VA’s New York Regional Benefit Office (RO) administers a variety of services, including Compensation, Pension, and Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) for Veterans, Servicemembers, their families and survivors in 31 eastern New York counties. We offer the following additional services:
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The New York RO is piloting the “No Man is an Island” project to promote health, wellness, and independence among Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorders and other diagnoses. A joint effort of the RO’s Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Division and VA medical centers (VAMCs) in Northport, Manhattan, Albany, Brooklyn, Bronx, and Castle Point, “No Man is an Island” uses a guided learning recovery treatment model and computer training to promote socialization and psychoeducational empowerment and improve medical treatment. So far, more than 250 seriously disabled Veterans have participated in this program, and the results are promising. Among patients receiving the intervention, rehospitalization rates are at 2 percent compared with 17.7 percent among those not receiving the intervention. The goal of the project is to achieve measurable gains in Veterans’ quality of life, self-esteem, and learning socialization.
The New York RO is also promoting independent living and employment among Veterans with spinal cord injuries through a project with the Bronx VAMC Spinal Cord Injury Unit (SCI Unit). In space provided by the SCI Unit, an RO VR&E representative staffs office hours on several Fridays each month to offer Veterans services in a convenient location. Services include using assistive computer technology, vocational counseling, and guidance on benefits such as van modifications and home improvement grants. This type of outreach aims to connect more disabled Veterans with assistance that leads to greater independence.