Returning Veterans and Their Families
New York State is home to roughly 1.4 million veterans and an additional 30,000 to 50,000 veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are expected to return home to our state. The challenges facing some of our veterans and their families can be daunting, including physical injuries, mental health and substance use problems, homelessness and unemployment. One in three Iraq veterans will face serious psychological injury including depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, or anxiety. Read more about our work on veterans' health and mental health needs.
NYSHealth has funded programs that address the needs of returning veterans and their families. Learn more about some of these initiatives:
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
Connecting Veterans and Their Families to High-Quality Community Services
Syracuse University Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF)
• Taking Care of the New Home Front: Leveraging Federal Resources to Expand Community Capacity to Serve New York State’s Returning Veterans and Their Families
• The Battle Back Home: Ensuring the Health and Wellbeing of Our Veterans and Their Families
National Association of Social Workers-New York State Chapter (NASW-NYS)
Veterans Mental Health Training Initiative
Veterans Outreach Center, Inc.
• Serving Our Service Members: Replicating and Spreading Best Practices for Community-based Services for Vets and Their Families
• Operation Welcome Home and Recovery and Veterans Reintegration Assistance Program
Mental Health Association of New York City, Inc.
• A Voice for Improving Mental Health Care for Veterans and Their Families
• Disseminating Best Practices to Help Expand Community-based Mental Health Services for Veterans
New York State Unified Court System
• Replicating the Buffalo Veterans Treatment Court
• Process Evaluation of Buffalo Veterans Treatment Court