VA’s Pittsburgh Regional Office (RO) administers a variety of services, including Compensation and Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E) for Veterans, Servicemembers, their families and survivors in western Pennsylvania and the four Northern Panhandle counties of West Virginia, including Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, and Marshall Counties. The Pittsburgh RO also administers Compensation and VR&E services for Veterans residing in most foreign countries. Public contact services include:
Visit VA.gov for an overview of VA’s benefits and services and for links to detailed eligibility and application information.
Due to legislation in the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act of 2019, eligible Alaska Native Vietnam-Era Veterans or heirs of deceased Alaska Native Vietnam-Era Veterans can select 2.5 acres - 160 acres of Federal land in Alaska. The Department of the Interior’s (DOI), Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will manage the implementation of the Alaska Native Vietnam-Era Veterans Allotment Land Grant as well as determine the eligibility criteria for the program. For more information, visit Alaska Native Vietnam Land Grant.
On March 11, 2021, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched VRAPP for Veterans who have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Veterans participating in VRRAP can receive education and training for high-demand occupations, which is determined by the Commissioner of Labor Statistics. Veterans will receive up to 12 months of tuition and fees and a monthly housing allowance based on Post-9/11 GI Bill rates. To learn more about VRRAP and how to apply for the program, Veterans can visit www.va.gov. Veterans can also contact the Education Call Center at 888-442-4551 between 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. EST, Monday-Friday to speak with a VA education representative.
The Pittsburgh RO is responsible for processing claims for Veterans residing in most foreign countries, excluding the Philippines. The Pittsburgh RO's Veterans Service Center handles the adjudication process, including:
Additionally, the Pittsburgh RO provides Veteran Readiness and Employment services to Veterans living abroad, helping Veterans to find suitable employment and assisting them in devloping the needed skill sets for new career tracks. The foreign workload comprises approximately half of the RO's overall VR&E workload.
The Pittsburgh RO also handles a portion of the Benefits Delivery at Discharge (BDD) intake activities in Korea and Germany.
Do you need assistance getting to your scheduled examination(s) for your VA benefits? If so, PAServes Greater Pittsburgh may be able to help. PAServes Greater Pittsburgh is the local branch of AmericaServes, the country’s first coordinated system of public, private, and non-profit organizations working together to serve Veterans, service members and their families. Assistance with transportation is one of the many services provided by PAServes Greater Pittsburgh.
For more information, visit: https://pittsburgh.americaserves.org or call 1-844-857-8387.