The Virginia Line of Duty Act (LODA), established in Title 9.1 of the Code of Virginia and enacted in 1972, provides benefits to eligible family members of eligible employees and volunteers killed in the line of duty and to those eligible employees and volunteers disabled in the line of duty and their eligible family members.

Funding of LODA benefits is provided by employers in one of two ways:

  • Participation in the Line of Duty Death and Health Benefits Trust Fund (LODA Fund), administered by the Virginia Retirement System (VRS).
  • Self-funding by the employer or through an insurance company.


VRS makes all eligibility determinations for LODA benefits and also issues benefit payments on behalf of LODA Fund participating employers. The Virginia Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM) administers the LODA Health Benefits Plans. VRS and DHRM are dedicated to ensuring claimants or their beneficiaries receive the best possible service as they submit a claim.