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. Deadly Parasite linked to cancer in Vietnam Veterans

    A half a century after serving in Vietnam, hundreds of veterans have a new reason to believe they may be dying from a silent bullet... See https://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/infectious-diseases/cholangiocarcinoma.asp for VA info on this. Additional Info...
  2. Dec 7 2017Journey to Normal Screening Invite
  3. Attention Veterans: Imposter phone line attempting to access credit card information from Choice Pro

    VA is taking action in response to a phone line that appears to be set up to take advantage of Veterans who misdial the Veterans Choice Program phone line. Additional Info...
  4. Veterans Court helps vets get their lives back on track

    BECKLEY, W.Va. — In an office outside Judge Andrew Dimlich’s chambers on the bottom floor of the Raleigh County Judicial Annex, nine men and women in professional attire sit at a boardroom table. (Learn about Westmoreland County's Veterans Court here.) Read on...
  5. Tricare Users Must Make Provider, Plan Changes Before Blackout Date

    Tricare users soon will be blocked for more than three weeks from making changes to their plans or primary-care providers thanks to the system's upcoming shift to a new pair of contractors and region shake-up. Additional Info...
  6. The Many Forms, Faces And Causes Of PTSD

    Post-traumatic stress disorder is often associated with combat, but trauma comes in many forms. About 7 or 8 percent of people experience PTSD at some point in their lives, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Additional Info...
  7. Thornberry: Defense Bill Conferees Kept People a Priority

    With military operations staying high, and service member deaths by accident alarming, House-Senate conferees negotiating a final defense bill for fiscal 2018 defense authorization bill rejected most Senate-passed provisions to slow compensation growth... Additional Info...
  8. Nonprofit sets goals for connecting Pittsburgh-area veterans and jobs

    At least 50 organizations in the Pittsburgh region have declared a mission to serve veterans in some capacity, from housing assistance to education to social services. Additional Info...
  9. FTC settles with Moon company over endorsements of schools for veterans

    The Federal Trade Commission has reached a settlement agreement with Victory Media following an investigation of the Moon company for practices used to recommend schools to military veterans. Additional Info...
  10. Veterans Day Deals, Discounts and Freebies

    Military.com has compiled a list of Veterans Day discounts on restaurants, goods, services and events for 2017. (Note: Call ahead to confirm discounts with local businesses. No military ID or VA card? Bring your DD214 to show Veteran status.) Additional Info...
  11. Saint Vincent College awards new scholarship for veterans

    Navy Veteran and Saint Vincent College Graduate Student August I. Sander, of Greensburg, is the first recipient of the new Saint Vincent College Veterans Scholarship. Additional Info...
  12. North Huntingdon Civil War veteran gets tombstone, military marker more than 125 years after his dea

    A Civil War soldier from North Huntingdon who spent 125 years in an unmarked grave now has a headstone and flag in time for Veterans Day, thanks to a discovery last year that he scrawled his name on a wall of a Virginia house near the battles of Bull Run. Additional Info...
  13. Vets Must Apply Online for New VA ID Card

    The online portal to apply will not go live until November 14th; however, if you are not yet registered in vets.gov, you can do so now. For the new ID card you will need to scan and upload a government issued photo ID--driver's license or passport. Additional Info...
  14. PA DMVA News Nov. 1, 2017

    Veteran Farm Trail Saturday, Veterans Day events, new SW PA Blue Star Mothers, employment, more... Read on...
  15. Air Force honors North Huntingdon war hero with building dedication

    Ten years to the day after he died on a reconnaissance mission in Iraq, a North Huntingdon man was honored by Air Force officials in California, who named a building at Travis Air Force Base in his memory. Additional Info...
  16. Britsburgh to launch its own poppy appeal

    Imagine: 53,402 red poppies blooming in a Pittsburgh park — one for each United States soldier who died in battle during World War I. Each flower is handmade using Pittsburgh materials and is available for purchase, with proceeds to veterans charities. Additional Info...
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  18. Veterans Connect Pittsburgh-Vol. 3
  19. Findlay sergeant’s single act of kindness launches effort to help military families

    The Air Force civil engineer, now a chief master sergeant, had returned from deployment one week earlier and heard about a couple whose gutters needed to be repaired but whose son could not help because he was on deployment. Additional Info...
  20. Senate finalizes measure to give vets a 2 percent COLA boost

    Lawmakers on Wednesday finalized plans to boost next year’s veterans benefits by the same cost-of-living increase as Social Security, meaning a 2 percent boost in payouts starting in December. PresidentTrump is expected to sign the latest measure... Additional Info...
  21. Veterans Day - Governor Proclamation

    Governor's Proclamation for Veterans Day, 2017

    Gov. Tom Wolf has released his Veterans Day proclamation for 2017. Additional Info...
  22. PA Veteran Farm Trail spotlights operations of those who serve

    Rising early, working hard and coming back for more the next day. That could be a description of life in a military unit, but it also applies to the routine of Ralph Frye and his son, Todd, on their Unity dairy farm. Additional Info...
  23. VA, Congress Crawl Toward Ending Abuse of Vet Pensioners

    In 2012, the Government Accountability Office found more than 200 financial planning firms and estate law offices enticing veterans or their survivors into costly annuities or irrevocable trusts intended to hide or reallocate their assets so... Additional Info...
  24. Penn Area's 'Human Library' will feature Vietnam veterans telling their stories

    In Jack Otto's drawings, it's the little details that occasionally make grown men cry. Additional Info...
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    Pittsburgh Vet Center Quarterly Newsletter

    OUR MISSION:“We welcome home war Veterans with honor by providing readjustment counseling in a caring manner." Additional Info...
  26. VA technique cuts emergency wait times

    Veterans Health Administration hospitals around the country are adopting a Pittsburgh-developed technique for reducing emergency room waits and making sure vets can quickly see a specialist after an ER visit. Additional Info...
  27. What makes VAPHS nurse a nominee for 'compassionate caregiver of the year'?

    To watch nurse Victor Fagan briskly walk a clinic corridor while a veteran with a cane trails him to an exam room, he might seem one of those officious, too-busy health care professionals trying to get patients in and out as quickly as possible. Additional Info...
  28. TRICARE Reform Rules Fire a Curveball Over Jan. 1 Fee Levels

    Near-final regulations released last week by the Defense Health Agency (DHA) to implement sweeping TRICARE reforms on Jan. 1 include a surprise restructuring of appointment fees for active duty families, and retirees under 65 and their families. Additional Info...
  29. Here's How the 2018 Tricare Changes Impact Retirees

    A series of changes to Tricare ushered in through a periodic contractor update or ordered by Congress have major impacts on current and future military retirees, including how they enroll in coverage and what they pay out of pocket. Additional Info...
  30. VA Photo ID Cards for All Veterans Coming in November

    All honorably discharged veterans of every era will be able to get a photo identification card from the Department of Veterans Affairs starting in November due to a law passed in 2015. Additional Info...
  31. Here's How Tricare's 2017 Changes Affect You

    A series of sweeping Tricare changes could have a big impact on some of the military health care system's users -- including an extra three months of deductible-free coverage. Are you one of them? Here's what you need to know. Additional Info...
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  33. Tet 50th Anniversary flyer

    Tet Party 24 February 2017

    Vietnam Veterans of Westmoreland County invite you to the 50th anniversary "Year of the Dog" event at All Saints Brewery, 24 February 2018 from 3 to 9 pm. Route 119 N at Roseytown Rd., Greensburg, PA
  34. Persian Gulf vets have one year left to apply for state bonus

    Veterans who were on active duty in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations between Aug. 2, 1990, and Aug. 31, 1991, have one year left to claim a state bonus, according to the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. Additional Info...
  35. DMVA Digest September 17th

    PANG drops hay to starving cattle; Toys for military families; Remembering 9/11; more.... Read on...
  36. DMVA Digest, September 6

    Equine therapy, Hurricane relief efforts, Quilts of Valor, Persion Gulf benefit expiration, more. Read on...
  37. VA Hospital Butler Pa

    New VA medical center near Butler expected to drive surge in patients

    Built as a tuberculosis sanitarium but never opened as such, the Butler veterans hospital was not designed for its current use. Additional Info...
  38. Changes Are Coming to TRICARE. Are You Ready?

    Changes are coming to your TRICARE benefit beginning January 1, 2018. These changes will give you more benefit choices, improving your access to care and simplifying cost shares. Additional Info...
  39. Funds being raised for Wreaths Across America event at North Huntingdon cemetery

    Motivated by her own family's loss, a North Huntingdon woman is on a mission to remember deceased veterans by putting wreaths on their graves in time for Christmas. Additional Info...
  40. Penn Area Library will host Vietnam War events this fall

    Whether or not Penn Area Library officials become one of 50 libraries in the nation to receive a copy of Ken Burns' forthcoming documentary about the Vietnam War, they'll make sure patrons have plenty of opportunities to learn about the conflict. Additional Info...
  41. Plans inch forward to convert former SCI Greensburg into veterans center

    Four years after state officials turned out the lights and locked the doors, a former medium-security state prison in Hempfield may be poised to become a full-service veterans transition center. Additional Info...
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    Get the facts about Elder Abuse & Veterans

    National studies find that over 10% of older adults are the victims of elder abuse annually, and almost 10 million Veterans are 65 or older. Additional Info...
  43. Local group links veterans with farmers for on-the-job training

    Latrobe Bulletin--Some once family-run farms, including several here in Westmoreland County, are in need of skilled workers to continue the tradition of growing crops, raising livestock and other agricultural ventures. Additional Info...
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  45. U.S. Veterans Organizations by the Numbers

    Guidestar offers this concise guide to downloadable aide donors considering supporting veterans' organizations. Additional Info...
  46. VA to Provide Mental Health Care to Vets with 'Bad Paper' Discharges

    WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs will begin making mental health care services available to veterans with less-than-honorable discharges who urgently need it, VA Secretary David Shulkin told lawmakers Tuesday night. Additional Info...
  47. 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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