Benefits & Services


The Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs has Claim Examiners co-located with the VA Regional Office in Bay Pine, each VA Medical Center and many VA Outpatient Clinics. Assistance with claims is free and covers all state and federal veterans’ programs. For more information, call (727) 319- 7440.

Information on current federal, state and local veterans’ programs, entitlements and referral services is available in Florida through a network of County Veteran Service Offices. All services are provided free of charge. Click here to find a County Veteran Service Office in your area.

Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC) for certain disabled Uniformed Service Retirees has been codified in law at section 1413a, Title 10, United States Code. The law was enacted December 2, 2002, by Section 636 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2003 (Public Law 107-314, December 2, 2002). CRSC provides compensation to certain retirees with combat-related disabilities that qualify under the criteria set forth in the law. For additional information regarding implementation, eligibility and application visit the Department of Defense (DOD) website at:

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