Veterans Affairs and Counseling Center of Brooklyn College
1407 James Hall, 2900 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11210-6789
The Veterans Affairs and Counseling Center is ready to assist you, as well as your dependents and survivors, in obtaining all federal and state educational benefits and entitlements you have earned by serving in the United States military. We provide guidance and support services that will aid you in your transition to academic and civilian life.
Brooklyn Vet Center
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New York City College of Technology
Brooklyn Veterans Center- Guillermo Smith
25 Chapel Street Rm 604; Brooklyn NY 11201
718-624-2765 OR email@example.com
The Brooklyn Veterans Center (BVC) located at 25 Chapel Street (room 604) and NYC College of Technology are working together to help Veterans succeed in college. An advisory committee for Veterans Services meets regularly to explore and address the many needs of the veteran student community at City Tech. The BVC has been serving Veterans since the 1970’s. They offer services to Veterans and their families. The BVC provides a physical meeting space where veterans can congregate to support each other while in school. The BVC offers a range of readjustment counseling for all veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, assisting students with issues related to relationships, employment, substance abuse, bereavement and more. Please note: students who are active members of their military should contact their Unit Administrator for information about tuition reimbursement.
Army Community Services
Contact Person: Diane Carter
137c Poly Place. Brooklyn, NY 11209
718-630-4754 OR firstname.lastname@example.org
Career Development and Job Placement, Financial Assistance, Counseling, Volunteer Work, Vets Benefits Information, Community Events.
Black Veterans for Social Justice
Contact Person: Veronica Reid
665 Willoughby Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11206
P: 718-852-6004 OR email@example.com
Counseling in PTSD, Alcohol and Substance Abuse, and Support groups. Also Permanent Transitional and Emergency Housing, Career development and Job Placement, Vocational Education Training, Crisis Intervention, Counseling, Case Management.
Brooklyn for Peace
Contact Person: Edward McWilliams (Program Coordinator)
41 Schermerhorn ST. PMB 106. Brooklyn, NY 11201
718-624-5921 OR firstname.lastname@example.org OR email@example.com
Volunteer Work, Community Events. Organize community events for general public including veterans.
Goodwill’s GW Vets
Contact Person: Receptionist
25 Elm Place, 6th Floor. Brooklyn, NY 11201
718-246-7885 OR firstname.lastname@example.org
Career Counseling, Job Readiness Workshops, Computer Training, Job Placement Assistance, Funding for Special Training Available
NYS Division of Veterans Brooklyn VA Medical Center
Contact Person: George Bosolet
800 Poly Place Room 4-201. Brooklyn, NY 11209
718-630-3749 OR email@example.com
PTSD Counseling, Counseling, Vets Benefits Information
Project TORCH/Veterans Health Care Center
Contact Person: Emily Kalb
40 Flatbush Ave, 8th Floor. Brooklyn, NY 11201
718-439-4354 / 4345 OR firstname.lastname@example.org
PTSD, Alcohol and Substance Abuse, Permanent Transitional and Emergency Housing, Career development and Job Placement, Vocational Education Training, Counseling, Case Management, Vets Benefits Information.
Veterans Affairs Medical Center
800 Poly Place
Primary Focus: Mix of mental health and substance abuse services; Services Provided: Substance abuse treatment, Detoxification, Methadone Maintenance, Methadone Detoxification; Type of Care: Residential short-term treatment (30 days or less), Outpatient, Partial hospitalization/day treatment; Special Programs/Groups: Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Persons with HIV/AIDS, Seniors/older adults
Department of Veterans Affairs: Chapel Street Veterans Healthcare Center
40 Flatbush Ave. Extension; 8th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201
This is the Brooklyn campus for Veterans services, including mental health services. Services include: Individual and group counseling for Veterans and their families, Family counseling for military related issues, Bereavement counseling for families who experience an active duty death, Military sexual trauma counseling and referral, Substance abuse assessment and referral, Employment assessment & referral, VBA benefits and referral, Screening & referral for medical issues. All Veterans returning from service in Iraq and Afghanistan have access to two years of free health care for anything related to their deployment, including mental health services.
New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs
245 W. Houston Street, Room 206;
New York, NY 10014
Joel Evans, Senior Counselor … (212) 807-3162
Free counseling service through 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. 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.
VA Vet Centers
Vet Centers are community based and part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. In April 1991, in response to the Persian Gulf War, Congress extended the eligibility to veterans who served during other periods of armed hostilities after the Vietnam era. Those other periods are identified as Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, the Persian Gulf, Somalia, and Kosovo/Bosnia. In October 1996, Congress extended the eligibility to include WWII and Korean Combat Veterans. The goal of the Vet Center program is to provide a broad range of counseling, outreach, and referral services to eligible veterans in order to help them make a satisfying post-war readjustment to civilian life. On April 1, 2003 the Secretary of Veterans Affairs extended eligibility for Vet Center services to veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and on June 25, 2003 Vet Center eligibility was extended to veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and subsequent operations within the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT). The family members of all veterans listed above are eligible for Vet Center services as well. Vet Centers furnish bereavement counseling services to surviving parents, spouses, children and siblings of service members who die of any cause while on active duty, to include federally activated Reserve and National Guard personnel.
Director: Paula Panzer, MD
135 West 50th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10020
Home Again: Veterans and Family Initiative enables child protective services, clinicians, higher education institutions, and work readiness programs to do their usual work in an enhanced, culturally informed manner that places a priority on veterans and military families. We make this happen by providing Military Cultural Competency education to the community. Our training goes a step beyond an introduction to the culture of the military, and addresses the invisible wounds and hallmarks of the most recent wars. We give community providers the tools they need to help veterans and their families successfully cope with reintegration and work towards enhanced competency. Our training team includes a clinician with expertise in evidence-based trauma treatment, and Veteran Peer Advocates who provide narratives of their military experience in order to meet the objectives of the curriculum.
VA NY Harbor Healthcare System
Members of the news media should contact our Public Affairs Officers:
800 Poly Place
Brooklyn, NY 11209
Brooklyn/St. Albans Community Living Center: 718-630-2804
Barber Services, Caregiver Support, Chaplain Service, Daycare Centers (Brooklyn Child Care, Inc. and Imagine Vets Kids), Emergency Medical Department, Geriatric Research, Education & Clinical Center (GRECC), Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Home Based Primary Care, Homeless Veterans Treatment Program, Hoptel Units, Hospice and Palliative Care, Library, Mental Health, Pharmacy, Returning Service Members/Readjustment, Research, Shuttle Bus Service, Social Work, St. Albans Community Living Center, Veterans Justice Outreach, Visual Impairment Service Team Program (VIST), Women’s Health.
NY State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC)
99 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12255
“Veterans Tuition Awards (VTA) are awards for full-time study and part-time study for eligible veterans matriculated in an approved program at an undergraduate or graduate degree-granting institution or in an approved vocational training program in New York State.
■For full-time study, a recipient shall receive an award of up to the full cost of undergraduate tuition for New York state residents at the State University of New York, or actual tuition charged, whichever is less. Full-time study is defined as twelve or more credits per semester (or the equivalent) in an approved program at a degree-granting institution, or twenty-four or more hours per week in a vocational training program.
■ For part-time study, awards will be prorated by credit hour. Part-time study is defined as at least three but fewer than twelve credits per semester (or the equivalent) in an approved program at a degree-granting institution, or six to twenty-three hours per week in a vocational training program.”
NYC Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs
346 Broadway, 8 West
New York, NY 10013
Veterans Property Tax Exemption (www.nyc.gov/dof), Request for relief from Lien Sale, Tax Warrants, Environmental Control Board judgements, and parking judgements. (www.nyc.gov/dof). Veterans Preference Points for NYC Civil Service Exams (www.nyc.gov/dcas). General Vending License (www.nyc.gov/dca)
NYC Bar Association
Free Legal Assistance
Mental Health Emergency
Free Mental Health services
Mental Health Crisis
New York State
NYS employment preference, Homes for veterans Program (.5% reduction on the interest rate for SONYMA mortgages), Gold Star Parent Annuity ($500 per parent of a deceased veteran), NYS Property Tax exemption provides a partial tax exemption, EZ Pass for disabled veterans (Fee Exempt), Supplemental Burial Allowance (provides up to $6,000 in supplemental burial allowance for families of qualifying veterans killed while on active duty)