New York City and Its Military Veterans

Veterans Day, November 11, is again upon us. As veterans, servicemembers, elected officials, and others prepare to march down 5th Avenue on Tuesday, military veterans throughout the city continue to attempt navigating life as civilians. In New York, services for veterans have continually been called into question. Critics cite inadequate funding and staffing at the Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs (MOVA). While there are proposed changes in oversight and the possibility of a new Department of Veterans Affairs, many veterans and advocates worry about resources to support the influx of returning veterans as servicemembers return from conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere and struggle with employment, housing, healthcare, and more.