DVS represents veterans looking to secure disability compensation from the VA. We support veterans with disabilities that are the result of a disease or injury incurred or aggravated during active military service, as well as veterans with post-service and non-service-connected disabilities.
DVS connects veterans with disabilities to employment opportunities, job training programs, resources to modify their homes, obtain New York State certification as Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses (SDVOB), access accessible transportation, and more.
Connect to services by filling out the VetConnectNYC form:
Request Services on VetConnectNYC
See below for a list of resources for veterans with disabilities:
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Accessibility Home Modifications
Rebuilding Together NYC (RT NYC) provides accessibility modifications for disabled veterans, so they can stay in their homes. Modifications include wheelchair ramps and lifts, stair glides, handrails, grab bars, and ADA-compliant bathrooms. Receive an application by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with "Veteran Interest" in the subject line.
VA Disability Compensation benefits are available to veterans with service-connected illnesses or disabilities. These VA disability benefits include Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC), Special Monthly Compensation (SMC), and general disability pay, which is a tax-free monetary payment. To receive VA compensation benefits and services, the veteran's character of discharge or service must be under other than dishonorable conditions (e.g., honorable, under honorable conditions, general). For benefits support, fill out the form at VetConnectNYC (select "Benefits Navigation" as your preferred service).
Social Security Disability and Veterans Affairs Disability — How Do They Compare?
Social Security Administration Helpful Links
The United States Social Security Administration (ssa.gov)
Information for Military & Veterans | SSA
Expedited Processing of Veteran’s 100% Disability Claims (May 2021) (ssa.gov)
Social Security Number and Card | SSA
Supplemental Security Income | SSA
Appeal A Decision | Disability Benefits | SSA
Extra Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs | SSA
Social Security Office Locator, SSA Office Locator Social Security Office Locator, Social Security
Social Security Forms | Social Security Administration (ssa.gov)
Protect Yourself from Social Security Scams | SSA
Disability Service Facilitators
New York City has identified Disability Service Facilitators (DSFs) at each agency. See the list of agency DSFs along with their contact information.
Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business
Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA)