Michael Middaugh
Director of Veterans Services

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PO Box 84
1062 State Route 38
Owego, NY 13827

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The Veterans' Service Agency provides assistance, information, and representation to any veteran, active duty personnel, guard member, reservist and/or their dependents in obtaining federal, state and local benefits which may be available to them. We also will try to meet any other need they may have through local resources and agencies. All of our services are free and confidential.

Our office is open Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 17:00, excluding holidays, and appointments are required.

Due to the current rise in Covid cases, masks are required to be worn in our offices.


The Agency can offer assistance filing claims and making referrals for the following:

  • Exposure to Ionization Radiation / Agent Orange
  • Persian Gulf Hazards
  • Medical Treatment for Women Veterans
  • Service-Connected Disability
  • Non-Service Connected Pension
  • Educational Benefits
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Medical and Dental Benefits
  • Employment Rights
  • Home Loan Guaranty
  • Insurance
  • Civil Service Credits
  • Chemical Dependency Treatment
  • Veterans Status for Merchant Marines

Assistance in applying for the following NYS benefits:

  • State Veterans Home Placement
  • Blind Annuity
  • Real Property Tax Exemption
  • Reduced Fee Hunting/Fishing Licenses
  • Free NYS Park Access Passes

In depth counseling and follow-up service on all claims for benefits is available to all veterans and their dependents/survivors.

Burial Benefits

  • U.S. Flag
  • Headstone or Marker
  • Burial/Plot Allowance

Survivor’s Benefits

  • Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC)
  • Pension
  • Champus/Champva
  • VA Insurance Claims

Verification Reports

Replacement of Lost Discharge Documents

Application for Medals (NYS & Federal)

Tioga Co. War Medal

Assistance in upgrading or correction of military discharges