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San Diego Regional Office

Services Offered by the San Diego Regional Office

VA’s San Diego Regional Office (RO) administers a variety of services, including Compensation, Education, Insurance, Loan Guaranty, Pension, and Veteran Readiness and Employment for Veterans, Service members, their families and survivors in Southern California. We offer the following additional services:

  • 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
  • Public affairs

Visit Explore VA for an overview of VA’s benefits and services and for links to detailed eligibility and application information.

More About the San Diego Regional Office

Delivering Services to Speed Claims Processing

The San Diego RO has seven Pre-Discharge Centers that conduct Benefits Delivery at Discharge, which is 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 only one exam on release from active duty.

Pre-Discharge Claims
If you have a service-connected condition, you can file a claim for disability benefits 180 to 90 days before you leave the military. This may help speed up the claim decision process so you can get your benefits sooner. Find out how to file a claim through the Benefits Delivery at Discharge (BDD) program. And learn what to do if you have less than 90 days left on active duty. Click here for more information on BDD claims

Providing Seamless Transition Services

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.

Connecting Student Veterans with VA Benefits and Services through San Diego State University

Our Veteran Readiness and Employment VetSuccess on Campus location is San Diego State University, 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. Our VetSuccess counselor also regularly attends  outreach events throughout the year, reaching student Veterans, service providers, government entities, employers, and military personnel.