November 2012

Thank Veterans in Your Community

Littman Krooks LLP would like to thank those who have served our country. Take time to show your support and appreciation to Veterans in your community.

Here are a few ideas:
  • Donate to a local or national Veterans support group
  • Send a care package to a deployed veteran
  • Volunteer at a local VA medical center or facility
  • Drive a Van - The Disabled American Veterans has established a transportation network for Veterans to get them to and from VA medical centers and facilities around the country. To volunteer to drive a van, click here.


Veterans with disabilities seeking employment in New York State should be aware of Governor Cuomo's Programs to Hire Persons/Veterans with Disabilities, also known as the "55-c Program." Section 55-c of the New York State Civil Service Law allows the Civil Service Commission to fill up to 500 entry-level state employment positions with qualified disabled wartime veterans.  


These positions would normally be filled through a competitive examination process, but for qualified 55-c applicants, no written or oral examinations are required. However, a medical evaluation may be necessary to certify eligibility for the program.  


Wartime veterans" refers to veterans of any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces who served full-time active duty during a designated time of war. These designated periods are:   

  • Vietnam War: February 28, 1961 - May 7, 1975
  • Persian Gulf Conflict: August 2, 1990 - the date upon which such hostilities end
  • Hostilities in Lebanon: June 1, 1983 - December 1, 1987
  • Hostilities in Grenada: October 23, 1983 - November 21, 1983  
  • Hostilities in Panama: December 20, 1989 - January 31, 1990

Eligibility for the program also requires that the applicant have a disability certified by the Employee Health Service (EHS) of the Department of Civil Service. The veteran may be required to undergo a no-cost physical examination by an EHS physician or an outside consultant. The disability need not be service-related in order for the veteran to qualify. Recipients of Purple Heart medals and those who have been assigned a disability rating of at least 20 percent by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs automatically qualify for the program.  


Disabled veterans seeking State employment are encouraged to apply for 55-c eligibility. Click here to download an application or call the NY Department of Civil Service toll-free at 866-297-4356 if you have any questions.


For more information about veterans benefits, visit our website.


We are proud to have received the following honors:

Littman Kooks LLP has been selected among the 2012-2013 U.S.News "Best Law Firms" in New York in the area of Elder Law.

Bernard A. Krooks has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2013 in the field of Elder Law. Only a select group of lawyers are chosen for this distinction and Mr. Krooks has been included among this elite group for each of the last six years. In addition, he has been named by Super Lawyers magazine as a top attorney in New York for 2012.

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