Veterans Disability Benefits in Florida

Our veterans in Florida have bravely defended our freedom and democracy, actions that command the utmost respect and appreciation from us all.

A primary expression of our gratitude is through the Veterans Disability program. It provides financial assistance to those injured while serving active duty. However, this is only one part of the support structure. The VA offers a wide variety of other benefits designed to recognize the commitment and sacrifices of our veterans.

Understanding Veterans Disability Benefits

Administered by the U.S. Veterans Affairs (VA), the Veterans Disability program plays a pivotal role in providing financial support to veterans who fell ill or were injured during active military service.

The program's purpose is to help ease the financial pressures associated with service-related disabilities, demonstrating our gratitude for the substantial contributions made by our Florida veterans.

How the Veterans Disability Benefits Program Works

The VA Disability program works by evaluating a veteran's condition and giving it a disability rating. This determines the amount of monthly compensation. The amount received each month is based on the severity of the condition.

In many cases, a Florida veteran's VA disability rating isn't based on just one condition, but instead combines several. Each individual condition receives a rating, but these are not simply added together. Instead, they are combined using VA guidelines to form a single, final disability rating.

Eligibility Requirements for Veterans Disability Benefits

To be eligible for VA benefits, veterans must meet several guidelines.

Both of these must be true:

  • You have an existing condition, either physical or mental, that impacts your health, and
  • Your service history includes active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training.

And, at least one of the following must be true:

  • You incurred an injury or sickness during your military service that can be connected to your current condition. This is known as an in-service disability claim.

  • An existing injury or illness from before your military service worsened due to your service — called a pre-service disability claim, or
  • You have a disability that is associated with your active-duty service but it only manifested after your service ended. This is known as a post-service disability claim.

Florida veterans who hope to qualify for VA disability benefits must have served in active duty and have a service-related disability. VA disability ratings range from 10% to 100%. The compensation the veteran receives is based on the severity of all combined disabilities.

How to Apply for VA Disability in Florida

Getting started with your application for VA Disability benefits in Florida is easier if all your military and medical documents are well-organized.

Gather important records like your DD214 or other separation papers, medical evidence supporting your disability, and any dependency records. Claims can be filed online through, by mail, or in person at a regional VA office.

Click here to file a VA Disability claim.

Need help? Call the VA benefits hotline: 800-827-1000

It's important to provide accurate and complete information in your claim. Missing or incomplete information can result in a denial notice.

What to Do If Your Florida VA Claim Is Denied

If your claim is denied, don't give up. You have the right to appeal the decision.

The first step is to file a Notice of Disagreement with the VA. This process must be started within one year from the date the VA mailed the decision.

The appeal process can take between several months to a couple of years. This depends on several factors including the complexity of the appeal, the type of appeal process chosen, and the amount of evidence required for your claim.

More VA Benefits Available to Florida Veterans

Disability benefits are only one of many services available to veterans. The VA provides Florida veterans with healthcare services and comprehensive medical care at VA hospitals and clinics.

The VA also supports veterans' education and career advancement through programs like the Post-9/11 GI Bill. If you're a veteran contemplating homeownership, the VA Home Loans program can help you get a mortgage loan.

Additional VA Benefits include:

  • Health Care
  • VetSuccess on Campus
  • Veterans Readiness and Employment
  • Education and Training
  • Dependents and Survivor Benefits
  • VA Life Insurance
  • VA Loans
  • VA Burial Benefits
  • VA Pension

Claiming Your Florida VA Benefits

Florida veterans dealing with health issues related to their service should apply for Veterans Disability benefits without delay. Together with other VA support programs, these benefits can significantly improve the lives of military veterans and their families.

Eligible Florida veterans are encouraged to take full advantage of all available programs and services.

Florida — VA Office Locations

Veterans Benefits Administration

Name Address Phone Number
St. Petersburg Regional Office 9500 Bay Pines Boulevard St. Petersburg, FL 33708 Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1437 St. Petersburg, FL 33731 800-827-1000
Intake Site At Corry Station VA Joint Ambulatory Care Center Pensacola, FL 32507
Intake Site At Eglin Air Force Base Airman & Family Readiness Support Center Fort Walton Beach, FL 32542
Intake Site At Hurlburt Field Airman & Family Readiness Center Hulburt Field, FL 32544
Intake Site At Key West Coast Guard NAS Key West & USCG Group Key West Key West, FL 33040
Intake Site At MacDill Air Force Base Base Hospital 2nd Floor, Room C 277 Tampa, FL 33621
Intake Site At Mayport Naval Station Branch Medical Clinic Mayport, FL 32228
Intake Site At NAS Jacksonville Department of Veterans Affairs Jacksonville, FL 32217
Intake Site At NAS Key West NAS Key West & USCG Group Key West Key West, FL 33040
Intake Site At NAS Pensacola Fleet and Family Support Center Pensacola, FL 32508
Intake Site At NAS Whiting Field Fleet & Family Support Center Milton, FL 32570
Intake Site At Naval Hospital Pensacola 6000 US-98 Pensacola, FL 32506
Intake Site At Naval Support Activity-Panama City Fleet & Family Support Center Panama City, FL 32407
Intake Site At Patrick Air Force Base VA Office of Public Contact Viera, FL 32940
Intake Site At Tyndall Air Force Base 325 FSS/FSFR Tyndall AFB, FL 32403
St. Petersburg Regional Loan Center 9500 Bay Pines Boulevard St. Petersburg, FL 33708 Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1437 St. Petersburg, FL 33731 800-827-1000

National Cemetery Administration

Name Address Phone Number
Barrancas National Cemetery Naval Air Station, 1 Cemetery Road Pensacola, FL 32508 850-453-4108
Bay Pines National Cemetery 10000 Bay Pines Boulevard North St. Petersburg, FL 33708 Mailing Address: P.O. Box 477 Bay Pines, FL 33744 727-319-6479
Cape Canaveral National Cemetery 5525 U.S. Highway 1, North Mims, FL 32754 321-383-2638
Florida National Cemetery 6502 S.W. 102nd Avenue Bushnell, FL 33513 352-793-7740
Jacksonville National Cemetery 4083 Lannie Road Jacksonville, FL 32218 904-766-5222
Sarasota National Cemetery 9810 State Road 72 Sarasota, FL 34241 877-861-9840
South Florida National Cemetery 6501 S. State Road 7 Lake Worth, FL 33449 561-649-6489
St. Augustine National Cemetery 104 Marine Street St. Augustine, FL 32084 Mailing Address: 4083 Lannie Road Jacksonville, FL 32218 904-766-5222
Tallahassee National Cemetery 5015 Apalachee Parkway Tallahassee, FL 32311 850-402-8941

Veterans Health Administration

Name Address Phone Number
VISN 8: VA Sunshine Healthcare Network 13000 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. Tampa, FL 33612 813-558-3900
Bay Pines VA Healthcare System 10000 Bay Pines Blvd Bay Pines, FL 33744 Mailing Address: P.O.Box 5005 Bay Pines, FL 33744 727-398-6661
North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System 1601 S.W. Archer Road Gainesville, FL 32608 352-376-1611
James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital 13000 Bruce B. Downs Tampa, FL 33612 813-972-2000
James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital Primary Care Annex 13515 Lake Terrace Lane Tampa, FL 33637 813-998-8000
Lake City VAMC, NF/SGVHS 619 S. Marion Avenue Lake City, FL 32025-5808 386-755-3016
Malcom Randall VAMC, NF/SGVHS 1601 S.W. Archer Road Gainesville, FL 32608-1197 352-376-1611
Miami VA Healthcare System 1201 N.W. 16th St. Miami, FL 33125 305-575-7000
Orlando VA Medical Center 13800 Veterans Way Orlando, FL 32827 407-631-1000
West Palm Beach VAMC 7305 N. Military Trail West Palm Beach, FL 33410-6400 561-422-8262
Jacksonville OPC 1536 N Jefferson St Jacksonville, FL 32209 877-870-5048
Lake Baldwin OPC 5201 Raymond Street Orlando, FL 32803 407-646-5500
Lee County VA Healthcare Center 2489 Diplomat Parkway East Cape Coral, FL 33909 239-652-1800
New Port Richey OPC 7900 Little Road New Port Richey, FL 34654 727-869-4100
Sergeant Ernest I. "Boots" Thomas VA Clinic 2181 East Orange Avenue Tallahassee, FL 32311 800-541-8387
Southpoint Clinic 6900 Southpoint Dr North Jacksonville, FL 32209 904-470-6900
The Villages OPC 8900 SE 165th Mulberry Ln. The Villages, FL 32162 877-649-0024
Viera OPC 2900 Veterans Way Viera, FL 32940 321-637-3788
William V. Chappell, Jr., VA OPC 551 National Health Care Drive Daytona Beach, FL 32114 386-323-7500
Port St. Lucie VA Specialty Clinic 126 SW Chamber Court Port St Lucie, FL 34986 772-878-7876
Boca Raton CBOC 901 Meadows Road Boca Raton, FL 33433 561-416-8995
Bradenton Community-Based Outpatient Clinic 5520 S.R. 64 Suite 101 Bradenton, FL 34208 941-721-0649
Brooksville CBOC 14540 Cortez Blvd., Suite 108 Brooksville, FL 34613 352-597-8287
Clermont Community Based Outpatient Clinic 3200 Citrus Tower Blvd. Clermont, FL 34711 352-536-8200
Deerfield Beach VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic 2100 S.W. 10th St. Deerfield Beach, FL 33442 954-570-5572
Delray Beach CBOC 4800 Linton Blvd., Building E, Suite 300 Delray Beach, FL 33445 561-495-1973
Deltona Community Based Outpatient Clinic 1200 Deltona Boulevard Deltona, FL 32725 386-575-5000
Fort Pierce CBOC 1901 South 25th Street, Suite 103 Ft. Pierce, FL 34947 772-595-5150
Healthcare for Homeless Veterans 1492 W. Flagler St., Suite 101 Miami, FL 33135 305-541-5864
Healthcare for Homeless Veterans 1492 Flagler St Miami, FL 33135 305-541-5864
Hollywood VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic 3702 Washington St., Suite 201 Hollywood, FL 33021 954-986-1811
Homestead VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic 950 Krome Ave., Suite 401 Homestead, FL 33030 305-248-0874
James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital Primary Care Annex 13515 Lake Terrace Lane Tampa, FL 33637 813-998-8000
Key Largo VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic 105662 Overseas Highway Key Largo, FL 33037 305-451-0164
Key West VA Outpatient Clinic 1300 Douglas Circle, Building L-15 Key West, FL 33040 305-293-4863
Kissimmee CBOC 701 Union Street Kissimmee, FL 34741 407-518-5004
Lakeland CBOC 4237 South Pipkin Rd Lakeland, FL 33811 863-701-2470
Lecanto 2804 West Marc Knighton Court, Suite A Lecanto, FL 34461 352-746-8000
Leo C. Chase, Jr. VA Clinic 100 Deerfield Preserve Blvd St. Augustine, FL 32086 866-401-8387
Marianna CBOC 4970 Highway 90 Marianna, FL 32446 850-718-5620
Middleburg VA Clinic 400 College Drive, Suite 200 Middleburg, FL 32068-8525 904-213-2700
Naples Community-Based Outpatient Clinic 800 Goodlette-Frank Rd. N. Naples, FL 34102 Mailing Address: Goodlette-Frank Rd. N. Naples, FL 34102 239-659-9188
Ocala CBOC 1515 Silver Springs Blvd. Ocala, FL 34470 352-369-3320
Okeechobee CBOC 1201 N. Parrot Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34972 863-824-3232
Palatka CBOC 400 North State Road 19, Suite 48 Palatka, FL 32177 386-329-8800
Palm Harbor Community-Based Outpatient Clinic 35209 US Highway 19 North Palm Harbor, FL 34684 727-734-5276
Pembroke Pines VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic 7369 W. Sheridan St., Suite 102 Hollywood, FL 33024 954-894-1668
Perry CBOC 1224 N. Peacock Ave. Perry, FL 32347 850-223-8387
Port Charlotte Community-Based Outpatient Clinic 4161 Tamiami Trail Suite 401 & Suite 602 (Annex Bldg) Port Charlotte, FL 33952 941-235-2710
Sarasota Community-Based Outpatient Clinic 5682 Bee Ridge Road, Suite 100 Sarasota, FL 34233 941-371-3349
Sebring Community-Based Outpatient Clinic 5901 U.S. Highway 27 South Sebring, FL 33870 863-471-6227
St. Petersburg Community-Based Outpatient Clinic 840 Dr. MLK Jr. Street N St. Petersburg, FL 33705 727-502-1700
Stuart CBOC 3501 S E Willoughby Boulevard Stuart, FL 34997 772-288-0304
Tavares Community Based Outpatient Clinic 1390 E. Burleigh Blvd. Tavares, FL 32778 352-253-2900
Vero Beach CBOC 372 17th Street Vero Beach, FL 32960 772-299-4623
William Bill Kling VA Clinic 9800 W. Commercial Blvd. Sunrise, FL 33351 954-475-5500
Zephyrhills CBOC 6937 Medical View Ln Zephyrhills, FL 33541 813-780-2550
Clearwater Vet Center 29259 US Hwy 19 North Clearwater, FL 337612102 727-549-3600
Clermont Vet Center 1655 East Highway 50, Suite 102 Clermont, FL 34711 352-536-6701
Daytona Beach Vet Center 1620 Mason Ave., Suite C Daytona Beach, FL 32117 386-366-6600
Fort Lauderdale Vet Center 3666 West Oakland Park Blvd Lauderdale Lakes, FL 33311 954-714-2381
Fort Myers Vet Center 2891 Center Pointe Drive, Suite 100 Ft. Myers, FL 33916 239-652-1861
Gainesville Vet Center 105 NW 75th Street, Suite #2 Gainesville, FL 32607 352-331-1408
Jacksonville, FL Vet Center 3728 Phillips Highway, Suite 31 Jacksonville, FL 32207 904-399-8351
Jupiter Vet Center 6650 W. Indiantown Rd., Suite 120 Jupiter, FL 33458-4673 561-422-1220
Lakeland Vet Center 1370 Ariana St. Lakeland, FL 33803 863-284-0841
Melbourne Vet Center 2098 Sarno Road Melbourne, FL 32935 321-254-3410
Miami Vet Center 8280 NW 27th St Suite 511 Miami, FL 33122 305-718-3712
Naples Vet Center 2705 Horseshoe Dr. South, Suite #204 Naples, FL 34104 239-403-2377
Ocala Vet Center 3300 SW 34th Avenue, Suite 140 Ocala, FL 34474 352-237-1947
Orlando Vet Center 5575 S. Semoran Blvd., Suite #30 Orlando, FL 32822 407-857-2800
Palm Beach Vet Center 4996 10th Ave North, Suite 6 Greenacres, FL 33463 561-422-1201
Pasco County Vet Center 5139 Deer Park Drive New Port Richey, FL 34653 727-372-1854
Pompano Beach Vet Center 2300 West Sample Road, Suite 102 Pompano, FL 33073 954-984-1669
RCS Southeast District 2 District Office 450 Carillon Parkway, Suite 150 St. Petersburg, FL 33716 727-398-9343
Sarasota Vet Center 4801 Swift Rd. Suite A Sarasota, FL 34231 941-927-8285
St. Petersburg Vet Center 6798 Crosswinds North, Building A St. Petersburg, FL 33710 727-549-3633
Tallahassee Vet Center 2002 Old St. Augustine Road Bldg A Suite 10 Tallahassee, FL 32301 850-942-8810
Tampa Vet Center 9206 King Palm Drive Tampa, FL 33619 813-327-0400
Eglin CBOC 100 Veterans Way Eglin AFB, FL 32542 866-520-7359
Joint Ambulatory Care Center 790 Veterans Way Pensacola, FL 32507 850-912-2000
Panama City Outpatient Clinic 2600 Veterans Way(along Magnolia Beach Road) Panama City Beach, FL 32408 850-636-7000
Bay County Vet Center 3109 Minnesota Ave, Suite 101 Panama City, FL 32405 850-522-6102
Okaloosa County Vet Center 6 11th Avenue, Suite G-1 Shalimar, FL 32579 850-651-1000
Pensacola Vet Center 4504 Twin Oaks Drive Pensacola, FL 32506 850-456-6113