New York

New York State Division of Veterans' Affairs 

Contact Information:
Phone: 1-888-838-7697
Director: Eric J. Hesse  

To find your nearest Veterans Service Office, click here.

Benefit Information: 

Included below are benefits and services available in New York. To learn more about a specific benefit, simply click on the provided link, or contact your local Veterans Service Office at the listed phone number or address. 

Advocacy and Assistance 
Evidence of Military Service of the Deceased
FOIL/FOIA and Record Retention Policy
Incarcerated Veterans Program
Incomplete Awards, Decorations, and Discharges (DD Form 215)
NY SAFE ACT of 2013
Payment Issues – VA or DoD
Recently Discharged – What Next?
Requesting a Copy of Your DD Form 214
Starting and Appealing Claims
Vet Centers in New York State
Volunteer Opportunities

Military Residency Waiver for HESC Awards for Active Duty Spouses and Dependents Stationed in New York State
Military Service Recognition Scholarships
Operation Recognition
Post-9/11 GI Bill and Other Educational Programs
Regents Awards for Children of Deceased and Disabled Veterans
Student Loan Deferments
The Fry Scholarship
Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP)
Veterans Speaker Program
Veterans Tuition Awards

Additional Civil Service Credits for Disabled Veterans
Experience Counts
Hire-A-Vet Credit
Individual Unemployability Benefit for Service Connected Disability
Military Service Claim for Unemployment Benefits
New York State Department of Labor Employment Services
New York State Peddler’s License
Renewal of Temporary Teaching Certificates
Starting a Veteran-Owned Business
Troops to Energy
Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)
Veterans with Disabilities Employment Program (55-c)
Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program

End of Life Planning 
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Burial Flag
Burial Locations of Veterans
New York State Supplemental Burial Allowance
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Cemetery Administration

Financial and Compensation
Aid and Attendance Benefit
New York State Blind Annuity Program
Disability Compensation
E-Z Pass for Disabled Veterans
Free Skilled Nursing Home Care
Free New York State Sporting Licenses for Qualifying Military Personnel
FreshConnect Checks For Veterans and Families
Gold Star Parent Annuity Program
Life Insurance
Lifetime Liberty Pass for NYS Veterans with Disabilities
Military Service Credit for State and Local Retirement System Members
New York State Income Tax Exemption for Military Pay
New York State Motor Vehicle Registration Fee Exemption
Public Retirement System Loan Deferment Program for Active Military Personnel
Reduced Fee New York State Hunting and Fishing Licenses for Disabled Veterans
Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Act
Student Loan Deferments
Survivors Pension
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Compensation Rating Percentage Increase and Secondary Claims
Veterans Pension – Supplemental Income for Wartime Veterans

Health Care 
Civilian Health and Medical Program (CHAMPVA)
Domestic Violence  
Free VA Healthcare and Prescriptions
Gulf War Registry Health Exam
Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses
Military Sexual Trauma
New York State Veterans’ Nursing Homes
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Prosthetic and Sensory Aids Service
Returning Service Members Enhanced Eligibility for Healthcare Benefits
Veteran Identification Card (VIC)
Veterans Exposed to Agent Orange
Women Veterans Health Care

Honoring Veterans 
Custom New York State License Plates for Military and Veterans
Getting Your Veteran Status on Your License
National Park Pass for Military Members and Their Families
Presidential Memorial Certificates  

Homes for Veterans Program
New York State Real Property Tax Deadline Extension
Property Tax Exemptions for Veterans
Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program
VA Home Loan Guaranty

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