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Summary: New York offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including Property Tax Exemptions, New York National Guard Tuition Program, Military Service Recognition Scholarship, Compensation for State Active Duty, Employment Assistance, Civil Service Preference, Special Vehicle License Plates, as well as Hunting, Fishing license and State Park privileges. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component, and Veteran disability status.

State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

State Taxes:

State Tax Advantage: Retired military pay not subject to state income tax.

  • If you are a New York State resident and your permanent home (domicile) was in New York State when you entered the military but you were assigned to duty outside the state, you are still a New York State resident. Your military pay is subject to New York State income tax to the same extent it is subject to federal income tax.
  • If your permanent home (domicile) was in New York State when you entered the military but you meet the conditions for nonresident status, your military pay is not subject to New York State income tax.
  • If your permanent home was not New York State when you entered the military but you were assigned to duty in New York State, you do not become a New York State resident even if you have a permanent place of abode here. You are a nonresident and your military pay is not subject to New York State income tax.

If you are a nonresident, other income that you receive from New York State sources (including your Spouse's income) may be subject to tax.  

These rules apply for both New York City and Yonkers income tax purposes.

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Combat Zone Pay: Military pay received for active service as a member of the armed services of the United States in an area designated as a combat zone is exempt from New York State, New York City and Yonkers taxes. Service members are entitled to a New York subtraction modification in computing their New York adjusted gross income for the amount of combat pay included in their federal adjusted gross income.

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Military Disability Retired Pay: Retirees who entered the military before September 24, 1975, and members receiving disability retirements based on combat injuries or who could receive disability payments from the VA are covered by laws giving disability broad exemption from federal income tax. Most military retired pay based on service-related disabilities also is free from federal income tax, but there is no guarantee of total protection.

VA Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation: VA benefits are not taxable because they generally are for disabilities and are not subject to federal or state taxes.

Military SBP/RCSBP/RSFPP: Pension payments received by retired military personnel's beneficiaries are totally exempt from New York State, New York City, and Yonkers income taxes.

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Military Pensions: Pension payments received by retired military personnel or their beneficiaries are totally exempt from New York State, New York City, and Yonkers income taxes.

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Property Tax Exemption: There are three different property tax exemptions available to Veterans who have served in the U. S. Armed Forces.

Obtaining a Veterans' exemption is not automatic - if you're an eligible Veteran, you must submit the initial exemption application form to your assessor. The deadline in most communities is March 1 - please confirm the date with your assessor.

Whichever exemption a Veteran chooses, it will apply only to county, city, town, and village taxes; it does not apply to special district taxes. Beginning in 2014, school districts also have the option to offer the alternative Veterans' exemption.

You can only receive one of the three exemptions listed below.

  • Alternative Veterans' Exemption
    • Available only on residential property of a Veteran who has served during a designated time of war, or who has received an expeditionary medal
    • Currently available in over 95 percent of the county, city, town, and village taxing jurisdictions across the state. The remainder of these jurisdictions may choose to offer this exemption in the future. School districts also have the option to offer this exemption
    • Veteran applicants should check with the assessor or clerk in the municipalities in which they respectively reside to see whether the alternative Veterans' exemption is offered
    • Authorized by Real Property Tax Law, Section 458-a
  • Cold War Veterans' Exemption
    • Available only on residential property of a Veteran who served during the Cold War period
    • Counties, cities, towns, and villages have the option to offer this exemption to qualified Veterans
    • Check with your assessor or clerk to see whether the Cold war Veterans' exemption is offered
    • Authorized by Real Property Tax Law, Section 458-b
  • Eligible Funds Exemption
    • Provides a partial exemption
    • Applies to property that a Veteran or certain other designated person purchases. Such owners must purchase the property with pension, bonus or insurance monies

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Education Benefits:

Recruitment Incentive and Retention Program (RIRP): The Recruitment Incentive and Retention Program (RIRP) is a New York State program designed to recruit and retain members for the Army National Guard. This competitive program will pay the cost of tuition up to SUNY (State University of New York) tuition rates per semester.
Eligibility:

  • Be in good standing with the State Military Forces (attend or make-up all drills and annual training)
  • Be accepted and enrolled in an undergraduate degree-granting program for a minimum of six (6) credit hours per semester or four (4) credit hours per quarter
  • Be a resident of the State of New York for a period of 186 days prior to using the program, excluding Active Duty periods

** For complete eligibility requirements, see DMNA Regulation 621-1 

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Veterans Tuition Awards: Veterans Tuition Awards (VTA) are awards for full-time study and part-time study for eligible Veterans matriculated in an approved program at an undergraduate or graduate degree-granting institution or in an approved vocational training program in New York State.

For full-time study, a recipient shall receive an award of up to the full cost of undergraduate tuition for New York State residents at the State University of New York, or actual tuition charged, whichever is less. Full-time study is defined as twelve or more credits per semester (or the equivalent) in an approved program at a degree-granting institution, or twenty-four or more hours per week in a vocational training program.. For part-time study, awards will be prorated by credit hour. Part-time study is defined as at least three but fewer than twelve credits per semester (or the equivalent) in an approved program at a degree-granting institution, or six to twenty-three hours per week in a vocational training program.

For the 2015 - 2016 academic years, the maximum annual full-time award is set at $6,370or tuition, whichever is less. If a Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) award is also received, the combined academic year award cannot exceed tuition. Thus, the TAP award may be reduced accordingly. NOTE: Tuition payments received by a Veteran under the Chapter 33 Program and Yellow Ribbon component will be considered duplicative of any VTA award students may have received. However, payments received under the Montgomery GI bill do not duplicate the VTA award.

Combined tuition benefits available to a student cannot exceed the actual tuition. Students attending high tuition schools may be eligible to receive both the Federal and State benefits. Additionally, students whose "Percentage of Maximum Benefit Payable" under the Chapter 33 Program is less than 100% of tuition may also receive both Federal and State benefits.
Eligibility: Eligible students are those who are New York State residents discharged under honorable conditions from the U.S. Armed forces and who are:

  • Vietnam Veterans who served in Indochina between February 28, 1961 and May 7, 1975.
  • Persian Gulf Veterans who served in the Persian Gulf on or after August 2, 1990.
  • Afghanistan Veterans who served in Afghanistan during hostilities on or after September 11, 2001.
  • Veterans of the armed forces of the United States who served in hostilities that occurred after February 28, 1961 as evidenced by receipt of an Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Navy Expeditionary Medal or a Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal.

Veteran must also:

  • Establish eligibility by applying to HESC.
  • Be New York State residents.
  • Be US Citizens or eligible noncitizens.
  • Be matriculated full or part- time at an undergraduate or graduate degree-granting institution in New York State or in an approved vocational training program in New York State.
  • Have applied for the Tuition Assistance Program for full-time undergraduate or graduate study.
  • Have graduated from high school in the United States, earned a GED, or passed a federally approved "Ability to Benefit" test as defined by the Commissioner of the State Education Department.
  • Meet good academic standing requirements.
  • Be charged at least $200 tuition per year.
  • Not be in default on a federal or State made student loan or on any repayment of state award.

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Military Enhanced Recognition Incentive and Tribute (MERIT) Scholarship (also known as Military Service Recognition Scholarship): Provides financial aid to Children, Spouses and financial dependents of members of the armed forces of the United States or state organized militia who provided eligible military Service on or after Aug 2, 1990, while New York State residents and who:

  • Died or became severely and permanently disabled as a result of injury or illness suffered or incurred; or are classified as missing in action in a combat theater or combat zone of operations; or who died as a result of injuries incurred in these designated areas; OR
  • Died or became severely and permanently disabled as result of injury or illness suffered or incurred during military training operations in preparation for duty in a combat theater or combat zone of operations. A member of the armed forces of the United States or state organized militia who provided eligible military Service on or after August 2, 1990 is considered severely and permanently disabled when a doctor of medicine or osteopathy, licensed to practice in a state, has determined that such person is unable to engage in any occupation for remuneration or profit due to a physical or mental impairment.

MERIT is also available to members of the armed forces of the United States or state organized militia who provided eligible military Service at any time on or after August 2, 1990 while New York State residents, and who became severely and permanently disabled as a result of injury or illness suffered or incurred:

  • In a combat theater or combat zone; OR
  • During military training operations in preparation for duty in a combat theater or combat zone of operations.

Eligibility Students must:

  • Study at an approved postsecondary institution in New York State.
  • Have graduated from high school in the United States, or have a high school equivalency diploma earned through passing the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC), formally known as the GED, or passed a federally approved "Ability to Benefit" test as defined by the Commissioner of the State Education Department.
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student taking 12 or more credits per semester.
  • Be matriculated in an approved program of study
  • Be in good academic standing.
  • Not be in default on any State or federal student loan or on any repayment of state awards.

How to Apply Complete and submit the Military Enhanced Recognition Incentive and Tribute (MERIT) Scholarships Web Supplement. Be sure to print the Web Supplement confirmation, sign it, and submit it, along with the required documentation, according to the instructions. NOTE: You should complete an application for every member of the Family that will use this scholarship (even if they are not old enough to attend college at this time, no matter what the age). This will save having to retrieve and send proof of eligibility at a later date when that Child is old enough to attend college.

Once you have established your eligibility and are assigned an account number by HESC, you must do one of the following by June 30 of each academic year to request payment:

  • Current New York State residents - Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and TAP on the Web application. FAFSA and TAP applications and instructions are available on-line at HESC.ny.gov.
  • If you are not a resident of New York State - Contact the HESC Scholarship Unit at 1-888-697-4372 to request a Scholarship and Grant Payment Application.

Award Amounts MERIT provides funds to help meet the cost of attending college. The award covers up to four years of full-time undergraduate study (or five years in an approved five-year bachelor's degree program) and includes the following components:

  • Tuition: An amount equal to your actual tuition or the State University of New York's (SUNY) in-state tuition, whichever is less.
  • Non-tuition Costs: These include room and board and allowances for books, supplies and transportation up to the average cost at SUNY Colleges. The Commissioner of Education sets the non-tuition cost allowances each year.
  • Residence: A student living on campus will receive a higher room and board allowance than a commuter student. If housing is not available for students on campus they will receive the same allowance as students living on campus.

The maximum total annual award for students living on campus for the 2015-16 academic year is $22,487; the maximum total annual award for commuter students for the 2015-16 academic year is $15,037. Note: Students choosing to live off campus when housing is available will be paid at the lower commuter rate.

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NYS Regents Awards for Children of Deceased and Disabled Veterans: Regents Awards for Children of deceased and disabled Veterans were created to provide financial aid to students whose parent(s) served in the U.S. Armed Forces during specified times of national emergency. It provides $450 per year.
Eligibility: Students whose parent(s) served in the U.S. Armed Forces during specified periods of war or national emergency and, as a result of service, either died, suffered a 40% or more disability, was classified as missing in action, or was a prisoner of war. The Veteran must currently be a New York State resident or have been a New York State resident at the time of death.

Conflict and Applicable Periods of Service

Conflict or National Emergency

Period of Service

Afghanistan

09/18/01 - end of hostilities

Iraq

10/16/02 - end of hostilities

Persian Gulf

08/02/90 - end of hostilities

Vietnam/Indochina

12/22/61 - 05/07/75

Korean Conflict

06/27/50 - 01/31/55

World War II

12/07/41 - 12/31/46

World War I

04/06/17 - 11/11/18

or as a Merchant Seaman during the period from 12/07/41 to 08/15/45

Students whose parent(s) was the recipient of the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Navy Expeditionary Medal, or the Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal for participation in operations in Lebanon, Grenada, or Panama.

Conflict or National Emergency

Period of Service

Panama

12/20/89 - 01/31/90

Grenada

10/23/83 - 11/21/83

Lebanon

06/01/83 - 12/01/87

Note: Students who were born with spina bifida whose parent is a Vietnam Veteran who served in the U.S. Armed Forces in Indochina between 12/22/61 - 05/07/75 must contact HESC at 1-888-697-4372 for application instructions.

Award Amounts

The award is $450 per year.

How To Apply

Complete the Children of Veterans Award Web Supplement. Be sure to print the Web Supplement Confirmation, sign and return it along with the required documentation according to the instructions.

Once you have established your eligibility you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and apply for the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), or call HESC at 1-888-697-4372 to request a Scholarship & Grant Payment Application by June 30 of each academic year you seek payment.

FAFSA and TAP applications are available online at www.hesc.ny.gov.

Apply before June 30 of the academic year for which you are requesting payment.

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Military Residency Waiver: New York State residency eligibility requirement for recipients of awards administered by Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) is waived for a member, or the Spouse or dependent of a member, of the armed forces of the United States on full-time active duty and stationed in this state.

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Operation Recognition: allows certain Veterans to earn high school diplomas if they left school without graduating. Section 305 of the NYS Education Law created Operation Recognition to recognize the dedication and sacrifice of WWII, Korea, and Vietnam Veterans who left school before graduation by awarding them a high school diploma.
Eligibility:
To be eligible, an applicant must meet the following requirements:

  1. Be a New York State resident.
  2. Attended a New York State school before entering military service.
  3. Engaged in active duty service for at least one day during one of the following wartime periods:
    1. World War II: December 7, 1941 - December 31, 1946
    2. Korea: June 27, 1950 - January 31, 1955
    3. Vietnam: May 1, 1961 - April 30, 1975
    4. Received a satisfactory discharge from military service.

Deceased Veterans can receive a diploma. The Child or Spouse of a deceased Veteran who met the criteria listed above may apply and accept a posthumous diploma on the Veteran's behalf.

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Employment Benefits:

Employment Assistance: New York State Career Centers offer convenient no cost job search Services to all jobseekers. Every Career Center has dedicated staff to help assess your needs, skills, and interests and then guide you through a step-by-step approach to your job search. They offer Priority of Service to Veterans and their eligible Spouses. This means that if you served on Active Duty in the United States military, you will:

  • Be served first by the next available staff member
  • Get first priority for jobs and training for which you are eligible and qualified

For additional Information se the New York State Department of Labor Services for Veterans Fact Sheet

Disabled Veterans' Outreach Program Specialists (DVOPs): Provide intensive case management Services to Veterans with significant barriers to employment, special disabled and disabled Veterans, and Veterans ages 18 to 24. They also provide a full range of employment Services, including comprehensive assessments, individual employment plans, job referrals, referrals to training and support Services, and resume and interview preparation assistance.

Local Veterans' Employment Representatives (LVERs): LVER staff are Veterans that specialize in advocating on behalf of Veterans with business, industry, and community organizations to promote employment and training opportunities for Veterans. They also provide Services including job matching and job placement for Veterans, conduct employer outreach, inform Federal contractors of the process to hire qualified Veterans, and promote credentialing and licensing opportunities for Veterans.

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Leave Authorized for Activation of National Guard and Army Reserves: Section 242 of the New York State Military Law provides 30 calendar days or 22 workdays of military leave with full pay in any calendar year or continuous period of ordered duty that spans more than one calendar year. In addition, the State provides continuation of Family coverage under the State's health insurance plan, at no cost to the enrollee, for the period of federally ordered military duty or 12 months minus the period of time the employee is in full pay status. Under the provisions of the " Supplemental Military Leave" agreement, after leave at full pay benefits provided under Section 242 of the Military Law are exhausted, eligible employees will receive the difference between their regular state salary and their regular military pay for the time period covered by the agreement.
Eligibility:
State employees who are called up for active duty in the Reserves or National Guard.

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Military Leave: Every public officer or employee shall be paid his salary or other compensation as such public officer or employee for any and all periods of absence while engaged in the performance of ordered military duty, and while going to and returning from such duty, not exceeding a total of 30 days or 22 working days, whichever is greater, in any one calendar year and not exceeding 30 days or 22 working days, whichever is greater, in any one continuous period of such absence.
Eligibility: State employees performing military duty in the Reserves or National Guard.

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Civil Service Preference (State): The State Constitution requires that examinations for appointment or promotion in State service be competitive, so far as practicable. At the same time, it contains a significant exception to the strict rule of competition by giving additional credits in competitive examinations to war Veterans. Disabled Veterans receive 10 points additional credit on their examination scores in open-competitive examinations and five points in promotion examinations. Non-disabled Veterans are granted five points in open-competitive examinations and two and one-half points in promotion examinations. In every case, however, the Veteran must attain a passing mark on an examination before additional credits may be added to his/her score. The additional credits may not be applied to raise a failing grade to a passing one.
Eligibility:
Veterans eligible for the credits are those who:

  • were members of the Armed Forces of the United States;
  • served on active duty for other than training purposes in time of war;
  • were discharged honorably, released under honorable circumstances, or will be honorably discharged or released under honorable circumstances at the time of appointment; and
  • Are residents of New York State at the time of application for appointment, promotion or retention, as the case may be.

A Veteran who is disabled is defined as someone who meets the above service criteria and is certified by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs [formerly known as the Veterans Administration] as having a disability rated at ten percent or more which was incurred while serving in the United States Armed Forces in time of war. The disability must be in existence and the disabled Veteran must be receiving payment from the Department of Veterans Affairs for such disability at the time of application for appointment or retention.

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Veterans Hiring Preferences (Federal): By Federal law, Veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty in the United States Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in military campaigns are entitled to preference over non-Veterans both in hiring into the Federal civil Service and in retention during reduction in force. Veterans may be entitled to 5 or 10 points included in any scoring process for examination or interviews.

5-point Hiring Preference: Five points are added to the examination score or rating of a Veteran who served:

  • During a war; or
  • During the period April 28, 1952 through July 1, 1955; or
  • For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred after January 31, 1955, and before October 15, 1976; or
  • During the Gulf War from August 2, 1990, through January 2, 1992; or
  • For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred during the period beginning September 11, 2001, and ending on August 31, 2010, the last day of Operation Iraqi Freedom; or
  • In a campaign or expedition for which a campaign medal has been authorized. Any Armed Forces Expeditionary medal or campaign badge, including El Salvador, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Southwest Asia, Somalia, and Haiti, qualifies for preference.

10-point Compensable Disability (CP) Preference: Ten points are added to the examination score or rating of:

  • A Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable Service-connected disability rating of at least 10 percent but less than 30 percent.

10-Point 30 Percent Compensable Disability Preference (CPS): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of a Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable Service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more.

10-Point Disability Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of:

  • A Veteran who served at any time and has a present Service-connected disability or is receiving compensation, disability retirement benefits, or pension from the military or the Department of Veterans Affairs but does not qualify as a CP or CPS; or
  • A Veteran who received a Purple Heart.

10-Point Derived Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of Spouses, Widows, Widowers, or Mothers of Veterans as described below. This type of preference is usually referred to as "derived preference" because it is based on Service of a Veteran who is not able to use the preference. Both a Mother and a Spouse (including Widow or Widower) may be entitled to preference on the basis of the same Veteran's Service if they both meet the requirements. However, neither may receive preference if the Veteran is living and is qualified for Federal employment.

Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of the Spouse of a disabled Veteran who is disqualified for a Federal position along the general lines of his or her usual occupation because of a Service-connected disability. Such a disqualification may be presumed when the Veteran is unemployed and

  • Is rated by appropriate military or Department of Veterans Affairs authorities to be 100 percent disabled and/or unemployable; or
  • Has retired, been separated, or resigned from a civil Service position on the basis of a disability that is Service-connected in origin; or
  • Has attempted to obtain a civil Service position or other position along the lines of his or her usual occupation and has failed to qualify because of a Service-connected disability.

Preference may be allowed in other circumstances but anything less than the above warrants a more careful analysis.

A campaign medal holder or Gulf War Veteran who originally enlisted after September 7, 1980, (or began active duty on or after October 14, 1982, and has not previously completed 24 months of continuous active duty) must have served continuously for 24 months or the full period called or ordered to active duty. The 24-month Service requirement does not apply to 10-point preference eligible Veterans separated for disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty, or to Veterans separated for hardship or other reasons under 10 U.S.C. 1171 or 1173.

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Veterans with Disabilities Employment Program (55-c): Section 55-c of the New York State Civil Service Law authorizes 500 positions to be filled with qualified wartime Veterans with disabilities. Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications for the position but are not required to take an examination. Eligible Veterans are not guaranteed state employment and are not placed on a hiring list.
Eligibility: Any Veteran who has received the Purple Heart medal or who has a disability rating assigned by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) of at least 20 percent is automatically eligible. Veterans with less than a 20 percent disability rating from the VA may be eligible for the 55-c program. These Veterans must have a disability certified by the Employee Health Service (EHS) of the Department of Civil Service. A qualifying disability does not need to be service connected.

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Unemployment Compensation:

Unemployment Insurance: Unemployment Insurance (UI) is temporary income:

  • For eligible workers
  • Who lose their jobs
  • Through no fault of their own

To collect benefits, you must be ready, willing, and able to work and actively looking for work during each week in which you are claiming benefits.

To qualify for UI benefits, you must have enough work hours and wages in covered employment. In New York State, employers pay contributions that fund UI. It is not deducted from your paycheck. The Department of Labor decides if you qualify for benefits.

When to File: Promptly file your claim, in the first week that you lose your job. You must serve an unpaid "waiting period," equal to one full week of unemployment benefits, before you receive payments. A delay in filing may cost you benefits.

How to File:

Web Service
It is best to apply for UI online. Sign in with your NY.GOV ID and follow the instructions to file a claim. You may file your claim:

  • Monday - Thursday from 7:30 am to 7:30 pm (Eastern Time)
  • Friday from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm
  • Saturday - all day
  • Sunday until 7 pm

Phone Service
Call our Telephone Claim Center, toll-free during business hours to file a claim.

  • 1-888-209-8124 for New York State residents
  • 8 am to 5 pm, Monday - Friday

If you file by phone, we offer translation services. Use your phone keypad to enter the number for the language you choose. A voice recording will offer you these choices: English, Spanish, Russian, Cantonese, Mandarin, Creole, Korean, Polish, and all other languages

Things you need to file your claim:

  • Your Social Security number
  • Your driver license or Motor Vehicle ID card number (if you have either one)
  • Your complete mailing address and zip code
  • A phone number where we can reach you from 8 am - 5 pm, Monday -Friday
  • Your Alien Registration card number (if you are not a U.S. Citizen and have a card)
  • Names and addresses of all your employers for the last 18 months, including those in other states
  • Employer Registration number or Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) of your most recent employer (FEIN is on your W-2 forms)
  • Your copies of forms SF8 and SF50, if you were a federal employee
  • Your most recent separation form (DD 214), for military service

You can file a claim without all of these documents. However, missing information can delay your first payment.

If you cannot print web pages, have a pen and paper to copy information.

If you choose direct deposit of your weekly benefits, you need a check that has your bank routing and checking account numbers.

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Department of Motor Vehicles Benefits:

Special Vehicle License Plates: New York State law requires you to pay two different fees; an initial fee when you order a custom plate and an annual fee when you renew your registration. When you renew your vehicle registration, you must pay your registration fee and the annual custom plate fee. Most vehicle registrations in NYS are issued for two years. Not all specialized military plates are listed below. Application for Military and Veteran Custom Plates.

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Army National Guard Plate: Member must provide a letter from Commanding Officer. $38.75 Initial Custom Plate Fee and no Annual Plate Renewal Fee. This plate cannot be personalized.
Eligibility: Army National Guard member.

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Airborne Plate: Member must provide a copy of Airborne Association membership card, or copy of DD-214, or copy of Airborne ID card. $38.75 Initial Custom Plate Fee and no Annual Plate Renewal Fee / $70.00 Personalized Fee with $31.25 Personalized Annual Renewal Fee.

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American Legion Plate: Member must provide copy of current membership card. $38.75 Initial Custom Plate Fee and no Annual Plate Renewal Fee / $70.00 Personalized Fee with $31.25 Personalized Annual Renewal Fee.

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Army Reserve Plate: Member must provide a letter from Commanding Officer or copy of active military ID. $38.75 Initial Custom Plate Fee and no Annual Plate Renewal Fee. This plate cannot be personalized.
Eligibility:
Army Reserve member

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Combat Infantrymen Plate: Copy of DD214; DMV order form and approval from NYS Commander. $38.75 Initial Custom Plate Fee and no Annual Plate Renewal Fee / $70.00 Personalized Fee with $31.25 Personalized Annual Renewal Fee.

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Congressional Medal of Honor Plate: Applicant must show proof of being awarded the Medal of Honor. No fees. This plate cannot be personalized.

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Disabled American Veteran Plate: Applicant must have approval by organization. $38.75. Initial Custom Plate Fee and no Annual Plate Renewal Fee / $70.00 Personalized Fee with $31.25 Personalized Annual Renewal Fee.

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Disabled Veteran Plate: Applicant must present copy of DD-214 or discharge papers; proof of service-related disability from Veterans Administration and a letter from medical doctor or form MV-664-1. $28.75 Initial Custom Plate Fee and no Annual Plate Renewal Fee. This plate cannot be personalized.

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Former Prisoner of War Plate: Applicant must present copy of DD-214 or discharge papers or letter from Veterans Administration verifying Former POW status. No fees. This plate cannot be personalized.

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40 & 8 (The Grande Voiture du New York, La Societe Des Quarante Hommes et Huit Chevaux) Plate: Applicant must present copy of current membership card. $60.00 Initial Custom Plate Fee and $31.25 Annual Plate Renewal Fee / $91.25 Personalized Fee with $62.50 Personalized Annual Renewal Fee.

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Gold Star Mother Plate: Applicant must present official documentation stating Child died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. $28.75 Initial Custom Plate Fee and no Annual Plate Renewal Fee. This plate cannot be personalized.

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Jewish War Veterans of America Plate: Applicant must present proof of membership in the Jewish War Veterans of America Association. $38.75 Initial Custom Plate Fee and no Annual Plate Renewal Fee. This plate cannot be personalized.

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Korean War Veterans Plate: Applicant must present copy of DD-214 or discharge papers or letter from Veterans Administration verifying service dates between 6/27/50 - 1/31/55. $38.75 Initial Custom Plate Fee and no Annual Plate Renewal Fee / $70.00 Personalized Fee with $31.25 Personalized Annual Renewal Fee.

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Pearl Harbor Survivor Plate: A Veteran who can provide DD-214 and official statement of verifying service at Pearl Harbor on 12/7/1941. $38.75 Initial Custom Plate Fee and no annual fee when you renew your registration. This plate cannot be personalized.

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Persian Gulf Veteran Plate: Copy of DD214 verifying service dates in the Persian Gulf between 8/2/1990 and 4/6/1991. $38.75 Initial Custom Plate Fee and no Annual Plate Renewal Fee / $70.00 Personalized Fee with $31.25 Personalized Annual Renewal Fee.

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Purple Heart Recipient (Vehicle) Plate: The Veteran must provide DD-214 or letter from Veterans Administration showing the awarding of the Purple Heart. An initial fee of $28.75 when you order a custom plate and no annual fee when you renew your registration / $60.00 Personalized Fee with $31.25 Personalized Annual Renewal Fee.

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Purple Heart Recipient (Motorcycle) Plate: The Veteran must provide DD-214 or letter from Veterans Administration showing the awarding of the Purple Heart. $16.25 when you order a custom motorcycle plate and no annual fee when you renew your registration / $35.00 Personalized Fee with $18.75 Personalized Annual Renewal Fee.

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Saratoga National Cemetery Honor Guard Association Plate: Copy of membership card and approval by organization. $43.75 Initial Custom Plate Fee and $15.00 Annual Plate Renewal Fee / $75.00 Personalized Fee with $46.25 Personalized Annual Renewal Fee.

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State Guard: Letter from Commanding Officer. $38.75 Initial Custom Plate Fee and no Annual Plate Renewal Fee. This plate cannot be personalized.

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US Veteran (Vehicle) Plate: Applicant must provide copy of DD-214, discharge papers or NYS driver's license displaying Veteran status. $38.75 Initial Custom Vehicle Plate Fee and no annual renewal fee / $70.00 Personalized Fee with $31.25 Personalized Annual Renewal Fee.

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US Veteran (Motorcycle) Plate: The Veteran must provide DD-214, discharge papers or NYS driver's license displaying Veteran status. Initial fee of $26.25 and no annual renewal fee / $45.00 Personalized Fee with $18.75 Personalized Annual Renewal Fee.

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Veterans of Foreign Wars Plate: Applicant must provide copy of current membership card. $38.75 Initial Custom Plate Fee and no annual renewal fee / $70.00 Personalized Fee with $31.25 Personalized Annual Renewal Fee.

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Vietnam Veteran (Vehicle) Plate: Applicant must provide copy of DD-214 or discharge papers verifying service dates between 12/22/1961 - 5/7/1975. $38.75 Initial Custom Plate Fee and no annual renewal fee / $70.00 Personalized Fee with $31.25 Personalized Annual Renewal Fee.

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Vietnam Veteran (Motorcycle) Plate: Applicant must provide copy of DD-214 or discharge papers verifying service dates between 12/22/1961 - 5/7/1975. $26.25 Initial Custom Plate Fee and no annual renewal fee / $45.00 Personalized Fee with $18.75 Personalized Annual Renewal Fee.

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Vietnam Veterans of America Plate: Applicant must provide copy of DD-214 and approval by organization. $38.75 Initial Custom Plate Fee and no annual renewal fee / $70.00 Personalized Fee with $31.25 Personalized Annual Renewal Fee.

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War on Terror Veteran Plate: Veteran must provide DD-214 or discharge papers stating Veteran served in the Persian Gulf or Afghanistan on or after 9/11/2001. $38.75 Initial Custom Plate Fee and no annual fee when you renew your registration / $70.00 Personalized Fee with $31.25 Personalized Annual Renewal Fee.

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World War II Veterans Plate: copy of DD214 or discharge papers showing dates between 1941 and 1945. $38.75 Initial Custom Plate Fee and no Annual Plate Renewal Fee / $70.00 Personalized Fee with $31.25 Personalized Annual Renewal Fee.

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E-ZPass Disabled Veterans Non-Revenue Program: The New York State Thruway Authority offers free, unlimited travel anywhere on the Thruway to certain, qualifying disabled Veterans. A disabled Veteran who obtains a fee-exempt vehicle registration from the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) may enroll in the Authority's Disabled Veteran Non-Revenue E-ZPass Program.

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Veteran Status Designation on a Photo Document: If you are a qualified U.S. military Veteran who was honorably discharged, 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. There is no additional fee for the Veteran status designation on your document, but all regular transaction fees will apply.

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Automatic License and Registration Extension for Military Personnel: Pursuant to Executive Order No. 2 by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, all licenses and registrations for New York State military personnel returning from active military duty relating to the war on terrorism and military action in Iraq will automatically be extended.

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Second Party Registration Transactions for Members of the Military: If you are not able to visit the DMV to register a vehicle, another person can come for you. You will need these forms

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Sales Tax Exemption for Motor Vehicles Purchased Out-Of-State by Military Service Members: New York State tax law offers a full exemption from New York State sales and use tax on a motor vehicle purchased in another state by a person in the military Service of the United States, so long as that other state's sales, use, excise, usage or highway use tax was paid on the motor vehicle necessary to obtain title. Applicants seeking this tax exemption must complete form Sales Tax Exemption (DTF-803), box 12, and provide a military ID or other documentation of military service (if a certificate of discharge is presented, the date of discharge must be after the purchase of the motor vehicle).

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Defer vehicle sales tax: If you are a member of the U.S. Armed Forces and you do not reside in New York, you can defer your sales tax payment. You must pay the sales tax when you leave the Armed Forces or you return to New York. Complete form Sales Tax Exemption DTF-803 if

  • you are a New York State resident
  • you are now a member of the U.S. Armed Forces
  • you do not now reside in New York State or keep a residence here

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Register a vehicle imported from another country: To register a vehicle imported from another country, use the form 'Military Registration and Certificate of Title of Motor Vehicle' DD-430 to provide proof of ownership.

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Vehicle Registration Fee Exemptions for Military Veterans: Most military Veterans are not exempt from vehicle registration fees. You can qualify to be exempt from registration fees and vehicle plate fees if:

  • You are a qualified disabled Veteran under Federal Title 38, or
  • You qualify for and apply for Medal of Honor custom plates, or
  • You are 62 years of age or older and you qualify for and apply for Former Prisoner of War custom plates.

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Department of Motor Vehicles Military and Veteran Resources: To quickly access the New York State Department of Motor vehicles visit their website at http://dmv.ny.gov/more-info/military-and-Veteran-resources.

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Health and Insurance Benefits:

Life Insurance: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides valuable life insurance benefits to Veterans and Service members and their Families to provide financial security given the extraordinary risks involved in military Service. The VA provides the following life insurance benefit programs:

  • Service Member's Group Life Insurance (SGLI)
  • Veterans Group Life Insurance (VGLI)
  • Family Members Group Life Insurance (FSGLI)
  • Service Members Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Projection (TSGLI)
  • Service-Disabled Veterans Life Insurance (S-DVI)
  • Veterans Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI)

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Death Benefits: To honor Service Members 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 Service member who:

(1) Is a New York State resident at the time of his/her death, OR was a member of the New York Army National Guard or New York Air National Guard at the time when he/she entered active duty status, during which period of Service he or she died.

-- AND --

(2) Either:

  • Passed away in a combat zone;
  • Passed away while receiving hazardous duty pay, pursuant to Title 37, Section 310 (a)(4) of the United States Code; or
  • Passed away from wounds sustained in a combat zone or while receiving hazardous duty pay.

This money is used to defray funeral and interment costs not covered by the federal government. A Family member must bear part or all costs of the Service member's funeral and/or interment to be eligible. The Supplemental Burial Allowance application is available here.

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General Information: For information on possible health care treatment and benefits information and applications, contact the New York State Division of Veterans' Affairs toll-free hotline at:
1-888-VETSNYS (1-888-838-7697) or you may email them at DVAInfo@veterans.ny.gov

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Parks and Recreation Benefits:

Hunting, Trapping and Fishing Privileges:

  • Resident military members of NYS Organized Militia, U.S. Reserve Forces or Resident active military members of U.S. Armed Forces stationed outside New York who are home on leave for 30 days or less are entitled to free hunting, fishing or trapping licenses (Note: if you are a New York resident stationed in New York, regular license fees apply)
  • Nonresident military members stationed in New York (>30 days) are entitled to Resident prices for fishing, hunting or trapping licenses
  • New York State Veterans with 40% or more Service-related disability are eligible for:
    • $5 fishing, hunting or trapping license. If you purchase one license, you get the other two free. For example, if a fishing license is purchased for $5, the hunting & trapping licenses are free.
    • Free bow hunting & muzzle loading privileges (base hunting license is required)
    • Preference on Deer Management Permit selection

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Sporting Licenses Under the Patriot Plan: Free hunting/big game, free fishing and free trapping licenses are available to NYS residents who have the appropriate Sportsmen Education and are active (full or part time status) Service members of the military.
Eligibility:
NYS Residents who are members of the New York National Guard, U.S. Reserve Forces, or full time Active duty stationed outside NY who will be in NY for no longer than 30 days for either leave or furlough.

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Miscellaneous Benefits

Veterans Speaker Program: Recognizing the significant accomplishments of New York State Veterans, the New York State Legislature passed legislation allowing teachers and administrators in public and private schools throughout New York State to invite Veterans into the classroom as speakers to supplement their classroom instruction concerning a particular era in American Military History.

This program honors the remarkable legacy of Service that these men and women provided, preserves their historically valuable first-hand accounts of military life, and informs the next generations about the contributions, challenges, and sacrifices of our Armed Forces.

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Gold Star Parent Annuity: authorizes an annuity payment of up to $500 per Gold Star parent of a deceased Veteran.
Eligibility: Applicants approved for the Gold Star Annuity Payment are required to verify eligibility on a yearly basis. To be eligible, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • The applicant must be a Gold Star Parent (as defined in 10 USC 1126)
  • The applicant must be a resident of New York State and domiciliary

Applications may be submitted at any time. Payments will be authorized and disbursed in semi-annual installments (March and September). The following documentation is required to process a Gold Star Parent Annuity Benefit:

  1. Gold Star Parent Annuity Benefit Application form: GoldStarAnnuityApplication.pdf
  2. Evidence of military service of the deceased Veteran. Acceptable evidence includes a DD Form 1300 (Report of Casualty); or a copy of the telegram from the U.S. Department of Defense advising the parent of his or her loss.
  3. A proof of New York State residency. Acceptable evidence includes a copy of the applicant's property tax bill or utility bill, voter registration documentation, pay stub or current NYS Driver's License.

Mail the completed application and supporting documentation to:

New York State Division of Veterans' Affairs
Attn: Gold Star Annuity Program
2 Empire State Plaza
17th Floor
Albany, NY 12223-1551

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New York State Cold War Certificate: The Cold War Certificate may be awarded to any current New York State citizen or a person who was a New York State citizen while serving in the Armed Forces of the United States during the Cold War period, 2 September 1945 to 26 December 1991, whose entire service was honorable. The application is available here.

Applications may be submitted:

By Mail to:

Division of Military and Naval Affairs
ATTN: MNHS-AD,
330 Old Niskayuna Road
Latham, NY 12110

Electronically by Email to: ng.ny.nyarng.mbx.cold-war@mail.mil

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Voter Registration: Residents also have the opportunity to register to vote at a wide variety of other New York State agencies. This component of the National Voter Registration Act is called the "Agency-Based Voter Registration Program", and it provides registration opportunities when applying for Services or assistance at state agencies.

In addition to the Department of Motor Vehicles, you may apply to register to vote at any of the following New York State agency offices.

  • Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services
  • City Universities of New York(CUNY)
  • Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired
  • Commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities
  • Department of Health - WIC Program
  • Department of Labor
  • Department of Social Services
  • Department of State
  • Division of Veterans' Affairs
  • Military Recruiting Offices
  • Office for the Aging
  • Office of Mental Health
  • Office For People With Developmental Disabilities
  • State Universities of New York(SUNY)
  • Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities
  • Workers' Compensation Board

Mail-In Voter Registration Applications can be obtained from any of the New York State Agencies listed above. You may also obtain a voter registration application by calling your county board of elections, 1-800-FOR-VOTE or, by filling out the on-line voter application request form

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Military Voting (Federal): Persons serving in the military, along with their Spouses and/or dependents, may register as a military voter in New York, entitling them to receive an absentee ballot for all federal, state and local races that they would be otherwise entitled to vote in if they were to go to their assigned polling place based on their New York residence.

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Homes for Veterans Program: This program offers fixed-rate mortgages with interest rates 0.375% below the already low interest rates charged on State of New York Mortgage Agency (SONYMA) mortgages with down payment assistance. The Homes for Veterans Program features the following:

  • Veterans, and their Spouses or co-borrowers, need not be a first-time homebuyer.
  • Interest rates that are 0.375% lower than our standard interest rates (for loans with down payment assistance).
  • Down payment assistance up to the greater of $3,000 or 3% of the home purchase price.
  • No points or origination fees.
  • Minimum borrower cash contribution only 1% (the remaining 2% can come from a gift or other acceptable source).

Eligibility: The Veteran must have served in the active military and discharged under conditions other than dishonorable.

In addition, any active duty service members, honorably discharged National Guardsmen, or honorably discharged Reservist, who are first time homebuyers may take advantage of the program benefits if they are:

  • A U.S. military personnel (including those currently serving in the reserves) stationed in New York State, regardless of discharge status)
  • An active or honorably discharged National Guardsman
  • An active or honorably discharged Reservist

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New York State Blind Annuity: The Blind Annuity Program benefit is for legally blind wartime Veterans, or surviving un-remarried Spouses of legally blind wartime Veterans, who live and are domiciled in New York State. Blindness need not be a service-connected disability.
Eligibility: A qualifying Veteran must be a New York State resident and domiciliary who is determined to be legally blind (20/200 vision in the better eye with best correction, or has 20- degree limitation of field of vision), and who served on active duty during specified periods or received an expeditionary medal for certain conflicts. Generally, the Veteran must have served at least 90 days active duty for other than training purposes. However, fewer than 90 days active duty is acceptable if the Veteran was discharged for a service-connected disability.

To demonstrate New York State residency, a Veteran or un-remarried surviving Spouse of a Veteran must submit a copy (no original needed) of one authoritative document showing proof of residency in New York.

Acceptable documents include: a New York State driver's license or non-driver ID card; a voter registration notification card; a current utility bill (such as water, electricity, trash collection, cable TV, etc.) listing the applicant's name and address; a proof of your current mortgage; a residential lease issued within one year of the current date; a property tax or school tax bill or receipt for the current year; an assisted-living facility or nursing home statement; a federal or New York State income tax W-2 form; a federal or New York State income tax or earning statement; or any other official document showing your current status as a New York State resident.

If a Veteran met all the criteria for the Blind Annuity benefit, but never actually received the benefit during his or her lifetime, the un-remarried surviving Spouse of that Veteran may still be eligible to receive the benefit.

Complete and return the Blind Annuity Application to:

NYS Division of Veterans' Affairs
c/o Blind Annuity
2 Empire State Plaza, 17th Fl
Albany, New York 12223

In addition, you must fill out and return to the same address the Report of Legal Blindness.

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State Veterans' Nursing Homes: The New York State Veterans' Homes are skilled nursing facilities owned and operated by the New York State Department of Health and SUNY for Veterans and their dependents. They exist to provide quality care to all eligible Veterans and dependents in need of skilled nursing care and rehabilitative services. There are five New York State Veterans Homes in the State. NYS Veterans Home at St. Albans a 250-bed facility, NYS Veterans Home at Batavia a 126-bed facility adjacent to the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, NYS Veterans Home at Oxford operates at 242-bed Veterans home, Long Island State Veterans Home a 350-bed skilled nursing facility and NYS Veterans Home at Montrose a 252-bed facility.
Eligibility: The applicant must require skilled nursing care and:

  • Have entered active duty from the State of New York or be a New York State resident for one year prior to application for admission; and
  • Veteran must also have had an honorable discharge from the US Armed Forces; and
  • Veteran must have had at least thirty (30) days of active service;
  • A Spouse of an otherwise qualified Veteran, unless legally separated, may be admitted to the Home if the Spouse was married to an eligible Veteran for 1 year prior to application and requires skilled nursing care.
  • A Veteran accompanied by their Spouse both of whom require skilled nursing care will receive the highest priority for admission followed by "wartime" Veterans; "non-wartime" Veterans, Spouses and un-remarried surviving Spouses, and then Gold Star Mothers and Fathers
  • For a Veteran with a service connected disability rating at 70% or greater, the Department of Veterans Affairs will pay State Veterans Homes the full cost to provide skilled nursing to that Veteran (38 U.S.C. §1745).

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Service Members' Group Life Insurance Premium Reimbursement Program: This program provides reimbursement for premiums that individual Service members pay during qualifying periods of service. The recently published DMNA Regulation 1-2 has specific information on the program including eligibility and the process to receive reimbursement.
Eligibility: A Service member must be an active member of the New York Army National Guard, New York Air National Guard, or the New York Naval Militia with an active status in the US Navy Reserve, US Coast Guard Reserve, or US Marine Corps Reserve. Service members in a Title 10 status, Title 32 status, for reasons other than training and/or State Active Duty (SAD) status may be eligible. Consult DMNA regulation 1-2 for further guidance. All eligible Service members enrolled in SGLI and Service members must submit separate applications based on the type of duty performed. Applications must be submitted by November 1 of each year for duty performed in the previous federal fiscal year.

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Military Installations in New York

Please see the New York Resource Locator for additional information

 

Active Duty:

Army
Fort Drum
Watervliet Arsenal
United States Military Academy, West Point
West Point
Fort Hamilton

Navy
Naval Support Activity Saratoga Springs, NY

National Guard:
New York National Guard Joint Headquarters

New York Army National Guard
New York Army National Guard

New York Air National Guard
New York Air National Guard
Hancock Field Air National Guard Base
109th Airlift Wing
106th Rescue Wing

United States Army Reserve (USAR):

Regional Support Command (RSC) Headquarters, 99th RSC

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Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Facilities in New York:

Veterans Health Administration
VA Health Care System
Buffalo: VA Western New York Healthcare System, 3495 Bailey Ave, 716-834-9200 / 800-532-8387
Montrose: VA Hudson Valley Health Care System, 2094 Albany Post Rd, 914-737-4400
New York: VA NY Harbor Healthcare System, Manhattan Campus, 423 East 23rd St, 212-686-7500

VA Medical Centers
Albany: Albany Stratton VA Medical Center, 113 Holland Ave, 516-626-5000 / 800-223-4810
Batavia: VA Western New York Healthcare System at Batavia, 222 Richmond Ave, 585-297-1000
Bath: Bath VA Medical Center, 76 Veterans Ave, 607-664-4000 / 877-845-3247
Bronx: James J. Peters VA Medical Center (Bronx, NY), 130 West Kingsbridge Rd, 718-584-9000
Brooklyn: Brooklyn Campus of the VA NY Harbor Healthcare System, 800 Poly PL, 718-836-6600
Buffalo: VA Western New York Healthcare System at Buffalo, 3495 Bailey Ave, 716-834-9200 / 800-532-8387
Canandaigua: Canandaigua VA Medical Center, 400 Fort Hill Ave, 585-394-2000 / 800-204-9917
Montrose: Franklin Delano Roosevelt Campus of the VA Hudson Valley Healthcare System (Montrose), 2094 Albany Post Rd, 914-737-4400
New York: Manhattan Campus of the VA NY Harbor Healthcare System, 423 E 23rd St, 212-686-7500
Northport: Northport VA Medical Center, 79 Middleville Rd, 631-261-4400
Syracuse: Syracuse VA Medical Center, 800 Irving Ave, 315-425-4400 / 800-792-4334 Wappingers Falls: Castle Point Campus of the VA Hudson Valley Health Care System, 41 Castle Point Rd, 845-831-2000

Domiciliary
Jamaica: St. Albans Community Living Center, 179-00 Linden Blvd, 718-526-1000

Outpatient Clinic
Syracuse: Behavioral Health Facility, 620 Erie Blvd West, 315-425-4400 extension 53463

Community Based Outpatient Clinics
Auburn: Auburn VA Outpatient Clinic, 17 Lansing St, 315-255-7002 / Fax: 315-255-7382
Bainbridge: Bainbridge VA Outpatient Clinic, 109 North Main St, 607-967-8590
Bay Shore: Bay Shore Clinic, 132 East Main St, 631-754-7978
Binghamton: Binghamton VA Outpatient Clinic, Garvin Building, 425 Robinson St, 607-772-9100 / Fax: 607-772-3081
Brooklyn: Chapel Street Veterans Healthcare Center, 40 Flatbush Ave, Extension, 8th Fl, 718-439-4300 / Fax: 718-439-4303
Carmel: Carmel Community Clinic/Putnam County, 1875 Route 6, Provident Bank, (2nd Fl), 845-228-5291 / Fax: 845-228-5295
Catskill: Catskill VA Outpatient Clinic, Columbia Greene Medical Arts Building, Suite A102, 159 Jefferson Hgts, 518-943-7515
Clifton Park: Clifton Park VA Outpatient Clinic, 1673 Route 9, 518-383-8506
Dunkirk: Dunkirk VA Outpatient Clinic, 166 East 4th St, 706-203-6474 / Fax: 716-363-1235
East Meadow: East Meadow Clinic, 2201 Hempstead Turnpike, Building Q, 631-754-7978
Elmira: Elmira VA Outpatient Clinic, 200 Madison Ave, Suite 2E, 877-845-3247
Fonda: Fonda VA Outpatient Clinic, 2623 State Hwy 30A, 518-853-1247
Freeville: Tompkins/Cortland County VA Outpatient Clinic, 1451 Dryden Rd, 607-347-4101 / Fax: 607-347-4110
Glens Falls: Glens Falls VA Outpatient Clinic, 84 Broad St, 518-798-6066 / Fax: 518-761-2097
Goshen: Goshen Community Clinic, 30 Hatfield Ln, Suite 204, 845-294-6927 / Fax: 845-294-0937
Jamestown: Jamestown VA Outpatient Clinic, 608 West 3rd St, 716-338-1511 / Fax: 716-338-1521
Kingston: Kingston VA Outpatient Clinic, 324 Plaza Rd, 845-331-8322 / Fax: 845-331-0365
Lackawanna: Lackawanna VA Outpatient Clinic, 1234 Abbott Rd, 716-821-7815 / Fax 716-825-1602
Lockport: Lockport VA Outpatient Clinic, 5883 Snyder Dr, 716-438-3890 / Fax: 716-438-3894
Massena: Massena VA Outpatient Clinic, 6100 St Lawrence Centre, 315-705-6666 / Fax 315-705-6675
Monticello: Monticello Community Clinic, 55 Sturgis Rd, 845-791-4936 / Fax: 845-791-4977
New City: New City Community Clinic, 345 North Main St, Upper Level, 845-634-8942 / Fax: 845-708-9183
New York: Harlem Community Clinic, 55 West 125th St, 646-273-8125
Niagara Falls: Niagara Falls VA Outpatient Clinic, 2201 Pine Ave, 716-862-8580 / Fax: 716-284-1702
Olean: Olean VA Outpatient Clinic, 465 North Union St, 716-373-7709 / Fax: 716-373-8117
Oswego: Oswego VA Outpatient Clinic, 437 State Route 104 E, 315-207-0120
Patchogue: Patchogue Community Clinic, 4 Phyllis Dr, 631-754-7978
Pine Plains: Eastern Dutchess Pine Plains Community Clinic, 2881 Church St, Rt 199, 518-398-9240 / Fax: 518-398-9246
Plattsburgh: Plattsburgh VA Outpatient Clinic, 80 Sharron Ave, 518-561-6247
Port Jervis: Port Jervis Community Clinic, 150 Pike St, 845-856-5396 / Fax: 845-856-5410
Poughkeepsie: Poughkeepsie Community Clinic, 488 Freedom Plains Rd, Suite 120, 845-452-5151 / Fax: 845-452-6516
Riverhead: Riverhead Clinic, 300 Center Dr, 631-754-7978
Rochester: Rochester VA Outpatient Clinic, 465 Westfall Rd, 585-463-2600 / Fax: 585-463-2649
Rome: Rome - Donald J. Mitchell VA Outpatient Clinic, 125 Brookley Rd, Bldg 510, 315-334-7100 / Fax: 315-334-7171
Saranac Lake: Saranac Lake Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 33 Depot St, 518-626-5237 / Fax: 518-891-5838
Schenectady: Schenectady VA Outpatient Clinic, 1346 Gerling St, Sheridan Plaza, 518-346-3334 / Fax: 518-346-4030
Springville: Springville Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 15 Commerce Dr, 716-592-2409 / Fax: 716-592-2650
Staten Island: Staten Island Community Clinic, 1150 South Ave, 3rd Fl, Suite 301, 718-761-2973
Sunnyside: Thomas B. Noonan VA Community Clinic (Queens), 47-01 Queens Blvd, Room 301, 718-741-4800 / Fax: 718-741-4802
Troy: Troy VA Outpatient Clinic, 295 River St, 518-274-7707 / Fax: 518-266-0555
Valley Stream: Valley Stream Clinic, 99 South Central Ave, 631-754-7978
Watertown: Watertown VA Outpatient Clinic, 144 Eastern Blvd, 315-221-7026 / Fax: 315-788-8899

Watertown: CANI, 19472 US Route 11, 315-782-3941Wellsville: Wellsville VA Outpatient Clinic, 3458 Riverside Dr, Route 19, 607-664-4660 / Fax: 585-593-1087
Westport: Westport Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 7426 NYS Route 9N, 518-626-5236 / Fax: 518-962-8440
White Plains: White Plains Community Clinic, 23 South Broadway, 914-421-1951 x 4300
Yonkers: Yonkers Community Clinic, 124 New Main St, 914-375-8055 x4400

Vet Center -
877-927-8387
Albany: Albany Vet Center, 17 Computer Dr West, 518-626-5130 / Fax: 518-458-8613
Babylon: Babylon Vet Center, 100 West Main St, 631-661-3930 / Fax: 631-660-3871
Binghamton: Binghamton Vet Center, 53 Chenango St, 607-722-2393 / Fax: 607-722-0143
Bronx: Bronx Vet Center, 2471 Morris Ave, Suite 1A, 718-367-3500 / Fax: 718-364-6867
Brooklyn: Brooklyn Veterans Resource Center, 25 Chapel St, Suite 604, 718-630-2830 / Fax: 718-624-3323
Buffalo: Buffalo Vet Center, 2372 Sweet Home Rd, Suite 1, 716-862-7350 / Fax: 716-691-6450
Hicksville: Nassau Vet Center, 970 South Broadway, 516-348-0088 / Fax: 516-348-0266
Middletown: Middletown Vet Center, 726 East Main St, Suite 203, 845-342-9917 / Fax: 845-343-8655
New York: Harlem Vet Center, 2279 - 3rd Ave, 2nd Fl, 646-273-8139 / Fax: 212-423-5963
New York: Manhattan Vet Center, 32 Broadway 2nd Fl, Suite 200, 212-951-6866 / Fax: 212-742-9593
Rochester: Rochester Vet Center, 2000 S. Winton Rd, Bldg 5, Suite 201, 585-232-5040 / Fax: 585-232-5072
Staten Island: Staten Island Vet Center, 60 Bay St, 718-816-4499 / Fax: 718-816-6899
Syracuse: Syracuse Vet Center, 109 Pine St, Suite 101, 315-478-7127 / Fax: 315-478-7209
Watertown: Watertown Vet Center, 210 Court St, Suite 20, 315-782-5479 / Fax: 315-782-0491
White Plains: White Plains Vet Center, 300 Hamilton Ave, Suite C, 914-682-6250 / Fax: 914-682-6263
Woodhaven: Queens Vet Center, 75-10B 91 Ave, 718-296-2871 / Fax: 718-296-4660

Veterans Integrated Services Network (VISN)
Albany: VISN 2: VA Healthcare Network Upstate New York, 113 Holland Ave, Bldg 67 518-626-7327
Bronx: VISN 3: VA NY/NJ Veterans Healthcare Network, 130 West Kingsbridge Rd, 718-584-9000

Veterans Benefits Administration
Regional Benefit Office
New York: New York Regional Benefit Office, 245 W. Houston St
Buffalo: Buffalo Regional Benefit Office, 130 South Elmwood Ave

Intake Site (Pre-Discharge Claims Assistance)
For Drum: Fort Drum, Fort Drum Outbased Office/ Dept of VA

National Cemetery Administration
National Cemetery
Albany: Albany Rural Cemetery Soldiers' Lot, Cemetery Ave, 518-581-9128 / Fax: 518-583-6975
Bath: Bath National Cemetery, VA Medical Center, San Juan Ave, 607-664-4853 / Fax: 607-664-4761
Brooklyn: Cypress Hills National Cemetery, 625 Jamaica Ave, 631-454-4949 / Fax: 631-694-5422
Calverton: Calverton National Cemetery, 210 Princeton Blvd, 631-727-5410 / Fax: 631-369-4397
Elmira: Woodlawn National Cemetery, 1825 Davis St, 607-732-5411 / Fax: 607-732-1769
Farmingdale: Long Island National Cemetery, 2040 Wellwood Ave, 631-454-4949 / Fax: 631-694-5422
Schuylerville: Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Rd, 518-581-9128 / Fax: 518-583-6975

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Resources

http://www.cs.ny.gov/dpm/b55.cfm

http://www.cs.ny.gov/pio/summaryofcslaw/summofcsl-veterans-rights.cfm

http://labor.ny.gov/vets/employspec/veteransemployspec.shtm

http://veterans.ny.gov/

http://www.va.gov/directory/guide/state.asp?State=NY&dnum=ALL

http://www.labor.ny.gov/home/

http://dmv.ny.gov/custom-plates/military-and-veterans

http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx

http://www.retirementliving.com/taxes-new-york-wyoming#NEWYORK

http://www.cs.ny.gov/

https://www.tax.ny.gov/pit/file/military_page.htm

https://dmna.ny.gov/

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Document Review Date: 29 October 2015