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The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Program, administered by U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), assists Veterans with service-connected disabilities to prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs.

The Veterans Tuition Awards, managed by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC), awards are for full-time study and part-time study for eligible Veterans matriculated at an undergraduate or graduate degree-granting institution or in an approved vocational training program in New York State.

The Survivors Pension, which may also be referred to as Death Pension, administered by U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA),  is a tax-free monetary benefit payable to a low-income, un-remarried surviving spouse and/or unmarried child(ren) of a deceased wartime Veteran.

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Individual Unemployability is a part of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability compensation program that allows the VA to pay certain Veterans disability compensation at the 100% rate, even though the Veteran has less than a combined 100% service connected disability rating.

A New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs Veterans Benefits Advisor can represent Veterans whose service-connected disabilities have worsened since the last rating decision.  Rating decisions can be reevaluated whenever there is a change in condition.  Additionally, new disability issues, secondary to an existing se

The New York State Veterans' Homes are skilled nursing facilities owned and operated by the New York State Department of Health (DOH) and State University of New York (SUNY) for Veterans and their dependents.

The 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.

If you were recently discharged from military service, you may be able to establish a claim for unemployment benefits. Applicants must meet the following conditions:

1. You completed the first full term of enlistment, except where discharge or early release was for:

To honor servicemembers who gave their lives in combat, New York State offers surviving family members a Supplemental Burial Allowance of up to $6,000.   

Eligible individuals must prove their relationship to a servicemember who:

New York State wants to employ Veterans.  Section 55-c of the New York State Civil Service Law authorizes 500 positions to be filled with qualified wartime Veterans with disabilities.

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