For the health and safety of our clientele and staff due to COVID-19, DVS offices are not meeting face to face with clients at this time, however the DVS benefits team is available to assist veterans and their families remotely, communicating via mail, email and telephone during normal business hours. Calls will be returned within 1 business day. Note: Return calls may appear as a Blocked Call. Click here for point of contact details for each DVS office. We are working hard to safely reopen many of our offices on a by-appointment basis and expect to begin once again assisting veterans and their family members in-person at select locations as early as June 29, 2020. To learn more about this process, click here.
Eligibility for most federal and state benefits is based on discharge from active military service under other than dishonorable conditions. Active service means full-time service as a member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, or as a commissioned officer of the public health service, the Environmental Services Administration, or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Current and former members of the Selected Reserve may be eligible for certain benefits, such as home loan guaranties and education, if they meet time-in-service and other criteria. Men and women veterans with similar service are entitled to the same federal and state veterans benefits.
The eligibility policy is set by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. To determine potential eligibility for such benefits click here.
The Virginia Department of Veterans Services advocates for Virginia veterans and connects them to earned benefits and services they have earned. Information on current federal, state and local veterans’ programs, entitlements and referral services is available in Virginia through a network of 34 benefit service offices. All services are provided free of charge. To view the DVS benefits brochure click here. To View the DVS benefits video click here.