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

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;...



Once again this year the Erie County Department of Veteran Services partnered with the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park for Pearl Harbor Day.

The focus of this years event was Submariners.

David Shenk, Director of ECVSA presented certificates to Petty Officers...

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...

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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Phone: (716) 858-6363

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