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Department of Veterans Services


Tompkins County Department of Veterans Services exists to connect local Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces – and their families – with federal, state, and local resources.

Departmental staff make these connections through a combination of counseling, referral, and direct assistance with the following benefits:

  • Compensation for service-connected and non-service-connected disabilities

  • Compensation to caregiving family of homebound Veterans

  • Compensation/pension to families of deceased Veterans

  • Burial benefits and grave markers

  • Health care

  • Life insurance

  • Education Benefits

  • Home loan guarantees

  • Obtaining military records


  • Federal, State & Local medals/awards

  • New York State blind annuity

  • New York State property tax exemption

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Photographs courtesy of Charles Harrington, Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter #377