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May 18, 2020

Virginia Veterans Benefits – The Insider’s Guide

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Hi Veterans, Brian Reese here from VA Claims Insider, and today, I’m covering Virginia veterans benefits. If you live in (or may be moving to) this historic Commonwealth, then read on because this guide is for you!

The Virginia Department of Veterans Services (DVS) administers a range of state-sponsored benefits for veterans and their dependants such as financial, housing, employment, education, recreation, and other benefits. You can visit the DVS website to learn more about the activities, services and benefits they can assist with if you are an in-state Veteran or family member of a Virginia disabled veteran.

VA Claims Insider has built this Insider’s Guide to Virginia veterans benefits and it’s FREE as our gift to you. So kick back with a cold drink and get ready to explore the Southern hospitality of Virginia!

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Overview of Virginia Military Life

According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau released in July 2019, The State of Virginia has the 7th largest veteran population among all the states. Below are some quick facts about Virginia’s veteran population as compared to the rest of the states:

  • Veteran population: 10.6% (687,271) (7th)
  • Adult civilian population: 6.5 Million (12th)
  • Veteran unemployment: 2.7% (45th)
  • Veteran poverty rate: 4.5% (lowest)
  • Veterans with a disability: 22.2% (49th)

The Commonwealth is home to 32 military and training bases, second in the nation only to California which has 41 bases. It’s also home to the Virginia Military Institute (VMI), a public military college in Lexington, Virginia founded in 1839 that is the first public Senior Military College in the United States.

All four branches of the service have at least one base in Virginia, but Norfolk, VA is home to the U.S. Navy’s fleet of aircraft carriers for the East coast. With so many Virginia veterans, let’s take a deep dive into Virginia veterans benefits.

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Virginia Veterans Benefits: Financial Benefits 

Income Tax

Up to $15,000 of military basic pay may be exempted from Virginia income tax.

Disabled Veterans Real Estate Tax Exemption

Veterans with a VA 100% disability are exempt from property taxes on their home. The surviving spouse may also be eligible.

Virginia Veterans Benefits: Housing & Healthcare Benefits

Virginia Veteran’s Health Administration Centers

Veterans Health Administration – VISN 5: VA Capitol Health Care Network
Fort Belvoir Outpatient Clinic9300 DeWitt Loop Sunrise Pavilion, Fort Belvoir, VA 22060571-231-2408
Harrisonburg Outpatient Clinic1755 S. High Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22801304-263-0811 / 800-817-3807
Stephens City Outpatient Clinic170 Prosperity Drive, Winchester, VA 22602304-263-0811 / 800-817-3807
Alexandria Vet Center6940 South Kings Highway Suite 204, Alexandria, VA 22310703-360-8633
Veterans Health Administration – VISN 6: VA Mid-Atlantic Health Care Network
Facility Address Phone
Hampton VA Medical Center 100 Emancipation Drive, Hampton, VA 23667 757-722-9961
Hunter Holmes McGuire
VA Medical Center
1201 Broad Rock Boulevard  
Richmond, VA 23249

Salem VA Medical Center 1970 Roanoke Boulevard, Salem, VA 24153 540-982-2463
Charlottesville CBOC 590 Peter Jefferson Pkwy, 2nd Floor, Suite 250, Charlottesville, VA 22911 434-293-3890
Chesapeake CBOC 1987 S. Military Hwy, Chesapeake, VA 23320 757-722-9961
Danville CBOC 705 Piney Forest Rd, Danville, VA 24540 434-710-4210
Fredericksburg at Southpoint CBOC 10401 Spotsylvania Ave., Suite 300, Fredericksburg, VA 22408 540-693-3140
Fredericksburg CBOC 130 Executive Center Parkway  
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Lynchburg CBOC 1600 Lakeside Dr, Lynchburg, VA 24501 434-316-5000
Staunton CBOC 102 Lacy B. King Way, Staunton, VA 24401 540-886-5777
Tazewell VA Clinic 388 Ben Bolt Ave Tazewell, VA 24651 276-988-8860
Virginia Beach CBOC 244 Clearfield Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 757-722-9961
Wytheville CBOC 165 Peppers Ferry Road, Wytheville, VA 24382 276-223-5400
Norfolk Vet Center 3132 Lynnhurst Blvd, Chesapeake, VA 23321 757-623-7584
Richmond Vet Center 4902 Fitzhugh Avenue, Richmond, VA 23230 804-353-8958
Roanoke Vet Center 1401 Franklin Rd SW Suite 200  
Roanoke, VA 24016
Virginia Beach Vet Center 324 Southport Circle, Suite 102  
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Veterans Health Administration – VISN 9: VA MidSouth Healthcare Network
Bristol VA Clinic2426 Lee Highway, Bristol, VA 24202276-645-4520
Jonesville VA Clinic32613 Wilderness Road, Suite 101  
Jonesville, VA 24263
Marion VA Clinic4451 Lee Highway, Marion, VA 24354276-783-2126
Norton VA Clinic654 Highway 58 East, Norton, VA 24273276-679-8010
Vansant VA Clinic1941 Lover’s Gap Road, Suite A  
Vansant, VA 24656
Veterans Benefits Administration – Northeast District
Intake Site At Dalhgren Naval StationWCFleet and Family Service Support Center 6027, School House Lane, Dahlgren, VA 22448
Intake Site At Fort BelvoirBldg. 808, Room NS104
FT. Belvoir, VA 22060
Veterans Benefits Administration – Southeast District
Roanoke Regional Office210 Franklin Rd, SW. Roanoke, VA 24011800-827-1000
Intake Site At Fort Eustis IDESIDES BLDG, 579 and 576 Jefferson Ave, Ft. Eustis, VA 23604800-827-1000
Intake Site At Fort Lee1403 Mahone Ave, Fort Lee, VA 23801 
Intake Site At Langely Air Force Base45 Nealy Ave. Bldg 15 Ste. 100, Hampton, VA 23665 
Intake Site At Little Creek Naval Amphibious BaseFleet & Family Support Center  
Norfolk, VA 23511
Intake Site At Norfolk NBRegional TAP Office Building U93  
Norfolk, VA 23511
Intake Site At Oceana Naval Air StationFleet & Family Support Center  
Norfolk, VA 23511
Intake Site At Portsmouth Naval HospitalFleet & Family Support Center  
Norfolk, VA 23511
Roanoke Regional Loan Center116 North Jefferson Street  
Roanoke, VA 24016
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Virginia Air Force

Virginia Veterans Benefits: State Veterans Homes

The Virginia Department of Veterans Services (DVS) State Veterans Homes provide affordable, long-term nursing care for Virginia’s veterans. The veterans care centers in Richmond and Roanoke are first-class facilities designed to enhance quality of life with a clean, caring, and dignified setting appropriate for those men and women who have served our country with honor.  Two additional care centers are under construction.  

Sitter & Barfoot Veterans Care Center (Richmond)

Named after two Medal of Honor recipients – Colonel Van Barfoot and  Colonel Carl Sitter – The Sitter & Barfoot Veterans Care Center (SBVCC) is located on the campus of the McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia and is operated by the Virginia Department of Veterans Services. This single-level facility features 200 single-occupancy rooms in four nursing units: two 60-bed skilled nursing care units, one 40-bed skilled nursing care unit and one 40-bed secure Alzheimer’s dementia unit with enclosed courtyards.

SBVCC accepts payment from private insurers, Medicare and Medicaid. Most veterans also qualify for the VA per diem facility credit.

Admission Criteria:

  • Honorable discharge from the U.S. Armed Forces
  • Virginia residency at the time of admission or entry into active duty from Virginia
  • Meets medical requirements for nursing home care

Sitter & Barfoot Veterans Care Center
1601 Broad Rock Blvd.
Richmond, VA 23224

Contact: Kim Elliott
(804) 371-8000
[email protected]

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Virginia Veterans Benefits: Care Center (Roanoke)

The Virginia Veterans Care Center (VVCC) is one of two state homes for veterans in the Commonwealth of Virginia providing affordable, high quality, comprehensive nursing, short-term rehabilitative, and domiciliary care to Commonwealth of Virginia residents who are admitted to the VVCC.

The Virginia Veterans Care Center has 224 beds in the facility and provides comprehensive, high quality care with on-site laboratory work, x-rays, physical therapy, podiatry care, and many other ancillary health care services. The Salem VA Medical Center is also located next door for additional services for those qualified.

Additionally, the building and grounds offer an array of amenities to include wheelchair accessible nature trails and deck, library, chapel, barber shop, and billiard room. The facility is nestled in the landscape of the Blue Ridge mountainside and has been enjoyed by our veterans since it was opened on Veterans Day, 1992.

Virginia Veterans Care Center
4550 Shenandoah Avenue
Roanoke, VA 24017

Contact: Heather Whiteheart, Director of Admissions/Marketing
(540) 982-2860 (phone)
(540) 982-1907 (fax)
[email protected]

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Virginia Disabled Veteran Benefits: Employment Benefits

Veterans Preference For State Jobs

Veterans seeking state employment can get a 5% addition to their test score. Disabled veterans can get a 10% addition.

Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Program 

A program of the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Veterans Serviceswhose mission is to educate and train employers throughout the Commonwealth on the Value of Virginia’s Veterans, and to help employers connect with these personnel assets to maximize the productivity of their workforce.

Virginia Veterans Benefits: Education Benefits

Virginia Military Survivors and Dependants Education Program

The Military Survivors and Dependents Program provides educations benefits to spouses and children of military service members killed, missing in action, taken prisoner, or who became at least 90 percent disabled as a result of military service in an armed conflict.

This program may pay for tuition and fees at any state-supported college or university in Virginia. Benefits are available for up to 36 months.

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Virginia Disabled Veteran Benefits: Recreational Discounts, Licenses & Passes

Disabled Veteran Hunting & Fishing Licenses 

Virginia offers a free lifetime hunting and fishing license, and a discounted saltwater license for Virginia resident veterans who are permanently and totally service-connected disabled.

Veterans with at least 70% VA disability can get discounted hunting and freshwater fishing licenses

State Park Admission

Veterans with 100% VA disability are eligible for free admission and parking and admission for the pass holder and anyone needed to assist them at Virginia state parks.

The pass also covers boat launch and horse trailer parking and a 50% discount on camping, swimming, shelters and equipment rental.

Virginia Veterans Benefits: Vehicle Licenses, Plates & Privileges

Veteran License Indicator 

In Virginia as of July 1, 2018, Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces have the option of adding a veteran indicator to their driver’s license or ID card. Having the word “veteran” appear on your driver’s license or ID card is a convenient way to demonstrate your veteran status.  This option is offered by DMV on behalf of the Department of Veterans Services (DVS).

Resource: Virginia Department of Veteran Services

Virginia Veterans Benefits: Burial

Veteran And Eligibility Dependent Requirements;

According to the Virginia Dept. of Veteran’s Services website:

Any member of the U.S. armed forces who dies on active duty, who retires from military service or who is honorably discharged is eligible for burial in one of Virginia’s state veteran cemeteries.

Veterans legal spouse [widow or widower] and unmarried minor children under the age of 21 may be eligible for burial in a Virginia veteran’s cemetery. Additionally unmarried adult children who become permanently incapable of self-support because of physical or mental disability before the age of 21 may also be interred. Other U.S. military service members and civilians may be eligible.

National Cemetery Administration – North Atlantic District
Alexandria National Cemetery1450 Wilkes St.  
Alexandria, VA 22314
Ball’s Bluff National CemeteryBall’s Bluff Battlefield Regional Park  
Leesburg, VA 20176
City Point National Cemetery10th Ave. and Davis St.  
Hopewell, VA 23860
Cold Harbor National Cemetery6038 Cold Harbor Road  
Mechanicsville, VA 23111
Culpeper National Cemetery305 US Ave. Culpeper, VA 22701540-825-0027
Danville National Cemetery721 Lee St. Danville, VA 24541704-636-2661
Fort Harrison National Cemetery8620 Varina Rd. Richmond, VA 23231804-795-2031
Glendale National Cemetery8301 Willis Church Rd. Richmond, VA 23231804-795-2031
Hampton National CemeteryCemetery Rd. at Marshall Ave.  
Hampton, VA 23669
Hampton National Cemetery (VAMC)Emancipation Drive, Hampton, VA 23667757-723-7104
Quantico National Cemetery18424 Joplin Rd. Triangle, VA 22172703-221-2183
Richmond National Cemetery1701 Williamsburg Rd.  
Richmond, VA 23231
Seven Pines National Cemetery400 E Williamsburg Rd.  
Sandston, VA 23150
Staunton National Cemetery901 Richmond Ave.  
Staunton, VA 24401
Winchester National Cemetery401 National Ave.  
Winchester, VA 22601

Virginia Veterans Benefits: Conclusion

With so many military bases and veterans, both active duty and retired, the state of Virginia is a VERY friendly place to live if you’re a disabled military veteran. You might be interested to know that Virginia is one of the top three states for a veteran to live in retirement, according to new research by WalletHub that studied 27 key metrics, ranging from veterans per capita to employment opportunities to tax friendliness.

With a relatively low cost of living, temperate climate, easy access to state parks and dozens of military bases and VA healthcare facilities to provide services, it may make a Virginia lover out of you!

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About the Author

Brian Reese
Brian Reese

Brian Reese

Brian Reese is one of the top VA disability benefits experts in the world and bestselling author of You Deserve It: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Veteran Benefits You’ve Earned (Second Edition).

Brian’s frustration with the VA claim process led him to create VA Claims Insider, which provides disabled veterans with tips, strategies, and lessons learned to win their VA disability compensation claim, faster, even if they’ve already filed, been denied, gave up, or don’t know where to start. 

As the founder of VA Claims Insider and CEO of Military Disability Made Easy, he has helped serve more than 10 million military members and veterans since 2013 through free online educational resources.

He is a former active duty Air Force officer with extensive experience leading hundreds of individuals and multi-functional teams in challenging international environments, including a combat tour to Afghanistan in 2011 supporting Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.

Brian is a Distinguished Graduate of Management from the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO, and he holds an MBA from Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business, Stillwater, OK, where he was a National Honor Scholar (Top 1% of Graduate School class).

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