Statement in Support of New York City Service Members & Veterans Affected by the Federal Government Shutdown

New York - There are nearly 50,000 federal workers in New York City, almost 1/3 of whom are military veterans. Some of these public servants may have been forced to forgo work or to perform their duties for no pay. Additionally, members of the United States Coast Guard serving at the Fort Wadsworth installation in Staten Island -- home to over 1,000 active duty service members and reservists – are working day and night to secure the third largest port in the United States – the Port of New Jersey / New York – for no pay. 

New York City's Coast Guard men and women and the military veterans of the federal workforce have committed to a lifetime of service, both in uniform and as civilians beyond the military. No one – service member, veteran, or civilian – should be punished for choosing a career in service of their fellow citizens by being forced from work or forced to work without pay.

The City of New York stands by all federal workers negatively impacted by the shutdown of the federal government and is especially grateful to the men and women who have committed to serve our country in uniform and beyond military service.  Service members, veterans, and their families can use our coordinated-care network, VetConnectNYC or call 1-833-VETS-NYC, to access legal, financial, and City agencies among other providers. Expert case managers will assess your needs and refer you to the organization or provider best suited to respond to your situation. 

The New York City Department of Veterans’ Services stands ready to assist any service member or veteran who experiences hardships as a consequence of the shutdown. Call 212-416-5250, email us at, message us on Facebook or Twitter @nycveterans, find a satellite site in all five boroughs at our website, or visit us in person at our main office at 1 Centre Street, Suite 2208.