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Gold Star Parent Annuity Program

The Gold Star Parent Annuity Benefit authorizes an annuity payment of up to $500 per Gold Star parent of a deceased Veteran. 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:

  1. Applicant must be a Gold Star Parent (as defined in 10 USC 1126);
  2. Applicant must be a New York State resident and domiciliary

How to Apply

Applications may be submitted at anytime. 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

Additional Assistance

For additional assistance, schedule an appointment with a New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs (NYS DVA) Benefits Counselor. Call the DVA at 1.888.838,7697, or contact the DVA by email.


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