Benefits, Compensation & Pensions

  • Awards and Medals: Assistance in applying for military awards, medals, and decorations.
  • Burial Benefits: U.S. Flag, headstone / marker for unmarked grave, Presidential Memorial Certificate, monetary allowance (veterans who were receiving V.A. compensation, pension or died at V.A. Medical Center at time of death; or died of a service-connected disability).
  • CHAMPVA / CHAMPUS / TRICARE: healthcare for families of 100% service-connected veterans and families of military retirees.
  • Civil Service Veterans’ Credits: Assistance with paperwork in obtaining veterans credits.
  • Dependency Indemnity Compensation (DIC): Monthly benefits paid to widow(er)s and children of veterans who died while in the military, died of a service-connected disability, or was 100% service-connected at time of death. No income limit.
  • Education Benefits: A monthly benefit (based on period of military service) paid to veterans who are attending a V.A. approved school. Spouses and children of permanently and totally disabled veterans are also eligible.
  • Home Loan Guaranty: A guaranty made by the V.A. to banks, for veterans purchasing homes with V.A. loans.
  • Hunting / Fishing License: Reduced fee for veterans who are 40% or more service-connected disabled.
  • Medical and Dental Benefits: Assistance in completing forms for medical care given by the V.A. Medical Centers. Eligibility based on amount of military time, service-connected disabilities and/or income. Prescriptions cannot be filled unless prescribed by V.A. physician.
  • New York State Real Property Tax Exemption: Assistance in applying for a property tax exemption for wartime veterans owning property in NYS.
  • New York State Thruway Pass: Assistance in obtaining free access to the NYS Thruway (for severely disabled veterans).
  • Non-Service Connected Pension: A monthly payment paid to wartime veterans who are totally and permanently disabled and have income under the established income limits.
  • Replacement of Lost Documents: assistance in obtaining- separation / discharge papers, marriage, birth, death, and divorce documents.
  • Service Connected Compensation: A monthly benefit paid to veterans for their disabilities caused or aggravated by military service
  • V.A. Insurance: Assistance with insurance matters including applications for insurance proceeds upon veteran's death.
  • Widow's Death Pension: A monthly payment made to widow(er)s of wartime veterans who have income under the established limits.