FAQ

Q. Are you associated with the Veterans Administration?
A.
This website is the result of a recommendation made during the “Voices Together” veterans reintegration summit held in the fall of 2009.  It is a community-based effort to pull together into a single forum the names and contact information of the many service providers in the area, including the Veterans Administration.

Q. How did this effort get started?
A.
The Harris Beach law firm made a commitment to take a leadership role in the effort to strengthen the process of OEF/OIF veterans reintegration in central New York by first funding the Voices Together Summit held at Le Moyne College in the fall of 2009 and the resulting report. The firm then initiated the formation of a community-engaged advisory committee to help implement the report’s recommendations and follow through on other community-based programs to help OEF/OIF veterans and their families.  The challenges facing the servicemen and women of our military are complex and personal.  They are at high risk of experiencing a multitude of health and social issues.  Families are uniquely affected, particularly as our National Guard and Reserve units are being called away from their families and civilian jobs in record numbers, often for multiple deployments.

Q. How can I get involved
A.
If you are a provider of essential services to veterans, service members, and their families, please consider participating in this online directory.  If you are a business interested in helping to support this effort, please contact Bill Albert, media and community relations manager of Harris Beach at (315) 423-7100 ext. 8908 or walbert@harrisbeach.com.

Q. Are there charges for the services listed?
A.
Depending upon the service of which you are in need and your particular situation,
charges may apply. Please contact the service provider to determine if fees apply.

Q. If I can’t find the particular service that I am looking for, is there a contact at CNYVets that I can speak to for assistance?
A.
If there is a service you are seeking and you do not see a resource listed for that service on this website, please send an email to info@cnyvets.org and we will respond as quickly as we can. 

Q. How can service providers participate in this project and be listed on this website?
A.
Service providers are encouraged to participate and we welcome your information.  Please go to the Get Involved page of the website and provide the requested information.  We will then list your organization in the Resources Directory.     

Q. Is CNYVets an online resource only, or is there an actual building that houses this effort?
A.
Currently, efforts are being undertaken to establish a physical presence in the central New York community.  This website will provide updates as they occur. 

Q. How can I get a copy of my military discharge papers (DD-214)?
A.
Contact your local county Veterans Service Agency in the area in which you reside. For the counties covered by this website, you can locate their Veterans Service Agency under the VA Benefits/Advocacy link on the Resources Directory. 

Q. Can I make a donation to this effort or donate in memory of a veteran?
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We are currently accepting donations. Checks should be made out to Veterans Reintegration Resources of Central New York, Inc., and mailed c/o Harris Beach PLLC, 333 West Washington Street, Suite 200, Syracuse, NY 13202.   

Q. Can I make an in-kind donation?
A.
In-kind contributions are currently acceptable.  If you have an in-kind service you would like to donate, please describe your service in an email to info@cnyvets.org  and we will respond as quickly as possible. 

Q. Who should I contact regarding assistance in obtaining housing or food?
A.
Agencies that offer assistance in finding housing can be found under the Housing link on the Resources Directory of this website.  Agencies providing assistance in obtaining food can be found under the Community link. 

Q. Does CNYVets offer assistance in employment and training?
A.
Assistance is offered through the New York State Department of Labor and various local agencies. Links to these agencies can be found under the Employment link on the Resources Directory of this website. 

Q. Is there information on the site for soldiers, reservists, or National Guard, and their families that are being deployed for the first time?
A.
Various units have pre-deployment events.  You should first confirm with your unit as to the type of events it conducts.  You may also want to visit the New York State Division of Military & Naval Affairs website, which provides a wealth of information related to the Army National Guard, Air National Guard, New York Guard, and Naval Militia.  http://dmna.state.ny.us/index.php