- Application for Medals
- Burial Benefits
- Calendar of Events
- Compensation
- Death Pension
- Discharge
- Education & Training
- Federal Grave Markers
- Honor a Veteran
- Home Loan Guarantee
- Hospitalization & Domiciliary Care

Medical Van Transportation

- NYS Blind Annuity Program
- NYS Property Tax Exemption
- Pension
- Related Links
- Replacement & Lost Documents
- VA Clinic Care
- VA Insurance Claims
- Contact Us

Departmental Functions

The Veterans Service Agency provides services to veterans of Rensselaer County and their families. We provide information on available benefits, eligibility standards, and we assist in the completion of necessary paperwork.

The office provides counseling to veterans and their families for entitlement to pensions, compensations, insurance, hospitalization, loans, burials, grave markers, educational benefits, annual VA questionnaires, and any other benefits provided by the Federal and State governments. The Agency also provides for the placement of grave markers provided for by the United States Government; and transportation to and from the Veterans' Administration Medical Center in Albany and the Troy Veteran's Administration Community Based Outreach Clinic via the Veteran's medical vans.

Department Objectives

- To assist the veterans of Rensselaer County with all their needs and questions on any military-related benefits to which they are entitled;
- To maintain a positive relationship with the veteran community so that they know and feel that we are here to help them with everything that we possibly can, or assist them in the right direction;
- To make sure that all veterans receive the medical attention that they are entitled to and to have transportation to those medical appointments. Many veterans are in need of transportation and the demand for our assistance in this matter is overwhelming at times.


The following telephone numbers are provided as a guide to assist you in preparing for your visit at our Veterans Service Office. We want to assist you in every way that we can in getting the benefits to which you are entitled. We hope that you can familiarize yourself with some of the requirements and information we will be asking of you when you come in for a scheduled visit with our Veterans Service Office.

Please feel free to browse through any of the links we have provided before coming into our office. We are here to help you in every way that we can.

Veterans Service Agency Web Site Information

PFC Robert Charles Felter Memorial Bridge Fund

Rensselaer County Directory of Local Resources For Veterans and Their Families

July/August 2015 Newsletter

May/June 2015 Newsletter

March/April 2015 Newsletter

January/February 2015 Newsletter

Previous Newsletters

Important Phone Numbers

For Information on: Call:
VA benefits 1-800-827-1000
Health Benefits 1-877-222-8387
Education Benefits 1-888-442-4551
Life Insurance 1-800-669-8477
Debt Management 1-800-827-0648
Mammography Hotline 1-888-492-7844
Telecommunication Device For the Deaf (TDD) 1-800-829-4833
CHAMPA 1-800-733-8387
Headstones & Markers 1-800-697-6947
Gulf War & Agent Orange 1-800-749-8387
Health Eligibility Center
1644 Tullie Circle
Atlanta, GA 30329-2303