A new free mobile app to help the state’s 900,000 veterans and their family members connect with valuable services and programs has recently been launched.
The New York State Veterans App provides users with a wealth of easily accessible material about federal and state veterans’ benefits, programs, and services, including: essential materials regarding healthcare, housing, employment, education and filing claims for financial veterans’ benefits with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. The app is compatible with both iOS and Android platforms.
“The brave men and women of the Armed Forces have dedicated their lives to defending our nation and this new app helps ensure these heroes and their families have access to the resources and services they need after returning home,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said. “This is one more way we are using technology to make a smarter and stronger New York.”
The app provides a new level of communication and connectivity between New York’s veterans and the state and local government entities that assist them. Using the app’s “Near Me” feature, an individual standing anywhere in New York can immediately discover the address and contact information for the New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs field offices and county veterans service agency offices within the closest proximity to that individual’s exact location. Additionally, the state will provide up-to-the-minute updates about state and federal programs that directly impact the lives of veterans and their family members.
New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs Director Col. Eric J. Hesse said, “New York State always strives to improve our services to veterans and their family members. Utilizing the popular medium of a mobile app, we now add a new method of ensuring that veterans and their families learn the full range of benefits, programs and services for which they are eligible and discover just how close they really are to state and county offices that can assist them obtain what they have earned.”
Individuals interested in accessing the New York State Veterans App can do so at iTunes for iOS devices or at the Google play store for Android devices.
Visit www.ny.gov/mobileapps for the direct links to these apps and to explore more of New York State’s official mobile apps.