Office of Veterans Advocacy

The Office of Veterans Advocacy is a full-service state agency that helps veterans, their family members and survivors. As an advocate we aggressively pursue all federal and state benefits and entitlements on their behalf.image

Our staff are qualified benefits specialists trained to help veterans and their family gain benefits they are entitled to. We provide counseling and referral services to individuals and their families and offer a complete referral service to provide veterans with accurate and current information on the entire range of issues associated with veterans’ benefits and entitlements. This service is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Messages may be left 24 hours a day.

Here you can find the latest news and contacts for the local Idaho area. Anything and everything that pertains to service organizations and contact information can be found in the service bulletin. Also legislative information can be found in the service bulletin as well.

Topics

Veterans Copayment Responsibility for VA Health Care

VHA First Party Debt Management Treasury Cross-Servicing Program Briefing

Frequently Asked Questions regarding Veterans Copayment Responsibility

Fact sheets are in PDF format.  You may download a free PDF viewer to view the fact sheets. 

Fact Sheet:  Pension

Fact Sheet:  Death Pension Benefits

Fact Sheet: Agent Orange and Presumptions of Service Connection: Inland Waterways & "Blue Water" Navy Veterans

  • For information concerning exposure to herbicides during Vietnam service is available on VA’s Public Health site at http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/.
  • Navy Veterans can find information at http://www.publichealth.va.gov/PUBLICHEALTH/exposures/agentorange/index.asp
  •  VA maintains a public database of ships known to have operated on the inland waterways for some period of time at http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/shiplist/list.asp 
  • Changes to the M21-1 Adjudication Procedures can be found online at: http://www.knowva.ebenefits.va.gov/system/templates/selfservice/va_ss/#February
  • VA pension

    Request your Military Discharge Certificate (DD-214) online 

    New Federal Benefit Direct Deposit Requirements

    Agent Orange Presumptive Conditions

    Converting Spousal Coverage Under Family SGLI

    Ebenefits – Access your VA benefit information online

    Honoring America's Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012

    For Family of Veterans: http://www.clfamilymembers.fsc.va.gov

    For Veterans: http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/camp-lejeune

    VA Beneficiary Travel & Compensated Work Therapy Program Payments

    As part of our commitment to providing you world class healthcare and services, and to comply with Department of Treasury requirements to process payments by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT), the Boise VA Medical Center will begin implementing Treasury requirements for EFT payment processing, including payments for beneficiary travel and compensated work therapy starting August 1, 2013.  This change will improve services, provide significant savings to your time by eliminating waiting in long lines, delays associated with check processing, and ensure a safe and efficient way to receive payments.

     To avoid the line and save yourself time here is what you will need to do:

    1. Read the Frequently Asked Questions (attached ).
    2. Complete the Direct Deposit Enrollment Form (attached).  This form, once completed, will enable the VA to register your bank account information in the VA payment system so that your future claim submissions can be processed and sent to your bank account.  Fill out the form completely to avoid processing delays.
    3. When the form is completed you can:

    ·        Return the completed form to the Travel Office/CBOC now or at your next appointment.

    ·        Fax it to our secure fax line at (208) 422-1212; or

    ·        Mail it to ATTN: Fiscal EFT Coordinator 500 W. Fort St. (04) Boise, ID. 83702

    Once your information has been received and direct deposit goes into effect, you will be able to simply fill out a voucher form at the Beneficiary Travel window, turn it in to the Travel Clerk or drop box, and payment will be electronically deposited into your bank account in less than 10 business days.

    To help explain this improvement in service, we have included a ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ sheet.  However, if you have any questions that have not been answered, we encourage you to contact the Fiscal Office between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at (208) 422-1206.

     

    Locations

    Office of Veterans Advocacy Headquarters
    444 Fort Street
    Boise, ID 83702
    Phone: (208) 780-1380
    FAX: (208) 780-1381
    Map and Directions

    ISVH Boise OVA Office
    320 Collins Road
    Boise, ID 83702
    Phone: (208) 780-1398
    FAX: (208) 780-1397
    Map and Directions

    ISVH Lewiston OVA Office
    821 21st Avenue
    Lewiston, Idaho 83501
    Phone: (208) 750-3690
    FAX: (208) 750-3691
    Map and Directions

    ISVH Pocatello OVA Office
    1957 Alvin Ricken Drive
    Pocatello, Idaho 83201
    Phone: (208) 235-7890
    FAX: (208) 235-7891
    Map and Directions

    Post Falls OVA Office
    120 E. Railroad Avenue
    Post Falls, Idaho 83854
    Phone: (208) 446-1097
    FAX: (208) 446-1093

    Twin Falls OVA Office
    420 Falls Avenue
    Twin Falls, Idaho 83301
    Phone: (208) 736-0719
    FAX: (208) 736-1044

    Publications

    2016 April bulletin

    Veterans Resource Directory

    USA Today Veterans Affairs Special Edition

    Resources

    Coffelt Database of Vietnam Casualties

    Rating Calculator

    Compensation Calculator

    Combined Rating and Compensation Calculator

    VA Disability Guides

    2014 Disability Rating & Compensation Guide

    Understanding VA Disability Application Process

    Veteran Service Organizations

    Idaho Division
    of Veterans Services
    Boise
    Veterans Home
    Lewiston
    Veterans Home
    Pocatello
    Veterans Home
    Office of
    Veterans Advocacy
    Idaho State
    Veterans Cemetery
    351 Collins Road
    Boise, ID 83702
    Phone: 208-780-1300



    Division Administrator
    David E. Brasuell
    320 Collins Road
    Boise, Idaho, 83702
    Phone: 208-780-1600

     


    Home Administrator
    Kenneth Shull
    821 21st Avenue
    Lewiston, Idaho, 83501
    Phone: 208-750-3600

     


    Home Administrator
    Vacant
    1957 Alvin Ricken Drive
    Pocatello, Idaho, 83201
    Phone: 208-235-7800

     


    Home Administrator

    Josiah Dahlstrom
    444 Fort Street
    Boise, ID 83702
    Phone: 208-780-1380




    OVA Director
    Bill Heyob
    10100 Horseshoe Bend Rd
    Boise, ID 83714-9521
    Phone: 208-780-1340




    Cemetery Director
    James Earp

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