Veterans' Contacts and Resources
Cattaraugus County Veterans Service Agency
1 Leo Moss Drive, Suite 6510
Olean, New York 14760
1.800.273.TALK (8255), press 1 for Veterans
Veterans Administration Website:
Buffalo New York Vet Center
2372 Sweet Home Road
Buffalo, New York 14228
New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs
888.838.7697 or 888.VETS-NYS
Useful Contacts & Resources in the Region
ACCORD Corporation is the designated Community Action Agency for Allegany County, with some programs offered in Cattaraugus County, such as Business Development, Teen Age Services Act (TASA) and Child Care Resource & Referral Services.
www.accord-corp.org accordinfo [at] accordcorp [dot] org 1.800.877.8339
The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest veterans service organization, committed to mentoring and sponsorship of youth programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting a strong national security and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans. www.ny.legion.org
BRYANT & STRATTON COLLEGE
We are providing information on educational choices available to veterans considering attending college. Information on Montgomery G.I. Bill and Post 9/11 G.I. bill and how it will impact veteran choices in education will be discussed. The choices available to veterans today provide a great opportunity for those planning to attend college.
IAVA – Information about Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America and their mission and goals for improving the lives of veterans. Membership information is available for Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans. IAVA is a driving force in developing the Next Greatest Generation.
ejdennis [at] bryantstratton [dot] edu 716.677.8800 x 261
BUFFALO STATE COLLEGE
Welcome to all veterans and service men and women. Buffalo State College is honored to help support and guide you on your higher education experience. At Buffalo state, your core values, experiences, and service are not overlooked. We are committed to the intellectual, personal, and professional growth of all our students.
www.buffalostate.edu gilliljf [at] buffalostate [dot] edu 716.878.3858
Founded in 1870, Canisius College is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the nation and the premier private university in Western New York. Canisius is consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best comprehensive universities in the North region. Canisius is dedicated to ensuring our students receive a transformational educational experience. Canisius students benefit from exceptional academic programs and a culture that fosters a caring and nurturing environment. Canisius makes a strong commitment to our veteran students throughout every facet of our institution. From our involvement in the yellow ribbon program to counseling and support programs, veterans receive the individual attention needed to succeed. Students at Canisius are engaged and involved; they thrive in a small school environment and develop their skills as leaders in their communities and beyond. www.canisius.edu overfiel [at] canisius [dot] edu 716.888.8259
CATTARAUGUS/ALLEGANY COUNTY BOCES
Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES Adult Education serves non traditional learners and takes great pride in our ability to provide educational services for professional advancement and job training. We welcome all Veterans and we are approved for the Veteran/GI Bill and look forward to serving you with our modern, up to date technology.
www.caboces.org/adult-ed 716.376.8200 Nancy_Salvucci [at] caboces [dot] org
CATTARAUGUS/ALLEGANY COUNTY COUNCIL OF VFW
OUR MISSION – to foster camaraderie among United States veterans of overseas conflicts. To serve our veterans, the military and our communities. To advocate on behalf of all veterans.
OUR VISION – Ensure that veterans are respected for their service, always receive their earned entitlements, and are recognized for the sacrifices they and their loved ones have made on behalf of this great country.
SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER, BUFFALO STATE COLLEGE
the Veteran Business Outreach Center (VBOC) is a part of the Small Business
Development Center, which is located at Buffalo State College. The principle role of the VBOC is to help veterans develop and successfully launch small businesses. This is accomplished through outreach, one-on-one counseling with a business advisor and by engaging veterans with entrepreneurial training. www.buffalostate.edu mckeonj [at] buffalostate [dot] edu 716.878.4030 http://www.nyvetbiz.com
SOUTHERN TIER MILITARY SUPPORT GROUP
The Southern Tier Military Support Group was formed in March of 2003 on an evening at the onset of Mission Operation Iraqi Freedom, when 12 family members of the servicemen and women from all branches of the United States military went to the Olean Red Cross in hopes of finding a place to meet and support each other while their loved ones were deployed. These 12 founding members were the beginning and the formation of what is named the “Southern Tier Military Support Group” which to this date, has grown to 80 members strong. Our mission and sole goal is to support our men and women in uniform wherever they are in the world. We offer solace, comfort, kindness and concern for the families of all who protect the freedom of those at home in the United States of America. Our group raises money to assist local inured soldiers and their immediate families, as well as assisting families who have given the greatest gift to our nation; losing a beloved family member; a serviceman or woman who has been killed in action.
southerntiermilitarysupportgroup [at] yahoogroups [dot] com 716.372.5800
VA WESTERN NEW YORK HEALTHCARE SYSTEM
VA Western New York Healthcare System (VAWNYHS), consists of two health care facilities in Buffalo and Batavia, as well as community based outpatient clinics in Dunkirk, Jamestown, Lackawanna, Lockport, Niagara Falls, Olean and Warsaw and a satellite clinic in Springville.
Veterans can receive medical, surgical, mental health and long term care services through a range of inpatient and outpatient programs. It is the main referral center for cardiac surgery, cardiology and comprehensive cancer care for central and western New York and northern Pennsylvania. At the Batavia site, geriatric and rehabilitation services, separate residential post traumatic stress disorder units for men and women and outpatient services are available. To enroll in VA health care, contact 1.888.823.9656 or online at www.buffalo.va.gov
CATTARAUGUS COUNTY VETERAN SERVICE AGENCY
The County Veterans’ Service Officers provide an unsurpassed personalized service to veterans and their dependents. There is no comparable advocacy service for that special group of New York citizens. All services are provided without charge. Strictly controlled confidentiality is maintained under penalty of law. Services are provided without charge. Service Officers are required to be knowledgeable in federal, state and local laws pertaining to veterans. Assistance in the following areas is provided to thousands of veterans, military personnel, and their dependents year after year:
Compensation for service-connected disabilities
Pension for non-service-connected disabilities
Compensation to family members for service-connected deaths
Pension to family members for non-service-connected deaths
Federal grave markers
Education and vocational rehabilitation
Home loan guaranties
Employment and reemployment
Real property tax exemption
Hospitalization and outpatient treatment
Military records corrections and military medals or awards
Blind annuity applications
CITY OF OLEAN, PROPERTY TAXES
The City Assessor’s office is responsible for maintaining and updating property records for all parcels of property within the City of Olean. We review new construction and demolitions, record sales, help to maintain property tax maps by working in cooperation with Cattaraugus County Real Property Services, prepare annual Assessment Rolls, County and City tax rolls, and mail out tax bills. We also provide information to property owners, appraisers, realtors, attorneys, developers, government agencies and a variety of other organizations within the community. Most of our records are public information, much of which is contained on this website. In addition, we also process exemption applications such as Senior Citizen, STAR, Veterans, Business improvement 485B and others, in accordance with state guidelines.
www.cityofolean.com nchamplin [at] cityofolean [dot] org 716.376.5630
EVERYWOMAN OPPORTUNITY CENTER
Serving Western New York since 1977, Everywoman Opportunity Center’s mission is to help women achieve personal and economic self-sufficiency. Everywoman provides holistic employment related services such as assistance with Career exploration and assessments, résumés, cover letters, job search, and professional image for those experiencing life transitions. Come find out how you can use the resources at Everywoman to achieve your employment goals. www.everywoman.org hschultz [at] everywoman [dot] org 716.373.4013
GENESEE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
The Adult Educational Opportunity Center (AEOC) is a six county (Allegany, Cattaraugus, Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming) community based educational assistance program that helps individuals to begin, resume or continue their education. Our goal is to assist adults to get connected to the appropriate resources that will help them to meet their individual goals. Any adult, 19 years of age or older, or high school aged persons not currently enrolled in high school, is eligible. We provide assistance with all forms necessary for college admissions and financial aid applications, referrals and assistance for making contact with other post secondary schools and programs and referrals to additional funding sources and community supports such as transportation services, daycare facilities, etc. We provide information regarding academic and career choices, financial aid and scholarships, admissions and placement testing, vocational schools and programs, high school equivalency (GED), independent study, evening and weekend college and distance learning. All program services are free.
Call our toll free number for an appointment – 1.888.394.2362. We are looking forward to working with you.
JAMESTOWN COMMUNITY COLLEGE
JCC is a comprehensive, regional, open access, student-centered institution that embraces academic excellence and meets the service area’s learning needs in diverse ways, including liberal arts transfer degree programs, career programs, community service, developmental education, and business and industry training. The college’s partnership with the greater community contributes to the social and intellectual improvement, economic development and cultural enrichment of western New York state and northwestern Pennsylvania. JCC is committed to assisting veterans in their educational endeavors and connecting them to their lifelong goals. 1.800.388.8557
www.sunyjcc.edu oleanadmissions [at] mail [dot] sunyjcc [dot] edu
The JCC Cattaraugus County campus Veteran Resource Group provides an opportunity for our students who have served in the military to periodically meet and discuss issues of concern. Frequently guest speakers from organizations that provide services for veterans will join us to answer questions and provide updated program information. In addition the Veteran Resource Group provides feedback of how well JCC is meeting the needs of our veteran population. For more information call 716.376.7508.
NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
New York State Department of Labor: Veterans Come First! We provide career counseling, skills assessment, job search assistance, résumé preparation, and referral to other agencies that serve veterans. Veterans are given first priority for jobs and training for which they are eligible and qualified. dixie [dot] benson [at] labor [dot] ny [dot] gov 716.373.1880 x 257
ST. BONAVENTURE UNIVERSITY
St. Bonaventure University expresses our gratitude to our veterans and their families and is pleased to again participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program for the 2011-2012 academic year. A VA benefits webpage is available on our website (www.sbu.edu) to provide information regarding the types of VA educational benefits that we currently certify. Please contact our University’s VA educational specialist, Wendy Fleming, at 716-375-2528 or wfleming [at] sbu [dot] edu for assistance.
CATTARAUGUS COUNTY EDPT/PTAC
The Cattaraugus county Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) assists businesses in Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua and Wyoming counties (no business is turned away due to location) to compete successfully for Federal, state and local government contracts. Government set-asides and subcontracting requirements are available for veteran owned and service-disabled veteran owned businesses. Through one-on-one counseling, group presentations and seminars, and research assistance, we can help your veteran owned or service-disabled veteran owned business get these government contracts. Most of our services are provided at NO COST.
www.ccptac.org 716.938.2311 or 2331 ptac [at] cattco [dot] org
CATTARAUGUS COUNTY EMERGENCY SERVICES
the Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Division was created to enhance the ability of the CCHD, first Responders, other local/county agencies and citizens to prepare for and respond to public health emergencies and insure overall community wellness for effective emergency/disaster recovery. PHEP staff strives to improve the public response to bio-terrorism, mass casualties, chemical emergencies, natural disasters, severe weather, radiation emergencies and disease outbreaks. An “All-Hazards” approach is embraced to ensure effective response to any disaster or emergency that may arise.
CATTARAUGUS COUNTY SHERIFF
the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to be a part of the first annual veterans outreach event. We are a full service law enforcement agency with careers in law enforcement, corrections, and emergency services dispatching. Our representatives to this event, Deputy Sheriff Zachary Eaton, is a veteran of the United States Armed forces. He will be prepared to answer questions regarding the minimum entrance requirements for jobs at our agency, the civil service testing process, and the training requirements for employment. We are always looking for good men and women to fill vacancies that occur in our agency. Thank you for your service to our county, and we hope that you will consider a civilian career serving the citizens of Cattaraugus County.