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- Dr. Darlene Brown-Williams: Championing Mental Well-being for NYC Veterans and Their Families
By Darlene Brown-Williams, PhD, Assistant Commissioner for Whole Health & Community Resilience - Jan 25, 2017
Mental illness is real. The New York City Department of Veterans' Services (DVS) strives to eliminate the stigma of mental illness and equip our veterans and their families with the knowledge and resources to get help—the right help—that fits their needs.
- NYC Department of Veterans Services: Best of 2016
By Alexis Wichowski, Senior Advisor for Communications - Jan 3, 2017
DVS hit many milestones this year, including becoming an official agency! Here's an overview of some of our proudest moments from 2016.
- Video: Samuel Rosado, former paratrooper, US Army
By Mayor's Office of Creative Communications - Dec 24, 2016
"I joined in 1968. And if I was born again, I'd be military again." - Samuel Rosado.
This week, the honor was all ours when we helped Samuel move into his new affordable home - just in time for the holidays. Watch the video for the story. And if you know a veteran in need of affordable housing, contact us or call NYC 311 today. Spread the word!
- Building a Government Startup
By Jeffrey Roth, Deputy Commissioner - Dec 6, 2016
On April 8, 2016, the New York City Department of Veterans Services (DVS) opened its doors as the first new NYC agency in at least 15 years. It is the first and only autonomous municipal department devoted solely to improving the lives of veterans and their families.
- Bringing Data-Driven Execution to NYC Veterans Services
By Venkat Motupalli, Chief Information Officer - Oct 31, 2016
As a new agency, DVS has an unprecedented opportunity to build enduring systems that will define how we operate. We're engineering DNA into the Department's marrow.
- Video: Andre Sylvain, former combat engineer, US Army
By Mayor's Office of Creative Communications - Nov 6, 2016
On Veterans Day, we honor heroes like Andre Sylvain, a former Combat Engineer in the United States Army and one of the many veterans who New York City has helped find a home. In the last five years, NYC has reduced veteran homelessness by over 90% and, since last Veterans Day, has placed over 1,600 homeless veterans into permanent affordable housing. But there is always more service to be done for those who served us.