THE PATRIOT'S BLOOD IS THE SEED OF FREEDOM'S TREE -Thomas Campbell
Following the trench warfare in the poppy fields of Flanders, Belgium during World War I, poppies have become a symbol of remembrance of soldiers who have died during wartime.
Commander Brian Rodriguez
To honor the sacrifice of New York City Veterans, Mayor Bill de Blasio created the Department of Veterans’ Services (DVS) on April 8th, 2016, making DVS the first standalone City agency in the country dedicated to serving Veterans and their families.
Since that time, the agency has moved rapidly to connect, mobilize, and empower New York City's Veteran community in order to foster purpose-driven lives for New York City Service Members – past and present – in addition to their caregivers, survivors, and families.
DVS fulfills this mission by providing New York City’s 210,000 Veterans with essential services and programs focused on pivotal areas such as economic empowerment, housing security, benefits, health and wellness, and culture.