Department of Veterans Affairs

The Erie County Department of Veterans Affairs aims to assist military veterans and their families in securing the rights entitled to them by virtue of their service.

The department, which operates as part of the county executive’s team under the director of administration, helps veterans and their spouses file paperwork, including for burial and headstone allowances, property tax exemptions, pensions, and other claims.

Director Thad Plasczynski and his staff collaborate with other organizations to help veterans secure housing, find jobs, and navigate higher education. They also work with other county departments on the Veterans Treatment Court, which works to address mental health or addiction problems that can be at the root of veterans’ legal troubles.

Did you know? The Department of Veterans Affairs is the newest county department. It was created in 2015 from an office that formerly operated under the Human Resources department.