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Information about Employment programs and services for Veterans
Experience Counts
Military veterans possess highly trained skills, often specializing in areas that are in high demand in both public and private sectors. However, their training is frequently overlooked when they seek licenses, degrees, and certifications in civilian careers. The Governor's "Experience Counts" campaign aims to have state agencies identify ways New York can better acknowledge the skills and training veterans bring to the workforce.
Veteran Owned Businesses
Center for Veterans Enterprise (CVE) Programs

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), through its Center for Veterans Enterprise (CVE), established specific programs to help Veterans start a business and become qualified as a Veteran-Owned, or a Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Business, which will enable qualified business owners to be eligible for federal set-asides.

Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses

The Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Act, signed into law on May 12, 2014, allows eligible Veteran business owners to get certified as a New York State Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business (SDVOB). The goal of the Act is to encourage and support eligible SDVOBs to play a greater role in the state's economy by increasing their participation in New York State's contracting opportunities. 

New York State Vendor’s License
New York State Veterans with other than dishonorable discharges from the United States Armed Forces are eligible to apply for a free lifetime Veterans Vendor’s License provided the Veteran served overseas in peace or war.
New York State Credits
Veterans may be entitled additional credit toward Civil Service exams or retirement through New York State.
NYS Department of Veterans' Services (DVS) is seeking volunteers (age 18 and older) who are committed to DVS's mission of advocating on behalf of New York's Veterans, Servicemembers, and their families. Volunteers would provide support to DVS’s essential work of helping Veterans, Servicemembers and their families learn about and apply for the benefits they earned in service.