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Veterans Service Agency Mission Statement

VETERANS SERVICES AGENCY


VISION
The Vision of the Veterans Service Agency, in partnership with the U.S. Veterans Administration both Federal and State, as well as other County Agencies and Departments, is to ensure that all eligible Veterans and their families receive the benefits to which they are entitled.

The Veterans Service Agency (VSA) advocates on behalf of veterans and their dependents in the areas of compensation, pension, education, vocational rehabilitation, burial, hospital care, blind annuity, tax exemptions, and discharge upgrading. The agency provides free transportation for Veterans to any one of the Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital in Northport, the VA Health Clinic in East Meadow, VA Lynbrook Clinic in Valley Stream or Nassau Vet Center in Hicksville.

The program consists of 50 volunteers drivers.


MISSION
The Mission of the Nassau County Veterans Service Agency is to advocate for Nassau County Veterans and their dependents with the U.S. Veterans Administration, New York State and Nassau County Agencies by educating them and ensuring they receive all their benefits; assisting with their financial and economic issues; expanding public awareness of Veteran issues; and enhancing the quality of life for Veterans in Nassau County.

VSA accomplishes its Mission as it works to

  • Guide the Veteran through the entire procedure from the application to the adjudication and, if necessary, the appeal process
  • Provide advocacy services for Veterans, their spouses and dependents making it easier for claims and earned benefits to be administered and received by deserving and rightful recipients

Goals

  • Educate Veterans and their families about their benefits
  • File claims for veterans and/or their families properly and in a timely manner to ensure a positive outcome and to increase the dollar amount received by Nassau County Veterans
  • Allow Veterans, who are currently receiving Department of Social Services benefits, to change to VA benefits

Objectives

  • To re-evaluate and upgrade  the processing of claims and administering of earned benefits to ensure receipt by deserving and rightful individuals
  • To improve public awareness of veteran benefits and entitlements, thereby increasing the number of Veterans filing for benefits
  • To educate Post Commanders, Post Presidents and Service Officers about Veterans benefits and new VA laws and regulations, thereby increasing the filing of new claims for benefits. Thus far 30,000 Veterans claims have been filed and 8.5 million in cash awards from the Veteran Administration last year alone.