Veterans' Survey and Guide

Welcome to the Town Clerk's office and thank you for your service! We are dedicated to assisting veterans in any way we can. Our goal is to provide veterans with the best service possible. Please help us serve you better by answering this brief survey about your experience in our office. We welcome your input and suggestions. Be sure to read and utilize the veterans' services guide provided below the survey.

Veteran's Survey

Veterans' Services Guide

Town of Hempstead

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 members of the armed forces on active duty. 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 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 
  • Fast Forward Fridays
    Every Friday in the Town Clerk’s office from 8:30am-12:00pm, veterans will be ushered to the front of the line to receive priority service.

Local Business Opportunity Services for Veterans

  • Veterans Entrepreneurial Development Initiatives, (VEDI) Inc.
    Hempstead Town is dedicated to helping veteran business owners achieve lasting success. We often refer current or prospective veteran business owners to VEDI, a Garden City-based not for profit corporation designed to help veterans build and expand business capacity and capabilities as well as increase veteran employment opportunities. VEDI has been working on the grass roots level to encourage, advocate, develop and initiate legislation and call attention via research and information sharing about the state of veteran businesses within the public and private sectors. For additional information about VEDI, call (917)-886-7743.

List of Local Contacts

Town of Hempstead
Richard G. Gales, Jr.
Town of Hempstead Veterans’ Services
1 Washington Street
Hempstead, NY  11550
(516) 812-3506

Nassau Suffolk Law Services Committee, Inc.
Maria Dosso, Esq.
Director of Communications and Volunteer Services
1757 Veterans Highway, Suite 50
Islandia, NY  11749
(631) 232-2400

Nassau County
Nassau County Veterans Service Agency
Ralph Esposito, Director
2201 Hempstead Turnpike, Building Q
East Meadow, NY  11554
(516) 572-6512

New York State
Benjamin P. Pomerance, Esq.
Deputy Director for Program Development
New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs
2 Empire State Plaza, 17th Fl.
Albany, NY  12223
(518) 474-6114

Hofstra Law School Veterans Clinic
Col. Gary Port, Esq.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Law
Law Clinic Programs
(516) 463-5934

Nassau Vet Center
Sharran Chambers-Murphy, Outreach Specialist
970 South Broadway
Hicksville, NY  11801
(516) 348-0088

Paula Mucci, AFC, FFC
Financial Coach – CFPB Financial Coaching Program
Contractor-Armed Forces Services Corporation
Workforce New York Career Center
160 South Ocean Avenue
Patchogue, NY  11772
(631) 521-1156