New York Military and Veteran Benefits

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Summary of New York Military and Veterans Benefits: New York offers special benefits for Service members, Veterans and their Families 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 licenses and New York State Parks privileges. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component, and Veteran disability status.

New York State Division of Veterans’ Services, Veterans Benefit Advisors: The New York State Division of Veterans’ Services, has trained Veterans Benefit Advisors that can assist Service members, Veterans, retired Service members and their Families find and apply for military/ Veterans benefits under federal, state and local laws. All their services are provided free of charge.
New York State Division of Veterans’ Services, Veterans Benefit Advisors Directory

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New York Military and Veterans State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

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What are my New York Military and Veterans State Tax Benefits?

New York Taxes on Military Retired Pay: Military retired pay received by retired Service members is exempt from New York State, New York City, and Yonkers income taxes.
New York State Income Tax Information for Military Personnel and Veterans

Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) does not withhold taxes for state or local income tax, but it is reported annually on IRS Form 1099-R. All TSP distributions are subject to state taxes and early distributions may incur higher taxes.

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 Housing New York Taxes on Military Pay: Military pay received by resident Service members is subject to New York income tax, with the following exceptions:

Resident Service member stationed and living outside New York:

  • Did not maintain a permanent residence in New York State during the tax year, and

  • Maintained a permanent residence outside New York State during the entire tax year, and

  • Spent 30 days or less in New York State during the tax year.

Resident Service member stationed overseas:

  • Served in a foreign country for at least 450 days during any period of 548 consecutive days, and

  • Spent 90 days or less in New York State during this 548-day period.

New York State Income Tax Information for Military Personnel and Veterans

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New York Military Spouse Residency Relief Act: A nonresident Spouse that has the same state of residence as a nonresident Service member, who is stationed in New York under military orders, is exempt from New York income taxes on wages earned in New York. The nonresident Spouse must pay taxes (if required) to their state of residence.

Learn more about New York Income Tax Benefits for Military Spouses

New York State Taxes on Combat Zone Pay: Military pay received by an active duty Service member serving in an area designated as a combat zone is exempt from New York taxes.
New York State Income Tax Information for Military Personnel and Veterans

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New York Tax Subtraction for National Guard Service Members Called to Active Duty: New York National Guard Service members called to state or federal active duty can subtract their military pay from their adjusted gross income. Service members can take this subtraction for the duration of their active duty service. Active duty for training does not qualify

Learn more about the New York Tax Subtraction for National Guard Service Members Called to Active Duty

prostetic leg New York State Taxes on Military Disability Retirement Pay: Military Disability Retirement Pay received as a pension, annuity or similar allowance for personal injury or sickness resulting from active service in the U.S. Armed Forces should not be included in taxable income. Some of the payments which are considered disability benefits include:

  • Disability compensation and pension payments for disabilities paid to Veterans or their Families

  • Grants for homes designed for wheelchair living

  • Grants for motor vehicles for Veterans who lost their sight or the use of limbs, or

  • Benefits under a dependent-care assistance program.

See IRS Publication 525 for more information.

Learn more about New York State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Military Disability Retirement Pay

New York State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC): DIC is a tax-free monetary benefit paid to eligibleChild kneeling by a grave survivors of U.S. Armed Forces Service members who died in the line of duty or eligible survivors of Veterans whose death resulted from a service-connected injury or disease.

Learn more about New York State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation

Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP), Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP), Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) New York State Tax Benefits: SBP, RCSBP and RSFPP payments are not taxed in New York.
New York State Income Tax Information for Military Personnel and Veterans

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New York State Veteran Property Tax Exemption: New York offers three different property tax exemptions for qualifying Veterans and their eligible Family members. New York Property taxes are assessed by local, cities, towns, school districts, or villages who may choose to offer one or more of these exemptions.

New York Alternative Veterans Property Tax Exemption  If adopted by the local jurisdiction the following exemptions are offered to eligible Veterans and their Family members:

  • 15% reduction in assessed value for Veterans who served during a time of war

  • Additional 10% reduction in assessed value for Veterans who served in a combat zone, including recipients of an expeditionary medal

  • Additional reduction in assessed value to Veterans who have a service-connected disability, equal to one-half of their disability rating

  • Property must be the Veteran’s or eligible Family member’s primary residence.

Who is eligible for the New York Alternative Veterans Property Tax Exemption?

  • Veteran who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and received an honorable discharge

  • Spouse or unremarried Surviving Spouse of an eligible Veteran

  • Gold Star Parents of a Service member that was killed while serving on active duty during a time of War

  • If the Veteran and their Spouse are deceased, the exemption can be passed on to their Children or the Veteran’s parents.

Application for Alternative Veterans Exemption from Real Property Taxation
Instructions for Alternative Veterans Exemption Application
Alternative Veterans Property Tax Exemption Eligibility Requirements

New York Cold War Veterans Property Tax Exemption - If adopted by the local jurisdiction the New York Cold War Veterans Property Tax Exemption is offered to Veterans that Served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces between September 2, 1945, through December 26, 1991 . This exemption ranges between $4,000 to $250,000. This exemption provides:

  • 10 or 15% reduction in assessed value (as adopted by the taxing jurisdiction)

  • Additional reduction in assessed value for Veterans who have a service-connected disability they incurred while serving during the Cold War, equal to one-half of their disability rating

  • Exemption is limited to 10 years in duration unless the taxing jurisdiction has made it indefinite, the disability portion of this exemption has no time limit

  • Property must be the Veteran’s or their Spouse’s primary residence.

Who is eligible for the New York Cold War Veterans Property Tax Exemption?

  • Veteran who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces between September 2, 1945, through December 26, 1991, and received an honorable discharge

  • Spouse or unremarried Surviving Spouse of an eligible Veteran.

Application for Cold War Veterans Exemption from Real Property Taxation
Instructions for Cold War Veterans Exemption Application
Cold War Veterans Property Tax Exemption Eligibility Requirements

New York Eligible Funds Veterans Property Tax Exemption - If adopted by the local jurisdiction the Eligible Funds Veterans Exemption provides a reduction of the assessed value of a property that a Veteran purchased with eligible funds after discharge from the U.S. Armed Forces. This reduction is typically up to a maximum of $7,500. Eligible funds include:

  • Military retired pay

  • Bonus or insurance payments

  • Monthly payments for a service-connected and non-service-connected disability or death

  • Compensation paid to prisoners of war

  • Mustering out pay

  • Grants to purchase or modify specially adapted houses for Veterans with serious disabilities (100% exemption)

See the Instructions for Veterans Exemption from Real Property Taxation for a complete list of eligible funds.
Who is eligible for the New York Eligible Funds Veterans Property Tax Exemption?

  • Veteran who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and received an honorable discharge

  • Spouse or unremarried Surviving Spouse

  • Dependent Parents

  • If the Veteran and their Spouse are deceased, the exemption can be passed on to their Children or the Veteran’s parents

  • Property does not have to be the Veteran’s or their Family member’s primary residence.

Legal title of the property must be in the name of one of the following:

  • Veteran

  • Spouse or unremarried Surviving Spouse

  • Dependent parents

  • Children (under 21 years of age).

Application for Veterans Exemption from Real Property Taxation
Instructions for Veterans Exemption from Real Property Taxation

Applicants will be required to submit official documentation as proof of honorable service, service during qualifying periods and proof of disability (if required).
Acceptable military records for Veterans property tax exemptions

Applications and documentation must be submitted to the assessor or city or town clerk where the property is located. All applicants for exemptions should contact their assessor or city or town clerk about whether any of the Veterans’ exemptions are available for their property, regarding application deadlines and eligibility requirements.
New York State Office of Real Property Tax Services Directory
Veterans' Exemption Questions and Answers about Partial Exemption from Property Taxes in New York State, Publication 1093

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What are my New York Military and Veterans Education Benefits?

New York State Recruitment Incentive and Retention Program (RIRP): RIRP is a state program for National Guard Service members that will pay the cost of tuition up to SUNY (State University of New York) tuition rates. Service members must be enrolled in an undergraduate degree producing program either full or part time. RIRP may be used for no more than eight semesters of full time study (exceptions apply for five year programs), or no more than 16 semesters of part time study.
Who is eligible for the RIRP?

  • Active member of the New York National Guard

  • Attended all scheduled drills and training or completed authorized make-up training

  • Expiration Term of Service (ETS) must be after last semester RIRP funds are used

  • New York resident for at least 186 days prior to application (excludes periods of active duty service)

  • Not flagged for adverse action.

For complete eligibility requirements, see State of New York Department of Military and Naval Affairs, Regulation 621-1 . Service members are required to apply for all non-debt producing tuition financial aid for each semester they use RIRP funds. New York Air National Guard Service members must contact their Retention Office Manager for further instructions. Application deadlines are 15 August for fall semester and 15 December for the spring semester. For more information, please call the New York Air National Guard Education Services Office 518-786-4404.
RIRP Application and Instructions

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New York State Veterans Tuition Awards (VTA): VTA offers awards for full-time and part-time study for eligible Veterans enrolled in an approved undergraduate or graduate degree program or an approved vocational training program in New York. Awards are made up to SUNY (State University of New York) tuition rates.old book sitting on top of a platform.  The book has an apple on top

Full-time study is defined as 12 or more credits per semester (or the equivalent), or 24 or more hours per week in a vocational training program.

Part-time study is defined as at least three but fewer than 12 credits per semester (or the equivalent) or six to 23 hours per week in a vocational training program.

VTA can be used in conjunction with the Montgomery GI Bill but may not be used with the Yellow Ribbon program or the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Combined tuition benefits available to a student cannot exceed the actual tuition.

Veterans can receive awards for up to 10 semesters for undergraduate degrees, six semesters for graduate degrees and four semesters for vocational training programs
Who is eligible for VTA? To be eligible Veterans must meet the following requirements:

  • Veteran that received an honorable discharge after service in the following time periods:

    • Vietnam Veteran who served in Indochina from February 28, 1961, through May 7, 1975

    • Persian Gulf Veteran who served in the Persian Gulf on or after August 2, 1990

    • Afghanistan Veteran who served in Afghanistan during hostilities on or after September 11, 2001

    • Veteran who served in hostilities after February 28, 1961 and received an Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal

  • Legal resident of New York and lived in New York for 12 continuous months prior to the beginning of the term

  • U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen

  • Graduated high school in the U.S., earned a high school equivalency diploma, or passed a federally approved Ability to Benefit test

  • Meet good academic standing requirements

  • Tuition charges are at least $200 tuition per year

  • Must complete the New York Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) Application and Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for all undergraduate or graduate study

  • Not be in default on any state or federal student loan or on any repayment of state awards.

Applicants must a complete New York VTA online application and provide any required documentation. All applications must be completed by June 30 of the upcoming academic year. For more information, please contact the Higher Education Services Corporation, Scholarship Unit at scholarships@hesc.ny.gov or 888-697-4372.

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New York State Military Enhanced Recognition Incentive and Tribute (MERIT) Scholarship: MERIT Scholarships provide financial aid to the Children, Spouse and financial dependents of Service members in the U.S. Armed Forces or the New York National Guard who died or became severely and permanently disabled in the line of duty. MERIT is also available to resident Veterans that become severely and permanently disabled as a result of injury or illness that occurred in the line of duty.

MERIT awards cover tuition for four years of full-time undergraduate study (exceptions apply for five year programs) up to SUNY (State University of New York) tuition rates. MERIT can also be used to cover non-tuition costs such as books, supplies, transportation and room and board costs.
Who is eligible for New York MERIT Scholarships? For a Veteran or their dependents to be eligible the Veteran must meet the following requirements:

  • Served in the U.S. Armed Forces or New York National Guard on or after August 2, 1990

  • New York resident

  • Died or became severely disabled* in a combat zone or during training in preparation for duty in a combat zone

  • Declared missing in action

*Severely disabled means to be permanently disabled and unable to work, as determined by a doctor.

Student eligibility requirements:

  • Enrolled as a full-time student taking 12 or more credits per semester at an approved postsecondary institution in New York

  • Graduated high school in the U.S., earned a high school equivalency diploma, or passed a federally approved Ability to Benefit test

  • Be in good academic standing

  • Not be in default on any state or federal student loan or on any repayment of state awards.

Applicants must a complete New York MERIT Scholarship online application and provide any required documentation to establish eligibility. An application should be completed for every member of the Family that will use this scholarship, even if they are not old enough to attend college at this time. This will prevent having to establish eligibility later when that Child is old enough to attend college.

Once eligibility is established, students must complete the New York Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) Application and Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by June 30 of each academic year. For more information, please contact the Higher Education Services Corporation, Scholarship Unit at scholarships@hesc.ny.gov or 888-697-4372.

Learn more about the New York State Military Enhanced Recognition Incentive and Tribute Scholarship

New York State Regents Awards for Children of Deceased and Disabled Veterans (CDDV): CDDV provides financial aid to students whose parent(s) served in the U.S. Armed Forces during specific times of military conflict. This award is $450 per year.
Who is eligible for the New York State Regents Awards for CDDVs? For the Child of a Veteran to be eligible the Veteran must meet the following requirements:

  • Served in the U.S. Armed Forces during the following military conflicts:

    • Afghanistan - September 18, 2001 through end of hostilities

    • Iraq - October 16, 2002 through end of hostilities

    • Persian Gulf - August 2, 1990 through end of hostilities

    • Vietnam/Indochina - December 22, 1961 through May 7, 1975

    • Korean Conflict - June 27, 1950 through January 31, 1955

    • World War II - December 7, 1941 through December 31, 1946

    • World War I – April 6, 1917 through November 11, 1918

    • Merchant Seaman during the period from December 7 1941 through August 15, 1945

  • Received the Armed Forces Expeditionary medal for service in:

    • Panama – December 20, 1989 through January 31, 1990

    • Grenada – October 23, 1983 through November 23, 1983

    • Lebanon – June 1, 1983 through December 1, 1987

  • Awarded a 40% or more service-connected disability rating from the VA

  • Declared missing in action or a prisoner of war

  • Current New York resident or was a New York Resident at the time of their death

Students who were born with spina bifida whose parent is a Vietnam Veteran who served in Indochina between December 22, 1961 through May 7, 1975, must contact the Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) at 888-697-4372 for application instructions.

Applicants must complete the New York Child of Veteran Award online application and provide any required documentation to establish eligibility.

Once eligibility is established, students must complete the New York Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) Application and Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by June 30 of each academic year. For more information, please contact the Higher Education Services Corporation, Scholarship Unit at scholarships@hesc.ny.gov or 888-697-4372.

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New York State Military Residency Waiver: New York State residency requirements to be eligible for educational financial assistance from the Higher Education Services Corporation is waived for an active duty Service member stationed in New York and their dependents.

Learn more about the New York State Military Residency Waiver

New York Patriot Plan, Educational Leave of Absence for Service Members Called to Active Duty: The New York Patriot Plan provides an educational leave of absence for students that are Service members called to active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces. Students who are unable to complete a semester because they are called to active duty will be given a non-punitive withdrawal and given the option of a refund or credit of tuition and campus fees.

Service members must provide a copy of their orders to active duty within seven days of receipt, or they can sign an affidavit and provide an address or telephone number to verify the orders. Service members should contact their educational institution’s financial aid office for more information.

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Leave of Absence for New York State Veterans that are Public Employees to Continue Study: Every public officer and employee, who served in the U.S. Armed Forces on or after September 16, 1940 through the end of hostilities in World War II, or on and after June 25, 1950 is authorized to continue the pursuit of studies or to take a refresher or retraining course and may be granted a leave of absence from their position for the period of the course of study, not to exceed four years. The public officer or employee must be reinstated to their position provided they apply for reinstatement within sixty days after the termination their course of study.

Leave of Absence for New York State Veterans that are Public Employees to Continue Study

child writing on paper at her desk in a classroom New York Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children (MIC3): The purpose of this compact is to remove barriers to educational success imposed on Children of military Families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents by:

  • Facilitating the prompt enrollment of Children of military Families and ensuring that they are not placed at a disadvantage due to difficulty in the transfer of educational records from the previous school district or variations in entrance or age requirements

  • Facilitating the student placement process through which Children of military Families are not disadvantaged by variations in attendance requirements, scheduling, sequencing, grading, course content or assessment. Facilitating the qualification and eligibility for enrollment, educational programs and participation in extracurricular academic, athletic and social activities

  • Facilitating the on-time graduation of Children of military Families

  • Providing for the enforcement of administrative rules implementing the provisions of this compact

  • Providing for the uniform collection and sharing of information between and among member states, schools and military Families under this compact

  • Promoting coordination between this compact and other compacts affecting military Children

  • Promoting flexibility and cooperation between the educational system, parents and the student in order to achieve educational success for the student.

MIC3 Assistance Request

Points of Contact
Phone: 845-392-6333 / 315-779-7010

Learn more about the New York Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children

New York Operation Recognition, High School Diplomas for Veterans: New York offers high school diplomas to Veterans that left high school before graduating to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Who is eligible for New York Operation Recognition, High School Diplomas for Veterans? To be eligible, Veterans must meet the following requirements:

  • New York resident

  • Served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for at least one day

  • Was discharged under honorable conditions

  • Veterans are not required to have attended a school in New York

The Child or Spouse of a deceased eligible Veteran may apply and accept a posthumous diploma on the Veteran's behalf.

Applicants must provide official documentation to confirm dates of service and discharge status.

  • DD214 (the Department of Defense discharge form)

  • WD AGO Form 53-55 form (Enlisted Record and Report of Separation)

  • Honorable Discharge Certificate.

To apply applicants should take their official documentation to any New York State School that issues general or local diplomas. New York City Veterans should contact the New York State Education Department at adulted@nysed.gov for assistance. For more information, please call 518-474-8940.
New York State Education Department, Operation Recognition Webpage

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What are my New York Military and Veterans Employment Benefits?

New York State Department of Labor, Employment Assistance for Veterans: New York State  Career Centers offer free job search services to all jobseekers. Career 109th ALWCenters have dedicated staff to help assess an individual’s needs, skills, and interests and then guide them through a step-by-step approach during their job search.

Career Centers have Disabled Veterans' Outreach Program Specialists (DVOPS) and Local Veterans' Employment Representatives (LVERS) who are dedicated staff members to specifically help Veterans and their Spouses.

DVOPS provide intensive case management services to Veterans with significant barriers to employment. 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.

LVERS 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.

All Career Centers offer priority of Service to Veterans and their eligible Spouses. Priority of service means:

  • Served first by the next available staff member

  • Receiving access to a service or resource earlier than those not eligible

  • When services or resources are limited, those eligible receive access before or instead of others.

To be eligible for DVOPS and LVERS assistance and priority of service Veterans must have served at least one day on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and received a discharge other than dishonorable. Active duty for training does not count for this requirement.

The Spouse or unremarried Spouse of the following are also eligible:

  • Veteran who died of a service-connected disability

  • Service member serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces that is listed for 90 or more days as one of the following:

    • Missing in action

    • Captured in the line of duty by a hostile force

    • Forcibly detained or interned in the line of duty by a foreign government or power

  • Veteran who has a total service-connected disability rating from the VA

  • Veteran who died while a disability (as above) was in existence.

Department of Labor, Training and Employment Guidance Letter
New York State Department of Labor Services for Veterans Fact Sheet
New York State Career Centers Directory

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New York Public Employee Military Leave and Compensation for Reserve Component Service Members: New York public employees that are Service members in a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces are authorized 22 workdays (30 calendar days) of military leave with full pay per calendar year. Military leave is authorized when a Service member is ordered to state or federal active duty, this includes attendance at a service school, schools conducted by the U.S. Armed Forces or advanced training.

In addition, the state will continue to provide Family coverage under the state's health insurance plan, free for the period of federally ordered military duty (up to 12 months minus ANGthe period the employee is in full pay status).

After leave at full pay has been used, Service members will receive the difference between their regular state salary and their regular military pay while they are on active duty
Who is eligible for New York Public Employee Military Leave and Compensation for Reserve Component Service Members?
State employees that are Service members in a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces ordered to active duty or authorized training are eligible for military leave.

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New York Civil Service, Veterans Hiring Preference: New York offers Veterans’ preference when hiring for state employment and promotions. Preference is given by adding additional credits on passing competitive examinations to war Veterans.

Disabled Veterans receive 10 points additional credit on 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.
Who is eligible for New York Civil Service, Veterans Hiring Preference?
To be eligible Veterans must meet the following requirements:

  • New York resident Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces

  • Served on active duty (other than for training purposes) in time of war

  • Received an honorable discharge or will be honorably discharged at the time of appointment

  • Must have a 10% or more service-connected disability rating and receiving compensation from the VA (for disabled Veterans preference only).

Learn more about New York Civil Service, Veterans Hiring Preference

New York Paid Family Leave for Military Families: New York employers must offer paid Family leave to assist with Family situations arising when a Service member is on active duty in a foreign country or has been notified of an impending mobilization for active duty to a foreign country. Family members may be eligible to take up to 12 weeks of paid Family leave at 67% of their pay.

The following Family members of a Service member are eligible to take Family leave:

  • Spouse

  • Domestic partner

  • Child

  • Parent.

Situations when Family leave may be authorized:

  • Short-notice military deployment

  • Military events (official ceremonies or informational briefings related to the active duty)

  • Service member’s rest, recuperation or counseling

  • Post-deployment activities (arrival ceremonies and reintegration events)

  • Making financial or legal arrangements

  • Making Childcare arrangements for the Service member’s Child.

An employer’s insurance carrier will receive and process requests for Paid Family Leave and make all benefit payments.

For more information call the Paid Family Leave Helpline at 844-337-6303, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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New York State Veterans with Disabilities Employment Program (55-c): Section 55-c of the New York State Civil Service Law authorizes 500 entry level positions to be filled with qualified wartime Veterans with disabilities. Veterans must meet the minimum qualifications for the position will not be required to take an initial written examination.
Who is eligible for New York State Veterans with Disabilities Employment Program (55-c)? To be eligible Veterans must have served on a full-time active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces (other than for training) and received a Purple Heart or have a 10% disability rating from the VA. Veterans must also have served during one of the following wartime periods:

  • Vietnam War - February 28, 1961 through May 7, 1975

  • Hostilities in Lebanon - June 1, 1983 through December 1, 1987

  • Hostilities in Grenada - October 23, 1983 through November 21, 1983

  • Hostilities in Panama - December 20, 1989 through January 31, 1990

  • Hostilities in the Persian Gulf - August 2, 1990 through the date on which hostilities end

  • Veterans that received Expeditionary Medal.

To apply Veterans must submit a completed Application for New York State Governor’s Programs to Hire Persons with Disabilities Under Sections 55-b and 55-c (submission instructions on the form), their DD214 and VA rating decision letter. The New York Department of Civil Service will provide the Veteran a 55-b/c Eligibility Letter that can be submitted with their resume when applying for entry level civil service positions.

Applicants will also receive access to the 55-b/c Recruitment Resources Program Portal where they can submit up-to-date employment and contact information for consideration by state agencies filling entry-level positions.
Governor's Program to Hire Individuals and Veterans with Disabilities
Application for New York State Governor’s Programs to Hire Persons with Disabilities Under Sections 55-b and 55-c

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Federal Employment Veteran’s Hiring Preferences: By Federal law, Veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in military campaigns are entitled to preference over non-Veterans in hiring into the Federal civil service and in retention during ANG Fire departmentreduction 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% but less than 30%.

10-Point 30% 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% 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 VA 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, Surviving Spouses, or mothers of Veterans. Both a mother and a Spouse (including Surviving Spouse) may be entitled to preference based on 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 their 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 VA authorities to be 100% disabled and/or unemployable, or

  • Has retired, been separated, or resigned from a civil service position because 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 their 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 Title 10 U.S.C. 1171 or 1173.

Learn more about Federal Employment Veterans’ Hiring Preferences

Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA): USERRA protects civilian job rights and benefits for Veterans and members of reserve components. USERRA also protects Service member rights and benefits by clarifying the law, improving enforcement mechanisms, and adding Federal Government employees to those employees already eligible to receive Department of Labor assistance in processing claims.

Absence from Work for Military Duty: USERRA establishes the cumulative length of time that an  individual may be absent from work for military duty and retain reemployment rights to five years. Exceptions to the five-year limit, include initial enlistments lasting more than five years, periodic National Guard and Reserve training duty, and invo914th ARWluntary active duty extensions and recalls, especially during a time of national emergency. USERRA establishes that reemployment protection does not depend on the timing, frequency, duration, or nature of an individual's service if the basic eligibility criteria are met.

Disability Accommodation: USERRA provides protection for disabled Veterans, requiring employers to make reasonable efforts to accommodate the disability. Service members recovering from injuries received during service or training may have up to two years from the date of completion of service to return to their jobs or apply for reemployment.

Return to Work without Loss of Seniority: USERRA provides that returning Service members are reemployed in the job that they would have attained had they not been absent for military service, with the same seniority, status and pay, as well as other rights and benefits determined by seniority. USERRA also requires that reasonable efforts (such as training or retraining) be made to enable returning Service members to refresh or upgrade their skills to help them qualify for reemployment. USERRA also provides that while an individual is performing military service, they are deemed to be on a furlough or leave of absence and are entitled to the non-seniority rights accorded other individuals on non-military leaves of absence.

Extension of Health and Pension Plans: Health and pension plan coverage for Service members is provided for by USERRA. Individuals performing military duty of more than 30 days may elect to continue employer sponsored health care for up to 24 months; however, they may be required to pay up to 102% of the full premium. For military service of less than 31 days, health care coverage is provided as if the Service member had remained employed. USERRA clarifies pension plan coverage by making explicit that all pension plans are protected.
Who is eligible for USERRA Benefits?
Veterans, Reservists, or National Guard Service members who leave a position for training or active military service are eligible.

The Department of Labor, through the Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) helps all that have claims under USERRA, including Federal and Postal Service employees.
employees.
VETS Regional Office Locations

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What are my New York Military and Veterans Unemployment Insurance Benefits?

New York Unemployment Insurance (UI): UI provides temporary financial assistance for workers that are unemployed through no fault of their own. UI is a partial, short-term replacement of lost wages while workers are seeking other work and is not intended to be a permanent source of income. Benefits are not based on financial need. Employers pay all costs of the UI program.

The amount of benefits applicants may be eligible for is determined by the amount of work they performed and wages they earned during the 18 months prior to filing the claim. To be eligible workers must be ready, willing, and able to work, and actively looking for work during each week in which they are claiming benefits.

Applicants for UI can use the New York State Department of Labor, Estimate UI Benefits Calculator to estimate how much assistance they will receive.

Information required to file a claim:

  • Social Security number

  • Driver license or Motor Vehicle ID card number

  • Complete mailing address

  • Daytime contact phone number where applicants can be reached 8 am - 5 pm, Monday through Friday

  • Alien Registration card number (if you are not a U.S. Citizen)

  • Names and addresses of all employers for the last 18 months

  • Employer Registration number or Federal Employer ID Number (FEIN) of most recent employer (FEIN can be found on W-2 forms)

  • Copies of forms SF8 and SF50 for former federal employees

  • Most recent DD214, for former Service members.

  • Bank account number and routing number for direct deposit payments.

How to File:

UI applicants have two ways file a claim, online using the New York Department of Labor, Online Claim portal (best to apply between 7:30 am and 7:30 pm), or by phone at 888-209-8124, Monday through Friday 8:00 am and 5:00 pm.
New York Department of Labor, UI Claimant Handbook

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What are my New York Military and Veterans Department of Motor Vehicles Benefits?

NY Drivers License with veteran designation Veteran Designation on a New York State Photo Document: New York offers a Veteran designation on New York driver licenses, learner permits and non-driver photo ID cards for honorably discharged Veterans. There is no additional fee for the Veteran designation, all other regular transaction fees will apply.

Veterans will be required to provide one of the following documents as proof that they received an honorable discharge:

  • DD214 that indicates an honorable discharge

  • DD215 that indicates an honorable discharge

  • If discharged before January 1,1950, an Honorable Discharge form WD AGO 53, WD AGO 55, WD AGO 53-55, NAVPERS 553, NAVMC 78PD or NAVCG 553, or an "Enlisted Separation Paper".

Veterans can apply at any New York Department of Motor Vehicle Office or by mail to:

DMV License Production Bureau
6 Empire State Plaza, Room 331
Albany, NY 12228

New York Department of Motor Vehicles, Application for Permit, Driver License or Non-Driver ID Card

Learn more about Veteran Designation on a New York State Photo Document

New York Vehicle Registration Fee Exemptions for Eligible Veterans: Eligible Veterans can receive an exemption of vehicle registration fees and vehicle plate fees.
Who is eligible for New York Vehicle Registration Fee Exemptions for Veterans?

  • Veterans that receive federal funds for the purchase or modification of a specially adapted vehicle to accommodate a severe service-connected injury or disability Title 38 Ch. 39 U.S. Code

  • Veterans that are eligible for and apply for the New York Medal of Honor custom license plates

  • Veterans that are eligible for and apply for the New York Prisoner of War custom license plates.

New York Department of Motor Vehicles, Statement to Register a Vehicle with Former POW or Congressional Medal of Honor Plates
New York Department of Motor Vehicles, Statement to Register a Vehicle Under Title 38

Learn more about New York Vehicle Registration Fee Exemptions for Eligible Veterans

New York State Thruway Authority, E-ZPass Disabled Veterans Non-Revenue Program: The New York State Thruway Authority offers free, unlimited travel anywhere on the Thruway for disabled Veterans that have a fee-exempt vehicle registration for a specially adapted vehicle (see section above).

Veterans must submit a completed E-ZPass Application for Disabled Veteran Non-Revenue Plan, TA-W5175 and a copy of their fee-exempt vehicle registration to:

New York State Thruway Authority
Office of E-ZPass Operations
P.O. Box 189
Albany, NY 12201-0189

Learn more about the New York State Thruway Authority, E-ZPass Disabled Veterans Non-Revenue Program

New York Special Military and Veteran Vehicle License Plates: New York offers 48 military and Veteran distinctive license plates to honor the service and sacrifice of eligible Service members, Veterans, retired Service members, and certain Family members. Specific eligibility and documentation requirements will apply.

New York State law requires custom license plate applicants to pay two different fees, an initial fee when ordering a custom plate and an annual fee when renewing a vehicle registration. Most vehicle registrations in New York State are issued for two years. All applications, required documents and payment should be mailed to:

New York State Department of Motor Vehicles
Custom Plates Unit
P.O. Box 2775
Albany, NY 12220

New York Department of Motor Vehicles, Application for Military and Veteran Custom Plates

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NY Congressional Medal of Honor plate New York Congressional Medal of Honor License Plate: Recipients of the Medal of Honor are eligible for the New York Congressional Medal of Honor license plates. There are no fees for this license plate, and it cannot be personalized. Applicants must provide official documentation as proof that they received the Medal of Honor when they apply.

In addition, applicants must provide a completed New York Department of Motor Vehicles, Statement to Register a Vehicle with Former POW or Congressional Medal of Honor Plates to be eligible for a registration fee exemption.

Learn more about the New York Congressional Medal of Honor License Plate

NY Disabled Veteran plate New York Disabled Veteran License Plate: New York offers the Disabled Veteran license plate to Veterans that have a New York license plate with the universal symbol of access. There is an initial custom plate fee of $28.75, no annual plate renewal fee and it cannot be personalized. Veterans are required to provide a copy of their DD214 when they apply.

Veterans that do not have a license plate with the universal symbol of access must also provide a completed New York Department of Motor Vehicle, Instructions and Application for Parking Permit or Licenses Plates for Persons with Severe Disabilities, Form MV-664.1 at the time of application.

Learn more about the New York Disabled Veteran License Plate

NY Gold Star Family Plate New York Gold Star Mother License Plate: New York offers the Gold Star Mother license plates to mothers of a Service members that died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. Applicants must provide official documentation stating their Child died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. There is an initial custom plate fee of $28.75, no annual plate renewal fee and it cannot be personalized.

Learn more about the New York Gold Star Mother License Plate

NY Purple Heart Plate New York Purple Heart Recipient License Plate: Recipients of the Purple Heart are eligible for New York Purple Heart license plates. Veteran must provide their DD214 or a letter from the VA stating they received the Purple Heart. There is an initial custom plate fee of $28.75, no annual plate renewal fee and they may be personalized. Personalized plates have an additional $60.00 personalization fee and a $31.25 annual renewal fee.

Learn more about the New York Purple Heart Recipient License Plate

NY AF Veteran Plate New York U.S. Air Force Veteran License Plate: Veterans that served in the U.S. Air Force are eligible for the New York U.S. Air Force Veteran license plate. Veterans must provide a copy of their DD214, Certification of Military Service (NA FORM 13038), or discharge papers that indicate they served in the U.S. Air Force. There is an initial custom plate fee of $38.75, no annual plate renewal fee and they may be personalized. Personalized plates have an additional $70.00 personalization fee and a $31.25 annual renewal fee.

In addition to mail-in applications this license plate may be ordered online at the New York Department of Motor Vehicles, Online Military License Plate Request

Learn more about the New York U.S. Air Force Veteran License Plate

Automatic License and Registration Extension for New York Resident Service Members: New York Driver licenses and vehicle registration of Service members serving on active duty relating to the War on Terrorism and military action in Iraq will automatically be extended.

New York driver licenses are extended throughout a Service member’s military service and until six months after discharge or separation. Discharged or separated Service members may renew an expired New York driver license up to 30 months after their separation or discharge from the U.S. Armed Forces (6-month extension plus 24-month grace period).

Vehicle registrations of Service members are extended for up to 60 days after returning to New York. Service members must show proof of military service or separation. Liability insurance coverage must be maintained, including the period of extension.

Learn more about Automatic License and Registration Extension for New York Resident Service Members

New York Second Party Vehicle Registration Transactions for Service Members: Service members serving in the U.S. Armed Forces who are unable to visit a New York Department of Motor Vehicles to register or sell a vehicle can authorize another person to conduct the transaction for them. Service members must complete the appropriate form below for authorization:

Learn more about New York Second Party Vehicle Registration Transactions for Service Members

New York State Sales and Use Tax Exemption for Motor Vehicles Purchased Out-Of-State by Service Members: New York offers a full exemption from New York sales and use tax on a motor vehicle purchased in another state by a New York resident Service member in the U.S. Armed Forces. The Service member must have paid the other state's sales, use, excise, usage or highway use tax to be eligible for this exemption. A receipt showing payment of sales, use, excise, usage or highway use tax paid will be proof of tax paid to another state.

Service members must complete the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, Sales Tax Exemption Form DTF-803 (check box 12a) and provide a military ID or other official documentation of military service. If a certificate of discharge is used, the date of discharge must be after the purchase of the motor vehicle.

Learn more about the New York State Sales and Use Tax Exemption for Motor Vehicles Purchased Out-Of-State by Service Members

New York Vehicle Sales Tax Deferral for Service Members: New York resident Service members that do not live in New York can defer their sales tax payment until they separate from the U.S. Armed Forces or return to New York.
Who is eligible for the New York Vehicle Sales Tax Deferral? Service members must meet the following requirements to be eligible:

  • New York resident

  • Current active duty Service member in the U.S. Armed Forces stationed outside New York

  • Do not live in New York or keep a residence there.

Service members must complete the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, Sales Tax Exemption Form DTF-803 (check box 12b).

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What are my New York Military and Veterans Health and Insurance Benefits?

New York National Guard Medical Coverage for Injury, Illness or Disability incurred while on State Active Duty: New York National Guard Service members that become ill, injured or disabled in the line of duty while serving on state active duty are entitled to compensation for required medical care and to receive their military pay until they can return to their usual occupation. Their military pay will be the equivalent of the pay for active duty Service members at the same pay grade and length of service. New York Consolidated Laws MIL 10-210

Compensation will not be paid when similar benefits are provided under any federal law or regulation.

Learn more about New York National Guard Medical Coverage for Injury, Illness and Disability incurred while on State Active Duty

Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (SGLI) Premium Reimbursement Program for New York National Guard Service Members: This program provides reimbursement for premiums that Service members pay for SGLI during qualifying periods of service.
Who is eligible for the SGLI Premium Reimbursement Program? To be eligible the Service member must be an active member of the New York National Guard serving on:

  • State active duty

  • Active Duty Operational Support (ADOS)

  • Active Guard Reserve (AGR)

  • Federal active duty (other than for training)

Service members will be required to submit a completed Service Member's Group Life Insurance Premium Reimbursement Application Form 1-2, a copy of their orders and their Leave and Earnings Statement(s) (LES) for the time period they are requesting premiums reimbursement. New York DMNA, Regulation 1-2 has specific information on the application submission process based on the type of service performed (page 2-2). Applications must be submitted by November 1 of each year for duty performed in the previous federal fiscal year.

Learn more about the Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance Premium Reimbursement Program for New York National Guard Service Members

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Life Insurance: The VA provides valuable life insurance benefits to Veterans, active and reserve component 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:

  • Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI)

  • Veterans’ Group Life Insurance (VGLI)

  • Family Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (FSGLI)

  • Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Protection Program (TSGLI)

  • Service-Disabled Veterans’ Life Insurance (S-DVI)

  • Veterans’ Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI).

Learn more about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Life Insurance

TRICARE Reserve Select Health Insurance: TRICARE Reserve Select is a premium-based plan, available worldwide for Selected Reserve, (Reserve and National Guard) and their Families who meet the following qualifications:

  • Not on active duty orders

  • Not covered under the Transitional Assistance Management Program

  • Not eligible for or enrolled in the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program or currently covered under FEHB, either under their own eligibility or through a Family member.

This plan provides comprehensive health care coverage when a Service member is not on active duty and covered by active duty TRICARE benefits.

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What are my New York Military and Veterans Parks and Recreation Benefits?

New York Military and Veterans Hunting, Trapping and Fishing Benefits:

New York Department of Environmental Conservation Military and Veterans Benefits: The New York Department of Environmental Conservation offers several benefits to Veterans and Service members.Fishing

Free hunting, fishing and trapping licenses for the following: New York resident Service members in an active or reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces stationed outside New York who are home on leave for 30 days or less are eligible to free hunting, fishing or trapping licenses.

Service members will be required to provide the following:

  • Military ID card

Service members can apply online at the New York Department of Environmental Conservation Online Licensing System or in person at any New York Department of Environmental Conservation, License Issuing Agent.

Resident License Prices for Nonresident Military Service Members: Nonresident Service members stationed in New York for more than 30 days or more are eligible for resident prices for fishing, hunting or trapping licenses.

Reduced Fee Hunting Fishing and Trapping License for Disabled Veterans: New York resident Veterans with a 40% or more service-connected disability rating from the VA are eligible for:

Service members that have a permanent disability rating of 40% or greater must apply the first time at a New York Department of Environmental Conservation, License Issuing Agent. Veterans will be required to provide documentation from the VA that clearly states they have a permanent service-connected disability. Once entered in the system Veterans can purchase later licenses using the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, Online Licensing System, by phone 866-933-8857 (Monday through Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm) or at a License Issuing Agent.

Veterans whose disability rating is not permanent must provide a letter from the VA (dated within the current year) with their annual case number and their disability percentage to a License Issuing Agent or they can use the Online Licensing System

Learn more about New York Military and Veterans Hunting, Trapping and Fishing Benefits

New York Patriot Plan Sporting Licenses: The Patriot plan provides free hunting, fishing and trapping licenses to New York resident Service members. Service members that are applying for a hunting or trapping license are required to have the appropriate Hunter Education Program certificate when they apply.
Who is eligible for New York Patriot Plan Sporting Licenses?
New York resident Service members that are serving in the New York National Guard, the U.S. Armed Forces Reserves or on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces, are eligible for Patriot Plan Sporting Licenses

Service members can apply for Sporting Licenses at any New York Department of Environmental Conservation, License Issuing Agent or using the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Online Licensing System. Service members must provide a military ID card and a completed Certification of Military Active Service Status when they apply.

Learn more about New York Patriot Plan Sporting Licenses

New York State Park Empire Pass: The New York Empire Pass provides unlimited day-use vehicle entry to most facilities operated by New York State Parks and the Department of Environmental Conservation. This wallet-sized card can be shared within a household and is not assigned to a specific vehicle, only one free Empire Pass per household.
Who is eligible for New York State Park Empire Pass - Patriot Plan? Service members in the New York National Guard or Reserves who are currently serving on active duty in support of the war on terrorism are eligible for a free Empire Pass.

Applicants must complete the Patriot Plan Program Application and provide a copy of the Service members orders calling them to active duty. Applications and orders can be submitted online to empirepassport@parks.ny.gov, or by mail to:

Empire Pass
New York State Parks
Albany, NY 12238

For questions or further assistance please call 518-474-0458.
Empire Pass Guidelines

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NY Lifetime Liberty Pass New York State Park Lifetime Liberty Pass for Disabled Veterans: The Lifetime Liberty Pass is available free to eligible New York Veterans that have disabilities. The Lifetime Liberty Pass authorizes free vehicle entry to state parks and Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) operated day-use areas, as well as:

  • Numerous state boat launch sites

  • Historic sites

  • Arboretums and park preserves

  • Free golf at 28 state park golf courses

  • Fee swimming pool entrance at 36 state park pools

  • Discounted camping and cabin rentals at all state parks and DEC campgrounds.

Who is eligible for New York State Park Lifetime Liberty Pass for Disabled Veterans? The Lifetime Liberty Pass is available to New York resident Veterans that served during a time of war and have a 40% or greater service-connected disability rating from the VA or received funds from the federal government to purchase or modify a specially adapted vehicle to accommodate their disability.

When applying for the Lifetime Liberty Pass, Veterans are required to provide a copy of their New York driver license or non-driver ID, official documentation from the VA as proof of disability or certification of eligibility from the New York State Division of Veterans’ Services. Veterans can submit applications and documentation by email to accesspass@parks.ny.gov or by mail to:

Lifetime Liberty Pass
State Parks
Albany, New York 12238

For more information, please call 518-474-2324, during normal business hours.
Lifetime Liberty Pass Application
Lifetime Liberty Pass Guidelines

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What are my New York Military and Veterans Miscellaneous Benefits?

New York Veterans Speaker Program: The New York Veterans Speaker Program maintains a pool of Veterans that can be invited to speak at New York public and private schools, to provide first-hand accounts of military life, and speak to the next generations about the contributions, challenges, and sacrifices of U.S. Armed Forces Service members.

Interested Veterans are required to complete a short application and an interview with the New York State Division of Veterans’ Services (DVS). Once approved, Veterans will become part of the DVS speaker’s pool.

To request a speaker application please contact the DVS Deputy Director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at DVSInfo@veterans.ny.gov with the subject line ‘Veterans Speaker Program’.

Learn more about the New York Veterans Speaker Program

New York Gold Star Parent Annuity: The New York Gold Star Parent Annuity is a semi-annual annuity payment to each Gold Star parent of a U.S. Armed Forces Service member that died in armed conflict. NY Gold Star Mothers
Who is eligible for the New York Gold Star Parent Annuity? Applicants must be the biological parent, stepparent, or parent through adoption of a Service member that died in armed conflict while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces and meets the requirements for a Gold Star Parent, as defined in Title 10 Section 1126 U.S. Code . Gold Star Annuity recipients are required to verify eligibility on a yearly basis.

The parents must live in and be a resident of New York. The following documentation is required to process a Gold Star Parent Annuity request:

  • Completed Gold Star Parent Annuity Application form

  • Evidence of military service of the deceased Veteran, such as DD1300 (Report of Casualty) or a copy of the telegram from the U.S. Department of Defense confirming death of the Service member

  • Proof of New York State residency, such as property tax bill, utility bill, voter registration d, pay stub or current New York State driver license.

Gold Star Annuity recipients are required to verify eligibility on a yearly basis. Annuities will be paid twice a year in March and September.

Mail the completed application and supporting documentation to:

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

New York Division of Veteran's Services, Gold Star Annuity Program Application

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New York State Cold War Certificate: The New York Cold War Certificate may be awarded to Veterans that served in the U.S. Armed Forces during the Cold War from September 2, 1945, through December 6, 1991. Certificates may be awarded posthumously to a designated survivor of a deceased Veteran, no more than one certificate may be awarded.
Who is eligible for the New York State Cold War Certificate? Veterans must meet the following requirements to be eligible:

  • Served in the U.S. Armed Forces during the Cold War from September 2, 1945, through December 6, 1991

  • Current New York State resident or was a New York State resident at the time of qualifying service

  • Received an Honorable Discharge or General Discharge under Honorable Conditions.

Applicants will be required to submit the Veterans Report of Separation (i.e., WD AGO Form 53-55, DD214, or NGB Form 22, etc.). For more information, please call 518-591-5296. Applications and documentation may be emailed to submitted by email to ng.ny.nyarng.mbx.cold-war@mail.mil or by mail to:

Division of Military and Naval Affairs
ATTN: MNGA-AWD
330 Old Niskayuna Road
Latham, NY 12110-3514

Application for New York State Cold War Recognition Certificate
Application for New York State Cold War Recognition Certificate, Primary Next of Kin

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New York Resident Service Member and Family Military Voter Registration: New York resident Service members serving in the U.S. Armed Forces and their Family members stationed outside New York may register as a military voter. This registration authorizes them to receive an absentee ballot for all federal, state and local elections they are eligible to vote in.

Voters may register by completing a Voter Registration and Absentee Ballot Request and forwarding it to the New York State, County Board of Elections in their county of residence.
New York Resident Military Voting Fact Sheet

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Housing State of New York Mortgage Agency (SONYMA), Homes for Veterans Program: The Homes for Veterans Program offers fixed-rate mortgages at low interest rates and down payment assistance for eligible Veterans.

Program features:

  • Veterans, and their Spouses or co-borrowers, need not be a first-time homebuyer

  • Interest rates 0.375% lower than SONYMA standard interest rates

  • Down payment assistance up to the greater of $3,000 or 3% of the home purchase price, up to $15,000

  • No points or origination fees

  • Minimum borrower cash contribution only 1%

Who is eligible for the SONYMA, Homes for Veterans Program? Veterans that served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and received a discharge under conditions other than dishonorable are eligible and do not need to be first time homebuyers.

The following applicants must be first time homebuyers:

  • Active duty U.S. Armed Forces Service members stationed in New York

  • Active or honorably discharged National Guard Service members

  • Active or honorably discharged Reserve Service members

To apply for a SONYMA loan Veterans must contact a SONYMA participating lenders .
New York State Homes and Community Renewal Add-On Features Webpage

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New York State Blind Annuity Program: The Blind Annuity Program pays annuities to legally blind wartime Veterans or a deceased Veteran’s Surviving Spouse.
Who is eligible for the New York State Blind Annuity Program? To be eligible Veterans must be legally blind (20/200 vision in the better eye with best correction or has 20- degree limitation of field of vision) and meet the following requirements:

  • New York State resident

  • Served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces during a time of war (or received the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal) for at least 90 days, unless discharged earlier due to a service-connected disability

  • Blindness does not have to be service-connected

  • Unremarried Surviving Spouse of an eligible Veteran.

Applicants must provide proof of legal residence, Veteran’s discharge paperwork, a completed New York Division of Veterans’ Services, Blind Annuity Application and a Report of Legal Blindness/Request for Information to:

New York State Division of Veterans' Services
c/o Blind Annuity

2 Empire State Plaza, 17th Fl
Albany, New York 12223

Learn more about the New York State Blind Annuity Program

NY  Veterans Home St Albans New York State Veterans Nursing Homes: New York has five State Veterans Homes that provide quality care to eligible Veterans and their dependents that require skilled nursing care and rehabilitative services.

Who is eligible for care at the New York State Veterans Nursing Homes? All applicants must require skilled nursing care and meet the NY  Veterans Home Montrosefollowing requirements:

Veteran Eligibility:

  • Entered the U.S. Armed Forces on active duty from New York or a New York resident for one year prior to application

  • Served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for at least 30 days and received an honorable discharge.

Spouse and Unremarried Surviving Spouse of a Veteran Eligibility:

  • Spouse of an eligible Veteran, if they were married for 1 year prior to application; if the Veteran dies, the Spouse may continue to stay at the Veterans Home

  • Unremarried Surviving Spouse of a deceased eligible Veteran, if they were married for 1 year prior to application

  • Unremarried Surviving Spouse of a Service member that died on active duty (30 day active duty requirement does not apply).

Parent of a Veteran Eligibility: Mothers and fathers of a Service member that died while serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces (Gold Star parents) are also eligible (30 day active duty requirement does not apply).

Admission priorities following the following order:

  • Veteran accompanied by their Spouse

  • Wartime Veterans

  • Non-wartime Veterans

  • Spouses and unremarried Surviving Spouses

  • Gold Star Mothers and Fathers.

For more information, applicants may contact the New York Veterans Nursing Home directly.
New York State Veterans Homes Application for Admission
New York State Veterans Homes, Admission Policy Fact Sheet

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New York State Supplemental Burial Allowance: New York State offers surviving Family members of a Service member that died as a result of service in a combat zone a Supplemental Burial Allowance of up to $6,000. This money is used to pay for funeral and burial costs not covered by the federal government.
Who is eligible for the New York State Supplemental Burial Allowance? For the Service member’s Family to be eligible the Service member must have been a New York State resident at the time of their death, or a New York National Guard Service member when they entered active duty status, during which period of service they died. The Service member’s death must have been under the following circumstances:

  • Died in a combat zone

  • Died while receiving hazardous duty pay

  • Died from wounds sustained in a combat zone or while receiving hazardous duty pay.

To apply for the Supplemental Burial Allowance, Family members must complete New York Division of Veterans' Services, Application for Supplemental Burial Allowance and submit copies of the following documentation:

  • Document proving the Service member’s combat-related death (DD1300 Report of Casualty, a death certificate listing cause of death, etc.)

  • Document proving one of the following:

    • Service member was a resident of New York State at the time of their death

    • Service member was a member of the New York National Guard when they entered active duty, during which period of service they died

  • Documentation of all funeral/ burial expenses

  • Proof of Family relationship to the Service member

  • Documentation of funeral/ burial benefits paid by the VA.

Completed applications and supporting documentation can be emailed to DVASupplementalBurialAllowance@veterans.ny.gov or mailed to:

New York State Division of Veterans’ Services
Attn: Supplemental Burial Allowance
2 Empire State Plaza, 17th Floor
Albany, NY 12223

For more information, please call the New York State Division of Veterans’ Services Help Line at 888-838-7697.

Learn more about the New York State Supplemental Burial Allowance

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in New York

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in New York: The VA has numerous resources available for Veterans and Family members. Please see the local location listing for your nearest facility.

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Cemeteries in New York: The VA National Cemetery Administration maintains eight national cemeteries in New York. Please see the local location listing for the nearest cemetery.

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Military Installations in New York

Please see the New York Military Resource Locator for additional information

Active Duty:

Army
Fort Drum
Watervliet Arsenal
U.S. Military Academy, West Point
U.S. Army Garrison, West Point
Fort Hamilton

Air Force
There are no active-duty Air Force Bases in New York State

Navy
Naval Support Activity Saratoga Springs, New York

National Guard:
New York National Guard Joint Headquarters

New York Army National Guard

New York Air National Guard
174th Attack Wing and Hancock Field Air National Guard Base
109th Airlift Wing
106th Rescue Wing
105th Airlift Wing
107th Attack Wing
152nd Air Operations Group

U.S. Army Reserve (USAR):
99th Readiness Division

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Resources

New York Division of Veterans' Services

Air National Guard Benefits

Army National Guard Benefits

New York Department of Labor

New York Department of Motor Vehicle, Military and Veterans License Plates

FEDSHIREVETS, Veterans Preference

New York Department of Civil Service

New York Department of Taxation and Finance, Information for Military Personnel and Veterans

New York Division of Military and Naval Affairs

Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission, New York

New York Laws

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Document Review Date: 24 February 2022