VA’s San Diego Regional Benefit Office (RO) administers a variety of services, including Compensation, Education, Insurance, Loan Guaranty, Pension, and Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment for Veterans, Servicemembers, their families and survivors in Southern California. We offer the following additional services:
Visit Explore VA for an overview of VA’s benefits and services and for links to detailed eligibility and application information.
The San Diego RO has seven Pre-Discharge Centers that conduct Benefits Delivery at Discharge (BDD) and Quick Start activities, which are designed to rapidly connect transitioning Servicemembers with VA benefits and services. In addition to providing benefits counseling and application assistance, RO staff work closely with the Marine Corps, the Naval hospital, and the VA medical center on single separation examinations, wherein the Veteran needs just one exam on release from active duty.
San Diego is home to the largest military complex in the United States, and so the San Diego RO has a robust, seamless transition program. Strong partnerships are in place with all the military commands, Department of Defense, Department of Labor, and California state and county officials to make sure that VA participates in as many military briefings as possible. More than 45 transition assistance briefings are conducted monthly, and we provide VA benefits counseling to more than 40,000 Servicemembers every year.
Our Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment VetSuccess on Campus location is San Diego State University (SDSU), where we provide benefits, outreach, guidance, and assistance to student Veterans, active duty Servicemembers, and dependents. We offer support in applying for VA benefits, referrals to community resources, vocational and career counseling, and employment transition and related resources. Roughly 584 students received services in FY 2012, and more than 33 employers and other campus representatives were contacted by VetSuccess. Our VetSuccess counselor also attends numerous outreach events throughout the year, reaching student Veterans, service providers, government entities, employers, and military personnel.