We owe a debt of gratitude to our former servicemembers and their families who made tremendous sacrifices to protect our freedoms. Without their contributions, the American Dream and spirit would cease to exist.  Despite fulfilling their commitments in the U.S. or abroad, many veterans continue to serve our community – particularly during this pandemic. They are our first responders, nurses and doctors, small business owners, educators, sanitation and transpoortation workers. Regardless of their uniform, it is their courage, strength, and determination that are admirable. 

After caring for our families, we must also ensure that our veterans receive the best care. Through the City’s Department of Veterans Affairs, we are streamlining access to healthcare, housing, employment, food, assistance with VA claims and benefits. Additionally, Mission: VetCheck is an initiative that will help us end social isolation by creating a veterans support network. This is how we show our appreciation.

District 45, the City and State of New York would not be where it is today without our distinguished honorees – the valiant veterans. Thank you for your service, both past and present!