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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 veterans and their dependents residing in Erie County.


  • To ensure that every veteran in the county is registered in the VA System and is fully aware of all the benefits that they have earned.
  • To make veterans an economic force in education, employment and business development.


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


Honor The Fallen Help Support Local Veterans


Thank-A-Vet’ outreach event slated for August

Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs will host a “Thank-A-Vet” outreach event from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, at the Cheektowaga Senior Center, 3349 Broadway.

Representatives will be issuing discount cards to honorably discharged veterans who file their original DD-214, or discharge papers, with the Erie County Clerk’s Office.

Veterans can use the discount card at more than 1,100 participating local businesses.


Erie County sets up Blue Star Memorial at Chestnut Ridge Park

A Blue Star Memorial Marker to honor all who have served in the Armed Forces has been placed in Chestnut Ridge Park, an Erie County owned facility in Orchard Park. The Blue Star Marker was officially dedicated on Wednesday during a patriotic program coordinated by the South Town Gardeners, veterans from various branches of the military and local public officials. “It is important that we never forget the sacrifices made by our veterans because it is through their efforts we are able to enjoy the many freedoms that exist today,” said Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz.

Blue-Star Memorial By-Way marker to be dedicated at Chestnut Ridge Park

Orchard Park will officially become part of a national movement to honor United States servicemen through gardening this week.

The Southtowns Garden Club will finally get to show the public the product of more than two years of planning and hard work at their Blue Star Memorial By-Way Marker dedication at Chestnut Ridge Park this Wednesday, July 29.

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.


BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Veterans groups in Western New York are marking a milestone -- ending homelessness among those who have served in our military.

The K.I.A. Memorial Road March 2015

The K.I.A. Memorial Road MarchTM is a 10K ruck march through Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park, NY. It is a fun and challenging way to remember those members of our armed forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country.

Participants will march in one of four categories - Individual, Team (2 Marchers), Squad (4 Marchers) or Platoon (10 Marchers) while carrying rucks filled with canned goods. Participants will carry a minimum amount of weight, depending on which category they march in.

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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