Albany County
162 Washington Avenue | Albany, NY 12210
Phone: (518) 447-7710 | Fax: (518) 447-7714
Hours: Mon - Fri, 8:30am - 4:30pm
Ken Secor, Director

Veterans Service Bureau


We provide information and services to nearly 20,000 veterans living in Albany County, assisting veterans and their dependents in filing claims, obtaining important documents, and determining eligibility for the benefits and services they have a legal right to.

We aid veterans and their families in obtaining state and federal entitlements such as

  • medical care;
  • disability and compensation;
  • pension;
  • education benefits;
  • burial assistance; and
  • VA home loans.

The Veterans Service Bureau can also assist in obtaining copies of a veteran's medical and personnel records, including Certificates of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214).

Veterans can record their DD Form 214 at the Albany County Clerk's office, free of charge. Copies will be kept on file at the County Clerk's Office and the Veterans Service Bureau.

Veteran Newsletter

Albany County Veterans Service Bureau will be publishing a bi-monthly newsletter which will feature important Veteran benefits and issues, Veteran organization information, contacts, resources, and a calendar of Veteran events.

2020 January/February
2019 November/December

Return the Favor: Discount for Veterans RETURN THE FAVOR: DISCOUNTS FOR VETERANS

On September 21, 2011 Albany County kicked off the Return the FAVOR (Find & Assist Veterans of Record) program, providing discount ID cards to honorably discharged veterans who present their DD 214. Click to learn more about obtaining an ID or how to register your business.

Honor A Veteran

The Albany County Honor A Veteran Program is a monthly event that honors deceased local veterans who have served in time of conflict. Learn more…

Eligibility for Camp Lejeune Benefits

Veterans and their families who lived at Camp Lejeune for 30 days or more between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987 may be eligible for VA health benefits under the Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012. Click here to learn more about this law and how to enroll.

Veterans Miracle Center

Albany County Veterans Service Bureau has partnered with the Veterans Miracle Center as an authorizing agency to screen veterans, issue a voucher and Needs List and offer that veteran the opportunity to schedule an appointment to visit the VMC.

  • As an authorized representative the Bureau will verify the veteran's status by witnessing their DD-214.
  • Vouchers are not transferrable to non-veterans.
  • The Bureau will not guarantee any of the items on the veteran's Needs List.
  • The Bureau takes no responsibility for scheduling the veteran for their visit to the Veterans Miracle Center.
  • The veteran's Needs List must be completed and returned to the Veterans Miracle Center before an appointment will be scheduled.
  • Listing of items and acceptance of the Needs List does not guarantee the items will be available.

It's part of every soldier's journey.

Transitioning from combat or adjusting to life outside the military can be a challenge at best. This hands-on training will increase your skills to move on to your next mission.Click here to learn more about AMVETS Warrior Transition Workshops

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremony

Each year, the Veterans Bureau in conjunction with the USS Slater Association hosts a Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremony on December 7. This ceremony remembers our service members who lost their lives in the attack on that Sunday morning and the survivors of the attack who have left us since that Day of Infamy. Special guests are the living Capital District survivors of the Pearl Harbor attack. While the ceremony is held each year on December 7, the location and time does change.

Albany County ExecutiveDaniel P. McCoy
ALBANY COUNTY Cares about our veterans
Veterans Miracle Center
The Veterans Miracle Center provides clothing, personal care and hygiene products, houseware items, ambulatory equipment, toys for children and much more. The Center also has specialists available in counseling for personal needs, jobs, housing or financing. All goods and services are available free-of-charge to veterans and their immediate household. 10 Interstate Avenue Albany, NY 12205
Monday – Friday | 9:00am–5:00pm
By appointment only
(518) 486-8398
The Albany County Veterans Service Bureau—along with other veterans' agencies throughout the County—is instrumental in obtaining thousands of dollars annually from the Federal Government due to claims that are filed, submitted and approved by the NYS Regional Office in New York City. This direct benefit from the federal government is a major boost to Albany County’s economy.

Albany County Partners with Soldier On: Albany County has announced the creation of the Albany County Veterans Resource Center in Colonie. Learn more

Honor A Veteran: The Honor A Veteran Program is a monthly event that honors deceased local veterans who have served in time of conflict. Learn more

STAR - School Property Tax Relief: Visit the he NYS STAR website to keep up-to-date on registration and re-application requirements. Click here to visit the NYS STAR website