veterans who are not enrolled in VA's health care system to take advantage of the world-class care they provide to the men and women who have served this Nation in uniform.   Veterans can apply for VA health care at any time by visiting http://www.va.gov/healthbenefits/enroll/, calling 1-877-222-VETS (8387), or visiting their local VA health care facility. Full details on eligibility are available at http://www.va.gov/opa/publications/benefits_book/benefits_chap01.asp.  VA's health care system for Veterans has no enrollment fee, no monthly premiums and no deductibles. Most Veterans also have no out-of-pocket costs, though some may have small copayments for some health care or prescription drugs.


The article written by the Committee and printed in SABER is titled The HICCUP.  It was first run in the March/April 2009 SABER immediately following the establishment of the Committee.  To read the articles in Adobe PDF click on the links below.  Adobe provides a free PDF reader http://get.adobe.com/reader/.

HICCUP September/October 2014
HICCUP July/August 2014

HICCUP May/June 2014
HICCUP March/April 2014
HICCUP January/February 2014

HICCUP November/December 2013
HICCUP September/October 2013

HICCUP July/August 2013
HICCUP May/June 2013

HICCUP March/April 2013
HICCUP January/February 2013

HICCUP November/December 2012
HICCUP September/October 2012
HICCUP July/August 2012

HICCUP May/June 2012
HICCUP March/April 2012
HICCUP January/February 2012

HICCUP November/December 2011
No HICCUP in September/October 2011
HICCUP July/August 2011
HICCUP May/June 2011
HICCUP March/April 2011
HICCUP January-February 2011

No HICCUP in November/December 2010
HICCUP September-October 2010
HICCUP July-August 2010
HICCUP May-June 2010
HICCUP March-April 2010
HICCUP January-February 2010

HICCUP November-December 2009
HICCUP September-October 2009
HICCUP July-August 2009
HICCUP March-April 2009

General Information

Information provided in The HICCUP and the links on this web page are intended to inform, educate and assist the members of the Association on health care issues and programs available. 

Information on the programs that provide medical care to active duty Troopers and retired military are provided in the Army Links section

We want every Veteran to know and understand the benefits of being registered with the VA and the process for filing a claim.  Information from the Veterans Administration is provided in links to the VA Homepage and other links of interest on the VA web site.  There is a lot of information available on all of the benefits offered by the VA on their web page that can be accessed through their homepage.

Assistance with filing claims can be obtained through various Veteran Service Associations and we have provided links to several that have great information and ways to assist with claims. 

Information on how to assemble a claim with the VA is also available in the Other Links of Interest area along with other web pages that can provide information and assistance.

The links to the White House, Senate and House Veterans' committees are intended to keep you informed about pending legislation that may affect the health benefits of all Veterans. 

Veterans, Soldiers and Families in need of crisis assistance can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.  Trained consultants are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and can be contacted by dialing 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or by visiting their website at www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

Obtaining Records

The following addresses and phone numbers are provided to assist you with obtaining documentation to support claims:

National Archives and Records Administration
Attn: Archives II Textual Reference Branch, Room 2600
8601 Adelphi Rd.
College Park, MD 20740-6001

National Personnel Records Center
Military Personnel Records
9700 Page Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63132-5100
Phone: (314) 801-0800

Department of the Army US Army & Joint Services Research Center
7701 Telegraph Rd.
Kingman Building, Suite 2008
Alexandria, VA 22315-3802
Phone: (703) 428-6801


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