Albany County
VETERANS SERVICE BUREAU
162 Washington Avenue | Albany, NY 12210
Phone: (518) 447-7710 | Fax: (518) 447-7714
Hours: Mon - Fri, 8:30am - 4:30pm
Charles Burkes, Director

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.


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.


Our next Honor a Veteran ceremony will be on September the 2nd at 8:30 a.m. This program will be held aboard the USS Slater. The honoree is Paul J Czesak, Rear Admiral NYNM. Admiral Czesak's career spanned 5 decades, from 1953 to 1996. Please join us as we wish a hearty "Bravo Zulu" to the Rear Admiral.

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 more about the AMVETS Warrior Transition Workshop

The Times Union Center presents the U.S. Army's "Spirit of America"!

Coming to the Times Union Center September 19th and 20th, its's the U.S. Army's "Spirit of America", a FREE, live-action show! To request your free tickets click 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.