DVS staff poses cheerfully for the camera during Veterans Day festivities

The New York City Department of Veterans Services (DVS) was created in April 2016 to connect New York City service members, veterans, and their families to the full range of services and benefits. DVS acts as a centralized hub able to put veterans at the center of all our efforts. We coordinate services with agencies at the City, state, and federal level, as well as through public- private partnerships.

Our mission is straightforward -- to foster purpose-driven lives for NYC service members, veterans, and their families through:

  • effective connections in the NYC community;
  • targeted advocacy at a local, state, and national level;
  • compassionate service, ensuring we make it easier to access services and benefits they’ve earned.

We believe that veterans are civic assets whose strength and demonstrated commitment to public service will help NYC thrive.