Veterans Service Department
Canton Human Services Building
80 State Highway 310, Suite 5
Canton, NY 13617-1495

Ph: 315-386-4754
Fx: 315-386-2948

Michael L. Boprey - Dept. Head, Section 504  Coordinator
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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Website

 

Veterans Department

What Every Veteran Needs to Know
a guide to benefits, entitlements and resources

Healthcare
Benefits
Counseling & Support
Housing
Education
Employment
General Assistance / Advocacy

VA (Department of Veterans Affairs)
Website: http://www.va.gov

For information on monetary benefits (disability compensation, education, loan guaranty, vocational rehabilitation, and insurance):
Telephone: (800) 827-1000
Website: http://www.vba.va.gov/

For information on health care benefits and services:
Telephone: (877) 222-8387
Website: http://www.va.gov/health_benefits/

Healthcare

VA Health Benefits

VA provides every active-duty service member, Reservist or National Guard member who serves in a theater of combat operations two years of free health care beginning on the date of discharge or release from service for all illnesses and injuries unless clearly unrelated to military service. At the end of the two-year period, these veterans have the same eligibility for VA medical care as veterans of earlier conflicts, and co-payment status will depend on whether illness or injury is found to be service-connected.

The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) provides a number of healthcare services:

  • Hospital, outpatient medical, nursing home, and community-based residential care
  • Dental, pharmacy, mental health, and prosthetic services
  • Medical evaluation for military service exposure to environmental hazards
  • Readjustment counseling
  • Alcohol and drug dependency treatment
  • Sexual trauma counseling
  • Specialized healthcare for women veterans
  • Health and rehabilitation programs for homeless veterans
  • Domiciliary, nursing home, and community-based residential care

For information on health care benefits and services:
Telephone: (877) 222-8387
Website: http://www.va.gov/health_benefits/

For information on health care eligibility:
Telephone: (800) 929-8387
Website: http://www.va.gov/healtheligibility/

Online application for Health Benefits (VA Form 10-10EZ):
https://www.1010ez.med.va.gov/sec/vha/1010ez/
Locate a VA Facility or Outpatient Clinic:
http://www.va.gov/directory

VA Forms and Publications:
http://www.va.gov/vaforms

VA Medical Centers and Clinics in NY and NJ

Upstate NY VA Medical Centers (VISN 2)
Albany VA Medical Center
113 Holland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208
(518) 626-5000

Bath VA Medical Center
76 Veterans Avenue
Bath, NY 14810
(607) 664-4000

Canandaigua VA Medical Center
400 Fort Hill Avenue  
Canandaigua, NY 14424
(585) 394-2000

Syracuse VA Medical Center
800 Irving Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13210
(315) 425-4400

WNY Healthcare System
Buffalo Campus
3495 Bailey Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14215
(716) 834-9200

WNY Healthcare System
Batavia Campus
222 Richmond Avenue
Batavia, NY 14020
(585) 343-7500

Upstate NY VA Community Based Outpatient Clinics (VISN 2)

Auburn
Bainbridge
Binghamton
Carthage
Catskill
Clifton Park
Cortland
Dunkirk
Elizabethtown

Elmira
Glens Falls
Ithaca
Jamestown
Kingston
Lackawanna
Lockport
Malone
Massena

Niagara Falls
Olean
Oswego
Plattsburgh
Rochester
Rome
Schenectady
Troy
Wellsville

Downstate NY/ Northern NJ  VA Medical Centers (VISN 3)
VA New York Harbor Health Care System
Brooklyn Campus
800 Poly Place
Brooklyn, NY 11209
(718) 836-6600
Bronx VA Medical Center
130 W Kingsbridge Road
Bronx, NY 10468
(718) 584-9000
VA Hudson Valley Health Care System
Castle Point Campus
Castle Point, NY 12511
(845)831-2000
VA Hudson Valley Health Care System
Montrose Campus
Route 9A, P. O. Box 100
Montrose, NY 10548
(914) 737-4400
VA New York Harbor Health Care System
New York Campus
423 East 23rd Street
New York, NY 10010
(212) 686-7500
VA Medical Center Northport
79 Middleville Road
Northport, NY 11768
(631) 261-4400
VA NJ Health Care System
East Orange Campus
385 Tremont Avenue
East Orange, NJ 07939
(973) 676-1000
VA NJ Health Care System
Lyons Campus
151 Knollcroft Road
Lyons, NJ 07939
(908) 647-0180

St Albans Primary & Extended Care Center
179th St. and Linden Blvd.
St. Albans, NY 11425
(718) 526-1000

My HealtheVet
My HealtheVet provides access to trusted health information, links to VA benefits and resources, a Personal Health Record, online VA prescription refills, and much more.  In the future, MHV registrants will be able to view appointments, copay balances, and key portions of their VA medical records online.
http://www.myhealth.va.gov

Health Insurance
TRICARE is a regionally managed health care program for active duty and retired members of the uniformed services, their families, and survivors.
Telephone: (877) 874-2273 (TRICARE North Region)
Website: http://www.tricare.osd.mil

Healthcare for Women
Each VA Medical Center has a Women Veterans Program Manager (WVPM) who helps women understand their benefits, and coordinates their care. The Women Veterans Program Manager can assist women veterans in establishing their eligibility, understanding their benefits, and obtaining their health care in the VA system.  The Women Veterans Health Program provides a full range of medical and mental health services, including:

  • primary care                                          
  • reproductive health
  • gynecology services
  • patient education
  • preventive health screening for breast cancer, cervical cancer and osteoporosis
  • screening, counseling, and treatment for sexual trauma, substance abuse, PTSD and domestic violence
  • vocational rehabilitation
  • Homeless programs
  1. transition assistance separating from military duty

Women Veterans Health Program
http://www.va.gov/wvhp

The Center for Women Veterans
http://www.va.gov/womenvet/

 

DoD Deployment Health & Family Readiness Library
This library provides servicemembers, families, veterans and healthcare providers an easy way to quickly find deployment health and family readiness information.
http://deploymenthealthlibrary.fhp.osd.mil/home.jsp

Benefits

Federal Benefits

VA Regional Offices
VA Regional Offices are responsible for delivering five major benefit programs as well as other services to veterans and their dependents.  The benefits include disability compensation and pension, vocational rehabilitation and employment, education, insurance and home loan guaranty.  Veterans may call the toll free number or visit the VA Regional Office for more information.  Veterans with internet access may also apply online for benefits.

Regional Offices

Buffalo Regional Office
130 South Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202
(800) 827-1000
Fax: (716) 551-3505

New York Regional Office
245 West Houston Street
New York, NY 10014
(800) 827-1000
(212) 807-7229
Fax: (212)807-4008

Newark Regional Office
20 Washington Place
Newark, NJ 07102
(800) 827-1000

VONAPP (Veterans On Line Applications)
Apply for VA benefits online
http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/

VA Compensation and Pension
Disability compensation is a monetary benefit paid to veterans who are disabled by injury or disease incurred or aggravated during active military service.  Pension benefits are paid for non-service connected disabilities.  Eligibility requirements for disability benefits can be obtained from a VA Regional Office, online or through a veteran service organization.
Website: http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/

VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment
The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) program provides training and rehabilitation for veterans with VA service-connected disabilities.  The VR&E program is an employment oriented program that helps veterans with service-connected disabilities prepare for, find and keep suitable employment.
Website: http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/vre/

VA Education Benefits 
VA provides education benefits under the Montgomery GI Bill, the Veterans Educational Assistance Program, the Dependents Educational Assistance Program and the Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve.  Additional information can be obtained from a VA Regional Office, online or through the toll-free number.
Telephone: (888) 442-4551
Website:  http://www.gibill.va.gov

VA Home Loan Guaranty
Veterans can apply for a VA loan with any mortgage lender that participates in the VA home loan program. VA guaranteed loans are offered by private lenders, like banks, savings & loans, or mortgage companies to eligible veterans for the purchase of a home for personal occupancy. Veterans are exempted from a down payment. 
Telephone: (888) 244-6711
Website: http://www.homeloans.va.gov

VA Insurance 
There are currently eight life insurance programs with four programs open to new issues.  Two of the programs (Service Disabled Veterans Insurance and Veterans Mortgage Life Insurance) are specifically designed for disabled veterans.  The other two programs (Servicemembers Group Life Insurance and Veterans Group Life Insurance) are administered by a private company under the supervision of VA.
Telephone: (800) 669-8477
Website:  http://www.insurance.va.gov

State Benefits

New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs
New York State Benefits include Blind Annuity, Tax Exemptions, Education Assistance, Burial Benefits, State Veteran Nursing Homes, Counseling Services, certain Licenses and Permits, and State Medals.
Telephone: (888)838-7697 or (888)-VETS-NYS
Website:  http://www.veterans.state.ny.us

New Jersey Veterans Affairs
New Jersey State Benefits include Catastrophic Entitlement, Tax Exemptions, Education Assistance, State Veteran Cemeteries, State Veteran Nursing Homes, certain Licenses and Permits, and State Medals.
Telephone: Veterans Benefits Hotline (888)-8NJ-VETS
Website: http://www.state.nj.us/military/veterans

Counseling & Support

VA Medical Centers
VA Medical Centers provide a comprehensive range of inpatient, outpatient and residential mental health services for veterans to support post-war adjustment in the community.  Individual or group counseling, and medication management services are available for veterans:

  • Residential and outpatient programs for post traumatic stress disorder
  • Residential and outpatient programs for substance abuse disorders
  • Vocational Rehabilitation counseling
  • Inpatient and outpatient programs for adjustment disorders, depression or other mental health concerns
  • Day treatment and community outreach programs for veterans with serious mental illness
  • Behavioral treatments to address lifestyle concerns (i.e. smoking cessation, stress management, sleep problems, etc.)

VA Community Based Outpatient Clinics
VA Community Based Outpatient Clinics provide individual services and medication management for veterans seeking support for post-deployment adjustment. Counseling staff at these clinics can also provide assessment and referral to more specialized services in the community or at the nearest VA Medical Center.

Locate a VA Medical Center or Clinic:
http://www.va.gov/directory

 

Vet Centers
Vet Centers serve veterans and their families by providing professional readjustment counseling services to support post-war adjustment in the community.  The Centers focus on counseling for military traumas, employment and family problems.  Individual and group counseling is available for veterans and their families, including bereavement counseling for family members who have lost an active duty service member. Vet Centers also provide referral services for VA benefits and medical services, and act as a liaison with community agencies. 

Northeast Region of Readjustment Counseling Services
Telephone: (800) 905-4675

Find a Local Vet Center:
Website: http://www.va.gov/directory

Vet Centers

NY Vet Centers
Albany Vet Center
875 Central Avenue
Albany NY 12206
(518) 438-2505

Babylon Vet Center
116 West Main Street
Babylon , NY 11702
(516) 661-3930

Bronx Vet Center
130 West Kingsbridge Road Room 7A-13
Bronx, New York 10468
(718) 367-3500

Brooklyn Vet Center
25 Chapel Street, Ste. 604
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 624-2765
Buffalo Vet Center
564 Franklin St.
Buffalo NY 14202
(716) 882-0505

Harlem Vet Center
55 West 125th Street, 7th Floor
New York , NY 10027
(212) 426-2200

Manhattan Vet Center
32 Broadway, Suite 200
New York, New York 10004
(212) 742-9591
Queens Vet Center
75-108 91 Avenue, Apt 1AR
Woodhaven, NY 11421
(718) 296-2871
Rochester Vet Center
1867 Mount Hope Avenue
Rochester, NY 14620
(585) 232-5040
Syracuse Vet Center
716 East Washington St.
Syracuse, NY 13210
(315) 478-7127

White Plains Vet Center
300 Hamilton Ave
White Plains , NY 10601
(914) 682-6250

Staten Island Vet Center
150 Richmond Terrace
Staten Island, NY 10301
(718) 816-4499

National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
The National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) was created within the Department of Veterans Affairs to advance the clinical care and social welfare of America's veterans through research, education, and training in the science, diagnosis, and treatment of PTSD and stress-related disorders.
Telephone: PTSD Information Line at (802) 296-6300
Website: http://www.ncptsd.va.gov/

Housing

VA Home Loan Guaranty Service
Veterans can apply for a VA loan with any mortgage lender that participates in the VA home loan program. VA guaranteed loans are offered by private lenders, like banks, savings & loans, or mortgage companies to eligible veterans for the purchase of a home for their own personal occupancy. Veterans are exempted from a down payment.
Telephone: (888) 244-6711
Website: http://www.homeloans.va.gov

HUD Veteran Resource Center (HUDVET)
HUDVET provides housing for homeless, disabled and low-to-moderate income veterans, and general homeownership assistance.
Telephone: (800) 998-9999
Website: http://www.hud.gov/hudvet

National Coalition of Homeless Veterans
Provides help for homeless veterans nationwide.
Telephone: (800) 838-4357
Website: http://www.nchv.org/veterans.cfm

VA Homeless Veterans Program
VA offers a wide array of special programs and initiatives specifically designed to help homeless veterans live as self-sufficiently and independently as possible. 
http://www.va.gov/homeless/

VA Homeless Veteran Services
Every VA Medical Center has a Homeless Veterans Services Coordinator who is responsible for helping homeless or at-risk veterans.

Locate a VA Facility:
http://www.va.gov/directory

Healthcare for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) Programs by State:
http://www.va.gov/homeless/docs/HCHV_Programs_ByState.pdf

Every VA Regional Office also has a Homeless Veterans Services Coordinator who can be contacted through the VA’s toll free number.
Telephone:  (800) 827-1000

VISN 2 Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) Programs
Telephone: (585) 393-7422
Website: http://www.va.gov/visns/visn02/bh/homeless.html

VISN 3 Homeless Veterans Treatment Programs
Telephone: (888) 725-3000
Website: http://www.va.gov/visns/visn03/homeless.asp

Veterans Haven Transitional Housing (New Jersey)
Telephone: (609) 561-0269

Education

VA Education Benefits
VA provides education benefits under the Montgomery GI Bill, the Veterans Educational Assistance Program, the Dependents Educational Assistance Program and the Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve.  Additional information can be obtained from a VA Regional Office, online or through the toll-free number.
Telephone: (888) 442-4551
Website:  http://www.gibill.va.gov

VONAPP (Veterans On Line Applications)
Apply for VA benefits online, including education benefits
http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/

New York State Division of Veterans' Affairs Bureau of Veterans Education
Reviews and approves educational programs for veterans wanting to use their GI Bill benefits. Call to find out which schools are approved and how to get program approval to use GI Bill benefits.
Albany: (518) 474-7607
NYC: (212) 564-8414

Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC)
New York State agency that helps people pay for college, information on available veterans tuition awards, awards for children of Veterans.
Telephone: (888) 697-4372
Website: http://www.hesc.com

FinAid Military Student Aid
Includes information about student financial aid resources for veterans and their dependents.
http://www.finaid.org/military/veterans.phtml

Employment

VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment
The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) program provides training and rehabilitation for veterans with VA service-connected disabilities.  The VR&E program is an employment oriented program that helps veterans with service-connected disabilities prepare for, find and keep suitable employment.
Website: http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/vre/

US Department of Labor Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS)
Provides counseling, testing, placement, and other employment assistance.
Telephone: (866)-4-USA-DOL
Website: http://www.dol.gov/vets/

NYS Department of Labor Veterans’ Services
Telephone: (800) 342-3358
Website: http://www.labor.state.ny.us/vets/vetintropage.shtm

Find a find a NYS Veterans' Employment Representative in your area:
http://www.labor.state.ny.us/VETs/EmploySpec/VeteransEmploySpec.shtm

New York State Division of Veterans' Affairs
Telephone: (888) VETS-NYS
Website: http://www.veterans.state.ny.us

NYS Job Vacancies
http://www.statejobsny.com

Hire Vets First
Comprehensive career website veterans seeking employment or for hiring veterans of America's military.
Telephone: (877) 872-JOBS
Website: http://www.hirevetsfirst.gov

Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)
Prohibits discrimination against persons because of their service in the Armed Forces Reserve, the National Guard, or other uniformed services. USERRA prohibits an employer from denying any benefit of employment on the basis of an individual’s membership, application for membership, performance of service, application for service, or obligation for service in the uniformed services. USERRA also protects the right of veterans, reservists, National Guard members, and certain other members of the uniformed services to reclaim their civilian employment after being absent due to military service or training.
http://www.dol.gov/vets/programs/userra/

Helmets to Hardhats
Helps transitioning military personnel, Guardsmen, and Reservists find the best careers and apprenticeships in the construction and building industries.
Telephone: (866) 741-6210
Website: http://www.helmetstohardhats.com

Troops to Teachers
A U.S. Department of Education and Department of Defense program that helps eligible military personnel begin a new career as teachers in public schools where their skills, knowledge and experience are most needed.
Telephone: (800) 231-6242
Website: http://www.proudtoserveagain.com

Small Business Administration (SBA)
Provides services and support to veterans who are starting a small business
Telephone: (800) 827-5722
Website: http://www.sba.gov

VetBiz:  Center for Veterans Enterprise
Federal Web Portal for Veterans in Business
Telephone: (866) 584-2344
Website: http://www.vetbiz.gov

General Assistance / Advocacy

New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs
Telephone: (888)838-7697 or (888)-VETS-NYS
Website:  http://www.veterans.state.ny.us

Locate a State or County Veteran Service Officer:  http://www.veterans.state.ny.us/ofcs.htm

New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs:  http://www.dmna.state.ny.us

Directory of National Veterans Service Organizations:  http://www1.va.gov/vso/

Local Veteran Service Organizations:

Buffalo Regional Office Area
American Legion
Telephone: (716) 857-3361
Website: http://www.legion.org
Paralyzed Veterans of America
Telephone: (716) 857-3352
Website: http://www.pva.org
AMVETS
Telephone: (716) 857-3350
Website: http://www.amvets.org
United Spinal Association
Telephone: (716) 857-3337
Website: http://www.unitedspinal.org
Disabled American Veterans
Telephone:
(716) 857-3359 - Buffalo
(315) 423-5542 - Syracuse
Website: http://www.dav.org
Veterans of Foreign Wars
Telephone:
(716) 857-3348 - Buffalo
(315) 423-5539 - Syracuse
Website: http://www.vfw.org
Military Order of the Purple Heart
Telephone: (716) 857-3346
Website: http://www.purpleheart.org
Vietnam Veterans of America
Telephone: (716) 857-3344
Website: http://www.vva.org

 

New York Regional Office Area
American Legion
Telephone: (212) 807-3066
Website: http://www.legion.org
Paralyzed Veterans of America
Telephone: (212) 807-4047
Website: http://www.pva.org
Blinded Veterans Association
Telephone: (212) 807-3173
Website: http://www.bva.org/
United Spinal Association
Telephone: (212) 807-3163
Website: http://www.unitedspinal.org
Catholic War Veterans
Telephone: (212) 807-3161
Website: http://www.cwv.org/
Veterans of Foreign Wars
Telephone: (212) 807-3164
Website: http://www.vfw.org
Disabled American Veterans
Telephone: (212) 807-3157
Website: http://www.dav.org
Vietnam Veterans of America
Telephone: (212) 807-3419
Website: http://www.vva.org
Military Order of the Purple Heart
Telephone: (212) 807-3989
Website: http://www.purpleheart.org
 




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