If you are a veteran who is struggling with homelessness, unemployment, or health concerns, you can turn to your local, state and federal government for assistance. New York veterans can connect with a number of groups to learn more about how to make the most out of the benefits available to them.
Veterans can access a variety of medical services at one of three VA New York Harbor Healthcare System campuses located around New York City, including facilities in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and a community living center in St. Albans. The VA New York Harbor Healthcare System also operates community-based outpatient clinics in Brooklyn, Harlem and Staten Island. Each facility offers different services, from mental health care to rehabilitative therapy. Parking is often limited, so it is recommended that patients travel to their appointments via bus or subway.
Veterans can visit the New York Regional Benefit Office to learn more about their eligibility for educational opportunities, employment training, housing assistance and other VA benefits programs. Disabled veterans can improve their quality of life through the Regional Office’s independent living initiatives, including programs promoting independent living for veterans with spinal cord injuries. The New York Regional Benefit Office has also piloted the “No Man is an Island” project, an initiative which aims to improve the quality of life for veterans who struggle to live independently with PTSD or other diagnoses.
The Borough of Manhattan Community College offers classes to veterans who are looking to continue their education. The campus Veterans Resource Center can answer any questions you may have about available classes. The Organization for Student Veterans also holds weekly meetings in the Resource Center where veterans can ask questions, meet other students and form a support network.
The New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs caters to thousands of New York veterans, their families and their caregivers. Veterans Benefits Advisors help veterans to file and appeal benefits claims, from disability compensation to life insurance and burial benefits. Former service members can also connect with the Division of Veterans’ Affairs to learn more about state and federal educational opportunities, employment programs, and health care options for veterans.
New York City residents can visit their local Veterans of Foreign War post, located at 248 W 132nd Street, in order to file and appeal benefit claims with the help of trained VFW Service Officers. Veterans who are looking to socialize can head down to the New York VFW to participate in events and activities organized on the behalf of veterans, their friends and their families.
The National Alliance for Mental Health (NAMI) is dedicated towards helping veterans cope with depression, PTSD and other conditions. New York City residents can visit their local NAMI office at 99 Pine Street, Suite 302. In an emergency, contact the Veteran’s Crisis Line at any time of day by calling (800) 273- 8255.
New York residents are proud to honor their veterans each year through citywide parades and celebrations. The annual America’s Parade takes place on Veterans Day and honors our nation’s armed forces through music, dance and elaborate floats as the spectacle makes its way through the streets of New York City.
For more information on the Aid & Attendance Benefit and to learn how it can help pay for assisted living, please visit VeteranAid.org.
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