Q: How long does it take to process a VA claim?
A: Claims are completed and forwarded from Veteran Services Agency to the VA within 24 hours. VA claims processing is extremely backlogged and can take over a year to complete.
Q: How do I file a claim for VA benefits?
A: The claims process is complex and detailed. Forms vary depending on the benefit being applied for. It is recommended that you visit the UC Veteran Services Agency to speak with a Service Officer who has been trained and accredited for submitting claims directly to the VA on your behalf. Veterans may also do this on their own on the VA’s eBenefits website.
Q: Can I get transportation to my VA medical appointments?
A: There is a daily shuttle from Kingston to Stratton VA Medical Center (VAMC) in Albany, at no cost to the veteran. Call 340-3190 to reserve a space on the van, at least 24 hours ahead of your appointment. UCVSA also supports wheelchair-bound vets needing transportation to the VA Clinic and the Kingston Hospital Dialysis Center, both located in Kingston.
Q: How do I apply for VA Healthcare?
A: Fill out VA Form 10-10EZ. A Service Officer is available to assist.
Q: How do I obtain information and advice about benefits?
A: Visit the office and ask to speak with a Service Officer or browse through the VA Benefits Handbook at http://www.va.gov/opa/publications/benefits_book.asp.
Q: How do I register as a veteran in your office?
A: Visit the office and bring your DD-214 or other discharge papers.
Q: What are the areas addressed by the Human Rights Law?
A: Under the Human Rights Law discrimination is prohibited in the areas of: Employment Housing Credit Public Accommodations Volunteer firefighting Non-Sectarian Educational Institutions
Q: How do I file a Human Rights complaint?
A: Complaints can be filed with the NYS Department of Human Rights online at www.dhr.ny.gov or by calling (518) 474-2705.
Q: What is the NYS Human Rights Law?
A: The Human Rights Law protects individuals from discrimination based on their age, creed, race, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, disability, military status, domestic violence victim status, arrest record, conviction record, predisposing genetic characteristics, and familial status (in housing only). If you believe you have been discriminated against based on one of these traits or characteristics, you may have a valid complaint of unlawful discrimination.
Q: I'm on probation for DWI and I don't drive. Why can't I enjoy a drink every now and then?
A: If you are on probation for DWI you will have a condition of probation which requires abstinence from alcohol and illegal drugs. Abstinence is required not only to prevent you from drinking and driving while on probation but also to assist you in rehabilitation. The probation officer will test you for use of alcohol and other drugs.