Matt Basile is a Community Outreach Specialist at the New York City Department of Veterans Services (DVS). In this role, Matt is responsible for interacting with Staten Island's veterans and their families in order to connect them with employment services, educational benefits, financial services, and business opportunities. Matt brings over nine years of diverse experience to DVS working with various veteran communities, and previously served as a student veteran mentor where he assisted college students with their veteran benefits and academic career. In this capacity, Matt also contributed to establishing a “one stop shop” within the college registration system to ensure proper customer service to the unconventional student veteran. This was highly effective in ensuring appropriate use of benefits and minimizing burdens for the students.
Prior to DVS, Matt was a small business owner that catered to military personnel in the Virginia Beach area. In this capacity Matt also was awarded numerous government contracts that made him proficient in working with both the veteran community and the federal government's procurement system.Matt holds a Bachelor's degree in both Political Science and Economics. As a Navy veteran, Matt made multiple deployments across Eastern Europe and the Middle East.