York County getting new head of vets office

Greg Gross
Terry Gendron was named head of the York County Department of Veterans Affairs.

York County commissioners announced their pick to head the county's veterans office on Wednesday.

Terry Gendron, a U.S. Army veteran, will replace Phil Palandro, who will step down in a month as director of the county Department of Veterans Affairs.

"He came with a great résumé and a background in the veterans community," said Doug Hoke, the vice president commissioner. "He was by and far the best of the three candidates we interviewed."

Gendron's first day with the county is Monday, allowing him to work with Palandro for about three weeks to learn the ins and outs of the office. Palandro joined the county 2007 and is stepping down from his post to spend more time with family and pursue other career interests

Gendron will be paid $61,851 yearly, Carl Lindquist, the county spokesman, wrote in an email.

Big plans: Gendron, 60, retired from the U.S. Army in 1998 after 22 years and currently works for the American Legion doing work similar to that county veterans officers handle.

As part of his role with the Legion, Gendron goes out to state representatives' offices to help veterans navigate the system to find services they are eligible to receive.

The outreach aspect is something he wants to broaden at the county. Working veterans often slip through the cracks when it comes to benefits since they typically work during the day and can't get to a veterans affairs office, Gendron said.

"As a government, we've got to be available in the community for those people," he said. "That means after hours and  occasional Saturday hours."

Gendron holds a bachelor of science in resource management from Troy State University and a master of science in logistics management from the Florida Institute of Technology. He is also a graduate of the Army’s Command and General Staff College, according to the county news release.

He currently lives in Dauphin County but plans to move to York County in the coming weeks.

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