Office for the Aging


Memorial Day – Honoring our Veterans

Memorial Day is a day to pay tribute to the men and women who have died while serving our country.

It is also a good time to remind people about the many resources and services available to New York State veterans and their families.

According to 2012 data from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, there are more than 918,000 veterans living in New York State. In 2010, more than 612,000 New York State veterans were age 55 and older. Many of these individuals need access to information about health benefits, employment opportunities, and other benefits.

The New York State Division of Veterans' Affairs provides a wealth of information for veterans and their families. In addition to important benefits information that most veterans are familiar with, a quick visit to the website reveals that there are many New York State-specific benefits for veterans that may not immediately come to mind. For example, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation offers free/reduced fee fishing and hunting licenses for veterans. The New York State Department of Transportation also offers an E-ZPass for disabled veterans and a vehicle registration exemption for qualifying vets.

New York State also operates the MyBenefits website, which is a quick-and-easy way to find out what benefits all New Yorkers might qualify for—veteran or not.