JOE ROBACH ANNOUNCES GOVERNOR SIGNATURE ON LEGISLATION TO CONTINUE STATE’S EFFORTS TO HELP RETURNING VETERANS FIND EMPLOYMENT

Joe Robach announced that the Governor recently signed legislation that will continue the state’s efforts to assist returning veterans in finding employment.

The new law, supported by Joe Robach, requires the establishment of an employment portal on the Division of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) website that will include links to appropriate federal and state governmental programs that assist veterans in obtaining employment.

The employment portal on the DVA website will provide information regarding resources that are available to assist veterans in finding jobs, including governmental programs on the federal and state level and links to resources available through the federal and state labor departments. To ensure the portal successfully serves veterans, DVA will consult with members of the community devoted to helping veterans obtain employment.

This legislation continues the work of the Governor, the Legislature and Joe Robach to ensure that veterans’ valuable and specialized military experience is recognized when they transition to the civilian workforce.  This new law is critically important as it will assist our veterans find jobs so to provide for their families and themselves. The creation of a veteran’s job bank in New York State will help the American heroes who have so bravely fought to defend our Nation in this time of war. Our government must support these men and women as best as possible, for these soldiers have made sure that we remain a safe and free nation.

For more information on this or any other veterans initiative, contact the office of Joe Robach.

JOE ROBACH INFORMS RESIDENTS ABOUT THE SERVICES OFFERED AT THE NYS DIVISION OF VETERANS’ AFFAIRS

Joe Robach wants veterans to know about the important services offered at the NYS Division of Veterans’ Affairs.  NYSDVA was created in 1945 as part of the Executive Department with the task of assisting World War II service men and women with readjustment from the military to the civilian life. Their mission is to provide quality service, advocacy, and counseling in a timely manner for New York’s Veterans and their families to ensure they receive benefits granted by law for service in the Armed Forces.

Joe Robach knows that the heart of the State’s veterans’ program is the Division’s free counseling service. Experienced and dedicated counselors — each a veteran — in a network of field offices across the state offer veterans professional help to resolve social, medical, and economic problems.
State Veteran Counselors assist the claimant — whether a veteran, spouse, child, or parent — in completing applications, obtaining necessary documentation, and filing for a broad spectrum of federal, State, local, and private veterans’ benefits. Counselors also assist claimants in responding to follow-up correspondence and, when necessary, appealing an unfavorable ruling.

By working closely with other State, federal, local, and private agencies, the Division of Veterans’ Affairs is able to utilize the expertise and resources of others in the community to help the veteran and his or her family with specific needs, such as economic, employment, rehabilitation, medical treatment, home health care, education, and tax exemption.

The Division also has a responsibility for planning and coordinating services within the community, and works closely with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and other state agencies to accomplish this goal. The Division has strived to sensitize governmental and private agencies to the special problems and needs of veterans, particularly those men and women who served in combat and whose social, medical, and mental problems are often specifically rooted in war-time experiences.

The Division also administers a Blind Annuity program that provides a monthly stipend to more than 4,500 visually impaired veterans and eligible surviving spouses, a Gold Star Parent Annuity that authorizes an annuity payment to eligible parents of deceased Veterans, and oversees the Veterans Education Bureau, which investigates and certifies postsecondary educational and vocational institutions as providing legitimate and quality education for veterans seeking to utilize their federal education benefits to attend such facilities.

A toll-free information and referral hotline — 1-888-VETS-NYS (1-888-838-7697) — is available to refer veterans and their families to the nearest State Veteran Benefits Counseling Office.   For more information, call the veteran hotline above or contact the office of Joe Robach.