Benefits and Claims Assistance

HELPING VETERANS GET THE BENEFITS THEY DESERVE

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers a wide array of services in order to give veterans access to well-deserved benefits. However, we’ve found many of our veterans and their families are unfamiliar with these services and the procedures for obtaining them. Filing a benefits claim with the VA can be a daunting task. Even with all the progress the VA has made in trying to simplify the process; many veterans find it difficult to navigate through the forms and data necessary to complete their filings. Because of this, many veterans deserving of these benefits simply do not apply for them. Those that do face long wait times and a high probability that their initial claims will be sent back to correct mistakes or to provide further information.

To ensure our local veterans are connected with the services they need, the GCVF staff personally assists in navigating the available benefits and services, provides education on accessing the online portal, and demonstrates the step-by-step process of filing claims and applications. Through these efforts, we strive to make this process more manageable for our local veterans. Our experience shows that when working with a benefits counselor, veterans can double their chances of getting a claim approved.  WE CAN HELP. At the Veterans Connection, we offer two ways to get veterans the counseling they need to get the benefits they deserve:

VSO Claims Representative walk in appointments.  DATE: Every Wednesday.   TIME: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Field Office LOCATION: 4001 Mission Oaks Blvd, Suite D, Camarillo, CA.  Walk in appointments are available on a first come first served basis on Wednesdays. Claims representative assists veterans and their family members file claims and applications with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the California Department of Veterans Affairs.  Call the Ventura County VSO Office to confirm representatives hours at: (805) 477-5155.

Assistance Navigating VA Benefits.  DATE: Every weekday.   TIME: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. LOCATION: 4001 Mission Oaks Blvd, Suite D, Camarillo, CA. GCVF representatives can show you how to access your VA benefits info online using eBenefits and how to enroll in VA Healthcare. We can show you how to make changes to personal information on dependents, direct deposit, Post 9/11 educational benefit distributions, get copies of DD-214, print compensation pay history, print certificate of eligibility for VA home loans and more. We can also provide assistance over the phone.  Call GCVF (805) 482-6550 for assistance.

 

How We Can Help

Navigating the VA system to obtain the benefits our veterans deserve and have earned is an extremely arduous task. While the VA has made efforts to improve the process, the graphic below shows that processing times in the Los Angeles area have actually increased over the past year.Veterans that work through a recognized Veteran Service Organization (VSO) can reduce the decision wait time by as much as two-thirds, to as short as one to two months. Our Veterans Connection collaborates closely with the Ventura County VSO to assist our local veteran community obtain the benefits they have rightly earned.