Benefits & Services

Benefits & Services

At the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs, we advocate for Florida veterans and connect them to earned benefits and services. We’re here to honor those who served U.S.

Free Benefits Counseling

The Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs has Claims Examiners co-located with the VA Regional Office in Bay Pines, each VA Medical Center and many VA Outpatient Clinics. Assistance with claims is free and covers all state and federal veterans’ programs. FDVA, through its Bureau of State Approving Agency, also evaluates and approves secondary and post-secondary education programs so Floridians can take advantage of federal veterans’ educational programs such as the Post-9/11 GI Bill. For more information, call (727) 319-7440.

County Veteran Service Offices

Information on current federal, state and local veterans’ programs, entitlements and referral services is also available in Florida through a network of County Veteran Service Offices. The counselors are trained and accredited annually by the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs. All services are provided free of charge. For a full list of offices, click here.

Florida Veterans’ Benefits Guide

The Florida Veterans’ Benefits Guide is an annual publication designed to bring you the latest information on federal and state benefits in a concise, easy to read format.  The guide, which is a primary tool in our arsenal to advocate for our state’s veterans, is produced by the Florida Veterans Foundation. To request a hard copy of the Florida Veterans’ Benefits Guide, please email the request by clicking here. In the subject line please write: “Benefits Guide Request.”

View our Benefits Guide

For 24-hour counsel, call the National Veteran Crisis Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. You are NOT alone!