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Free Skilled Nursing Home Care

For those Veterans with a 70% or greater service connected disability rating, the Department of Veterans Affairs will pay 100% of the cost of care at a State Veterans Home. (38 U.S.C.  § 1745).

The Veteran will have no out of pocket costs as long as he or she is in a State Veterans Home. This benefit has no means test or income limitation. New York State has 5 State Veterans Homes located in Oxford, Montrose, St Albans, Long Island, and Batavia.

  • There are no out-of-pocket costs charged to the Veteran residing in a State Veterans Home for routine skilled nursing care
  • Service connected rating determined by the Regional VAMC
  • The Veteran is entitled to keep all social security, pensions or other income that would normally be used to offset their cost in a long term care facility

Other honorably discharged Veterans with at least 30 days active service, as well as their spouses, may obtain skilled nursing assistance (subject to bed availability) at Veterans Homes at a cost far below the average price of a private facility.

Additional Information:

For additional information, please visit New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs (NYS DVA) at:

Additional Assistance:

If you would like to learn more about the benefits and services you may be eligible for as a Veteran, servicemember, or as a family member of a Veteran or servicemember, please call the New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs Help Line at 1.888.838.7697 (VETSNYS), where you may also schedule an appointment with one of our Veterans Benefits Advisors.

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