New York State Silver Rose Veterans Service Certificate

In 2018, legislation was signed to create the NYS Silver Rose Veterans Service Certificate. The certificate honors the sacrifices of veterans who have suffered from the effects of tactical herbicides known collectively as Agent Orange. The New York State Silver Rose Certificate is available to current state citizens or individuals who were state citizens during the period when their exposure occurred and who are suffering from the toxic effects of these herbicides.

The New York State Silver Rose Certificate is an acknowledgement of their enormous sacrifice and a symbol of awareness of the dangers of Agent Orange. Veterans who have suffered from the effects of tactical herbicides such as Agent Orange are eligible to receive the New York State Silver Rose Veterans Service Certificate under the new law. The designation may also be awarded posthumously on behalf of the veteran to next of kin. The Department of Veterans Affairs recognizes over 40 cancers and sicknesses, including diabetes, as Agent Orange related and service connected. The Silver Rose has been adopted by some veterans groups as the symbol for veterans dealing with the impact of herbicide exposure incurred during their service. In creating this certificate the New York State Legislature honored this selection of a symbol by veterans.

The NYS Silver Rose Veterans Service Certificate is administered by the NYS Division of Military and Naval Affairs, which has newly opened up the form for veterans or their family members to submit documents to confirm eligibility and request the certificate. The form is located here: https://dmna.ny.gov/silverrose/

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