COVID-19 had caused a two-year closure

(April 28, 2022 at 1:45pm)

QUEENS, NY – Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. today announced that the New York City Department of Veterans’ Services’ (DVS) Veteran Resource Center satellite office located inside Queens Borough Hall is reopening today after a COVID-19 pandemic-caused closure of more than two years.

Established in 2016 to serve the nearly 42,000 military veterans who call Queens home, the largest such population in the five boroughs, the satellite office at Queens Borough Hall will once again offer information and one-on-one consultations for veterans seeking information about the benefits and services available to them.

The satellite office is located in Room 222 on the second floor of Borough Hall, located at 120-55 Queens Boulevard in Kew Gardens. It will be open Mondays and Thursdays (excluding holidays) from 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and will be staffed by a DVS employee who will assist veterans with signing up for benefits and accessing all other DVS services.

“I’m proud that the People’s House, Queens Borough Hall, will once again be home to a Veteran Resource Center satellite office, which will offer our veterans a one-stop shop for critical services and in-person assistance without having to venture to the agency’s main office in Manhattan,” said Borough President RICHARDS. “Queens is home to more veterans than any other borough, and these American heroes deserve nothing less than an easily-accessible DVS office right here in the heart of the borough’s civic center. I invite all of our borough’s veterans to visit the Borough Hall satellite office to get the information about all the benefits and services they are entitled to.”

“We are excited for our Veteran Resource Center satellite site to return to Queens Borough Hall,” said New York City Department of Veterans’ Services Commissioner JAMES HENDON. “Queens is home to the largest population of Veteransin New York City, and we are eager to continue providing this vibrant community with compassionate connections to vital services and resources. I thank Borough President Richards for his commitment to our work and look forward to our continued collaboration as we support our community.”

The Veteran Resource Center satellite office will be open to walk-in visitors, as well as to those who make appointments in advance. Appointments can be made by calling the satellite office at (718) 286-2868. DVS’ main office can be reached at (212) 416-5250.

Subway riders can get to Queens Borough Hall by taking the E or F trains to the Union Turnpike-Kew Gardens station. Borough Hall is also served by several bus lines, including the Q60, Q46, Q10 and Q37 lines.

DVS was created in 2016 to be as standalone City department dedicated to serving veterans and their families. It is the successor to the previous Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs, and is committed to connecting veterans with essential services and programs in pivotal areas such as economic empowerment, housing security, benefits, health and wellness, and culture.

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