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New York Veterans Benefits

For some military veterans, accessing the benefits that have been earned because of years of military service can be a complicated process. While most vets are entitled to assistance with health care, housing, and employment in New York City, sometimes you’ll need a little help to get the ball rolling to receive your benefits. Here are some of the many local organizations that offer resources and help for veterans looking to access their benefits.

Getting access to your health benefits

Not all vets realize that they are probably eligible to participate in the VA health care program. Anyone who has served active duty and has not received a dishonorable discharge, as well as soldiers who participated as a Reservist or National Guard and completed their service period are eligible to apply for health benefits through the VA. Upon application, you will be sorted into priority group to determine your eligibility and benefits level.

The VA New York Harbor Healthcare System has two locations, one in Manhattan and a second in Brooklyn, that are responsible for administering a wide spectrum of healthcare services to veterans in New York City. The two campuses provide care offerings like primary care, geriatric care, dementia resources and services, caregiver support, home-based primary care, and hospice. Vets can also access social workers for healthcare resources, and utilize the shuttle bus service to and from the two locations. Mental health services are available to vets at both locations, offering substance abuse, addiction, and PTSD programs, as well as senior-specific mental health care services.

Understanding available housing benefits for Vets

New York City Veteran’s Services has compiled a helpful list of resources in the city to help vets find housing and access available housing benefits and programs. Links on the site include info on:

VA Home Loan Guaranty Service

VA Homelessness Services

VASH Program

Applying for section 8 or HUD housing

Loans available for homebuyers and home improvement loans for homeowners

Transitional and short-term housing for vets

The VA of New York also has an emergency assistance short-term housing program in place for veterans who are at risk of becoming homeless or who are already without a home. The program provides free housing for single vets with an on-site meal service and access to a caseworker to help you get back on your feet.

Another housing option for veterans is to apply to participate in the VA Medical Foster Home program. Through the program, the VA approves caregivers in private residences to provide housing and in-home assistance to veterans. Caregivers can assist with activities of daily living and will provide meals and transportation for veterans.

Other programs for vets in New York City

The New York Based non-profit Robin Hood operates out of seven different one-stop sites throughout the city that provides counselors who work with veterans to determine their benefits eligibility and help them with the application process. The organization also helps connect vets with many other resources in the area, including housing, mental health, legal, education, and employment services.

In the city, veterans also have access to one of the Regional Benefits Offices, as well as the Veterans Resource Center and the New York State Department of Veteran’s Affairs. If you have questions about a claim, your benefits eligibility, or programs that may be available to you, these are excellent resources to contact.

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