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Washington County New York
Veterans Service Agency

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383 Broadway
Fort Edward, NY 12828

Samuel J. Hall

Dawn B. MacDougall
Deputy Director

Phone (518) 746-2470
Fax (518) 746-2473
Washington County Building A Room 118
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The Washington County Veterans' Service Agency counsels and assists veterans and their dependents in areas such as pension and compensation, health and medical, rehabilitation, educational and life insurance services.

The agency advocates on behalf of all Washington County veterans to ensure they receive the maximum benefits to which they are entitled under federal, state and local law.

The County Veterans' Service Agency actively assists veterans in pursuing claims for burial benefits, disability compensation, pension benefits, real property tax exemptions and other benefits.



Assistance in filing claims and referrals for:

  • Exposure to Ionization Radiation Agent Orange
  • Persian Gulf Hazards
  • Medical Treatment for Women Veterans
  • Service-Connected Disability
  • Non-Service Connected Pension
  • Educational Benefits
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Medical and Dental Benefits
  • Employment Rights
  • Home Loan Guaranty
  • Insurance
  • Civil Service Credits
  • Chemical Dependency Treatment
  • Veterans Status for Merchant Marines

Burial benefits:

  • U.S. Flag
  • Headstone or Marker
  • Burial/Plot Allowance

Survivor’s benefits:

  • Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC)
  • Pension
  • Champus/Champva
  • VA Insurance Claims

Completion of Annual Eligibility

Verification Reports

Replacement of Lost Discharge Documents

Application for Medals (NYS & Federal)

Tioga Co. War Medal

Assistance in upgrading or correction of military discharges

Assistance in applying for the following NYS benefits:

  • State Veterans Home Placement
  • Blind Annuity
  • Real Property Tax Exemption
  • Reduced Fee Hunting/Fishing Licenses
  • Free NYS Park Access Passes

Referrals to other benefits agencies

In depth counseling and follow-up service on all claims for benefits is available to all veterans and their dependents/survivors

Counseling in placement for VA Nursing of Domiciliary care

For additional information and online services please click on the link below.

"In war, there are no
unwounded soldiers."

~José Narosky

Hug a vet today...

"To Care For Him Who Shall Have Borne The Battle And For His Widow And His Orphan"

~ Abraham Lincoln

Military Decorations

The Washington County Veterans Service Agency will assist you in obtaining your or your family member’s decorations (medals) from the military service.

Who can request these?

  • Veteran
  • Anyone with veteran’s authorization
  • Next of kin if veteran is deceased
  • Anyone with next of kin’s authorization if veteran is deceased

Who is next of kin?

  • Spouse
  • Children (including adopted)
  • Parent
  • Sibling
  • Grandparent
  • Aunt/Uncle
  • Cousin

How long will you have to wait?

For decorations/medals it can take up to two (2) years.

Property Tax Exemption

Veterans and their surviving spouses may be eligible for an exemption on their county and town taxes provided the Veteran in question served during a war-time period.

Additional deductions may apply for combat and disabled Veterans. If eligible a copy of your separation papers/DD214 must be presented to your tax assessor where they will incorporate your deduction(s).

War Dates

  • Mexican Border: May 9, 1916 through April 5, 1917. (Eligibility requires 90 or more days of service in Mexico, on the border of Mexico, or the waters adjacent thereto.)
  • World War I: April 6, 1917 to November 11, 1918. If a veteran served with the United States military forces in Russia, the ending date is April 1, 1920
  • World War II: December 7, 1941 through December 31, 1946
  • Korea: June 27, 1950 through January 31, 1955
  • Vietnam: August 5, 1964 through May 7, 1975
  • Persian Gulf: August 2, 1990 to date to be set by law or Presidential Proclamation

Benefits also are offered to those who received an expeditionary medal for service in:

  • Lebanon: June 1, 1983 through December 1, 1987
  • Grenada: October 23, 1983 through November 21, 1983
  • Panama: December 20, 1989 through January 31, 1990