The New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA or Division) advocates on behalf of New York’s Veterans and their families, as individuals and as a group, to ensure they receive benefits granted by law for service in the United States Armed Forces.

The Division provides free benefits advising. Experienced and dedicated advisors — each a Veteran — work in a network of field offices across the state and offer Veterans and their families with professional help to resolve social, medical, and economic matters.

Veterans Benefits Advisors assist the claimant — whether a Veteran, spouse, child, or parent — in completing applications, obtaining necessary documentation, and filing claims for a broad spectrum of federal, State, local, and private Veterans’ benefits. Veterans Benefits Advisors also assist by responding to follow-up correspondence and, appealing an unfavorable ruling.

By working closely with other State, federal, local, and private agencies, the Division of Veterans’ Affairs utilizes the expertise and resources of others to help Veterans and their families with specific needs, such as economic, employment, rehabilitation, medical treatment, home health care, education, and tax exemption.

The Division plans and coordinates outreach services within the community and works closely with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and other state agencies. The Division strives to educate the general public and governmental, and private agencies to the special skills and needs of Veterans, particularly those men and women who served in combat and who may have specific medical, employment, and other needs or skills uniquely resulting from wartime experience.

The Division also administers a Blind Annuity program that provides a monthly stipend to visually impaired Veterans and eligible surviving spouses, a Gold Star Parent Annuity that authorizes payment to eligible parents of service members killed in action, and the Veterans Education Bureau, which investigates and certifies postsecondary educational and vocational institutions as providing legitimate and quality education for Veterans seeking to utilize their federal education benefits to attend such facilities.

24 Hour Veterans Crisis Line  800-273-8255 Press 1

EMPLOYMENT

Apprenticeship

New York State Peddler’s License

Hire-A-Vet Credit

Additional Civil Service Credits for Disabled Veterans

NYS Department of Labor Employment Services for Veterans

Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP)

Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program

New York State Program to Hire Veterans with Disabilities

EDUCATION

Veterans Tuition Awards

Post-9/11 GI Bill & Other Educational Programs

Military Service Recognition Scholarships

Post-Active Duty Service Deferment

Regents Awards for Children of Deceased & Disabled Veterans

Military Residency Waiver for HESC Awards for Active Duty Spouses and Dependents Stationed in NYS

HEALTHCARE

Civilian Health and Medical Program

Aid and Attendance

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

PTSD

Vet Centers

Veterans Exposed to Agent Orange

Prosthetic and Sensory Aids Service

Free VA Healthcare and Prescriptions

Gulf War Syndrome

Service Provider

Domestic Violence

Civilian Health and Medical Program (CHAMPVA) Domestic Violence Domestic Violence

WOMEN VETERANS

Women Veterans’ Services

Women Veterans Healthcare

Military Sexual Trauma

STATE BENEFITS

Justice for Vets

Stateside Legal Help

Veterans Justice Outreach

E-Z Pass for Disabled Veterans

Veteran ID Card

Troops To Energy

Survivors Pension

Gold Star Parent Annuity Benefit

Disability Compensation

Disabled Veteran License Plate

Gold Star Mother License Plate

Former Prisoner of War License Plate

Military and Veterans License Plates

Veteran status designation on License/ID

NYS Income Tax Exemptions

Military spouses State Income Tax Exemption

Obtaining Veterans' Property Tax Exemption

Alternative Veterans' Exemption

Cold War Veterans' Exemption

Exemption for persons with disabilities

CDL Certification for Military Waiver of Skills Tests

Eligible Funds Exemption

Empire Passport for Active/Guard/Reserves

Sporting Licenses for Guard & Reserves

Veterans Pension – Supplemental Income for Wartime Veterans

Active-duty military members Trapping/Hunting/Fishing License

Military Service Credit for State & Local Retirement System Members

Military veterans with 40% or more service-related disability Trapping/Hunting/Fishing License

Disabled free or discounted use of state parks, historic sites and recreational facilities

NEW YORK VETERANS HOMES

Long Island State Veterans Home

New York State Veterans’ Home at St. Albans

New York State Veterans’ Home at Batavia

New York State Veterans' Home at Oxford

New York State Veterans' Home at Montrose

NEW YORK VETERANS CEMETERY

Presidential Memorial Certificate

NYS Supplemental Burial Allowance

CONTACTS

New York State Division of Veterans' Affairs's

2 Empire State Plaza
17 th Floor
Albany NY

888-838-7697
veterans.ny.gov/

American Legion Department of New York

112 State Street, Suite 1300
Albany, New York 12207

518-463-2215
800-253-4466
800-332-6632 Membership Line

518-427-8443 Fax
800-253-4466
800-332-6632 Membership Line
info@nylegion.org

American Legion Department of New York  Service Officer

Anthony N. Druzbik

130 S. Elmwood Ave
Suite 614
Buffalo, New York 14202

716-857-3361
716-857-3488 Fax

ledruza@vba.va.gov