Senior Veterans

Senior Veterans

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COVID-19 Vaccine Information

People age 65 and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. You can schedule a free appointment by calling 877-VAX-4NYC (1-877-829-4692) from 8 am - 9 pm or by visiting the NYC COVID-19 Vaccine Finder. Appointments are required! Here's what you can expect at your COVID-19 vaccine appointment.

Mission: VetCheck

Many senior veterans struggle with isolation; COVID-19 has made this problem worse. To bridge the social isolation gap created by the pandemic, DVS and the Mayor's Office of ThriveNYC, launched Mission: VetCheck. Through this initiative, volunteers make support calls to connect to veterans and provide information about essential public services, including free meals, COVID-19 test site locations, and mental health resources.

Volunteer with Mission: VetCheck. Volunteers will need a phone and computer to make the calls from home and connect veterans to resources.

Request a supportive check-in call from a trained volunteer

Food Services

DVS works with Hello Fresh, the New York State Division of Veterans' Services, and local veteran organizations to provide free meals to New York veterans experiencing food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn how you can request food directly from DVS.

Health Insurance

Job Training

The NYC Department for the Aging's Senior Employment Program has placed New Yorkers over the age of 55 in jobs in data processing, administrative work, customer service, security services, airport services, home care, and more.

Legal Services

Veterans, age 60 and older, can contact Volunteers of Legal Services for help with:

  • obtaining life planning documents that are essential to protecting their legal rights and health care decisions
  • Last Will and Testament
  • power of attorney
  • health care proxy
  • landlord-tenant issues
  • access to benefits
  • general civil legal advice and referrals

To request legal services, call 347-521-5725 or email jpenkoff@volsprobono.org. Leave a message with your name, phone number, and the best days and times you can be reached.

Transportation

  • Participating VA medical centers (VAMCs) offer transportation services to VA appointments and authorized non-VA appointments. Learn more about the Veteran Transportation Service (VTS).

End-of-Life Planning

  • DVS's Final Honors Program ensures that all deceased NYC veterans - even if unclaimed or abandoned - are given military funerals with honors and buried at a National Cemetery once they are verified as eligible for military honors. A DVS official is present the day of each unclaimed or abandoned veterans' National Cemetery funeral to bear witness to his or her sacrifice for our country.
  • Veterans can learn in advance if they are eligible to be buried in a VA national cemetery by applying for a pre-need determination of eligibility. Visit the VA’s Pre-Need Eligibility website to learn more about the eligibility requirements, application process, and what information you need to apply. After reviewing the website, please download and submit VA Form 40-10007. Please note, this application is for planning for your own burial in advance. Please do not complete this form if you’re requesting a burial for someone after they have passed.