WDVA Claims Assistance Office
The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) can help Wisconsin veterans and their families obtain federal benefits and services from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The WDVA Claims Assistance Office is located at the VA Regional Office, 5400 W. National Ave., Room 157, in Milwaukee.
WDVA Claims Assistance Office services are free.
The WDVA Claims Assistance Office staff represents veterans and their family members by serving as their accredited representative for matters pertaining to VA benefits and entitlements. For more information on accredited representation by the WDVA Claims Assistance Office, veterans should contact their County Veterans Service Officer (CVSO), or the WDVA Claims Assistance Office.
As the veterans accredited representative, the WDVA Claims Assistance Office will help identify what evidence is needed to support the claim. The WDVA Claims Assistance Office will monitor the progress of the claim through the adjudication process and intercede on the claimants behalf if problems arise. The WDVA Claims Assistance Office will explain and clarify VA procedures and regulations that apply to the claim.
The WDVA Claims Assistance Office has access to the latest VA statutes, regulations and Court of Appeals decisions. In addition, the WDVA Claims Assistance Office staff is able to work directly with VA personnel in order to research and resolve issues that may impact the claims process.
The WDVA Claims Assistance Office works closely with County Veterans Service Officers and the VA to assist veterans with obtaining federal benefits in the following areas:
- Disability compensation – a payment to veterans who are disabled by injury or disease incurred or aggravated during military service.
- Pension – financial support for veterans with limited income when they have 90 days or more of active-duty military service, one day of which was during a wartime period. To qualify, a veteran must be permanently and totally disabled for reasons not traceable to willful misconduct. The veteran must have been discharged from active duty under conditions other than dishonorable. There are additional pension programs for surviving spouses and children of deceased veterans.
- Vocational rehabilitation – employment assistance, training and education for veterans with service-connected disabilities who have an employment handicap due to their service-connected disability.
- Health-care benefits – medical treatment and hospital care for veterans with service-connected disabilities and others who meet VA eligibility criteria.
- Education benefits – benefits for former active-duty service members and eligible members of the reserve components.
- Burial benefits – burial in state or federal veterans cemeteries. Headstones and markers may be provided for burials in private cemeteries. Burial allowances may help pay for burial services and a burial plot.
For more information on accredited representation by the WDVA Claims Assistance Office, contact your local County Veterans Service Officer or the WDVA Claims Assistance Office at:
WDVA Claims Assistance Office
c/o VA Regional Office
5400 W. National Ave., Room 157
Milwaukee, WI 53214
Telephone: (414) 902-5757