NYC Department of Veterans' Services (DVS)
January 2018 Newsletter


DVS' monthly newsletter will share information about DVS programs and initiatives, upcoming and recent events, and news affecting NYC veterans and their families. To recommend content or find more information, please connect with us at, on social media @nycveterans, or via email at

Best of 2017: A Year Serving Those Who've Served

DVS in the News
The New York City Department of Veterans’ Services made notable accomplishments in its’ first full year of operation, fostering purpose-driven lives for NYC service members, veterans, and their families. Take a look at some of our highlights of 2017.   

Highlights: DVS Public Engagement in December

NYS Health Panel

DVS Commissioner Loree Sutton joined Jordanna Mallach, Special Programs Coordinator of New York State Division of Veterans' Affairs, for a conversation about the evolving needs of the veteran community. 

The discussion, moderated by NYS Health's Derek Coy, included the scope of both organizations' work, the challenges they face, and plans for the future. 
TOW Cast
Mental Health First Aid
On December 12, DVS held a Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training at 1 Centre St. This session was led by our Whole Health coordinators Gabriel Ramos and Monique Rada

As part of the City's Thrive NYC initiative, MHFA training is available free to all New Yorkers.
CLS & Veteran Artists
Salmagundi Club 
On December 28th, Commissioner Loree Sutton visited the Salmagundi Club for the "I Dream of Peace" veteran art exhibit. The fused art glass pieces were each created by veteran participants of the Creative Arts Program of the Veterans Support Center, located at the VA NY Harbor Healthcare System in Brooklyn and led by Art Therapist Beryl Brenner.
For more on the show, check out our blog

Featured community resources

NYC Well

Paid Family Leave 

Beginning January, 1 2018, employees with a family member who has been notified of an order of active military service abroad are eligible for Paid Family Leave. 

This policy, announced by Governor Cuomo in December, is one of the nation's most comprehensive Paid Family Leave policies and will be phased in over four years. 

VA Veterans' ID Card

The Department of Veterans Affairs recently launched a printed veteran identification card on their site

Interested veterans should visit and scroll down to "Apply for Printed Vet ID Card." They will be prompted to enter an email address where specific application instructions will be sent.  

For more information, call the help desk at 1-855-574-7286.


Patriot Boot Camp 

Patriot Book Camp will be accepting applications for its next technology entrepreneurship boot camp in San Antonio, Texas. Applications are being accepted through January 7, 2018.

Applicants can visit for more information. 

The Bridge Award

The Arts in the Armed Forces (AITAF) has created the Bridge Award. This award will recognize a play written by a person who is either currently training to, serving in, or has served in the military. The winner will be awarded a development with a professional cast and director of AITAF-selected artists. 

Submissions end March 30, 2018. For more information, visit the AITAF website.


Upcoming events

Mental Health First Aid Training at 1 University Plaza, Brooklyn, NY
Jan. 5, 9 am - 4 pm

Women's Health & Wellness Event at Metropolitan College of New York
Jan. 10, 11 am - 2 pm

Department of Probation Forum Shift: Finding the Right Career for You at 33 Beaver St., 18th Fl.
Jan. 11, 9 am - 12 pm

The Human Veterans & Senior Services Sub-Committee at 1 Centre St., 19th Fl.
Jan. 18, 6:00 pm

The Homeless Outreach Population Estimate (HOPE)* 
Jan. 22, 10 pm - 4 am

Veterans Advisory Board Meeting at 9 Bond St.
Jan. 23, 6:00 pm

DVS Office Hours at Civic Hall, 118 W 22nd St., 12 Fl  
Jan. 24, 5 - 7 pm

Veteran Mental Health First Aid Training at 1 Centre St., Suite 2208
Jan. 26, 9 am - 4 pm 

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DVS in your borough 
Connect with DVS without ever leaving your borough! DVS satellite site locations below:
Brooklyn: Brooklyn Workforce 1 Career Center, 9 Bond Street, 5th floor:                                                    Mon & Wed 10-2pm

Bronx: Bronx County Building, 851 Grand Concourse, Room 209:                                                        Tue - Thu 10-2pm

Manhattan: Manhattan Borough President's Office, 431 W 125th Street:                                                        Mon & Fri 10-2pm

Queens: Queens Borough Hall, 120-55 Queens Blvd, Room 222:                                                              Tue - Thu 10-2pm

Staten Island: Staten Island Borough Hall, 10 Richmond Terrace, Rm G-15:                                                    Tue-Wed 10am-2pm; 
                        College of Staten Island, 2800 Victory Boulevard Campus Center, Rm 216:                              Mon-Thu 10-2pm

Team DVS in the Community 

Team DVS
EH & VM @ Syracuse
CLS @ Salmugundi
New York City Department of Veterans' Services 
1 Centre Street, Suite 2208
New York, NY 10007 
(212) 416-5250

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