Veteran's Affairs

Our mission is to ensure that Westmoreland County Veterans receive those benefits to which they are entitled. The blessings of liberty have not been won or maintained easily or without great cost. Over the years, it has required the dedication and sacrifice of tens of thousands of servicemen and servicewomen to ensure all Americans can live, work, and worship as they choose.

The health and well-being of our Veterans must remain a top priority of our county, our state, and our nation. We at the Westmoreland County Office of Veterans Affairs are committed to ensure that our Veterans and all Veterans receive those benefits to which they are greatly entitled.

Ours is a gift of service which is gladly shared with all who are in need, throughout the year.
  1. Groups offer help to Westmoreland veterans who fall on hard times

    Terrence Stubbs has been settling in at his new apartment in South Greensburg for about two weeks. The former Green Beret counts himself lucky to have found one that will accept his four cats. Additional Info...
  2. PA DMVA News June 15th

    In this issue: Free dental care June 24th, Gulf War health exams, PTSD month, more... Read on...
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    Flag Etiquette Do's and Don'ts

    From Memorial Day through Flag Day and on to Independence Day, our nation's flag is in the spotlight. Brush up on your flag etiquette here. Additional Info...
  4. Veteran Education Fair VLP July 12, 2017

    Veteran Education Fair July 12, Pittsburgh

    Veterans are invited to speak directly with educational institution reps and learn guidelines for admission, using GI Bill, and more.
  5. Improving satisfaction, reducing infections are priorities for VA Pittsburgh director

    The Pittsburgh Veterans Affairs Health Care System is taking a closer look at how it compares to other hospitals in the region amid a push from VA leaders to correct highly publicized deficiencies in the national system. Additional Info...
  6. California boy, 11, becomes the pied piper of patriotism

    Young boys aren't easily appalled, but 11-year-old Preston Sharp sure knows the feeling. "Yeah, I was really surprised," Preston said. And really disappointed. Preston's mom April had never seen him like this before. "Not this angry and passionate." Additional Info...
  7. New VA online tool helps Veterans learn about and compare effective PTSD treatments

    VA launched a new online tool this week that will help you compare treatment options for post-traumatic stress disorder. The PTSD Treatment Decision Aid is a free, interactive tool that helps educate patients about effective treatment options for PTSD. Additional Info...
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    News from the PA Dept of Military and Veterans Affairs June 8

    Hire Vets campaign, Events, PTSD Awareness month, Employment opportunities, more Read on...
  9. 30 June 2017 Americana Concert at Soldiers Sailors, PIttsburgh
  10. Allegiant Air now offering free services for active military members, veterans

    For military members and veterans, flying with Allegiant Air just got much cheaper. The airline, known for its low fares, announced an offer that will give military members free services on its flights. Additional Info...
  11. Campaign urging Pittsburgh employers to hire vets

    As a maintenance officer in Iraq during the Second Gulf War, Megan Andros commanded more than 100 troops in a heavy brigade combat team, and oversaw millions of dollars worth of weapons and other equipment. Additional Info...
  12. Lower Burrell celebrates its veterans

    As a line of motorcycles wound its way down Wildlife Lodge Road in Lower Burrell on Memorial Day, George Bagaley sat on a friend's front porch and thought of his dad. Additional Info...
  13. Monuments honor Westmoreland County's fallen war veterans

    Like the battlefields of Europe, monuments to America's war dead dot the landscape of Westmoreland County, from the smallest rural village to the courthouse plaza. Additional Info...
  14. Westmoreland honors its veterans

    Russell Moore Jr. makes a pilgrimage every Memorial Day from his home in Orlando, Fla., to a plastic folding chair in Westmoreland County Memorial Park. Additional Info...
  15. PA DMVA News May 26, 2017

    PA DMVA News, Around the State, Across the Nation, Employment Opportunities, Veterans Events, and more in this issue. Additional Info...
  16. Chair of Honor at Westmoreland Courthouse

    POW/MIA Chair of Honor dedicated at courthouse

    A permanent reminder of the service men and women who were prisoners of war or never returned home was dedicated Thursday at the Westmoreland County Courthouse. Additional Info...
  17. Master Sgt. Brandon Nicely is the superintendent of personnel for the Heavy Airlift Wing. He and his
  18. Credit Requirements for VA Loans Explained

    In the past when a veteran wanted to use the VA home loan benefit in order to buy and finance a home with nothing down, the VA would ultimately approve the loan application. Additional Info...
  19. Norwin students, veterans place American flags on 1,400 graves

    Despite a steady rain , a group of Norwin High School students and veterans forged ahead and placed American flags on the graves of about 1,400 veterans at Irwin Union Cemetery in North Huntingdon. Additional Info...
  20. Excela Health programs help veterans deal with guilt, grief

    Acceptance of what veterans did during their time in combat — that they did what was asked of them — and understanding the need for them to tell their stories are important elements in helping veterans heal from the emotional wounds of war. Additional Info...
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  22. Vandergrift veteran heads across country to raise awareness about PTSD

    For many parents, the idea that their child would sell most of his possessions before a cross-country trip would be cause for concern. Additional Info...
  23. Lowe's expands, changes its military discount program

    National home improvement retailer Lowe’s has expanded its everyday military discount program to include all honorably discharged veterans, as of May. Additional Info...
  24. VA announces scam targeting Veterans

    The US Department of Veterans Affairs office has issued a warning to the public of a scam targeting veterans. According to the agency, a phone line mimicking the VA phone line called veterans offering them $100 rebate if their credit card is provided. Additional Info...
  25. VA limiting new hiring as it aims to widen private care

    Despite the lifting of a federal hiring freeze, the VA is leaving thousands of positions unfilled, citing the need for a leaner VA as it develops a longer-term plan to allow more veterans to seek medical care in the private sector. Additional Info...
  26. News from the PA Dept of Military and Veterans Affairs April 13

    In this issue: Veterans Temporary Assistance, Around PA, Honor Bus, Employment Opportunities, and more Read on...
  27. Toni BushNeal, Jocelyn Connelly, Elizabeth Marinella, Matt Zamosky, Matt Rowley, Lamont Taylor
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  29. VA Offering Services for MST Victims

    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is providing all care for mental and physical health conditions related to military sexual trauma (MST) free of charge, and veterans do not need to have reported their experiences of MST at the time. Additional Info...
  30. Scholarship for Wounded PA Guardsmen

    The Van Hipp Heroes Scholarship and The National Guard Educational Foundation will provide up to $1,000 / year higher education scholarships for Guardsmen wounded in OEI, OIF, or OND. Read on...
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  32. Veterans eligible to receive free cybersecurity training

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Hire Our Heroes have teamed up to offer training for Veterans in cybersecurity, in support of Veterans join our nation’s cybersecurity workforce. Additional Info...
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