The Mount Vernon Veteran Service Agency (VSA) established in 1945 has a rich history of assisting veterans and their families in times of both war and peace. The Mt. Vernon Veterans Service Agency (VSA) under the direction of Kristyn Briez Vanderberg-Reed provides Veterans with assistance obtaining local, state, and federal benefits and entitlements, and referral services to veterans and their eligible dependents in the municipality. We also advocate for services, funding, and legislation to improve the quality of life of Mt. Vernon’s vets. Our services are protected by the Privacy Act of 1978 and HIPPA and are always offered free of charge. We are located in Room #4 on the ground floor of City Hall and can be reached at (914) 665-2319.
Due to the spread of the corona virus across the Country, the City of Mt. Vernon has declared a State of Emergency. As a result, the Veterans Service Agency is closed indefinitely with the exception of providing vital services to veterans (e.g. Verification of Veteran Status). If you require services, please with “DD214 Request” or reason for contact in the subject line, and your name and telephone number in the text.
Email and phone messages will be checked periodically during this time as the VSA staff are assigned to the incident command team. Please refer to the City’s website at cmvny.com for the most comprehensive information regarding City operations and response. Please call 914-665-2319 if imperative but non-emergency assistance is needed.
We appreciate your patience and advise you to take all precautions and follow all directives to limit your exposure to COVID-19. While many of us are right to promote social distancing and other behaviors that can help mitigate the spread of infection, the veteran-serving community in particular should be mindful to consider the mental and emotional health impact of the COVID-19 crisis, as well. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention offers Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty, an article that includes a number of expert-informed recommendations for supporting those who experience anxiety or other mental health impacts.
To get the most current information on medical appointments and visits, please call the Medical centers directly:
- James J. Peters VA Medical Center: (718) 584-9000
- Yonkers VA Outpatient Clinic: (914) 375-8055
- VA Hudson Valley Montrose Campus: (914) 737-4400
- VA Hudson Valley Castle Point Campus: (845-831-2000
- White Plains VET Center: (914) 682-6250
Additional COVID Resources:
When seeking and sharing information about a health crisis, use trusted sources. Two sources to bookmark are the World Health Organization and Center for Disease Control coronavirus pages, which are regularly updated with the status of the outbreak.
Regardless of veteran status, people who are unsure where to turn for basic needs like food, shelter, and healthcare can still call 2-1-1 to be connected with resources.
Veterans stay connected to work and learn
Familiarize yourself with the pledge that broadband companies have made to the FCC to ensure Americans aren’t disconnected when they need information and communication the most. Check out Comcast’s affordable internet offering for low-income households; “Internet Essentials” is free for the first 60 days.
- Follow R. 6212, the proposed bill “To provide for the continuation of Department of Veterans Affairs educational assistance benefits during emergency situations, and for other purposes.”
- Veterans with children affected by school closures will find useful resources for home-based learning in this extensive list offered by UNESCO.
- Understand employers’ responsibilities during the pandemic, and resources available through the Department of Labor.
- Help veterans understand their employment rights during coronavirusand in general.
- For veterans who own small businesses, the Small Business Association offers disaster assistance loans; COVID-19 is a qualifying event.
Stay informed about veteran health
- Follow VA Public Health coronavirus updates.
- Get familiar with VA’s guidance on accessing emergency care, urgent care, and immunizations in your community.
- Inform veterans about VA’s telehealth options.
- Follow VA recommendations to slow the spread of coronavirus.
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