Veterans Service Bureau
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.
Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans
Stratton VA Medical Center is holding a Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans event on March 21 at 10:00am. CLICK HERE for the EVENT FLYER
Lung Cancer Outreach Event
Stratton VA Medical Center will be holding a Lung Cancer Community Outreach on March 14 from noon to 1:00pm in the 3rd Floor Auditorium at the VAMC on Holland Ave in Albany. CLICK HERE for the EVENT FLYER
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.
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 Assoication (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.
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.
Albany Law School Veteran's Right Project
Once again Albany Law School will be offering free legal counseling for Veterans through their Pro Bono Project. Veterans can receive assistance in a variety of legal areas, including drafting of Wills, Powers of Attorney, Health Care proxies, personal Bankruptcy matters, VA benefits, Tax Law, Matrimonial and Family Law, Landlord/Tenant and Property Law, Social Security concerns and lost or incorrect Military Documents.
The clinic is scheduled for the March 22, 2014 at 9:00am to 5:00pm at Albany Law School located at 80 New Scotland Ave, Albany, NY. To set up an appointment email Ian M Hunter at Ihunter@AlbanyLaw.edu.
Click here to learn more about the American Red Cross' reconnection workshop being held during Veterans' law Day at Albany Law School.
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
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 September 20, 2014.