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Our Response to COVID-19
We appreciate your patience as we continue to work with you during this time of crisis.
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Appointment Services Available
The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) Regional Office closed to the public on March 19, 2020. Regional offices will remain open, but will no longer accept walk-ins for claims assistance, counseling and other in-person services.
This decision protects our older Veterans and those with underlying conditions as well as our employees. Veterans can continue to get information about benefits or file a claim for benefits by visiting our website at www.va.gov.
Veterans with claims specific or other questions may request information via Inquiry Routing & Information System (IRIS) or telephone at 1-800-827-1000. VBA benefits and services provided to Veterans, families, and survivors will continue to be delivered throughout the duration of COVID-19 impacts.
Veterans may also schedule a telephone, virtual, or in-person appointment with a St. Petersburg VA Regional Office Representative to discuss all their benefit needs. It’s easy! Just click the link below and select an appointment time. At the time scheduled time a St. Petersburg representative will call you.
Click here to schedule an appointment
Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP)
On March 11, 2021, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched VRRAP 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.
Are you an Alaska Native Vietnam-era Veteran?
You may be entitled to a Native allotment selection, if you are an Alaska Native Vietnam Veteran who served between 1964 and 1971, AND have not received a Native allotment, OR are an heir to someone who meets the above criteria. For more information, visit the Bureau of Land Management web site or read their flyer.
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