After long process, city launches new Department of Veterans’ Services

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BY GLORIA PAZMINO

After a winding legislative process, city veterans will for the first time have a dedicated agency to rely on, with the official launch on Friday of the Department of Veterans’ Services.

The city will announce the launch 120 days after Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the law to create the agency, capping more than a year of back and forth between de Blasio, who originally questioned the need for such an agency, the City Council and a community of veterans who demanded better services.

“In creating the Department of Veterans’ Services, we are fulfilling our moral obligation to honor, respect and serve those who have served us and now deserve access to all the services and support they need to return to civilian life,” de Blasio said in a statement.

The new agency will adopt the duties of the Mayor’s Office of Veterans’ Affairs (MOVA), which is transitioning into the new department. For the past two decades, the office has coordinated services for veterans between different city agencies, including the Department of Homeless Services and the Human Resources Administration.

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