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WNY to host national veterans conference

A group of walking uniformed soldiers from the waist down.
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Buffalo and Niagara Falls will co-host the 2023 National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairsannual conference. The group is the second largest provider of services to veterans and their families.

Gov. Kathy Hochul made the announcement during her visit to Buffalo Friday.

"I'm proud that the nation's leading veterans experts will convene here in New York to discuss ways to improve and expand the programs that help our heroes. Our veterans and active military personnel answered the call to serve and protect our nation, and we must continue to do the same for them."

NASDVA President Thomas Palladino said delegations from all 50 states, as well as representatives from the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, will be in attendance.

"This conference affords the opportunity to collaborate and partner with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs to share best practices on how to provide superior services to our nation's veterans, their families and survivors," Palladino said.

The organization supports veterans, service members and their families in accessing their local, state and federal benefits earned in service in the U.S. military.