Bay Ridge Center launched this program in November 2020
to honor Veterans Day and to empower our veteran community with essential resources and services. Heroes welcomes new members to join us for a series of informative meetings. All sessions will be held remotely. For more information, email Bay Ridge Center’s Director of Strategic Initiatives Michael Schumer at, or call us at 718.748.0650 ext. 115


To join by computer or device, please follow this link.

By telephone: Call 646 558 8656 and Enter: 752 500 7881


May 7: Maximizing VA Benefits

May 14: Life Planning Effectively

May 21: Veterans and COVID-19

May 28: Knowing Your NYC Resources

June 4: Staying Healthy and Getting Involved at BRC

June 11: Navigating Digital Resources

June 18: Your Feedback and Looking Ahead

What's below on this page:

Maximizing Benefits

Navigating Civilian Resources

New York City Resources

Covid Vaccine for Vets

Read our blog posts:

Free Legal Services for Bay Ridge Heroes

The Veterans Initiative at Volunteers of Legal Service helps make legal services more widely available to the members of our community.

Intergenerational Bonds:
How a Post 9/11 Veteran of Bay Ridge is Supporting Older Veterans

Memories of Pearl Harbor:
From a Football Game to an Unexpected Reunion in the Middle of Chaos


Calling Veterans 60+ of New York City!

You are invited to join


Maximizing VA Benefits


  • Department of Veterans Affairs

Benefits, Recertification, Healthcare coverage, Burial Assistance

  • Points of contact:

    • Lyn Johnson, Veterans Outreach Specialist
      VA NY Harbor Healthcare System
      423 East 23rd Street Room 1107-C, New York, NY 10010
      Tel: (212)686-7500 ext. 4218
      Fax: (212)951-3401

  • Samuel Cottes, Veterans Outreach Program Specialist
    • Staten Island Vet Center
      Readjustment Counseling Services
      60 Bay Street, Staten Island, New York 10301
      Tel: (718) 816-4499 ext. 7747
      Fax: (718) 448-5735

Navigating Civilian Resources - click here to view slides from our Fall presentation

  • Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (Food Stamps)

SNAP Centers

  • Social Security Administration

  • Lifetime Liberty Pass

    • Discounted use of state parks, historic sites, and recreational facilities ran by Office of parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Department of Environmental Conservation

  • Volunteers of Legal Service

    • Legal assistance with housing, Advanced Directives (Health Care Proxy), and Advance Planning (Last Will & Testament, Control of Remains, Power of Attorney).

      • Point of Contact:
        Jessica Penkoff, Staff Attorney
        Elderly Project & Veterans Initiative
        40 Worth Street, Suite 820, New York, NY 10013
        Tel: (347) 521-5725

  • Alliance Computing Solutions

    • A state-funded employment program that is offered at no cost. This program is open to veterans, families, and civilians. Career training opportunities offered are HHA/CNA, Accounting/Bookkeeping, Solar Technology, & Security Guard. 

      • Point of Contact:
        David Jenkins Jr, Veteran Outreach Specialist
        545 8th Ave, Suite 1210, New York, NY. 10018
        Tel: 212-868-5990
        Cell: 929-506-9525

  • Veteran Voices Newsletter

    • A magazine for veterans to share their stories, poems, and artistry



    • A website that connects veterans, their families and friends, and other supporters to mental health information, a tool for finding local mental health resources, and videos of Veterans sharing their inspiring stories of recovery. The site is free to use and accessible to everyone.

New York City Resources

Staying Healthy at Bay Ridge Center - click here to view slides from our past




Covid-19 Vaccinations for NYC Veterans (flyer with this info)

VA New York Harbor Healthcare System is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other federal partners to provide COVID-19 vaccines to Veterans and VA health care personnel.

At this time, VA New York Harbor (Brooklyn) is offering the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to Veterans 65 years of age and older currently enrolled in VA Healthcare.

The vaccine is being administered at these locations by appointment only also:

  • Manhattan VA Medical Center

  • St. Albans Community Living Center

  • Staten Island Community VA Clinic

Eligible Veterans must schedule an appointment
by calling 1-877-877-9267


Veterans who are not yet enrolled in VA Healthcare may visit or call 877-222-8387 for more information on how to apply.