NYS Division of Veterans' Services Veterans Speaker Program

The NYS Divison of Veterans' Services offers the Veterans Speaker Program.  This is an educational program that honors the remarkable legacy of service that veterans have provided, preserves their historically valuable first-hand accounts of military life, and informs the next generations about the contributions, challenges, and sacrifices of our Armed Forces.

Veterans who are interested in speaking with NYS schoolchildren about their military experiences need to complete a short application. An interview with a New York State Division of Veterans’ Services (DVS) staff member will follow. Once approved, applicants will become part of the DVS speakers pool.  

DVS will not provide any information about a Veteran to any teacher or school district without the Veteran’s specific approval.

A teacher or school administrator requesting that a Veteran visit their classroom or school will need to provide DVS with the date, time, location, and target audience for the visit.

To request a speaker application or a speaker for your classroom, please contact the New York State Division of Veterans’ Services (NYS DVS) Deputy Director for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at [email protected] with the subject line "Veterans Speaker Program."