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Pittsburgh Regional Office

Services Offered by the Pittsburgh Regional Office

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:

  • Counseling about eligibility for VA benefits and how to apply
  • Information about VA health care and memorial benefits
  • Outreach to Veterans, including those who are homeless or at risk for homelessness and older, minority, and women Veterans

Visit Explore VA 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.

More About the Pittsburgh Regional Office

Claims for International Veterans

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:

  • Obtaining pertinent documents needed to establish Veteran status and ensure dependency requirements are met;
  • Obtaining medical evidence and examinations in support of Veterans' claims;
  • Ensuring translation of foreign language documests is handled expeditiously;
  • Regularly communicating with Veterans residing abrad regarding the next steps needed in the compensation process.

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.

Assuming Benefits Discharge Responsibilities for Certain Overseas Locations

The Pittsburgh RO also handles a portion of the Benefits Delivery at Discharge (BDD) intake activities in Korea and Germany.