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Who is a Veteran?

Generally, anyone who has served in the Armed Forces of the United States and is no longer serving, is a veteran. You do not have to have served in combat to be considered a veteran. 

The benefits available to veterans depend upon many factors such as time period in service, length of time in service, type of discharge, disabilities incurred in service, etc.


World War II: 12/7/1941 – 12/31/1946
Korea: 6/27/1950 – 1/31/1955
Vietnam:(In country)
(all other)
2/28/1961 – 5/7/1975 
8/5/1964 – 5/7/1975
Persian Gulf: 8/2/1990 – not yet designated


World War II:                 12/7/1941 – 12/31/1946
Korea:                 6/27/1950 – 1/31/1955
Vietnam: (All)                 12/22/1961 – 5/7/1975
Persian Gulf:                 8/2/1990 – not yet designated

Approximately 30,000 people living in or near Chemung County are either directly or indirectly entitled to benefits and assistance from our office.

We provided 13,447 distinct types of service to veterans, service personnel, and dependents in 2013.

Chemung County residents received over $3.5 million in benefits in 2013 as a result of counseling activities provided by the Veteran's Affairs office.

Chemung County's veteran population as of January 2013 was about 8,020 which includes:

  • WWII 481
  • Korea 723
  • Vietnam 2,566
  • Global War on Terror  2,807
  • Peacetime 1,443 

    All veterans serving since Aug. 2, 1990 are classified as “Global War on Terror” (GWOT) veterans. GWOT veterans include those fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere around the world.