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About TDVA

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Who We Are

The Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs (TDVA) operates 13 field offices, four Tennessee State Veterans Cemeteries, serves as liaison for three Tennessee State Veterans Homes, assists with active duty casualties and hosts outreach events across the state to raise awareness and assist Veterans as well as their families.

Veterans Benefits Representatives at the 13 TDVA field offices help Veterans and their families to file claims for federal benefits. TDVA also trains County Service Officers to effectively and efficiently file claims for Veterans across the state.

TDVA also monitors and assists with state legislation focused on Veterans and their families. Legislation resulting in state benefits can be found here.

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Who We Are Not

TDVA is not the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (USDVA). United States Department of Veterans Affairs (USDVA) manages VA Hospitals, Medical Centers, National Veterans Cemeteries, approves or denies claims for federal benefits, and makes decisions regarding service-connected disabilities.

Vision, Mission and Statement of Values


  • To connect Veterans, dependents and survivors with federal, state and local employment, educational and financial resources as well as benefits.

  • To establish state Veterans homes and cemeteries within a 75 mile radius of the state's Veteran population.

  • To ensure Tennessee court systems are educated on the need for Veteran dockets and to ensure at-risk Veterans are educated on federal health benefit eligibilities.

  • To establish innovative streamlined processes and programs delivered with technology and security to provide high quality customer service.

  • To provide claims assistance training to TDVA employees and County Service Officers to ensure Veterans and family members receive highly qualified, updated and consistent service.


The Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs mission is to serve Veterans and their family members with dignity and compassion as an entrusted advocate.

Statement of Values

We believe Veterans are special people who deserve our efficient, productive and compassionate advocacy in return for their service to our Nation. Veterans have earned our respect and are our reason for being, our common purpose, and all our efforts are directed toward meeting their needs.