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Originated in 1926, The Erie County Veterans Service Agency was the first of its kind in the State of New York.  Due to the increased demand for such services, and accelerated by World War II, the Agency became a part of the county government on January 1, 1945.  Since that time, this office has provided service to many thousands of Erie County veterans and their dependents.

The Erie County Veterans Service Agency is mandated by New York State Executive Law, Section 357. The directive of this office is to provide quality service, advocacy, and guidance in a timely manner for Erie County veterans and their families. The office works with clients to assist them in applying for earned benefits.

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.


The Director and his staff are passionate, caring, and concerned representatives and, as such are able to present claims for further development, institute appeals from Veterans Administration decisions, and follow through to final disposition with representation in Washington. In this manner, the Office of Veterans Services offers a personalized service not available from other sources.

Erie County Veteran Service Officers will help you navigate the Department of Veterans Affairs' bureaucracy, and our services are free. We will help with gathering the information necessary to support a claim, filing the claim, and tracking the claim through the VA system. We can also assist with filing appeals for denied claims. We strongly recommend that you make use of the services provided by County Veterans Service Officers. Our expertise can help you avoid the pitfalls and delays that missing paperwork or improperly filled out claim forms can cause.

In addition to the normal benefits provided by law to survivors of deceased veterans, this is the only agency charged with and responsible for processing, at county expense, of the burial of indigent veterans and next-of-kin of veterans.

Accredited American Legion Service Officers (716) 858-6363

A specialized service of your ERIE COUNTY GOVERNMENT

A fully trained office staff, experienced in every detail of claims processing, assures the claimant of efficient, confidential, and sympathetic service with the least possible consumption of time and a minimum of "red tape".

Serving our Veterans



Rath Building, Suite 800
95 Franklin St.
Buffalo, NY 14202
(716) 858-6363


This Day in History

This Day in History:  November 13, 1942 – The loss of the USS Juneau (CL-52) during Battle of Guadalcanal results in death of five Sullivan Brothers. In the aftermath of Juneau’s loss, the Navy notified Mr. and Mrs. Thomas F. Sullivan of Waterloo, Iowa, that all five of their sons were missing in action.  They had also insisted on serving together on the same ship. Although the accepted Navy policy was to separate family members, the brothers had persisted and their request was approved.

Happy Birthday Marines!

The United States Marine Corps Birthday is celebrated every year on 10 November. On that day in 1775, the Continental Marines were established.

VA Seeks Presumptive-Disability Status for Camp Lejeune Veterans

WASHINGTON — The VA is beginning the process of amending its regulations to establish presumptive-disability status for veterans who have certain diseases linked to contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune.

St. Joseph University School Civics Program.

Vietnam Veteran, Gary Beikirch, Medal of Honor recipient will be in Buffalo on 12 November for a fund raising event for St. Joseph University School Civics Program.

Veterans Outreach Center Inc.

Buffalo Office: 403 Main Street- Suite 320 Buffalo NY 14203 Call (716) 424-1892

WNY Warriors Flight from Buffalo to Washington,DC.

NY State Senator Robert Ortt is seeking WW II and Korean War Vets who are interested in flying on the WNY Warriors Flight from Buffalo to Washington,DC. This is a FREE trip and includes airfare and meals. The trip is set for Wednesday 21 October 2015 and those going will visit the WW II Memorial, Iwo Jima Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Memorial and Vietnam Memorial. If you are interested in attending or know of a veteran who would be, you must fill out an application ASAP. Contact Senator Ortt's office; 716.434.0680 for information and application.

Veterans One-Stop Center of WNY

Veterans One-stop Center of WNY, Inc. is Western New York’s premier veterans service and advocacy collaborative putting the one voice of WNY veterans first in the coming years. This organization is located at 1280 Main Street.

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