WE'VE MOVED!
The Albany County Veterans Service Bureau is now on the 7th floor of 162 Washington Avenue in Albany. Our contact information has NOT changed. Our phone number is still (518) 447-7710. Our fax number is (518) 447 7714.

Veterans Service Bureau

Welcome

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.

CALLING ALL VETERANS: Support the Justice for Our Veterans Act

Your Veteran Brothers & Sisters in Trouble Need Your Help.

Help pass the Justice for Our Veterans Act (A. 7529A and S.5624A) before the State Legislature leaves town on June 19th!

This bill is strongly supported by the American Legion, Marine Corps League, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Clear Path for Veterans, Rochester Veterans Outreach Center, NYSDA Veterans Defense Program and others representing over 250,000 NY veterans.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014, Final Objective Lobby Day

11:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Legislative Office Building, Albany, NY.

Meet at 11:00 AM in front of Legislative Office Building, State Street.

Please Register for June 10th Lobby Day: Contact Anne Rabe, Veterans Defense Program, 518-465-3524 X15 (day) or 518-732-4538 (eve), arabe@nysda.org

Albany County Job Fair for Veterans and their Families 

Are you an out of work Veteran? Come meet your new employer during our inaugural Veteran's Job Fair on June 26th. The ACVSB Job Fair is being held at the Joseph and Edward Zaloga American Legion Post #1520. The Post is located at 4 Everett Rd Extension, Albany, NY 12205. 

Employers, call Jim Ader at 447-7710 or email him at james.ader@albanycounty.com to get your registration form. There is no cost to participate.

Click here to see the flyer, print and share with your friends and co-workers today!


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 to learn more about obtaining an ID or how to register your business.


It's part of every Soldier's journey.

Transitioning from combat or adjusting to life outside the Military can be a challenge at best. This hands on training will increase your skills to move on to your next mission.Click here to learn mor about the AMVETS Warrior Transition Workshop

Social Security Announces New Expedited Disability Process for Veterans

February 19, 2014—Carolyn W. Colvin, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, along with Congressman John Sarbanes (D-MD) unveiled a new initiative to expedite disability claims by veterans with a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability compensation rating of 100% Permanent & Total (P&T). Under the new process, Social Security will treat these veterans’ applications as high priority and issue expedited decisions, similar to the way the agency currently handles disability claims from Wounded Warriors.

NYSDA offers FREE dental care for Veterans in need

New York State Dental Association (NYSDA) and New York State Dental Foundation (NYSDF), together with national partner Mission of Mercy, is launching the New York State Mission of Mercy (NYSMOM), a free two-day dental clinic to provide oral health services and education to people who, for many reasons, lack access to dental care. Patients will receive cleanings, fillings, extractions, oral health education and assistance in finding a dentist for follow-up care. This year the clinic will be held on June 13th and 14th.

To help provide oral health care services to the large number of expected patients, we need volunteer dental and health professionals including general dentists, oral surgeons, dental hygienists, assistants, lab technicians, nurses and pharmacists. Additionally, community volunteers are needed to assist with registration, clinic setup, data entry, escorting patients, translating, and much more.

Click here to learn more about volunteering and how to register.

Click here to learn more about the American Red Cross' reconnection workshop being held during Veterans' law Day at Albany Law School.


Shaker Craft Fair, July 12th and 13th, Free to Veterans!

Find the perfect item for your home or gift for a friend at the Shaker Summer Craft Fair! Explore the booths of over 75 crafters on the grounds of the Shaker Heritage Society. Jewelry, apparel, ornaments, household goods, toys and gourmet foods are among the popular items. A Family Activity Station will host activities for all age levels. Site tours are offered on both days at 11:30 and 1:30. Admission: $4 per person. Military Veterans and under 18 admitted free!

Visit the Shaker Heritage site by clicking here!


Honor A Veteran
The Honor A Veteran Program is a monthly event that honors deceased local veterans who have served in time of conflict. Learn More

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.

Capital Region Stand-Down

The Annual Stand-Down is just one of the many efforts to provide services to homeless veterans. Stand-Downs are typically one to three day events providing services to homeless veterans such as food, shelter, clothing, health screenings, VA and Social Security benefits counseling, and referrals to a variety of other necessary services, such as housing, employment and substance abuse treatment. Stand-Downs are collaborative events, coordinated between local VAs, other government agencies, and community agencies who serve the homeless.

Stand-Downs in the military are traditionally associated with a break in combat when troops are brought in to a safe haven for a period of rest, relaxation, hot meals and a chance to be free from the rigors of war. This also applies to homeless veterans in the area who need to be free from the rigors of the street. The first Stand-Down was organized in 1988 by a group of Vietnam veterans in San Diego. Since then, Stand-Downs have been used as an effective tool in reaching out to homeless veterans.

The 2014 Capital Region Stand-Down is scheduled for August 23, 2014.