The VFW trains State Service Officers to help veterans receive the benefits and services they have earned. Every year, our State Service Officers connect Pennsylvania veterans and their survivors with more than $34 million in benefits. This is a free service; there is no need to pay for VA claims help despite what you hear on TV advertisements. Our State Service Officers are located across the Commonwealth to help veterans and survivors file for VA benefits, and appeal VA decisions if an appeal is justified by supporting documents and evidence. Posts are encouraged to alert members to the fact that no veteran should pay anyone for benefits claims assistance. Please save this flyer and hang it in your canteen in a highly visible location. If you cannot print out 11″ x 17″ pages use this reduced size flyer which prints on an 8.5″ x 11.”
VFW State Service Officers receive the highest level of training. No one matches their dedication to do what is right for veterans during the application, review and appeal processes. We also assist veterans’ dependents, surviving spouses and children or parents of deceased veterans. Home-bound veterans and their spouses can request a home visit.
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania awards the PA Department of VFW funds through the “Veterans Service Officer Outreach Grant Program” to extend our outreach into rural areas.
Contact information for VFW State Service Officers is listed in the Service Officer Flyer.
Please complete the Service Officers Client Assistance Form in advance of an appointment to help us prepare your claim.
Many VFW Posts have internal volunteer part-time Service Officers who provide general information about VA benefits. While local Post Service Officers can submit claims, many just provide forms and refer veterans to State Service Officers.
VFW members interested in becoming a Post Service Officer must have the support of their Post Commander and should submit the Post Service Officer Application. Volunteer Post Service Officers can stay current with VA benefit information by reading the PA VFW Service Officer Bulletin that is sent to all VFW Posts and can be requested by calling (717) 234-7927.
The Department produces a “Service Officer’s Bulletin,” which is sent to all PA VFW Post Service Officers to help them keep their Post comrades up to date on veterans benefit issues. Ask your Post Service Officer to see the latest edition.