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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




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 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




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

Download the Directory of Veteran's services

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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