Grand Central Station. Photo credit SSG Christopher S. Muncy, NYANG

If you or a veteran you know is experiencing a crisis, call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 and press 1 OR text 838255.

Effective November 18, 2017, the New York City Human Rights Law, Title 8 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York, will provide new protections for members of the uniformed services against discrimination in employment, housing, and places of public accommodation.

If you are a veteran and believe you have been subject of discrimination because of your military service, please contact the New York City Commission on Human Rights to learn what your options are under the law. 

Recognizing the need to better serve New York City's more than 210,000 veterans and their families, New York City Department of Veterans Services (DVS) - formerly the Mayor's Office of Veteran's Affairs (MOVA) - was officially established in 2016 by Local Law 113. DVS strives to improve the lives of all veterans and their families, regardless of discharge status.

We view veterans as civic assets, whose strength and demonstrated commitment to public service will help New York City thrive.To that end, DVS works to match veterans with programs and services to support fulfilling and purpose-driven lives. DVS is dedicated to improving the lives of all New York City veterans and their families.

What we do

Marshaling the collective resources of the City New York, DVS strives to:

  • Work with veterans in need to find permanent housing and access to support services needed to find and maintain their home through our Housing and Support Services.
  • Support the physical, mental, and spiritual well-being of NYC veterans and their families through our VetsThriveNYC Integrative Health Program, the veteran-focused complement to the First Lady's ThriveNYC Mental Health Roadmap and the DVS Core 4 Integrative Health Model.
  • Expand education and career opportunities for veterans through a rapidly growing network of City, public, private, and non-profit partners with our Education, Employment, and Entrepreneurship programs
  • Provide the human and technological infrastructure for veterans and their families to gain City-wide access to benefits, resources, and care through the nation's leading coordinated service network with VetConnect NYC (currently NY Serves: NYC)