N.Y. Veterans' Services Law Section 14
Local veterans’ service agencies


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County veterans’ service agencies. There shall be established a county veterans’ service agency in each county not wholly included within a city, and there shall be a county director of each county veterans’ service agency. Any county director hired after the effective date of this chapter shall be a veteran as defined in New York state statute. The chair of the board of supervisors of a county, with the approval of the board of supervisors, shall appoint and may at pleasure remove a county director of the county veterans’ service agency for such county. In a county having a county president, a county executive or other chief executive officer, such president or executive officer shall appoint and may at pleasure remove a county director. The county director may be paid such compensation as shall be fixed by the appointing officer and the board of supervisors. The county director shall appoint such assistants and employees as he or she may deem necessary, other than those, if any, supplied by the state; he or she may prescribe the duties of those appointed by him or her and fix their salaries within the appropriations made available for that purpose by the county and may at pleasure remove any such assistants or employees. The county director shall have jurisdiction throughout the territorial limits of the county, including any city therein which does not have a city veterans’ service agency, provided that after the establishment of a city veterans’ service agency in any such city, the county director shall not have jurisdiction within such city.

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City veterans’ service agency. There may be established a city veterans’ service agency in each city; and there shall be a city director of each city veterans’ service agency which is established. The mayor of such city, or the city manager in a city of less than one hundred forty thousand population having a city manager, shall appoint and may at pleasure remove the city director. A city director may be paid such compensation as shall be fixed by the mayor or city manager, as the case may be, empowered to appoint the city director, and the governing body of the city. The city director may appoint such deputies, assistants and employees as he or she may deem necessary other than those, if any, supplied by the state; the director may prescribe the duties of those appointed by him or her and fix their salaries within the appropriations made available for that purpose by the city and may at pleasure remove any such assistant or employee. A city director shall have jurisdiction throughout the territorial limits of the city.

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Accreditation.

(a)

Current county or city directors within three years from the effective date of this subdivision shall take all steps necessary to be accredited as a veterans service organization (VSO) representative. Accreditation shall mean the authority granted by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to assist veterans and their family members in the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims for benefits pursuant to section 5902 of Title 38 U.S.C. and section 14.628 of Title 38 Code of Federal Regulations. Once an application for accreditation is approved by the General Counsel of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs and the applicant is notified of this action, the director of the county or city veterans service agency shall file a copy of the accreditation certificate from the appropriate veterans service organization with the commissioner of the department. Such accreditation shall be maintained during the duration of his or her status as a director of such county or city veterans service agency. The commissioner of the department may determine that satisfactory completion of a course or instruction on veterans’ benefits approved by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs and conducted by the department may fulfill the requirements of this subdivision.

(b)

Any county or city director hired after the effective date of this chapter shall take all steps necessary to be accredited as a veterans service organization (VSO) representative within eighteen months of such appointment. Accreditation shall mean the authority granted by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to assist veterans and their family members in the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims for benefits pursuant to section 5902 of Title 38 U.S.C. and section 14.628 of Title 38 Code of Federal Regulations. Once an application for accreditation is approved by the General Counsel of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs and the applicant is notified of this action, the director of the county or city veterans service agency shall file a copy of the accreditation certificate from the appropriate veterans service organization with the commissioner of the department. Such accreditation shall be maintained during the duration of his or her status as a director of such county or city veterans service agency. The commissioner of the department may determine that a satisfactory completion of a course of instruction on veterans’ benefits approved by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs and conducted by the department may fulfill the requirements of this subdivision.

(c)

During the time a director is working toward accreditation pursuant to paragraphs (a) and (b) of this subdivision, such individual may provide services to veterans and their family members as defined in § 15 (Powers and duties of local veterans’ service agencies)section fifteen of this article other than the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims for benefits under federal statutes and regulations.

Source: Section 14 — Local veterans' service agencies, https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/VET/14 (updated Apr. 7, 2023; accessed Jul. 6, 2024).

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Definitions
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Department of veterans’ services
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Veterans’ services commission
3‑A
Veterans employment task force
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General functions, powers and duties of department
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Veteran speaker education program
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Cooperation and facilities of other departments
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Information on status of veterans receiving assistance
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New York state supplemental burial allowance for members of the uniformed services of the United States killed in combat or duty subject ...
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New York state veteran burial fund
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Time within which marriage may be solemnized
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Use of personal confidential information obtained from veterans or family members of veterans receiving services from the state and polit...
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Acceptance of gifts
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State veterans’ service agency
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Local veterans’ service agencies
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Powers and duties of local veterans’ service agencies
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Location and cost of local veterans’ service agencies
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Local veterans’ service committees
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Appropriations for expenses and activities of local veterans’ service agencies
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Women veterans coordinator
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Women veterans advisory committee
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Creation of annuity
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Evidence of entitlement
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Persons who may receive annuity
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New York state veterans’ cemeteries
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Veterans health screening
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Payment to parents of veterans
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Cremated remains of a veteran
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New York state silver rose veterans service certificate
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Intake forms for admission and residency
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Loan counseling for mortgages guaranteed by the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944
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Veterans memorial registry

Accessed:
Jul. 6, 2024

Last modified:
Apr. 7, 2023

§ 14’s source at nysenate​.gov

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