Ways for veterans to file disability claims
Veterans who register online can track the progress of their claims and ask questions.
VA Benefits Information and Claims Assistance. There are eight call centers across the country.
The following organizations help veterans submit disability claims. Their offices are in the federal building, downtown Pittsburgh, which also houses the Veterans Benefits Administration.
American Legion: 412-395-6230
American Veterans: 412-395-6248
Disabled American Veterans: 412-395-6241
Military Order of the Purple Heart: 412-395-6252
Paralyzed Veterans of America: 412-395-6255
Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs: 1-866-754-8636
Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs: 412-395-6225
Veterans of Foreign Wars: 412-395-6259
Source: Veterans Administration
The Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs offers many benefits to veterans and their families. Veterans can apply for most services provided by the VA at www.va.gov or any VA office. Below are the phone numbers for specified benefits.
VA Regional Office
1000 Liberty Ave., Rm. 1606
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Disability Benefits: Veterans can receive disability compensation if they were injured during service, or if a pre-existing injury worsened during their service.
Education and Training: Education and training financial benefits are available to veterans who qualify based on their time of service.
Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment: The VA evaluates veterans skills and abilities and helps them find proper training, counseling or other services to help them get back to work.
Home Loan Guaranty: Veterans can get help finding a loan through the VA.
Dependents and Survivors’ Benefits: A veteran’s husband, wife, sons, daughters, mothers and fathers all may qualify for benefits if the family member died during or after their service.
Debt Management Center: The VA’s debt management center helps veterans with their payments to VA services.
Medical Treatment: The VA provides medical benefits such as hospital services, readjustment counseling, and alcohol and drug dependency treatment.
Health Care Benefits: Veterans have access to Affordable Care Act plans.
Civilian Health and Medical Program: The VA provides benefits to eligible spouses or children of veterans.
Life Insurance: Traumatic Injury Protection Under Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance offers insurance of between $25,000 and $100,000 for the veterans who qualify.
Burial Benefits: The families of deceased veterans can receive a headstone, a burial flag and reimbursement for burial costs, among other things.
Allegheny County Department of Veteran Services
Allegheny County Department of Veteran Services helps Allegheny County veterans receive the benefits granted to them by the federal, state and local governments.
4141 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
Pittsburgh, PA 15240
Comprehensive Vocational Services: VA Pittsburgh offers compensated work therapy to veterans, teaching them sustainable and transitional work skills through supported employment.
Health Care for Homeless Veterans: Homeless veterans who are honorably discharged are eligible to receive health evaluations, benefits and transitional housing,
Veterans Justice Outreach & Health Care for Re-entry Veterans: Justice-involved veterans have access to VA resources and services in lieu of incarceration. Re-entry veterans are eligible for evaluation for health and housing resources through the VA.
Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation & Treatment Program: Unemployed homeless veterans may enter this four month residential treatment program to obtain housing and employment.
Psychosocial Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program: The program offers a supportive environment for veterans with psychiatric disabilities to obtain skills and knowledge to transition to civilian life.
Community Based Employment Services: Community Based Employment Services provides veterans with interview and resume workshops, transportation assistance and adjustment counseling.
Community Transition Center: Community Transition Center assists veterans with mental illness, offering classes on mental health, anxiety, coping skills and anger management.
CareerLink Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh/Allegheny County Veterans Services
CareerLink Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh/Allegheny County Veterans Services provides veterans with job counseling, job fair information, apprenticeship information and other services that help veterans transition into the civilian work force.
Regional Enterprise Tower
425 6th Ave., 22nd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
2040 Ardmore Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15221
118 52nd Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Coalition for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans
Coalition for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans is a national collaboration of veterans organizations that provide various services.
Department of Defense Outreach Center for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury
Department of Defense Outreach Center for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury provides information and resources for veterans and their family members with questions about psychological health and traumatic brain injuries.
Disabled American Veterans
Disabled American Veterans offers veterans membership for a fee, and the organization offers them services in return, such as “attorneys-in-fact” for filling out VA paperwork and counseling.
1-877-I AM A VET (1-877-426-2838)
Disabled American Veterans National Service Office Pittsburgh
1000 Liberty Ave., Room 1606
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Helmets to Hardhats
Helmets to Hardhats is an organization focused on expediting the transition from the military to a career in construction.
Hire Heroes USA
Hire Heroes USA is an organization focused on creating job opportunities for United States military veterans.
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan that focuses on advocacy, awareness and assistance.
Military Pathways provides anonymous self-assessments for post-traumatic stress disorders, depression and alcohol problems.
Military OneSource is a 24-hour service provided by the Department of Defense for military personnel and their families. Military OneSource provides help for a wide range of issues, such as family counseling, financial assistance, employment and other services related to military needs.
Military Order of the Purple Heart
Military Order of the Purple Heart brings together recipients of the Purple Heart and hosts local activities and events, distributes scholarships to members and provides assistance to all veterans.
7060 Highland Dr.
PIttsburgh, PA 15206
National Military Family Association
National Military Family Association offers military spouse scholarships, “Operation Purple Program,” which is designed for the children of military service men and women and a family award program.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline helps anyone who is hopeless, depressed or experiencing suicidal thoughts overcome personal, family or other problems.
National Veterans Foundation
National Veterans Foundation is an organization dedicated to providing veterans with counseling and support, as well as information on the many benefits a veteran can receive through the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Counseling line: 1-888-777-4443
Office line: 310-642-0255
Paralyzed Veterans of America
Paralyzed Veterans of America advocates for better medical benefits for veterans, increased research for spinal cord injuries and the civil rights of its members.
Healthcare Helpline: 1-800-232-1782
Donor Hotline: 1-800-555-9140
Benefits Helpline: 1-866-734-0857
Caregiver Support: 1-855-260-3274
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration helps veterans and the general public find information and resources regarding substance abuse and mental health services.
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) is a peer support network that focuses on military survivors.
TRICARE is the health-care program serving many active duty service men and women and their families.
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is conducting a research study on veterans that examines brain activity during sleep and wakefulness.
Vet Centers provide veterans and their family members with readjustment counseling. This counseling includes family counseling for military related issues, substance abuse issues and other service related counseling.
Pittsburgh Vet Center
2500 Baldwick Road, Suite 15
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
McKeesport Vet Center
Oak Park Mall
2001 Lincoln Way, Suite 21
McKeesport, PA 15131
More Pennsylvania locations
Veterans Breakfast Club
Veterans Breakfast Club brings veterans of all ages together in the South Hills, North Hills, Penn Hills and Moon township to share their stories and have breakfast.
Veterans of Foreign Wars
Wounded Warrior Project
Wounded Warrior Project focuses its programs and services on returning veterans who received a service-related disability after Sept. 11, 2001.
301 Grant Street, Suite 900 (One Oxford Centre)
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
American Red Cross
American Red Cross provides a link of communication between military members and their families, as well as financial assistance and counseling centers during times of crisis.
Southwestern PA Chapter
2801 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Mesothelioma assistance for veterans
Mesothelioma Veterans Center: 1-877-404-992 or www.mesotheliomaveterans.org.
Mesothelioma Group, a support community: 1-888-708-5660 or www.mesotheliomagroup.com/veterans.
American Veterans provides its dues-paying members with discounts for hotels, travel and personal health services.
1000 Liberty Ave # 1605
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
National Suicide Prevention Line: 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
National Call Center for Homeless Veterans: 1-877-424-3838
Combat Call Center: 1-877-WAR-VETS (1-877-927-8387)
Women Veterans Hotline: 1-855-VA-WOMEN (1-855-829-6636)