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Division of Veterans Services
Nelson Eddy Rivera, Director



"To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his  orphan . . . "
   - Abraham Lincoln


Services and Benefits Available

Please call our office for an appointment so we can help you determine which benefits and assistance you and your family may be entitled to:

Assistance in filing claims and referrals for:



  • Illnesses associated with exposure to Agent Orange
  • Persian Gulf Hazards
  • Service-Connected Disability
  • Non Service-Connected Pension
  • Educational Benefits
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Medical and Dental Benefits
  • Home Loan Guaranty
  • VA Life Insurance
  • Veteran Status for Merchant Marines




Burial benefits:



  • Headstone or Marker
  • Burial/Plot Allowance
  • Presidential Memorial Certificates




Survivor's benefits:



  • Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC)
  • Death Pension
  • VA Life Insurance Claims
  • Completion of Annual Eligibility Verification Reports




Assistance in applying for the following New York State benefits:



  • Blind Annuity
  • Real Property Tax Exemption
  • New York State Property Tax Exemption




We also assist with:



  • Filing of Discharge Papers with County Clerk
  • Replacing Military Records (Discharge Papers)
  • Application for Medals (NYS & Federal)
  • Assistance in upgrading or correcting Military Discharges
  • Referral to other benefit agencies




The veteran and his/her family should visit our office as soon as possible with their original DD-214, WDAGO 53-55, or NAVPERS 533 (i.e., Military Separation Papers) since some benefits have a time limit from day of separation.  If you have misplaced your Military Separation Papers or do not have the original, we will obtain them for you.

It is our sincere desire to protect and safeguard the rights and benefits of our county veterans.


Resources Available

Veteran's Employment Resource Center

Veteran's Vendor (Peddler's) License


Come in and see us.
We are here to serve you, as you have already
served your Country.

United States Military Purple Heart MedalUnited States Military Prisoner of War (POW) MedalUnited States Navy Distinguished Service MedalUnited States Coast Guard Distinguished Service MedalUnited States Air Force Distinguished Service MedalUnited States Army Distinguished Service Medal


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