SHREWSBURY, Mass. — Shrewsbury Selectmen voted unanimously Tuesday to join the new regional veterans-assistance district, which was revamped in accordance with a 2012 state mandate.
Shrewsbury, Grafton and Northborough had been providing veterans with state aid since 1999 under a district run by World War II veteran Richard Perron. He is resigning effective April 30.
In the new district, Perron will be replaced by a full-time administrator and two part-time assistants. Town Manager Daniel Morgado called Perron "a real gentleman" with "a huge amount of experience."
Shrewsbury Selectmen grudgingly voted to join the new district on Sept. 11. Tuesday's vote formalized the district. Westborough also voted on Tuesday to join the organization.
Based on population, Shrewsbury will pay 42 percent of the district's costs. But each community will pay 100 percent of veterans benefits, 75 percent of which will be reimbursed by the state.