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Veterans & Family

Connect with programs and services created for Veterans and their family members.

Financial Compensation

Fresh Connect Checks for Veterans and their Families
In collaboration with the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, Veterans Benefits Advisors with the New York State Department of Veterans’ Services are offering FreshConnect checks to Active Duty members, Veterans and their immediate family members, as well as un-remarried surviving spouses of veterans.
Burial Benefits
State Supplemental Burial Allowance

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.   

Indigent Burial Reimbursements

New York State offers reimbursements of up to $2,000 to a Veterans Service Organization tasked by a county’s government with providing interment services for an indigent Veteran. 

Veteran Status & Custom License Plates
Veteran Status on Your License

If you are a qualified U.S. military Veteran who was honorably discharged or received a general discharge under honorable circumstances, and you have a NYS driver license, learner permit or non-driver photo ID card, you can have the word "Veteran" printed on the upper left hand of your photo document.

Custom New York State License Plates

Veterans and military members have the option of ordering custom plates through the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles reflecting of their military service or affiliation.