Veterans Disability Benefits in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is home to over 750,000 veterans who have served our nation bravely. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) shows its appreciation for these heroes by offering a variety of important benefits to Pennsylvania's veterans.

One very important benefit is the Veterans Disability program. This program provides monthly financial assistance to eligible veterans who are dealing with disabilities related to their military service.

Understanding the VA Disability Program

The VA uses a rating system to measure the severity of a veteran's disability. Each condition gets a rating from 10% to 100%. The more severe the condition is, the more monthly financial support the veteran can receive.

For most veterans, a Compensation & Pension (C&P) examination is part of the process. This VA-conducted medical review helps assess the disability and assign it a rating.

In cases where a veteran has multiple disabilities, each condition is individually rated using the VA's Schedule for Rating Disabilities. The VA then uses a formula to give a single, combined disability rating to the veteran.

Eligibility Guidelines for VA Disability Benefits

To be considered eligible for VA benefits, Pennsylvania veterans must meet several eligibility requirements.

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.

A successful VA disability claim depends on having medical proof that ties your condition to your military service. It can help to keep an accurate medical record during your service. Having documented medical evidence can greatly improve your chances of receiving benefits.

Also, how you separated from the military can impact your eligibility. If you received an honorable or general discharge, you're generally able to access all VA benefits like health care, education assistance, and housing support. However, if your discharge was less-than-honorable, you may be ineligible for VA benefits.

Applying for VA Disability in Pennsylvania

Before applying for disability benefits, gather all necessary paperwork and medical evidence. Your military records, any medical reports, and your DD214 form that verifies your military service are all essential. You can also include witness statements that help link your disability to your time on active duty.

When you're ready to apply, visit Click on "Sign in to start your application" and follow the instructions.

Click here to file a VA Disability claim.

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

You can also mail your application or apply at a VA office in person.

To apply by mail, download and fill out the Veterans Application for Compensation and/or Pension (VA Form 21-526EZ), and mail it to:

Department of Veterans Affairs
Claims Intake Center
PO Box 4444
Janesville, WI 53547-4444

If you prefer to apply in person, you can visit your local Pennsylvania VA office. Veterans service officers are standing by to assist you if you need any help.

The VA's processing times can fluctuate, but it usually takes 3-6 months to process your claim, depending on the details of your claim and the information you provided.

Appealing a Denial

If your VA disability claim is denied, you have the right to appeal. Complete a Notice of Disagreement form and send it to the VA within one year from the date of the denial notice.

When submitting your Notice of Disagreement, be sure to include your medical records, relevant documents, and supporting statements that establish a connection between your disability and your military service.

To win your appeal, you must prove that your disability is real and directly tied to your active military service.

More VA Benefits Available to Pennsylvania Veterans

In addition to disability benefits, the VA offers a wide range of benefits to help improve the lives of veterans and their families.

Pennsylvania veterans can access the following VA benefits:

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

These VA benefits significantly enhance the quality of life for veterans and their families, providing valuable resources across a variety of areas.

For example, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is the largest integrated health care system in the United States, operating 1,300 health care facilities across the U.S.

If you're looking to purchase a home, the VA Loan program can help you get a mortgage loan. Additionally, the VA Pension program helps ensure financial stability, while VA Life Insurance provides peace of mind knowing that a veteran's family will have some financial protection in the event of their passing.

There is also the VetSuccess on Campus program, which offers crucial support to veteran students, including Education and Training programs that open doors to new career opportunities and personal growth.

With VA Burial Benefits, families find some comfort in knowing that their loved one will be honored for their service. Dependents and Survivor Benefits ensure that families of veterans are cared for, even after a loss.

For disabled veterans, VA Disability benefits are available to the veterans who served their country honorably. If you're a Pennsylvania veteran dealing with health issues related to your service, contact the VA and apply for disability benefits today.

Pennsylvania — VA Office Locations

Veterans Benefits Administration

Name Address Phone Number
Philadelphia Regional Office 5000 Wissahickon Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19144 Mailing Address: P.O. Box 8079 Philadelphia, PA 19101 215-842-2000
Pittsburgh Regional Office 1000 Liberty Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15222 800-827-1000
Intake Site At Carlisle Barracks Army Community Services, Building 46, Room 118 Carlisle, PA 17013
Intake Site At Willow Grove Fleet & Family Support Center Willow Grove, PA 19090

National Cemetery Administration

Name Address Phone Number
North Atlantic District 5000 Wissahickon Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19144 215-381-3787
Allegheny Cemetery Soldiers' Lot 4734 Butler Street Pittsburgh, PA 15201 724-746-4363
Ashland Cemetery Soldiers' Lot 630 South Hanover Street Carlisle, PA 17013 717-865-5254
Indiantown Gap National Cemetery 60 Indiantown Gap Road Annville, PA 17003-9618 717-865-5254
Mount Moriah Cemetery Naval Plot 62nd Street and Kingsessing Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19142 215-504-5610
Mount Moriah Cemetery Soldiers' Lot 62nd Street and Kingsessing Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19142 215-504-5610
National Cemetery of the Alleghenies 1158 Morgan Road Bridgeville, PA 15017 724-746-4363
Philadelphia National Cemetery Haines St. and Limekiln Pike Philadelphia, PA 19138 215-504-5610
Prospect Hill Cemetery, PA 700 North George Street York, PA 17404 717-865-5254
Washington Crossing National Cemetery 830 Highland Road Newtown, PA 18940 215-504-5610

Veterans Health Administration

Name Address Phone Number
Coudersport 24 Maple View Lane, Suite 2 Coudersport, PA 16915 607-664-4670
Wellsboro 1835 Shumway Hill Road Wellsboro, PA 16901 607-664-4680
VISN 4: VA Healthcare - VISN 4 1010 Delafield Road Pittsburgh, PA 15215 412-822-3316
VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System University Drive Pittsburgh, PA 15240 412-822-2222
Altoona - James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center 2907 Pleasant Valley Boulevard Altoona, PA 16602-4377 814-943-8164
Butler VA Health Care System 353 North Duffy Road Butler, PA 16001-2480 800-362-8262
Coatesville VA Medical Center 1400 Black Horse Hill Road Coatesville, PA 19320-2096 610-384-7711
Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center 3900 Woodland Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19104 215-823-5800
Erie VA Medical Center 135 East 38th Street Erie, PA 16504 800-274-8387
Lebanon VA Medical Center 1700 South Lincoln Avenue Lebanon, PA 17042 717-272-6621
Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center 1111 East End Blvd. Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711 570-824-3521
Philadelphia MultiService Center (Philadelphia County) 213-217 North 4th Street Philadelphia, PA 19106 215-923-1163
Allentown VA Outpatient Clinic (693B4) 3110 Hamilton Boulevard Allentown, PA 18103 610-776-4304
Armstrong County VA Outpatient Clinic 11 Hilltop Plaza Kittanning, PA 16201 724-545-8420
Beaver County Outpatient Clinic 300 Brighton Ave., Suite 110 Rochester, PA 15074 724-709-6005
Berks County VA Clinic (595GD) 2762 Century Boulevard Wyomissing, PA 19610 800-409-8771
Cedar Crest Boulevard VA Clinic 1605 North Cedar Crest Boulevard Allentown, PA 18104 610-599-0127
Clarion County VA Outpatient Clinic 56 Clarion Plaza, Suite 115 Monroe Township, PA 16214 814-226-3900
Columbia County Community Based Outpatient Clinic 225 Columbia Mall Drive Bloomsburg, PA 17815 570-316-4116
Cranberry Township VA Outpatient Clinic 900 Commonwealth Drive, Suite 900 Cranberry Township, PA 16066 724-742-3500
Crawford County Primary Care Clinic 16954 Conneaut Lake Road Meadville, PA 16335 866-962-3210
Cumberland County VA Clinic (595GA) 5070 Ritter Road Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 800-409-8771
Delaware County VA Clinic (542GA) 4883 West Chester Pike Newtown Square, PA 19073 610-543-3246
DuBois (Clearfield County) VA Outpatient Clinic (503GB) 5690 Shaffer Road DuBois, PA 15801 877-626-2500
Fayette County Outpatient Clinic 627 Pittsburgh Road, Suite 2 Uniontown, PA 15401 724-439-4990
Huntingdon County CBOC 13903 William Penn Highway Mapleton Depot, PA 17052 814-542-2800
Indiana County CBOC 1570 Oakland Avenue Indiana, PA 15701 724-349-8900
Johnstown VA Outpatient Clinic (Cambria County) (503GA) 598 Galleria Drive, Next to Gander Mountain Johnstown, PA 15904 877-626-2500
Lancaster VA Clinic (595GC) 212 Willow Valley Lakes Drive, Suite 208 Willow Street, PA 17584 800-409-8771
Lawrence County VA Outpatient Clinic Ridgewood Professional Centre, 1750 New Butler Road New Castle, PA 16101 724-598-6080
McKean County VA Clinic 14 Foster Brook Boulevard Bradford, PA 16701 814-368-3019
Mercer County VA Outpatient Clinic 295 N. Kerrwood Drive, Suite 110 Hermitage, PA 16148 724-346-1569
Northampton County Outpatient Clinic Phoebe Slate Belt Nursing Home & Rehab Center 701 Slate Belt Boulevard Bangor, PA 18013-9341 610-599-0127
Sayre VA Outpatient Clinic (693GA) 1537 Elmira Street Sayre, PA 18840 570-888-6803
Schuylkill County VA Clinic (595GF) 1410 Laurel Blvd., Suite 2 Pottsville, PA 17901 800-409-8771
State College (Centre County) VA Outpatient Clinic (503GC) 2581 Clyde Avenue State College, PA 16801 877-626-2500
Tobyhanna Army Depot (693GC) Building 220 Tobyhanna, PA 18466 570-615-8341
Venango County VA Clinic 125 Home Depot Drive Franklin, PA 16323 866-962-3260
Victor J. Saracini VA Outpatient Clinic (Montgomery County) 433 Caredean Dr. Horsham, PA 19044 215-823-6050
Warren CBOC 3 Farm Colony Dr Warren, PA 16365 866-682-3250
Washington County Outpatient Clinic 95 West Beau Street, Suite 200 Washington, PA 15301 724-250-7790
Wayne County Outpatient Clinic 600 Maple Ave. Suite 2 Honesdale, PA 18431 570-251-6543
West Norriton VA Clinic (542GE) 2495 General Armistead Avenue, Suite A Norristown, PA 19403-3647 610-948-0981
Westmoreland County Outpatient Clinic 5274 Rt 30 East, Suite 10 Greensburg, PA 15601 724-216-0317
Williamsport OPC, Campus of Divine Providence Hospital (693GB) 1705 Warren Avenue, Werner Building - 3rd Floor (Suite 304) Williamsport, PA 17701 570-322-4791
York VA Clinic (595GE) 2251 Eastern Blvd. York, PA 17402 800-409-8771
Bucks County Vet Center 2 Canal's End Road Suite 201B Bristol, PA 19007 215-823-4590
Center City Philadelphia Vet Center 801 Arch Street Suite 502 Philadelphia, PA 19107 215-627-0238
DuBois Vet Center 100 Meadow Lane, Suite 8 DuBois, PA 15801 814-372-2095
Erie Vet Center 240 West 11th Street Suite 105 Erie, PA 16501 814-453-7955
Harrisburg Vet Center 1500 North Second Street Suite 2 Harrisburg, PA 17102 717-782-3954
Lancaster Vet Center 1817 Olde Homestead Lane, Suite 207 Lancaster, PA 17601 717-283-0735
Norristown Vet Center 320 East Johnson Hwy, Suite 201 Norristown, PA 19401 215-823-5245
Northeast Philadelphia Vet Center 101 East Olney Avenue Suite C-7 Philadelphia, PA 19120 215-924-4670
Pittsburgh Vet Center 2500 Baldwick Rd, Suite 15 Pittsburgh, PA 15205 412-920-1765
Scranton Vet Center 1002 Pittston Ave. Scranton, PA 18505 570-344-2676
White Oak Vet Center 2001 Lincoln Way, Suite 280 White Oak, PA 15131 412-678-7704
Williamsport Vet Center 49 East Fourth Street Suite 104 Williamsport, PA 17701 570-327-5281