Feb. 11, 2019: Officials at the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, that the VBA is restructuring its office districts from five to four. The change is expected to “align regional offices and special missions more evenly,” officials said in a statement. The realignment closes the North Atlantic District Office in Philadelphia and shifts states into more geographically similar areas. The District Office located in St. Louis is now responsible for the newly-realigned Northeast District. “The VBA district realignment is part of our effort to modernize the organization and become more efficient,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie in a statement released by VA. “This transition affects the management oversight and reporting structure for regional office directors, but will not affect day-to-day operations for employees or impact beneficiaries.” The realignment is not expected to affect the daily operations of any regional office, VA officials said. After the restructuring, the four district offices will be: Northeast District: St. Louis; Southeast District: Nashville; Continental District: Denver; and Pacific District: Phoenix.