Veterans Services

Rick Gales, Veterans Services Counselor
Hempstead Town Hall Lobby
1 Washington Street
Hempstead, NY 11520
Phone: (516) 812-3506
Fax: (516) 393-0085
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The men and women of our armed forces have proudly served our country, making a tremendous contribution to American society. The Town of Hempstead has a Veterans Benefits Counselor on staff to assist veterans and their families file claims for veterans’ benefits. In addition, the town offers veterans generous discounts at most town park facilities and on recreational programs. Furthermore, the town participates in a real property tax exemption program, and offers free pet adoptions for veterans who wish to adopt a companion from the town’s Animal Shelter.

Your town government is dedicated to helping veterans in any possible way. Please visit the Veterans Information Office or call (516) 812-3506 should you have any questions concerning your benefit eligibility.

Read more about veterans benefits available to senior citizens at the Senior Veterans Service Alliance website.

Services Provided:

  • Department of Veteran Affairs Claims Assistance and Information
  • Dependents Education Assistance
  • Post-9/11 GI Bill
  • Montgomery GI Bill
  • Veterans’ Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)
  • Survivor and Widow/Widower Benefits
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Aid and Attendance Claims and Information
  • Service-Connected Compensation
  • Non-Service Connected Pension

Town of Hempstead Benefits

Real Property Tax Exemptions

The Town of Hempstead participates in a real property tax reduction program for eligible veterans. For program requirements, please visit toh.li/tax-exemptions. Applications must be filed with the Nassau County Department of Assessment, 240 Old Country Road in Mineola. For more information, call the Nassau County Assessor’s Office at (516) 571-2490.

Parks Discounts

Reduced registration fees and pool admission discounts are extended to veterans at most town parks and facilities. Veterans must show VA card, honorable discharge certificate, DD-214 or membership card from a recognized veterans organization. Please call the Department of Parks and Recreation at (516) 292-9000 for more information.

Pets For Vets

As veterans may benefit from having an animal companion, the Town of Hempstead will waive adoption fees for all veterans who wish to adopt a pet from its Animal Shelter. Furthermore, all cats and dogs will be spayed or neutered and microchipped free of charge. Call the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter at (516) 785-5220 for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will my claim receive the attention it deserves? Is my representative concerned about me and my claim?

The Town of Hempstead’s Veterans Benefits Counselor is a dedicated, trained professional who will assist you in processing your claim in a timely manner.

Which veterans are eligible to receive these benefits?

All veterans who have served in the military, including Reservists and National Guard, and their dependents are eligible for VA benefits.

Do I have to be a resident of the Town of Hempstead to receive this assistance?

No, any veteran or their dependents can use our service.

What is the goal for veterans?

Our goal is to assist veterans and their families in receiving the benefits for which they are eligible.

I just got out of the military and have medical conditions that are affecting me. What should I do?

Schedule an appointment with our veterans counselor so that we may review your case and offer appropriate referrals.

Where is the Veterans Benefits Counselor’s office located? What are the office hours? How can I reach the counselor when I have a question or want to schedule an appointment?

Our Veterans Benefits Counselor is available to assist veterans and their dependents, weekdays from 9 am to 4:45 pm. The office is located on the ground floor of Hempstead Town Hall, One Washington Street in Hempstead. For claim inquiries or to schedule an appointment, please call (516) 812-3506.

What do I need to bring to our first meeting?

Please bring your DD214 certificate and yourself.

How much does this service cost?

Nothing. The cost has already been paid for with the service that veterans have provided to our country.