Veterans Service Bureau
Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy has announced a major fundraising effort for Soldier On at the Times Union Center will take place on May 31, 2014.
Albany County Veterans Service Bureau provides information and services to nearly 20,000 veterans living in the county. The Bureau assists veterans and
their dependents in filing claims, obtaining important documents, and determining eligibility for the benefits and services they have a legal right to. We
frequently aid veterans and their families in obtaining state and federal entitlements such as medical care, disability and compensation, pension,
education benefits, burial assistance, and VA home loans.
The Veterans Service Bureau can also assist in obtaining copies of a veterans medical and personnel records, including Certificates of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214).
Veterans can record their DD Form 214 at the Albany County Clerk's office, free of charge. Copies will be kept on file at the County Clerk's Office and the Veterans Service Bureau.
RETURN THE FAVOR: DISCOUNTS FOR VETERANS
On September 21, 2011 Albany County kicked off the Return the FAVOR (Find & Assist Veterans of Record) program, providing discount ID cards to honorably discharged veterans who present their DD 214. Click here to learn more about obtaining an ID or how to register your business
The "Capital District Veteran's Stand-Down " [link: veterans/ Capital Region Stand-Down] for homeless veterans is an annual event where free services and assistance are provided in such areas as employment, medical screenings and legal assistance. For those in need, free food and clothing are available at this Stand-Down. The 2013 Stand-Down will take place Saturday, September 28 from 8:00am to 1:00pm. 2013 Capital Region Stand-Down Flyer
World War II
Each year, the Veterans Bureau in conjunction with the USS Slater Association hosts a Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremony on December 7. This ceremony remembers our service members who lost their lives in the attack on that Sunday morning and the survivors of the attack who have left us since that Day of Infamy. Special guests are the living Capital District survivors of the Pearl Harbor attack. While the ceremony is held each year on December 7, the location and time does change.
Tax Credit for Employers Hiring Post-9/11 Veterans
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced on November 11, 2013 the beginning of a promotional effort by New York State’s Division of Veterans’ Affairs to highlight a $74 million tax credit encouraging employers to hire New York’s post-9/11 veterans who are currently not employed. Beginning on Veterans Day, New York State’s Division of Veterans’ Affairs will send direct informational mailings about the tax credit to organizations committed to hiring veterans. Click here to learn more about the implementation of Tax Credit for Employers.
Small Business Loans for Military Veterans
New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli on Veterans Day spotlighted the availability of $4 million in competitive fixed-rate small business loans for military veterans through the New York Business Development Corp.DiNapoli said. “The veterans program helps to address the financial hardships of active duty with loans to small businesses owned by military veterans for working capital and expansions.” Click here to learn more.