Report: NYC Veterans Policy Priorities

Report: NYC Veterans Policy Priorities

The survey listed sixteen current or proposed NYC veterans policy initiatives, and respondents indicated strong support for all of them. Even the lowest number of responses indicating an initiative is essential or very important still represented a strong majority at 65.39%. Each initiative in the survey is listed below in order ranging from what respondents rated as most to least important.

 

 

Initiative

Essential + Very Important

Opposed

1

Linking 311 with VA Suicide Hotline

95.39%

0.73%

2

Vetting VSOs that Receive NYC Funds

94.26%

0.95%

3

Improving Services for Homeless Veterans

91.13%

0.47%

4

Increasing NYC’s Budget for Veterans

91.00%

1.85%

5

Coordinating with VA Healthcare

88.95%

1.23%

6

Integrating Aging Veterans into NYC Services

88.70%

0.49%

7

Reforming the Veterans Advisory Board

88.67%

0.48%

8

Tracking and Reporting Veterans Receiving NYC Services

87.47%

0.95%

9

Veterans Preference for NYC Government

87.08%

1.19%

10

Establishing Veterans Treatment Court in Manhattan

86.40%

1.94%

11

Creating NYC Department of Veterans Affairs

84.37%

4.59%

12

Making Veteran Businesses Competitive for NYC Contracts

80.82%

2.87%

13

Placing Veterans Benefits Counselors in Each Borough

80.24%

1.20%

14

Including Veteran Status on NYC ID Cards

70.88%

2.42%

15

Expanding Veteran Eligibility for Pension Buyback

69.71%

2.88%

16

Inclusive Definition of Veteran

65.39%

14.25%

 

The strong support expressed for all of these policy initiatives affecting NYC veterans can be summarized as follows: 

 

Veterans, family members, and others connected

with veterans who live and work in NYC believe that

change in local policy is essential.

 

Voices of the NYC Veterans Community. As a matter of importance, all survey-related respondent comments have been included in this report because everyone’s voice deserves to be heard. Below are general comments urging NYC officials to make positive changes to benefit veterans and their families:

  • I believe it is essential for the leaders of New York City to set the example for the rest of the nation and do everything within their power to provide the best assistance available to America's Military Veterans.
  • ANYTHING and any proposed legislation that assists in bettering the lives of our "TRUE" heroes is essential. There should not be a debate in this country as to whether our Veterans are going to be taken care of. It should be automatic. This country should be ashamed of itself for allowing our Veterans to suffer and be so disrespected for defending our freedoms and way of life. It is time this country wakes up and does the right thing for our Veterans!!!
  • I feel as a vet who put my life on the line for this nation, we should be entitled to better benefits and treatment than those who never served but are receiving better benefits than we are. Most of the nation or states have no idea of the hardships we endure.
  • Is very important to remember all the sacrifice what they did.
  • Keep fighting for the veterans.
  • As veterans we served you--it’s time for the city government to serve us.
  • We need to help our Veterans. They served to keep us safe.
  • NEVER FORGET.
  • All should know that when we swear to uphold the constitution and laws of America against both domestic and foreign people including giving up our lives, we should be taken care of by our gov't.
  • I am a veteran of this great country and it's time to start taking care of the men and women that gave up so much.
  • Coordination between all levels of government, communities and veterans communities is necessary to have a true safety net for veterans & their families!
  • NYC is years behind where it should be. Most of these proposed ideas are common sense at best, and have been implemented at the federal and state levels decades ago.
  • We have to keep working to serve those who have served!
  • NYC do have an obligation to protect, support, and help every veteran in need of all that is available to us.
  • Do the right thing.

 

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