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Veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange or other herbicides during military service may be eligible for a variety of U.S.  Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits, including disability compensation for diseases associated with exposure. Dependents and survivors also may be eligible for benefits.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) helps Veterans and their families cope with financial challenges by providing supplemental income through the Veterans Pension benefit. Veterans Pension is a tax-free monetary benefit payable to low-income wartime Veterans.

In November 2011, Governor Cuomo launched an initiative to ensure that Veterans' valuable and specialized military experience is recognized when they transition to the civilian workforce.

New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs (NYS DVA) professional Veterans Benefits Advisors are knowledgeable in U.S.  Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) rules and regulations and will guide and advocate through the process from beginning to end. 

Long-term care at home or a nursing home expenses can wipe out a lifetime of savings and monthly fixed incomes. 

Veterans, like other people, respond to traumatic events in a number of ways. They may feel concern, anger, fear, or helplessness. These are all typical responses to a violent, malicious, or traumatic event.

Certain illnesses are associated with service in the Southwest Asia theater of military operations starting August 2, 1990, through the current conflict in Iraq, and in some instances, Afghanistan.

The New York State residency eligibility requirement for recipients of awards administered by New York State Higher Education Services (HESC) is waived for a member of, or for the spouse or dependent of a member of, the United States Armed Forces who is on full-time active duty and stationed in New York State.

Women Veterans are eligible for U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits including primary care, specialty care, mental healthcare, and reproductive healthcare services.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service (VAVS) is one of the largest centralized volunteer programs in the federal government.


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