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. 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...
  2. 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...
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    PA Dept. of Military & Veteran Affairs April 5 Newsletter

    In this issue: Month of the Military Child, Vets license plates, Online resource directory, events, employment opportunities Read on...
  4. Toni BushNeal, Jocelyn Connelly, Elizabeth Marinella, Matt Zamosky, Matt Rowley, Lamont Taylor
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  6. 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...
  7. VA University Drive entrance construction update

    VAPHS has announced the project to improve the main entryway of their University Drive location – the Parking Garage First Floor Level connecting to the Main Lobby – will begin on Thursday, March 23 and last several months. Read on...
  8. 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...
  9. VA to provide disability benefits for related diseases

    VA regulations to establish presumptions for the service connection of eight diseases associated with exposure to contaminants in the water supply at Camp Lejeune, N.C. are effective as of today. Read on...
  10. PA Dept. of Military & Veteran Affairs March newsletter

    A publication of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, March 1, 2017 Read on...
  11. Are you good?

    This new PSA, “I’m Good. But are you ready to listen?” — features  Veterans and Service members talking about the conflicting feelings that can sometimes accompany offhand responses.
  12. A Message from VA Pittsburgh: Water Restriction Extension and Legionella Pneumonia Case

    Water restrictions enacted in late January to remediate Legionella bacteria in Building 1 at the University Drive location have been extended to allow additional time to sanitize water supply lines that were repaired during the remediation process Read on...
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  14. VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System Urges Baby Boomers to be Screened for Hepatitis C

    Up to 75 percent of U.S. patients infected with hepatitis C were born between 1945 and 1965 (baby boomers). Nearly 34,000 of our enrolled Veterans fall into that range! Read on...
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  16. US agrees to pay billions to Marines affected by toxic water

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has agreed to provide disability benefits totaling more than $2 billion to veterans who had been exposed to contaminated drinking water while assigned to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Additional Info...
  17. 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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FREEDOM IS NOT FREE. WE HONOR OUR FALLEN BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN ARMS. Over 1.2 million soldiers, marines, sailors, airmen, and coast guardsmen have made the ultimate sacrifice to our great nation. We thank them for our freedom and dedicate the work we do in their memory.

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