Introduction to Federal Benefits
The South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs (SDDVA) is a state agency which was created to assist military veterans, and their dependents, in preparing claims for benefits from the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). These benefits include, but are not limited to: compensation for service connected disabilities, hospital care at a VA Medical Center, pension benefits for certain wartime veterans, VA Home Loan programs, Burial Benefits, etc.
SDDVA representatives can be contacted in
Sioux Falls – (605) 333-6869
or in Pierre –(605) 773-3269.
In addition, each county in South Dakota has a County Veterans Service Officer (CVSO) and some of the reservations have a Tribal Veterans Service Officer (TVSO). These individuals serve as the local contact person for our states veterans and their dependants and they provide assistance with making application for the various benefits programs that are available. The majority of these offices are located in the respective county courthouse or Tribal office.
Brief descriptions of some of the benefits and the respective link can be found on the slideout menus under federal benefits.