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Onondaga County Veterans Services

421 Montgomery Street
10th Floor Civic Center,
Syracuse,New York 13202
PH. (315) 435-3217


Department Mission
To obtain funding, medical treatment or nursing home care for eligible veterans, their dependents or survivors which will enable them to continue their quality of life without resorting to Social Services funding. To provide information, assistance and advocacy for claimants in actions or claims against the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or state and local veterans-related entitlements.

 

Information Alerts

 

CNY VETERANS PARADE & EXPO

 

CNY Veterans Parade and Expo

CNY Veterans Parade and Expo Page 2

Veterans Job Fair

 

KIOSK Sign-Up

 

Parade Sign Up

 

Serving CNY Awards

 

 

DESERT STORM APPRECIATION DAY

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KEEP THE SPIRIT OF '45 ALIVE

 

Keep the Spirit of '45 Alive

 

“KEEP THE SPIRIT OF ‘45 ALIVE“

A CELEBRATION OF THE 70TH ANNIVERSARY

OF THE END OF WWII

WITH ONONDAGA COUNTY AND THE ONCENTER PRESENTED BY SRC, INC.

 

SYRACUSE, NY – Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney and The Oncenter announce “Keep the Spirit of ’45 Alive”; an opportunity to celebrate both the 70th Anniversary of the end of WWII and the service of our veterans, presented by SRC, Inc. on Friday, August 14th.

 

Recognized in 2010 by the US House of Representatives, National Spirit of ’45 Day is observed on the second Sunday of August each year and pays tribute to the brave men and women who served our country during World War II. Known as “the Greatest Generations Greatest Day,” August 14th, 1945 signified victory over Japan and the end of World War II as well as the beginning of a new era in the United States.

 

The National Spirit of ’45 Day carries an annual call for re-dedication of the “Greatest Generation’s” memories and accomplishments, sacrifices and continuing courage. SRC, Inc. will join Onondaga County and The Oncenter to keep the spirit alive by hosting a day of Remembrance in the War Memorial Arena and adjacent Everson Plaza.

 

The day’s festivities include:

 

• Self-guided tours of Veteran displays - 11am-7pm, War Memorial

• Unveiling of a NEW commemorative WWII display - 11:30am, Second Floor of the War Memorial

• Ice Cream Social, Free for Veterans! [while supplies last] – 2pm-4pm, Assembly Hall of the War Memorial

• Informal Wreath Laying Ceremony – 2pm-4pm, Everson Plaza

• ‘Keep the Spirit of ’45 Alive’ Celebration (40’s Themed Party) – 4pm- 7pm, Everson Plaza

 

For more information and a schedule of the day’s activities, visit www.oncenter.org.

 

Individuals and local organizations are encouraged to join us in Keeping the Spirit of ’45 Alive!

 

Interested groups may contact The Oncenter by calling 315.435.8000

or emailing info@oncenter.org for more information. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

 

A portion of the event proceeds will be donated to the National Keep the Spirit of ’45 Alive Campaign.

 

 

MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY

 

29th Annual Memorial Day Ceremonies to be held at the Onondaga County Veteran's Memorial Cemetery Sunday May 24, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. Keynote Speaker will be Vice-Chancellor of Syracuse University for Veterans and Military Affairs Dr. J. Michael Hanie.

 

Onondaga County Veteran's Memorial Cemetery            Veteran's Cemetery


Memorial Day Ceremony

 

 

THE CNY VVA 103 MEMORIAL DAY WATCHFIRE 

The next Watchfire has been scheduled to take place on Sunday, May 24th, 2015 in the Veterans Memorial Watchfire Park, New York State Fairgrounds, Syracuse, NY. The Watchfire ceremony and lighting of the pyre commence at dusk, but do go earlier to get a good spot! Food and drink vendors will be on-site. 

 

Directions to the Watchfire    Pyre

 

 

Watchfire   Watchfire

 

 SALT CITY BBQ FESTIVAL

 

On Saturday May 16 (Armed Forces Day) the first Salt City BBQ Festival was held. It brought more than 20 barbecue teams from across the country to compete in a nationally-sanctioned BBQ Competition. This event was a fundraiser for PHOENIX PHILOSOPHIES, a local 501(c) (3) charity which purchases and renovates homes for homeless veterans in Syracuse.

 

 

Salt City BBQ Festival

 

 

Salt City BBQ Festival

 

Phoenix Philosophies

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Veterans Services News:


House of Representatives passed S. 894, the Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2011 The cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), will take effect on December 1, 2011.

 



County Continues Outreach for Veterans’ Discount Program F.A.V.O.R. (Find & Assist Veterans of Record)
FAVOR Card now available for issue at all Onondaga County Town Clerk’s Offices.

Syracuse, NY- The Onondaga County Clerk and County Veterans Services Director have announced that the FAVOR Card is now available for issue at all Onondaga County Town Clerk’s Offices as well as the County Clerk's office downtown. The move is designed to make it more convenient for Veterans to apply for the card. Veterans are encouraged to call their respective Town Clerk's office to check for issue times etc. The FAVOR Card is a county-wide, year round program designed to recognize and thank our county’s more than 31,000 military Veterans for their sacrifices and service to our country.
As part of the program, eligible county residents are issued an I.D. card by the County Clerk’s and Town Clerk’s offices identifying them as a qualified honorably discharged Veteran of any of the U.S. Armed Forces. A copy of the Veteran’s discharge or DD 214 is required.
Participating county merchants have agreed to honor the card by providing these Veterans with discounts on purchases and services, or some other special offer. There is no cost to participate in the program for either businesses or Veterans. Veterans

More than 70 county businesses and merchants have already joined the program
Anaren, Inc., of East Syracuse, serves as the corporate sponsor
FAVOR is a joint project of the County Clerks Office, Onondaga County Veterans Service Agency, the Veterans Advisory Committee of the County Legislature and the Onondaga County Town Clerk's.
A complete list of participating businesses, along with a merchant sign up form are available on the County’s site at www.ongov.net/FAVOR.
For More information please call Corliss Dennis (315) 435-3219, Director Veterans Service Agency.

 


 

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