Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
For more information on health care benefits and services, please call 877-222-8387 or visit va.gov/health.
NYC Veterans’ Service Information Guide
eBenefits is a one-stop shop for online benefits. This portal is designed for veterans, service members, and their families and caregivers.
Veteran Assistance College Outreach
Shawn C. Kingston, VHA-CM
Program Specialist (Outreach)
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
James J. Peters VA Medical Center
130 W. Kingsbridge Rd, Bronx NY 10468
718-584-9000, ext. 5344
VA Clinic – Queens, NY
Thomas P. Noonan, Jr. Community Clinic
47-01 Queens Blvd, Room 301
Sunnyside, NY 11104
Services include: primary care, social work, mental health, and immunizations.
Women Veterans Resources
The Women Veterans Health Care Program is an integral part of the VA New York/New Jersey Veterans Healthcare Network. We pay special attention to women veterans with a focus on health promotion, disease prevention and management, and the emotional well-being of women veterans.
New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs
VA Health Benefits
VA provides a standard enhanced health benefits plan available to all enrolled veterans and maintains an annual enrollment system to manage the provision of quality hospital and outpatient medical care and treatment. VA provides every active-duty service member, Reservist or National Guard member who serves in a theater of combat operations five years of free health care beginning on the date of discharge or release from service for all illnesses and injuries unless clearly unrelated to military service. At the end of the five-year period, these veterans have the same eligibility for VA medical care as veterans of earlier conflicts, and co-payment status will depend on whether illness or injury is found to be service-connected.
Veterans Online Applications (VONAPP)
Apply for VA Benefits online at vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp.
VA Medical Centers and Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC)
VA Medical Centers provide a wide range of inpatient, outpatient and residential mental health services for veterans. VA Community Based Outpatient Clinics provide medical services including primary care, behavioral health care and other special programs as well as medication management for enrolled veterans. Staff at the VA Community Based Outpatient Clinics can also provide assessment and referral to more specialized services in the community or at the nearest VA Medical Centers.
To locate a VA Medical Center or Clinic, visit va.gov/directory.
To obtain VA forms and publications, visit va.gov/vaforms.
VA Education Benefits
VA provides educational benefits under the Montgomery GI Bill, the Veterans Educational Assistance Program, the Dependents Educational Assistance Program and the Montgomery GI Bill—Selected Reserve, Additional information can be obtained from a VA Regional Office at gibill.va.gov or 888-442-4551.
Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC)
New York State agency that helps people pay for college, information on available veterans tuition awards, awards for children of veterans. For more information, call 888-697-4372 or visit hesc.org.
Yellow Ribbon Program
The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. This program allows institutions of higher learning (degree granting institutions) in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate. The institution can contribute up to 50% of those expenses and VA will match the same amount as the institution. For more details, visit benefits.va.gov/gibill/yellow_ribbon.asp.
Military Service Counseling Initiative
The St. John’s University Center for Psychological Services, in conjunction with the PARTNERS program, has formed the Military Services Initiative (MSI) to provide therapeutic support for military servicemen and women and their families. The Initiative provides assessment and therapy services at no cost to those who present evidence of a current or past military ID. Contact the Center for Psychological Services at 718-990-1900.