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About Us

About the New York State Department of Veterans' Services
Who We Are

The New York State Department of Veterans’ Services (DVS) advocates on behalf of New York’s Veterans and their families, as individuals and as a group, to ensure they receive benefits granted by law for service in the United States Uniformed Services.

DVS provides free benefits advising. Experienced and dedicated advisors — each a Veteran — work in a network of field offices across the state and offer Veterans and their families with professional help to resolve social, medical, and economic matters.

Veterans Benefits Advisors assist the claimant — whether a Veteran, spouse, child, or parent — in completing applications, obtaining necessary documentation, and filing claims for a broad spectrum of federal, State, local, and private Veterans’ benefits.  Veterans Benefits Advisors also assist by responding to follow-up correspondence and, appealing an unfavorable ruling.

By working closely with other State, federal, local, and private agencies, DVS utilizes the expertise and resources of others to help Veterans and their families with specific needs, such as economic, employment, rehabilitation, medical treatment, home health care, education, and tax exemption.

Contact the Department: (518)-474-6114 | [email protected]

Viviana DeCohen

Appointed in December 2021, a Veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Viviana DeCohen became the Commissioner of the New York State Department of Veterans’ Services.
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Featured Programs
The agency helps with an array of local, state and federal Veterans benefits. You can learn about some of the most common ones below.