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Department of Veterans Services


Gov. Cuomo Memorial Day Proclamation 2021

On this Memorial Day, may we remember the sacrifices made by our Veterans community across our nation  and beyond. Please take a few minutes to visit our News page to see the local activities observing Memorial Day around -- and about -- Tompkins County.

Vietnam Veteran (USMC) and American Legion Tompkins County Commander Kenneth Miller recently shared a famous quote that brings home the meaning of this holiday: "All gave some, and some gave All. Freedom is not Free."

In Appreciation,
J.R. Clairborne
Department of Veterans Services,
Tompkins County

Tompkins County Department of Veterans Services exists to connect local Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces – and their families – with federal, state, and local resources.

Departmental staff make these connections through a combination of counseling, referral, and direct assistance with the following benefits:

  • Compensation for service-connected and non-service-connected disabilities

  • Compensation to caregiving family of homebound Veterans

  • Compensation/pension to families of deceased Veterans

  • Burial benefits and grave markers

  • Health care

  • Life insurance

  • Education Benefits

  • Home loan guarantees

  • Obtaining military records


  • Federal, State & Local medals/awards

  • New York State blind annuity

  • New York State property tax exemption

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Photographs courtesy of Charles Harrington, Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter #377