VA Benefits and Disability

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A brief description of all benefits and which service line they fall under can be found here:
vba.va.gov/pubs/forms/VBA-21-0760-ARE.pdf
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The Department is structured into three main service lines which provide the following benefits:

  • Veterans Benefits Administration
    • All VA benefits – Compensation, Education, Home Loan Guaranty, etc.
    • Administered by VA Regional Office
  • Veterans Health Administration
    • All VA health care services
    • Administered by VA Medical Centers, Ambulatory Care & Community Based Outpatient Clinics, etc.
  • National Cemetery Administration
    • National and State Veterans Cemeteries
    • Headstones, Markers & Presidential Memorial Certificates

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Resources for Benefits

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San Diego VA Regional Office
8810 Rio San Diego Dr
San Diego, CA 92108
1-800-827-1000
benefits.va.gov/sandiego/
Hours of Operations:
Monday-Friday (except Federal Holidays) 7:00am to 4:00pm
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eBenefits
ebenefits.va.gov

One-stop shop for online benefits-related tools and information. This portal is designed for Wounded Warriors, Veterans, Service Members, their families, and their caregivers.
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Joint Outreach Service Office
VA Regional Office
8810 Rio San Diego Drive, Suite 1161
San Diego, CA 92108
(619) 400-5322
vfwca.org

Provides a place for Veterans and their Family members to call and find out about the benefits available to them. If it appears they may be eligible for benefits or need assistance with obtaining benefits from the aforementioned agencies, the case is forwarded to Volunteer American Legion or Veterans of Foreign Wars Post Service Officers for further action and assistance.
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Veterans Benefits Assistance – American Combat Veterans of War

Oceanside Headquarters
3508 Seagate Way, Suite 160
Oceanside, CA 92056
(760) 696-0460

La Jolla Office
3350 La Jolla Village Drive, Suite 158
La Jolla, CA 92161
(858) 552-7501

Camp Pendleton
622330 7th Street
Camp Pendleton, CA 92055

acvow.org

Provides information, referral, and counseling regarding VA benefits and assistance with benefit applications. Will process changes of address and some educational applications over the phone to expedite payment of overdue benefits. Benefits covered include compensation for service-connected disability, pension, home loan, death and burial, government life insurance, health care, and survivor’s benefits.
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United Veterans Council of San Diego County
3245 University Ave Suite 1-227
San Diego, CA 92104
sduvc.org

Provides information for obtaining VA benefits including Health Care, Compensation, Education, Employment, Home Loans, Life Insurance, Vocational Rehabilitation, Survivors Benefits, and Burial Benefits.
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CalVet Benefits Overview
calvet.ca.gov/home

Provides a list of resources for obtaining VA benefits, including tuition fee waivers, low cost living, vehicle registration fee waivers, property tax exemptions, and other benefits.
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San Diego County Veterans Services

County of San Diego Office of Military & Veterans Affairs
5560 Overland Ave., Suite 310
San Diego, CA 92123
(858) 694-3222 | Mon-Fri 8am-4pm

North Inland Live Well Center
649 W. Mission Ave., Suite 2400
Escondido, CA 92025
(760) 740-5572 or (760) 740-5573 | Mon-Fri 8am-4pm

Chula Vista Vet Center (Bonita)
180 Otay Lakes Rd., Suite 108
Bonita, CA 91902
(877) 618-6534 | Mon-Fri 8am-4pm

Foundation for Senior Care
135 South Mission Rd.
Fallbrook, CA 92028
(760) 723-7570 | 2nd Fri & 4th Wed of every month

La Mesa Adult Center
8450 La Mesa Blvd.
La Mesa, CA 91942
(858) 527-5822 | Fri 9am-3pm

Mission Valley VA Regional Office
Annex B-Bld, 8898 Rio San Diego Dr.
San Diego, CA 92108
(858) 694-3222 | Thurs-Fri

Oceanside VA Clinic
1300 Rancho De Oro Suite 138
Oceanside, CA 92056
(760) 643-2049 | Mon-Fri

sdcounty.ca.gov/hhsa/programs/ais/veterans_services/index.html

Assists veterans and their dependents and survivors to obtain benefits from the federal, state and local agencies administering programs for veterans, and provides advocacy to the veterans community regarding entitlement rights to federal, state and local benefits programs.

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Resources for Disabled Veterans and Service Connected Disability Contacts

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Disabled American Veterans
8810 Rio San Diego Dr., Suite 1160
San Diego, CA 92108
(619) 299-6916
dav.org

Offers assistance to veterans and their families in filing claims for VA disability compensation and pension, vocational rehabilitation and employment, education, home loan guaranty, life insurance, death benefits, and health care. Provides a number of free services, such as information seminars, counseling and community outreach.
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Access to Independence
8885 Rio San Diego Drive, Suite 131
San Diego CA, 92108
(619) 293-3500 Voice
(619) 293-7757 TTY/TDD
accesstoindependence.org

Access to Independence is a Center for Independent Living (CIL). CILs are nonresidential, cross-disability, non-profit corporations that provide services to people with disabilities to maximize their independence and fully integrate them into their communities.
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Physical Disability Board of Review (PDBR)
health.mil/PDBR

The Physical Disability Board of Review (PDBR) provides Veterans who were medically separated from their Military Service between September 11, 2001 and December 31, 2009, with the opportunity for review of their disability ratings to ensure fairness, consistency and accuracy.
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VA Benefits Administration
San Diego Regional Office
8810 Rio San Diego Drive
San Diego, CA 92108
1-800-827-1000
benefits.va.gov/benefits/
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Veteran Service Officers
All local Veterans Service Officers (VSO) listed are located in the San Diego VA Benefits Administration Building at the address directly above.
These individuals are are fully-accredited by the VA and and are your advocate.

The American Ex-Prisoners of War: (619) 400-5342 (Specializing in ex-POW issues)
The American Legion: (619) 400-5301
The American Veterans of WWII (AMVETS): (619) 400-5303
The Blinded Veterans Association (BVA): (619) 400-5306 (Specializing in Blinded Veterans issues)
The California Department of Veterans Affairs: (619) 400-5309 (State Agency)
The Military Order of Purple Hearts (MOPH): (619) 400-5317
The Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA): (619) 400-5320 (Specializing in Paralyzed Veterans issues)
The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW): (619) 400-5322
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Lawyers Serving Warriors
lawyersservingwarriors.com

Lawyers Serving Warriors® is currently accepting applications from veterans seeking assistance with applications for the Physical Disability Board of Review (PDBR) and for Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC). Veterans who were medically separated between 9/11/2001 and 12/31/2009 with a combined disability rating of 0%, 10%, or 20% as a result of a Physical Evaluation Board (PEB) are eligible for the PDBR.