In 2019, the Restoration of Honor Act was signed into law in New York State. The Restoration of Honor Act authorizes the New York State Division of Veterans’ Services (NYS DVS) to restore access to state veterans benefits to veterans who have an Other-Than-Honorable Discharge (OTH) or a General Under Honorable Conditions Discharge due to any of the following:
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Military Sexual Trauma (MST)
- Sexual Orientation
- Gender Identity
This determination does not change a veteran’s official character of discharge on their discharge paperwork. This determination refers solely to a veteran’s character of discharge for the purposes of qualifying for specific New York State benefits for veterans and their families.
NYS DVS will assist veterans in obtaining the veteran’s complete and unredacted Official Military Personnel File, a review of which is necessary for NYS DVS to render a decision on the veteran’s application.
Once NYS DVS renders a decision, the veteran will have the ability to file an appeal of the original decision. The appealed decision will be final.
NYS DVS has begun receiving applications in June 2020 and initial decisions will be provided starting November 12, 2020.
The application package can be found here.
Applications should be sent to the following address or email:
New York State Division of Veterans’ Services
ATTN: Appellate Unit
2 Empire State Plaza, 17th Fl
Albany, NY 12223
Email: [email protected]
Legal questions regarding the application of benefits under the Restoration of Honor can be sent to: [email protected]