To receive LODA benefits, you must file a claim with the Virginia Retirement System (VRS) using the Claim for Line of Duty Act (LODA) Benefits. You will work with VRS, employers and others at each step in the process. Claims for LODA benefits must be filed within five years of an eligible employee’s or volunteer’s qualifying death or disability.

Each claim is subject to an initial review by VRS to confirm eligibility and followed by a medical board review. In some cases, the Virginia State Police will investigate LODA claims.

Claims Process

At various stages in the LODA claims process – from the initial filing of a claim to final approval – you, your employer, the Virginia Retirement System (VRS) and the Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM) bear responsibilities for providing key information related to your case.



  • Handbook for Participants in ORPHE Plan 1 and ORPHE Plan 2 Learn more about your plan, benefits and investments in the Optional Retirement Plan for Higher Education.

  • Choose the Plan and Provider That’s Right for You As a new college or university president, chancellor or faculty member engaged in teaching, administration or research, you have a choice in retirement planning.

  • State Health Benefits Program Enrollment Form for Retirees, Survivors and LTD Participants (T-20879)

  • Designation of Beneficiary (VRS-2)

  • Designation of Beneficiary - Continuation (VRS-2A)

  • Request for Transfer of Funds to ORP (VRS-3ORP)

  • Conversion of Group Life Insurance Enrollment (VRS-35E)

  • Request for Health Insurance Credit (VRS-45)

  • Notice of Return to Covered Employment Optional Retirement Plan Retiree (VRS-7ORP)

  • Election to Participate – Optional Retirement Plan for Higher Education (VRS-65)

  • Termination Certification Form – Optional Retirement Plan for Higher Education (VRS-65D)

  • Open Enrollment Provider Change (VRS-65P)

  • Optional/Alternative Retirement Plan Health Insurance Credit Employer Certification of Service (VRS-75)

  • VRS Durable Power of Attorney (VRS-901)