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The Honor A Veteran Program is a monthly event that honors deceased local veterans who have served in time of conflict.
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Veterans of the Persian Gulf War with undiagnosed illnesses have an additional five years to qualify for benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Read more [PDF*]
Warning to Veterans: Veterans Affairs Services (VAS) is not endorsed or affiliated with the VA
Warning to all Veterans:
The following message was passed along to us by Kevin Secor, VSO Liaison, Office of the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
An organization called Veterans Affairs Services (VAS) is providing benefit and general information on the VA and gathering personal information on veterans. This organization is not affiliated with VA in any way. http://www.vaservices.org/us/index.html
VAS may be gaining access to military personnel through their close resemblance to the VA name and seal. Legal Counsel has requested that we coordinate with DoD to inform military installations, particularly mobilization sites, of this group and their lack of affiliation or endorsement by VA to provide any services.
The General Counsel requests that if you have any examples of VAS acts that violate chapter 59 of Title 38 United States Code, such as VAS employees assisting veterans in the preparation and presentation of claims for benefits, to please pass information to Mr. Daugherty at the address below.
Michael G. Daugherty
Department of Veterans Affairs
Office of General Counsel (022G2)
Albany County Veterans Service Bureau
Charles Burkes, Director
112 State St., 9th Floor
Albany, New York 12207
Phone: (518) 447-7710
Fax: (518) 447-7714
Office Hours Monday–Friday 8:30am–4:30pm
If you would like to meet with a Veterans Service Officer, please call for an appointment.
|On August 31, 2011, a U.S. Army soldier died of rabies several months after being bitten by a dog while deployed in Afghanistan. OEF/OIF/OND Veterans who have been bitten or had contact with the saliva from a warm-blooded animal could be at risk.
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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.