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Veterans Warned About Unscrupulous Advisers

The York County Department of Veterans Affairs is warning active military personnel, veterans and their families about unscrupulous advisors who pursue fees for assistance applying for military benefits.

York County veterans and their families should contact the York County Department of Veterans Affairs directly for assistance applying for benefits. The department advocates on behalf of veterans and their dependents to identify and help determine eligibility for a wide range of veterans benefits. They also assist with the application process. There’s never any cost.

County and state officials are aware of instances in which unscrupulous individuals have promised to help individuals secure benefits but ask for fees. In some cases, the individuals may assist with the paperwork for free but try to charge for related services meant to help improve eligibility for programs.

“There’s no need for anyone to use a third party to assist with applying for benefits because we’re here to help for free,” said Philip Palandro, director of the York County Department of Veterans Affairs. “If anyone ever asks for money for anything related to the benefits process, it should immediately raise a red flag.”

The York County Department of Veterans Affairs recommends the following:

  • Always contact the York County Department of Veterans Affairs before applying for veterans’ benefits. The department provides free help and counseling with the process. It is an advocate for local veterans, and is not affiliated with the federal government.
  • Don’t assume that nursing homes, community centers and assisted-living centers will shield you from unscrupulous advisors. They may not realize the individuals making presentations to you are dishonest. Individuals making presentations may sound like they come from a nonprofit group or veterans-affiliated agency, but do not. Make sure to research the presenter fully.

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