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 Viviana DeCohen 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.
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 & 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 coronavirus and in general.
For veterans who own small businesses, the Small Business Association offers disaster assistance loans; COVID-19 is a qualifying event.
To get the most current information on medical appointments and visits, please call the Medical centers directly:
- James J. Peters VA Medical Center
- Yonkers VA Outpatient Clinic
- VA Hudson Valley Montrose Campus
- VA Hudson Valley Castle Point Campus
- White Plains VET Center
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.
A new added resource Kristyn’s Closet, provides new and gently used clothing, shoes, food, hygiene products, household items, monthly Girl Scout Cookies, and more to our Veterans and their families free of charge.
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.