David J. Shenk, Director

David J. Shenk, Director

Our mission is to inform veterans, current service members, and their families of the many federal, state, and local benefits that they may be eligible for. Through community involvement, the office will remain a strong force in Erie County by working collaboratively with local veteran organizations and the veteran community to foster relationships and increase awareness with veterans and their families.

What's Happening in Veterans Service Agency

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VA WNY Health Care System's Valentine’s “National Salute to Veteran Patients”


Dan Ratka represented EC Veterans Service Agency and Patrick Ishimwe Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz.  They participated in this event at the VA Hospital to pass out...

Many housing units built before 1978 have lead based paint. To ensure that all work is done using lead safe work practices, landlords, property managers, & contractors are required to be certified by the EPA.


Erie County Health Department is holding a Lead Safety for...

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David Shenk, Director and Patricia Rommel represented EC Veterans Service Agency at the Erie County American Legion Family Testimonial Dinner.  This local group welcomed Rena Nessler, Department of NY American Legion Commander, Patricia Hennessy, Department of NY American Legion Auxiliary...

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The USS Little Rock (LCS 9) was commissioned right here in Buffalo, NY alongside its name sake, a first in naval history.

This very cold event at canal side was well attended. David Shenk, Director of EC Veterans Service Agency was accompanied by EC Executive Mark Poloncarz, and navy...

Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz has formally signed two local laws that respect and honor the service of Erie County veterans. The first, Local Law Intro. No. 18-1, makes permanent a 15% exemption on certain qualifying real property for Cold War veterans as long as the veteran owns it;...

Erie County and the nation have been fighting the Opiate epidemic.

If you or someone you know is struggling with an addiction call 24 hours a day to get help 716-831-7007.

Information on safe...

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Phone: (716) 858-6363

Veterans Service Agency
Edward A Rath County Office Building
95 Franklin Street, Suite 800
Buffalo, New York 14202