Welcome to the County of Berks
Welcome to the Etchberger Veterans Service Center of Berks County

To learn more about the service and sacrifice of Chief Master Sergeant Richard L. Etchberger, visit: Etchberger (af.mil)

  • ​All Berks County employees and anyone entering county buildings must wear a mask or they will be denied entrance.  If you have questions related to COVID-19, you may email them to COVID@countyofberks.com or visit www.doyourpartberks.com.
COVID-19 Update(6/28/2021): the Berks County Veterans Affairs is happy to announce that we have reopened for business as normal. COVID-19 screening, temperature check and masks are no longer required inside our office. However, continued voluntary use of a mask is optional. 

Though we are now open to the public and to walk-ins, we continue to encourage appointments in order to provide you with the best quality service and experience that we can offer. We are still asking those with signs or symptoms of illness refrain from coming into the office.
 
Mission
 
The mission of our local Berks County Department of Veterans Affairs is to administer a comprehensive array of benefit programs and provide assistance services pertaining to claims to the veterans of Berks County and their dependent widows/widowers and orphans in the most expeditious and accountable manner we can. These benefits include those provided by federal, state, and local governments.  
 
Claims pertaining to the following can be submitted to the Veterans Affairs: service connected compensation, non-service connected pension, burial allowances, vocational and rehabilitation training, insurance, tax exemptions, emergency assistance, paralyzed and blind veteran’s pension, specialized veteran’s license plates, flag holders and headstones. We may need to refer a claimant directly to the US Department of Veterans Affairs for assistance, when required.  
 
Berks County Department of Veterans Affairs is not a federal or state agency and therefore does not have direct access to all information that is managed by the US Department of Veterans Affairs or the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. We can assist you with your search for information with these departments at anytime, but we can advocate on behalf of your claim only when we enter into a limited power of attorney with you.  
 
 
Contact Information
 
Address
Berks County Veterans Affairs
726 Cherry Street
Reading, PA 19602
 
Phone
(610) 378-5601
(At any time, press 0 to speak with an available Veterans Service Officer)
 
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Hours
Monday thru Friday:
8:00am to 12:00pm and 1:00pm to 4:00pm
(Closed 12:00pm - 1:00pm)
 
Disclaimer: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) continues to improve access to VA benefits for veterans and their families by making it easier to file and check the status of your claims with online resources like www.ebenefits.va.gov and www.VA.gov. Prior to filing a claim, our office encourages you to speak with a Nationally Accredited and Certified Veterans Services Officer (VSO) given the complexity of the VA claims process.  For a list of Accredited National Service Organizations, visit https://www.va.gov/vso/
Ken Lebron, Director

Jason Nauman, Deputy Director


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