Michael Middaugh
Director Veterans Services | President, NYS County Veterans Service Officers Association

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Ronald E. Dougherty County Office Building
56 Main Street, 1st floor Top of Stairs
Owego, NY 13827

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Our office is open Monday to Friday from 0900 to 1700

Walk-ins are welcome but appointments are highly recommend

Sponsored by Tioga County Veterans Service Agency PFC Dwyer Peer Support Program

Women Veteran & Military Caregivers Appreciation Luncheon


The Tioga County Veterans Service Agency is a local, community based resource for veterans, active duty military, guard, reserves and their families of all generations who have served the nation, fought its wars and kept its peace.

We are often the first and most frequent point of contact for veterans, active duty, guard, reserves, their families, and caregivers as they navigate the complex, intergovernmental chain of veteran resources and services.








Our accredited service officers assist in many ways: we answer questions, advise and educate on what benefits are available from federal, state. county and local resources; we provide assistance and legal representation in preparing and filing claims and appeals; we give assistance with gaining access to healthcare particularly in rural communities like ours; and we assist with any need they may have and work hard to improve the quality of life for those who have served, are serving, caring for a wounded warrior and their families.




  Upcoming Events

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Our Agency can offer assistance filing VA benefits for the following:

  • Exposure to Ionization Radiation/Agent Orange
  • Persian Gulf & Post 9/11 Hazards
  • Medical Treatment for Women Veterans
  • Healthcare Enrollment
  • Community Care
  • Service-Connected Disability
  • Non-Service Connected Pension
  • Aid & Attendance
  • Mental Health 
  • Vocational Readiness & Employment Services
  • Fiduciary Program
  • Medical and Dental Benefits
  • Employment Rights
  • GI Bill/Dependent Education Benefits
  • Home Loan Guaranty
  • Life Insurance
  • Civil Service Credits
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Survivor Benefits
  • Burial Benefits
  • Veteran Status for Merchant Marines, Public Health Service Officers, NOAA, National Guard, Reserves

Assistance in applying for the following NYS benefits:

  • State Veterans Home Placement
  • Blind Annuity
  • Real Property Tax Exemptions
  • Reduced Fee Hunting/Fishing Licenses
  • NYS Park Access Passes
  • E-Z Pass
  • Veterans Tuition Assistance Programs
  • Indigent Burials
  • State Cemeteries

All of our services for referrals and resources are available to all veterans, active duty military, guard, reserves and their families. The are free and confidential.

Verification Reports

Replacement of Lost Discharge Documents - free of charge

Application for Replacement Medals 

Assistance in upgrading or correcting military discharges

Connection to local agencies and services to meet any needs you may have


Helpful Links

Agency Programs & Outreach

  • Onward Ops

    • ETS Sponsorship Program - Assist Transitioning Service Members & their Families
    • Veterans Sponsorship Initiative

  • Joseph P. Dwyer Program
    • Provides peer-to-peer outreach and activities to veterans, military and their families

    • Check out our Events section on website or Facebook for upcoming activities
  • USA Mental Health First Aid for Military, Veterans & Families

    • 3-year certification program as Mental health First Aider to take the fear and hesitation out of starting conversations about mental health and substance use problems by improving understanding and providing an action plan (Click here) that teaches people to safely and responsibly identify and address a potential mental illness or substance use disorder. Mental Health First Aiders are a vital link between someone experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge and appropriate supports.

    • Check our events section on website or Facebook for upcoming class schedules

  • Workshops & Training

    • Look for free opportunities in our events section on our website or Facebook

  • Volunteer Opportunities

    • Have you ever felt that just saying "thanks" to a veteran or service member isn't enough?
    • Do you want to help them in some way?
    • Then click (here) to learn more and enroll as a sponsor for those who served for us!
    • For more information about this opportunity call us at 607-687-8228 or email at [email protected]