Veterans Receive $5.1M In Benefits Through County VA

The amount of federal and state financial support flowing to local veterans through the York County Department of Veterans Affairs increased by 31 percent in 2011-2012 compared to the previous year, according to recently released figures.

York County veterans in 2011-2012 received $5,119,602 in benefits through the county Veterans Affairs Department, according to year-end figures  compiled by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. That’s up $1,202,678 (31 percent) from 2010-2011, and $2,753,000 (116 percent) from 2009-2010.

York County’s Department of Veterans Affairs in 2011-2012 ranked second among its Pennsylvania counterparts in terms of the benefits secured for veterans. There are approximately 40,000 military veterans living in York County.

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.

“We’re pleased so many veterans are taking advantage of the assistance our office can provide with oft-complex benefits application process,” said Phil Palandro, director of the York County Department of Veterans Affairs. “We encourage all veterans to call or come to our office before seeking benefits.”

Palandro said the growth is due in large part to an increase in assistance sought by Vietnam War veterans, primarily for service-related illnesses. Some activity is also due to applications from veterans who have recently returned from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“We’re honored as a County government to have the opportunity to assist our exceptional local veterans,” said Commissioner Doug Hoke. “It’s important to help the people who have given so much 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 Through York County VA Statewide Total
2009-2010                   $2,366,602 $70,029,119
2010-2011                   $3,916,924 $90,033,684
2011-2012                   $5,119,602 $115,150,641

                        Source: Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs


Media Contact: Phil Palandro, 771-9218,

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