The West Virginia Legislature first created the West Virginia Department of Veterans Affairs in 1945. The department was later named a division, losing its seat in the Governor's cabinet, and was overseen by the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety (DMAPS).
On March 29, 2011, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin signed Senate Bill 238 reestablishing the agency as a cabinet level office. Effective July 1, 2011, the West Virginia Division of Veterans Affairs became the West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance.
For details regarding the role and responsibilities of the WVDVA, please refer to West Virginia State Code 9A.