Madison County Veterans Service Agency

Madison County Veterans Service Agency Are you a Veteran or a family member of a Veteran and are in need of assistance with all federal, state, and local benefits for which you may be eligible?

Please give us a call today or stop by our office located inside County Office Building #4

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Happy 123rd birthday to all Navy Corpsmen!Since the end of World War I, 179 corpsmen have been awarded the Navy Cross. S...
06/17/2021

Happy 123rd birthday to all Navy Corpsmen!

Since the end of World War I, 179 corpsmen have been awarded the Navy Cross. Since World War II, more than 1,600 hospital corpsmen have been awarded a Bronze Star, and 959 corpsmen have earned a Silver Star. 20 naval ships have been named in honor of corpsmen worldwide.

Happy 123rd birthday to all Navy Corpsmen!

Since the end of World War I, 179 corpsmen have been awarded the Navy Cross. Since World War II, more than 1,600 hospital corpsmen have been awarded a Bronze Star, and 959 corpsmen have earned a Silver Star. 20 naval ships have been named in honor of corpsmen worldwide.

Photos from Madison County Sheriff's Office - NY's post
06/14/2021

Photos from Madison County Sheriff's Office - NY's post

Happy Birthday Army!
06/14/2021

Happy Birthday Army!

Happy Birthday Army!

June 14th is National Flag Day, a day to remember America’s history and celebrate our freedom and democracy. This holida...
06/04/2021

June 14th is National Flag Day, a day to remember America’s history and celebrate our freedom and democracy. This holiday was first proposed by a school teacher in 1885 and later recognized as a national holiday by President Truman in 1949.

This is a great time to properly dispose of old, tattered, worn-out flags in a dignified manner. Please do not just throw them in the garbage. Dedicated flag collection sites are available at VFWs, American Legions and the Madison County Veterans Service Agency which located in Wampsville, NY.

For information on how to properly dispose of an unserviceable American flag, please see the links below.

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June 14th is National Flag Day, a day to remember America’s history and celebrate our freedom and democracy. This holiday was first proposed by a school teacher in 1885 and later recognized as a national holiday by President Truman in 1949.

This is a great time to properly dispose of old, tattered, worn-out flags in a dignified manner. Please do not just throw them in the garbage. Dedicated flag collection sites are available at VFWs, American Legions and the Madison County Veterans Service Agency which located in Wampsville, NY.

For information on how to properly dispose of an unserviceable American flag, please see the links below.

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https://www.defense.gov/Explore/Features/Story/article/2206946/how-to-properly-dispose-of-worn-out-us-flags/

05/31/2021

In remembrance of Memorial Day, we will remember just a few of those from Madison County who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Clifford J Bruinsma was born May 30, 1929 in Fenner. Bruinsma attended Cazenovia Central School before enlisting in the Army in the spring of 1948. He trained in Japan for six months before returning to the states for additional training. That is when he was assigned to the 187th Airborne Infantry at Fort Campbell, KY in August of 1950. That September, Bruinsma saw action on the Kimp peninsula northwest of Seoul, Korea. On March 26, 1951, he was killed in action, likely as part of Operation Tomahawk. Bruinsma’s remains were returned in October of 1951 and he is buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Cazenovia.

05/31/2021

In remembrance of Memorial Day, we will remember just a few of those from Madison County who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Raymond Harsma was born in Oneida in April of 1920. He graduated from Oneida High School and enrolled in Niagara University. Upon graduation from Niagara in 1943, Harsma entered the Navy and was assigned to Navy Officers’ School at Notre Dame University. He was commissioned an Ensign and was then assigned to Submarines School in New London, Connecticut.

In February of 1944, Harsma married Jean Samal. After which he was assigned to the south pacific and eventually placed on the submarine USS S-28.

In July 1944, the USS-S-28 was lost at sea during drills off the coast of Hawaii. The submarine lost contact at 6:20 pm and was never heard from beyond a diesel fuel slick from near where it was lost two days later. Harsma was among the 49 men who were lost at sea. Harsma is memorialized on the Court of the Missing in Honolulu and at Saint Helena’s Cemetery in Oneida.

05/31/2021

In remembrance of Memorial Day, we will remember just a few of those from Madison County who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Theodore Mead was born in Morrisville in 1885. He graduated from Morrisville schools and then attended Cornell University, graduating in 1908 and then graduated from Cornell Medical School in 1913. In 1912 he married Lena R. Fahnestock of Ithaca, the couple had a daughter, Elizabeth in 1916.

In June of 1916, Mead volunteered in the First Field Artillery and was stationed at the United States-Mexican border, before he was mustered out in November of 1916. was After completing officer’s school in Plattsburg in 1917 he was commissioned a First Lieutenant in the Medical Corps.. Before being sent overseas in June of 1918, Mead was stationed at Camp Wadsworth (South Carolina) and at Camp Stuart (Virginia).

Lieutenant Mead was promoted to Captain in March of 1918 and assigned to the 104th Field Artillery. A few short months later, Mead died from wounds he received in action in France on October 19, 1918. Major George Augustine wrote to Mrs. Mead about Theodore’s death in December of 1918:

“The Regiment had been in rest billets for a few days after having been constantly in the line since Sept. 9th, expecting to remain there for three weeks. But on Oct. 28th the regiment was again ordered into action.

The end battalion, your husband as battalion surgeon, left the rest camp on the morning of the 28th and advanced north of Verdun. That night it crossed to the east side of the Meuse, and early on the morning of the 29th took up a position east of the village of Brabant.

Captain Mead established his aid post and went to battalion headquarters dugout. He left this station shortly after 11 am to return to his aid post. At just this time the enemy began to shell the road very heavily and before the captain and his orderly Marvin, who was with him, could seek shelter a shell fragment struck the captain in the upper right arm.

This was on October 29th at 11:30 am. Marvin immediately cut the clothes away from the wound and applied a shell dressing which stopped all hemorrhaging. At 11:45 an ambulance and medical officer came. The officer examined the arm and administered an op**te in preparation for the long ride to the evacuation hospital at Verdun, twenty kilometers away. The captain was fully conscious at the time. The shell fragment had broken the arm, but we thought that was the most serious part of his wound. I did not see him myself, not coming up to the position with regimental headquarters until that afternoon.

We heard nothing more of the captain, the regiment remaining in action until the armistice was signed and not returning to Verdun until November 19th.

The next day I went to the evacuation hospital at Glorieux just outside of Verdun to see what base hospital Captain Mead had been evacuated, as I wanted to get in touch with him.

I was dismayed to learn that the ambulance had arrived at the hospital at 1:45 and that the officers then had found the captain in shock and that he died at 2:20 pm less than three hours after he was hit.

I could not believe it until I had examined the records and finally found his final resting place with his identification tag fastened to the cross at the head of the grave.

It was a terrible shock to me to learn that the captain was dead instead of on the road to recovery, as we had every reason to believe he would be. A piece of shell had evidently passed through the upper arm and into the chest. The officers at the hospital told me that he did not suffer but gradually and calmly went to sleep. He rests in the section of the large military cemetery at Glorieux, a short distance outside of Verdun…”

Captain Mead’s brother Leland was killed also in France, on October 4, 1918. Both men are buried at the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery & Memorial in France. A memorial to the brothers is located at the Morrisville Rural Cemetery.

Memorial Day is a day when we remember and honor all the servicemembers who made the ultimate sacrifice.
05/31/2021

Memorial Day is a day when we remember and honor all the servicemembers who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Memorial Day is a day when we remember and honor all the servicemembers who made the ultimate sacrifice.

05/30/2021
Join us in remembering those that made the ultimate sacrifice
05/27/2021

Join us in remembering those that made the ultimate sacrifice

Join us in remembering those that made the ultimate sacrifice

Are you looking to get away for the weekend and have some quality family time?
05/25/2021

Are you looking to get away for the weekend and have some quality family time?

Are you looking to get away for the weekend and have some quality family time?

05/11/2021

National Police Week occurs every May, it is meant to honor all law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. This week, and every week, we recognize the important role that law enforcement officers play in safeguarding the rights and freedoms of all citizens.

Law enforcement officers are selfless public servants who accept as part of their profession being exposed to great danger in order to protect the life and property others. That is why these dedicated officers deserve to be honored for their willingness to perform that essential public service on behalf of all our citizens.

Thank you to all law enforcement officers, especially the men and women of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.

Happy 100th birthday Reginald Emmons and thank you for your service!Reginald A. Emmons was born May 9, 1921 in Verona, N...
05/09/2021

Happy 100th birthday Reginald Emmons and thank you for your service!

Reginald A. Emmons was born May 9, 1921 in Verona, New York. After attending highschool, he was inducted into the U.S. Army on June 28, 1943 and entered active duty on July 12, 1943. After basic training, he received advance training at Camp Davis, North Carolina. Reginald was then stationed in the Asiatic theater of operations from September 1, 1944 trough February 19, 1946. He served with the 10th Army - AFWESPAC in battles in Ryukyus, Ie Shima, Okinawa, and Zamami Shima. He was also assigned to the Headquarters Battery 97th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Group. Reginald served proudly and was honorably discharged on March 14, 1946.

Following his discharge, Reginald returned to Central New York. He then married the love of his life, Sadie, and together, they celebrated 68 years of marriage. Reggie worked at Oneida limited for 44 years, before retiring and pursing his passion of woodworking. In 1969, he moved to Canastota and has lived there ever since. He is very proud of his country and takes pride in taking care of his home. He loves going out to lunch and spending time with family and friends.

One of his family’s wishes was for him to be flooded with birthday cards… Madison County was happy to oblige!

We would like to take a moment to say thank you to Sheriff Todd Hood and the entire Madison County Sherriff’s Department...
05/05/2021

We would like to take a moment to say thank you to Sheriff Todd Hood and the entire Madison County Sherriff’s Department. The support they showed us was nothing less than amazing and truly made our awareness hike the success that it was. We’d also like to personally thank Deputy Sherriff and fellow veteran Ken Gates, for providing us with a police-escort during much of our hike. Finally and most importantly, we want to take this opportunity to remind you that if you or someone you know is having thoughts of su***de, please talk to someone and don't give into the war within. Call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1 or text to 838255

Photos from Madison County NY Government's post
05/01/2021

Photos from Madison County NY Government's post

If you need assistance with a federal agency, Rep. Claudia Tenney's office will be hosting mobile office hours in Madiso...
04/26/2021

If you need assistance with a federal agency, Rep. Claudia Tenney's office will be hosting mobile office hours in Madison County on April 27th from 11am-1pm and caseworkers will be available to assist you. To schedule an appointment, please call (315) 732-0713.

If you need assistance with a federal agency, Rep. Claudia Tenney's office will be hosting mobile office hours in Madison County on April 27th from 11am-1pm and caseworkers will be available to assist you. To schedule an appointment, please call (315) 732-0713.

We are happy to announce our 1st annual 22 kilometer awareness hike!
04/26/2021

We are happy to announce our 1st annual 22 kilometer awareness hike!

We are happy to announce our 1st annual 22 kilometer awareness hike!

As of April 6, 2021 all New Yorkers age 16 an older are eligible to be vaccinated.
04/06/2021

As of April 6, 2021 all New Yorkers age 16 an older are eligible to be vaccinated.

As of April 6, 2021 all New Yorkers age 16 an older are eligible to be vaccinated.

128 years of deckplate leadership. Happy Birthday Chiefs!
04/01/2021

128 years of deckplate leadership. Happy Birthday Chiefs!

128 years of deckplate leadership. Happy Birthday Chiefs!

On this day in 1973, the last combat troops were withdrawn from Vietnam and the last prisoners of war held in North Viet...
03/29/2021

On this day in 1973, the last combat troops were withdrawn from Vietnam and the last prisoners of war held in North Vietnam arrived on American soil.

On this day in 1973, the last combat troops were withdrawn from Vietnam and the last prisoners of war held in North Vietnam arrived on American soil.

Happy 100th Birthday to Cpl. Dunlap!
03/24/2021

Happy 100th Birthday to Cpl. Dunlap!

03/23/2021

** Vaccine Appointments Available **

NYS is opening up eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine to those 50 and older as of March 23.

Madison County has Moderna appointments available this week at SUNY Morrisville, Chittenango and at our new vaccination location in the City of Oneida.

If you are eligible to receive a vaccine please go to https://www.madisoncounty.ny.gov/2675/COVID-19-Vaccine-Information to make an appointment or call our COVID-19 Hotline at 315.366.2770.

03/05/2021
Happy 79th Birthday Seabees!
03/05/2021

Happy 79th Birthday Seabees!

Happy 79th Birthday Seabees!

To maximize scheduling COVID-19 vaccinations, Syracuse VA has established a NEW COVID-19 vaccination appointment schedul...
03/02/2021
VA.gov | Veterans Affairs

To maximize scheduling COVID-19 vaccinations, Syracuse VA has established a NEW COVID-19 vaccination appointment scheduling call center.

Apply for and manage the VA benefits and services you’ve earned as a Veteran, Servicemember, or family member—like health care, disability, education, and more.

12/07/2020
Robert Lasher 8/21/2013 Chittenango

Robert Lasher 8/21/2013 Chittenango

Bob Lasher talks at his home about his experiences on the West Virginia during the attack at Pearl Harbor, as well as his experiences in the Pacific during t...

Madison County, NY Historian
12/07/2020

Madison County, NY Historian

In honor of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, we will be telling the story of two Madison County Veterans who were there.

LaVerne Austin enlisted in the Navy while a senior at Cazenovia Central School on 7 December 1940. He initially was trained Newport, Rhode Island before transferring to San Diego, California and later Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in August of 1941 where he was assigned to the USS Arizona. He achieved the rank of Second Class Seaman. Austin was killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Following his death he was posthumously was awarded the Purple Heart and his family received a scroll signed by President Roosevelt honoring his memory. The scroll read:

“In grateful memory of Laverne Alfred Austin who died in the service of his country at Pearl Harbor. T.H. attached U.S.S. Arizona, 7 December 1941. He stands in the unbroken line of patriots who have dared to die that freedom might live, and grow, and increase its blessings. Freedom lives, and through it, he lives-in a way that humbles the undertakings of most men.”

Madison County, NY Historian
11/11/2020

Madison County, NY Historian

Madison County, NY Historian
11/11/2020

Madison County, NY Historian

In honor of Veteran’s Day, we will be telling the story of a few Madison County Veterans and thank them for their service.

Bennie Roher was born in Pratt’s Hollow to Lynn and Nellie Roher. He grew up locally and enlisted in the US Army in March of 1951, serving two years. Rohrer was assigned to the 1603 Battery A, 41 Anti-Aircraft Artillery Gun Battalion. He was trained in positioning anti-aircraft guns by cranking the wheel. During his time in the army, he trained soldiers how to position the weapons with the crank until radar became more prominent and he was moved to a position handling ammunition. Following his discharge in 1953, he returned home where he operated a dairy farm for 41 years. He is currently a member of the American Legion, serving two separate terms as Commander from 1966-1968 and later from 2009-2017.

In November of 2019 Roher was awarded the 2019 Madison County Veteran of the year by the Madison County War Memorial Committee. He continues to live in Morrisville today.

Madison County, NY Historian
11/10/2020

Madison County, NY Historian

The Madison County War Veterans Memorial Committee (WAVEM) was formed in 1986. The main purpose of this committee was to discuss erecting a county memorial that would honor those veterans who gave their lives in WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam. Their goal was reached in May of 1990 with the dedication of the memorial. To this day, WAVEM maintains the memorial and they host special events annually on Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Tomorrow the Veterans Day Ceremony will feature a speech from retired Air Force Lieutenant General Michael Basla of Cazenovia starting at 11 am.

Did you know that WAVEM has a Veteran of the year Program? Since 1989, WAVEM has solicited nominees for veterans who serve their community and hometown following their time serving their country.

Tomorrow, we will tell the story of one of these winners as well as other veterans. If you know of someone who should be nominated or would like more information, please contact Ben Barrett, the chairman of the veteran of the year committee, at 315-824-3704.

Address

138 North Court Street
Wampsville, NY
13163

General information

The Counselors at our Agency are accredited through the American Legion and provide Veterans and families of Veterans with assistance of the following Applications & Services: *Burial Benefits *NYS Blind Annuity *NYS Veterans Nursing Homes *Non-Service & Service Connected Disability Pension *Survivors Benefit *VA Educational Benefit *VA Healthcare *VA Home Loan Guarantee *VA Life Insurance *VA Vocational Rehabilition * Veterans Property Tax Exemption *FAVOR Veteran Discount Program *Military Medals & Awards *NYS Reduced Fee Hunting/Fishing Licenses & Park Passes(for service connected veterans, 40% or higher) *NYS Veterans License Plates *NYS Driver's License Veteran's Status

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 16:00
Thursday 08:00 - 16:00
Friday 08:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(315) 366-2395

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