A recent decision by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs might provide benefits for local veterans suffering from traumatic brain injuries.

U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald granted relief to more than 24,000 veterans following a national review of traumatic brain injury (TBI) medical examinations conducted in connection with disability compensation claims processed between 2007 and 2015, according to a county news release.

As a result, the county is encouraging York County veterans with past claims of service-related brain injuries to contact the county's Department of Veteran Affairs to aid in pursuing potential benefits.

Those interested may email the department at or call (717) 771-9218.

Affected veterans can expect to receive a letter from the federal government, but accredited service officers can help them through the process of receiving those benefits, according to York County Veteran Affairs director Terry Gendron.

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