VA’s St. Petersburg 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 Florida. 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 St. Petersburg RO is one of nine VA regional loan centers (RLCs) administering VA’s Loan Guaranty program, which helps Veterans obtain mortgage loans from private lenders by guaranteeing a portion of the loan against loss. This program can also prevent Veterans from losing their homes during temporary financial difficulties. We serve Veterans in these states and territories: Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Puerto Rico, and Virgin Islands. We also assist with delinquent VA loans on a nationwide basis.
St. Petersburg RO is accelerating efforts to end and prevent homelessness among Veterans in Florida by the end of 2015 through increased benefits outreach and enhanced collaboration. Staff are partnering with other VA health colleagues to provide medical personnel who can make on-the-spot disability diagnoses for determination of benefits and exams for Compensation claims. The RO is coordinating with VHA facilities through Homeless Summits and with other federal partners, such as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The ultimate goal is to assist Veterans in gathering evidence and information for pending claims and immediately beginning new claims.
The St. Petersburg RO is home to one of 13 VA Day One Brokering Centers (D1BCs). The D1BCs are specialized claims processing teams that are helping VA improve claims services nationwide. In 2011, St. Petersburg’s D1BC readjudicated more than 11,400 Veterans’ claims and awarded more than $156 million in benefits.
The St. Petersburg RO is proud to have served as one of the Veterans Opportunity to Work Act pilot sites, initiated at Naval Air Station (NAS) in Jacksonville, that provided mandatory Transition Assistance Program briefings for discharging Servicemembers.