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Veteran's Resources - Suffolk

Jobs

Access career counseling, resume building, MOS translators, job search and more.

  • Department of Labor (DoL) VETS and NYS DoL Veterans Services provide a range of support services for individuals seeking jobs. The Career One-Stops offer training referrals, career counseling, job listings, and similar employment-related services.
    • Schedule a consultation at your local DoL Career One-Stop:
      NYS Dept of Labor
      160 South Ocean Avenue
      Patchogue, NY 11772
      Suffolk County Dept of Labor
      395 Oser Avenue
      Hauppauge, NY 11788
      One-Stop Career Center
      725 Veterans Memorial Highway
      Hauppauge, NY 11788
    • Or, visit them online at DoL VETS, NYS DoL Vet Services, Career One-Stops.
  • My Next Move.org provides the tools to match your military skills with civilian careers and search job listings around the U.S. Read more.
  • Hire Heroes USA provides job training, transition and placement services to service members and their spouses. Read more.
  • GIJobs.com provides career assistance and training, in addition to job postings. Read more.
  • Employment Resources from Our Military.Mil resources for military spouses, military family members, and wounded warriors actively seeking employment. Read more.
  • Military One Source Careers provides assistance to veterans and family members seeking employment. To speak with a counselor call (800) 342-9647 or read more.
  • Workforce Development Institute offers programs in job training, economic development, and education and family support. Read more.
    Workforce Development Institute
    390 Rabro Drive
    Hauppauge, NY 11788

Search Federal Job Listings

  • USAJOBS Veterans Center provides federal job listings for veterans and current service members. Click here.
  • VA Careers:
    • Speak with a Veterans Employment Coordinator, who assists veterans seeking jobs. As a New Yorker, you are a member of “VA REGION 8.” Contact your “VA REGION 8” coordinator at (347) 749-1414 or (866) 606-6206. Read More.
    • Search online for VA job listings here.
  • Know your USERRA rights as a veteran applying for a federal job. Click Here

Find Resources for Veterans with Service-Connected Disabilities

  • Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment VetSuccess provides vocational counseling and rehabilitation to veterans with service-connected disabilities, including job-training, job-seeking skills and resume development; assistance finding and keeping employment; apprenticeships; post-secondary training and more. Read More.
  • DoL America’s Heroes at Work is an online tool for veterans with TBI and PTSD seeking employment and for employers looking to hire. Read more.

Find Resources for Homeless Veterans

  • DoL Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Program reintegrates homeless veterans into the workforce. Services include job placement, training, job development, career counseling, resume preparation. In addition, they provide clothing provision, provision of or referral to temporary, transitional, and permanent housing, referral to medical and substance abuse treatment, and transportation assistance. Read more.

Access Resources for Military Spouses and Family Members

  • Military Spouse Resources employment, education and relocation resources for military spouses and families. Read More.

Tax Credits for Hiring Veterans

  • Work Opportunity Tax Credit is a federal tax credit that offers an incentive for private sector businesses to hire individuals that have consistently faced significant barriers to employment, including disabled veterans and veterans who are members of a family that receives food stamps. Read more.

Veteran Service Organizations (VSO)

Find a VSO. VSOs are nonprofit organizations that advocate for veterans and provide free assistance with VA benefits, employment, education, transportation and other services.

  • Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America Visit them online or call 212-982-9699.
  • Disabled American Veterans Visit them online.
  • American Legion for veterans who served during a wartime period. Visit them online.
  • Military Order of the Purple Heart for recipients of the Purple Heart. Find you local chapter click here.
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars for veterans of overseas conflicts. Visit them online.
  • Vietnam Veterans of America for Vietnam-era veterans and their families. Visit them online.
  • To learn more, please visit the National Resource Directory.

VA Compensation and Benefits

Locate your state and county benefits counselors:

  • In addition to the VSOs listed above, NY State and your county provide VA benefits counseling for veterans and their families. Below are the locations in your county.
    Suffolk County Veterans Service Agency
    300 Center Drive
    Riverhead, NY 11901
    Suffolk County Veterans Service Agency
    100 Veterans Memorial Highway
    H. Lee Dennison Executive Office Bldg.
    Hauppauge, NY 11788
    NYS Division of Veterans’ Affairs
    100 Patriots Road
    Stony Brook, NY 11790-3300
    NYS Division of Veterans’ Affairs
    79 Middleville Road
    Building 9
    Northport, NY 11768
    NYS Division of Veterans’ Affairs
    300 Center Drive
    2nd Fl, Rm 265
    Riverhead, NY 11901
    To find other locations in New York, please call (888) 838-7697 or click here.
  • Many of the VSOs [link to VSO section above] listed above also assist with VA benefits. Please contact them directly for more information.

Apply For or Renew Your VA Health Benefits:

  • In addition to your VSO, the VA provides information about applying for and renewing your benefits.
    • Click here or call (877) 222-VETS (8387)
    • Schedule a meeting with a counselor at your local VA Medical Center or Clinic. To find the nearest location, click here.
  • VA Guide Book for Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors provides a complete list of VA benefits, including education, benefits, pension, VA insurance, home loans and more. Click here.
  • VA Center for Minority Veterans assists all eligible veterans in attaining their benefits, regardless of race, origin, religion, or gender. Read more.

Request Military Service Records and VA Forms:

  • Contact National Archives and Records Administration: File a Military Service Records Request read more.
  • Contact My Office: My office may be able to assist you in securing some of these records. Read More.
  • Find VA Forms: To locate commonly requested VA forms. Read More.

Education Benefits, Grants, Scholarships and Loans

Learn About VA Education Benefits:

Additional Programs:

  • Tuition Top-Up Program allows eligible GI Bill participants to use their GI Bill to pay for educational expenses not covered under federal tuition assistance. Read more.
  • The Reserve Education Assistance Program provides educational support to reservists called or ordered to active duty in a war or national emergency. Read more.

Learn About Non-VA Financial Aid:

  • Education Grants are types of aid that do not have to be paid back. Students must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before applying for a Federal grant. Read more about federal and state grants offered.
    • Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant provides up to $5,500 in funding for a student whose parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. Armed Forces and died as a result of post-9/11 service in Iraq or Afghanistan. Read more.
    • Pell Grants are awarded to undergraduate students based on financial need. Read more.
    • Academic Competitiveness Grant and National SMART Grants are federal funds provided to eligible NYS residents. Read more.
    • New York State Tuition Assistance Program can provide up to $5000 in funding for students attending postsecondary institutions in the state. Read more.
  • Scholarships Read more.
    • Military Service Recognition Scholarship provides financial aid to financial dependents of members of the U.S. Armed Forces or state organized militia, who provided eligible military service on or after August 2, 1990. Read more.
    • The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation provides post-high school scholarships for the eligible children of Marines, particularly those who have been wounded or lost in the line of duty. MCSF’s Heroes Tribute fund provides funding up to $30,000 for any Marine, or Navy Corpsman serving in the Marines, who died in the line of duty after September 11, 2001. Read more.
  • Awards. Read more.
    • NYS Regents Awards for Children of Deceased and Disabled Veterans provides financial aid to students whose parent served in the U.S. Armed Forces during specified times of national emergency. Read more.
    • Veterans Tuition Awards provide up to the full cost of undergraduate tuition at the State University of New York. Read more.
  • Federal Work Study provides part-time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate financial need. Read more.
  • Federal Loans include Direct Stafford, Direct PLUS, Perkins Loan, and Direct Loan Consolidation. Click here to learn more about Direct loans. Click here to learn more about Perkins Loans.
  • Federal Loan Repayment assists students in repaying Federal loan debt in return for a service commitment. Read more.
  • Loan Forgiveness programs allow students to cancel all or part of their student loan debt in return for a qualifying service. For more information on. Read more about Federal Loan Forgiveness programs and New York State Loan Forgiveness Programs, which are limited to New York State residents.
  • For other sources of student aid, including aid Disabled American Veterans and Americorps, click here.

Grants

My Senate Grants Central website is continually updated with critical information about various funding opportunities that are available to you, how to access them and where to apply.

I have created a grant guide tailored for veterans, service members and their families. Please click here to learn about these federal, state and private funding opportunities for veterans, service members and their families .

Health Services

VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic
Riverhead Clinic
300 Center Drive
Riverhead, NY 11901
VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic
Patchogue Community Clinic
4 Phyllis Drive
Patchogue, NY 11772
Northport VA Medical Center
79 Middleville Road
Northport, NY 11768

Note: Your closest VA Medical Center or VA Clinic may be in a neighboring county. For a complete list of VA medical centers and clinics in New York State, click here or call 1-877-222-VETS (8387).

  • Veterans Crisis Line connects veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Toll-free hotline is (800) 273-8255, dial "1". Read more.

Learn About Insurance Providers for Eligible Veterans, Service Members and Dependents

Additional health services

  • American Red Cross provides services to veterans in need. Find your local Red Cross chapter. Read more.
  • The National Center for PTSD provides information to better understand Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), latest research and VA PTSD facilities. Read more.
  • The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center helps veterans, service members and their dependents with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) through clinical care, clinical research and educational programs. Read more.

Family & Caregiver Assistance

  • Veterans Crisis Line connects veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified VA responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Toll-free hotline is (800) 273-8255 – dial “1”. Read more.

Find Information on VA Caregiver Support

  • VA Caregiver Support Line: (855) 260-3274, located at Canandaigua VA Medical Center (NY Headquarters)
  • VA Caregiver Website. Read more.
  • VA Caregiver Toolbox. Read more.
  • New Services for Family Caregivers of Post 9/11 Veterans: The Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers provides additional VA services to seriously injured post-9/11 veterans and their family caregivers. VA is now accepting applications. Read more.
  • Coaching into Care assists family members or friends find help for veteran’s dealing with post-deployment difficulties. Call (888) 823-7458. Read more.

Learn about family assistance groups in your community:

  • United Service Organization (USO) is dedicated to serving America’s Armed Forces by providing services to deployed service members, wounded warriors and military families. Read more.
  • Operation Homefront provides emergency financial and other support to the families of service members and wounded warriors. Read more.

By Branch of Service

  • The Army Family Readiness Group (AFRG) is a community resource for soldiers and their families that provides unit information, forums, photos, stories and other content that is accessible everywhere, regardless of their physical location. Read more.
  • U.S. Navy – Family Readiness provides information for U.S. Navy service members, veterans and family. Read more.
  • Marine Corps – Family Readiness provides information for U.S. Marine Corps service members, veterans and family. Read more.
  • Marine for Life is an official program of the U.S. Marine Corps that provides employment, education and benefits counseling and services to active Marines and veterans. Read more or call (866) 645-8762.
  • U.S. Air Force Community provides information for U.S. Air Force service members, veterans and family. Read more.
  • U.S. Coast Guard – Family Readiness provides information for U.S. Coast Guard service members, veterans and family. Read more.

Social Services

Department of Social Services provides public assistance, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (aka food stamps), the Home Energy Assistance Program, and offers public health programs including Medicaid, Family Health Plus, Child Health Plus, Healthy New York, and certain discount programs like the Medicare Savings Program. Social Services also administers Adult Protective Services and Long Term Care, and provides assistance for domestic violence victims.

For more information, please contact your county Department of Social Services office:

Suffolk County Department of Social Services
P.O. Box 18100
Hauppauge, NY 11788-8900

Operation Homefront provides emergency financial and other support to the families of service members and wounded warriors. Read more.

The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society specializes in financial education and counseling, no-interest loans, educational grants, grants for emergency needs, and benefits information assistance. All services are provided free of charge. Read more.

Small Business

  • VA Small and Veteran Business Programs oversees the Center for Veteran Enterprise, as well as the Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSB) and Veteran Owned Small Businesses (VOSB) programs. Read more.
    • VetBiz provides info on the verification and certification process. Read more.
  • Small Business Development Centers provides free and confidential educational services that include financial, marketing, production, organization, engineering and technical problems and feasibility studies.
    • The SBDC in your county is:
      Stony Brook Small Business Development Center
      100 Nicolls Rd
      Stony Brook, NY 11794-6016
      Farmingdale Small Business Development Center
      2350 Broadhollow Rd
      Farmingdale, NY 11735-1006
    • To find other locations, visit the NYS Small Business Development Center.
  • National Resource Development Self-Employment & Business Ownership provides additional resources around New York. Read more.

Housing

  • Public Housing Authority in your county:
    Town of Southampton
    116 Hampton Road
    Southampton, NY 11968
    Town of Smithtown Housing
    P.O. Box 575
    Smithtown, NY 11787
    Riverhead Housing Development Corporation
    542 East Main Street
    Riverhead, NY 11901
    Village of Patchogue Community Development Agency
    14 Baker Street
    P.O. Box 719
    Patchogue, NY 11772
    Town of Islip Housing Authority
    963 Montauk Highway
    Oakdale, NY 11769
    Town of Huntington Housing Authority
    1 Lowndes
    Ave # A
    Huntington Station, NY 11746
    Town of Brookhaven Section 8 Housing
    One Independence Hill
    Farmingville, NY, NY 11738
    Village of Greenport Section 8 Housing
    236 Third Street
    Greenport, NY 11944
    Town of East Hampton Section 8 Housing
    267 Bluff Road
    Amagansett , NY 11930
  • VA Homelessness: Read more.
    • National Call Center for Homeless Veterans: 1.877.4AID.VET (424.3838)
    • VA Prevention Services: Read more.
    • Veterans Homelessness Prevention Demonstration Program: Read more.
    • Housing Support Services: Read more.
    • Supportive Services for Veteran Families: Read more.
    • Treatment: Read more.
    • VA Compensated Work Therapy: Read more.
    • Benefits/ Other Services: Read more.
    • Other Resources: Read more.
  • HUD- Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Voucher provides long-term case management, supportive services and permanent housing support to homeless veterans. Read more.
  • DoL Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Program aims to reintegrate homeless veterans into the workforce by partnering with state and local Workforce Investment Boards, public agencies, for-profit/commercial entities, and non-profit organizations, including faith based and community based organizations. These services include job placement, training, job development, career counseling, resume preparation, clothing provision, provision of or referral to temporary, transitional, and permanent housing, referral to medical and substance abuse treatment, and transportation assistance. Read more.

Tax Assistance

Access of free tax assistance

  • IRS Taxpayer Assistance Centers (TAC) provide one-on-one assistance to address tax issues. Read more.
  • IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) provides free tax return preparation for taxpayers who qualify. Read more.

    Note: Additional VITA sites open during tax season.
  • Low Income Tax Clinics (LITC) provide free or low-cost assistance to low-income taxpayers and represent them in matters before the IRS. LITC also assist in collection disputes, audits and appeals, and IRS inquiries and account issues. Contact your local LITC to see if you are eligible. Read more.

Find Tax Information and Assistance for Members of the U.S. Armed Forces:

  • The IRS provides specific tax information for members of our Armed Forces. Read more.

Check the Status of Your Refund

  • To check on the status of your refund, change your mailing address or find other helpful information pertaining to your refund, please follow the IRS link provided below or call the IRS Refund Hotline at 800-829-1954 or the IRS TeleTax System at 800-829-4477.Read more.

Women Veterans

  • National Resource Directory connects women with resources around the country. Read more.
  • Department of Veterans Affairs provides resources and services tailored for women veterans.

Wounded Warriors

  • Wounded Warrior Project addresses the needs of service members wounded in post-9/11 service. The project operates a variety of programs intended to promote physical and mental well-being, economic empowerment (including educational opportunities and career training), and community engagement. To speak with a counselor call (877) 832-6997. Read more.
  • MilitaryOneSource.Com Wounded Warriors provides resources for wounded warriors and their families. Read more.
  • DoD Warrior Care Blog provides updates on government initiatives relevant to wounded warriors; information on care coordination; disability evaluation; transition assistance; as well as links to related resources. Read more.
  • DoD Operation Warfighter is open to Active Duty, National Guard and Reserve component in a medical hold status. The program seeks to provide career enhancement during hospital-stays by helping individuals build resumes, explore career aspirations, develop job skills, and gain federal government work experience. Read more.
  • Army Emergency Relief (AER) provides a range of services including emergency financial aid, children and spouse scholarships, grants to Wounded Warriors and benefits for surviving Family members. Read more.

Legal Services and Civil Protections

  • NYS Attorney General connects veterans and service members with resources and services, including legal services, civil protections and more. Read more here and here.
  • American Bar Association - Veterans Benefits & Services: Read more.

How I Can Help

If you feel that your matter requires my assistance, please do not hesitate contact my New York City office at 212-688-6262

As your United States Senator, I may be able to help connect you with various federal agencies and cut through the red tape. My staff makes every effort to assist New Yorkers with a broad range of issues.

If you need assistance resolving a problem, please visit my federal assistance webpage o find out what information my office will need to determine whether I can assist with the matter. Then please contact my New York City office directly at 212-688-6262.