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The Virginia Department of Veterans Services (VDVS) Virginia Veteran and Family Support (VVFS) program is continuing services to Service Members, Veterans, and their Families (SMVF) as the Commonwealth begins reopening after the COVID-19 shutdowns. We are serving our SMVF population as before but with certain protocols in place to ensure the safety of our staff, clients and community partners. Our Regional offices will be opening at different times across the state but we are continuing to support the needs of eligible individuals by phone/email until all offices have re-opened.

Our staff will be serving the needs of our veterans and their family members by appointment only.  As we re-open offices, we are ensuring all social distancing protocols are in place for the safety of our staff and service members and veteran families.  If as a veteran, you or your family has a need which requires a face-to-face meeting In an urgent or emergency situation, please advise when you speak with the Regional Director or Resource Specialist at the time of initial contact. To determine whether your local office is open, please contact 1-877-285-1299 and your call will be routed to the appropriate region for assistance. Please be sure to state your name, a return phone number, and your location clearly.


Central Region

Serving Central Virginia

Counties Include:

Albemarle County, Amelia County, Augusta County, Brunswick County, Buckingham County, Caroline County, Charlotte County, Charlottesville City, Chesterfield County, Colonial Heights City, Cumberland County, Dinwiddie County, Fluvanna County, Fredericksburg City, Goochland County, Greene County, Halifax County, Hanover County, Harrisonburg City, Henrico County, Highland County, Hopewell City, King George County, Louisa County, Lunenburg County, Mecklenburg County, Nelson County, Nottoway County, Orange County, Petersburg City, Powhatan County, Prince Edward County, Prince George County, Richmond City, Rockingham County, Spotsylvania County, Staunton City, Waynesboro City


Regional Contact Numbers:

Statewide Toll Free Number: 1-877-285-1299

Regional Director – Ben Shaw – 804-690-3217

Senior Resource Specialist – Eric Dueweke – 804-839-1599

Senior Veteran Peer Specialist – Anthony Swann – 540-840-3003


The Central Region of VVFS proudly serves Central Virginia’s veterans and their family members with access to behavioral health, rehabilitative, and supportive services. VVFS places special emphasis on assisting service members, veterans, and families on their road to recovery from the effects of stress-related injuries (such as combat stress, post traumatic stress or military sexual trauma) or traumatic brain injuries. This includes:

  • Veterans of any era who are Virginia residents
  • Members of the Virginia National Guard not in active federal service
  • Virginia residents in the Armed Forces Reserves not in active federal service
  • Family members of veterans and members of Guard and Reserve not in active federal service


Services Offered

Through a regional consortia of Community Services Boards, brain injury services providers and other public and private services providers in the Central region of VVFS offers the following services to veterans and their families in Central Virginia:

  • Assessment of individual and family needs and direct provision of needed medical, behavioral health, or rehabilitative services available through public and private treatment programs
  • Linkages to veterans benefits services, transportation, housing, employment, and education assistance programs
  • Veterans networking, peer support groups, and family support groups throughout Central Virginia