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Division of Veterans Services
Nelson Eddy Rivera, Director


Office Hours: 9am - 5:00pm, Monday - Friday (Except Holidays)
To make an appointment, please call (845) 486-2060

85 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 105
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Voice (845) 486-2060 Fax (845) 486-6452

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Mission Statement

The primary objective of the Division of Veterans Services is to ensure that our county veterans and their families receive the maximum benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs and other agencies at all levels of government.

The benefits that our veterans and families may be entitled to are not automatic; they must apply for them. A professional analysis on a personalized basis is the best assurance that they will receive each benefit earned from the veteran's Honorable Service to our country.


A Message from the Director

Our veterans answered the call of duty and served our country when it needed them, now we are here for them and their family.  The United States Department of Veterans Affairs accredits our County Veterans Service Officers, and as such we are authorized to present claims for further development, institute appeals of VA decisions and follow through to final disposition with representatives at the New York Regional Office and VA’s Washington Headquarters.  As an accredited representative, we offer personalized service not available from other agencies.  Each case is based on its merits and we carefully screen applicants before filing for benefits.  Our veterans have earned benefits by their Honorable Service to our country.  So we ask every veteran and/or family member to come and visit us. We are here to serve him or her, as they have already served our country.

Nelson Eddy Rivera, USN (Ret), Director
Member of the New York State Council on Returning Veterans and Their Families
Veterans Service Officer (American Legion Accredited)


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