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;
- Education benefits;
- Burial assistance; and
- VA home loans.
The Veterans Service Bureau can also help get 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.
Our bi-monthly newsletter features important veteran benefits and issues, veteran organization information, contacts, resources, and a calendar of veteran events.
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. Learn more about this law and how to enroll.
The Annual Stand-Down is just one of the many efforts to provide services to homeless veterans. Stand-Downs are typically one to three day events providing services to homeless veterans such as food, shelter, clothing, health screenings, VA and Social Security benefits counseling, and referrals to a variety of other necessary services, such as housing, employment and substance abuse treatment. Stand-Downs are collaborative events, coordinated between local VAs, other government agencies, and community agencies who serve the homeless.
Stand-Downs in the military are traditionally associated with a break in combat when troops are brought in to a safe haven for a period of rest, relaxation, hot meals and a chance to be free from the rigors of war. This also applies to homeless veterans in the area who need to be free from the rigors of the street. The first Stand-Down was organized in 1988 by a group of Vietnam veterans in San Diego. Since then, Stand-Downs have been used as an effective tool in reaching out to homeless veterans.
The Capital Region Stand-Down is held each autumn.
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.
On November 11 2012, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy announced the creation of a new Albany County Veterans Resource Center at 55 Heritage Lane in Colonie.
The Center is the result of the County's partnership with Soldier On, an organization that provides transitional housing and support services to veterans.
Visit the STAR - School Property Tax Reliefwebsite to keep up-to-date on registration and re-application requirements.
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.
Hours: Monday – Friday | 9:00am - 5:00pm
By appointment only
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.
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.