Veterans Receive $4.6 Million In Benefits Through County VA

Nearly $4.6 million in federal and state financial support was secured for local veterans through the York County Department of Veterans Affairs in 2013-2014, according to state figures.

York County veterans in 2013-2014 received $4,582,823 in benefits through the county Veterans Affairs Department, according to year-end figures compiled by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA).

Although a decline from nearly $5.3 million 2012-2013, York continues to rank among the top Pennsylvania counties in terms of the benefits secured for veterans. It was fifth in 2013-2014, and has secured a total of $21.3 million for York County veterans over the last five years.

The Pennsylvania DMVA recently presented York County Veterans Affairs with its third consecutive Five Star Service Award in recognition of the agency’s efforts to recover benefits for veterans.

There are approximately 40,000 military veterans living in York County.

“We’re extremely proud of our county’s tradition of military service and remain committed to serving veterans upon their return home,” Phil Palandro, director of the York County Department of Veterans Affairs. “We strongly encourage all veterans to call or come to our office before seeking benefits.”

The figures reflect benefits delivered through the county VA office to people who are seeking medical help for various duty-related illnesses, injuries and other compensation they are due because of their service to our country.

Palandro said benefits recovery naturally ebbs and flows depending on the needs of local veterans. The County remains at historically high benefit levels due in large part to an increase in assistance sought by Vietnam War veterans, primarily for service-related illnesses, he said. A growing portion of activity is also due to applications from veterans who have recently returned from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, along with sustained community outreach activities.

“We’re honored as a County government to have the opportunity to assist our exceptional local veterans,” said President Commissioner Steve Chronister. “It’s our duty to help veterans recover benefits they are rightfully due after risking everything in service to our country.”

Palandro stressed that the county Veterans Affairs office is not affiliated with federal or state veterans’ affairs agencies. The York County Department of Veterans Affairs is a County agency whose goal is to serve as an advocate for local veterans with the state and federal governments.

Year Benefits Secured Through York VA Statewide Total
2009-2010 $2,366,602 $70,029,119
2010-2011 $3,916,924 $90,033,684
2011-2012 $5,119,602 $115,160,641
2012-2013 $5,266,770 $111,845,073
2013-2014 $4,582,823 $123,656,967

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