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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) helps service members, Veterans, and eligible surviving spouses become homeowners. As part of VA’s mission, it provides a home loan guaranty benefit and other housing-related programs to help buy, build, repair, retain, or adapt a home for personal occupancy.

This program, through State of New York Mortgage Agency (SONYMA), offers fixed-rate mortgages with interest rates 0.375% below the already low interest rates charged on SONYMA mortgages with down payment assistance.

 

The Homes for Veterans Program features the following: 

A DD Form 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) is generally issued when a service member performs active duty or at least 90 consecutive days of active duty training.

Through the New York State Higher Education Services (HESC), the Regents Awards is for Children of Deceased & Disabled Veterans provides up to $450 per year to students whose parent(s) served in the United States Armed Forces during specified times of war or national emergency, and as a result of such service, the Ve

Veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation New Dawn (OEF/OIF/OND) who were bitten or exposed in some other way to the saliva of a warm-blooded animal while deployed, should be evaluated for the risk of rabies exposure by a health care professional.

A Presidential Memorial Certificate (PMC) is an engraved paper certificate, signed by the current president, to honor the memory of honorably discharged deceased Veterans. The program was initiated in March, 1962 by President John F. Kennedy and has been continued by all subsequent presidents.

Administered by the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS), the Incarcerated Veterans Program is designed to address the readjustment and reentry needs of Veterans returning to society following a period of time in military service.

The goal of the program is to:

Military Sexual Trauma (MST) refers to both sexual harassment and sexual assault that occurs in the military. Both men and women can experience MST.  The perpetrator can be of the same or of the opposite gender.

Through the New York State Higher Education Services (HESC), the Military Service Recognition Scholarship (MSRS) provides financial aid to children, spouses, and dependents of members of the United States Armed Forces or state organized militia who, at any time on or after August 2, 1990, while a New York

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