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. DMVA Digest

    Navigating the VA for Caregivers, Events and Jobs, Flu shots, more Read on...
  2. 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...
  3. Post 9/11 Vetererans Discussion Group flyer
  4. PA Hero Walk logo
  5. PA Hero Walk officials will donate Trafford house to Penn Hills veteran

    For the past nine years, the PA Hero Walk has raised money to help veterans in a variety of ways. In 2017, walk officials will get the chance to literally give a veteran a home. Additional Info...
  6. DMVA Digest September 17th

    PANG drops hay to starving cattle; Toys for military families; Remembering 9/11; more.... Read on...
  7. Penn Trafford Warriors
  8. VA fighting to reduce growing problem of veteran suicides

    A TRAGIC and disturbing trend has developed throughout the Veterans Administration medical system. Veterans are traveling to the grounds of VA facilities and are resorting to suicide on VA property. Additional Info...
  9. VA Suicide Prevention Webinar
  10. DMVA Digest, September 6

    Equine therapy, Hurricane relief efforts, Quilts of Valor, Persion Gulf benefit expiration, more. Read on...
  11. 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...
  12. #BeThere VA graphic
  13. 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...
  14. Vietnam Veterans Share Service Stories

    Stacks of photographs Army Veteran Jim McGeehan brought back with him from Vietnam in 1971 sat boxed inside a closet for nearly three decades, unseen but not forgotten. Additional Info...
  15. 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...
  16. Soldier who was there wants people to remember WWII battle of Monte Cassino

    Pearl Harbor. Midway. D-Day. The Battle of the Bulge. Iwo Jima. The epic battles of World War II still resonate 70 years later. Yet one of the costliest U.S. campaigns is barely remembered... Additional Info...
  17. 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...
  18. 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...
  19. elder_abuse_veterans_br_2017_0317_p-page-001

    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...
  20. Free Bus Trip to DC for WWII & Korean Era Veterans

    October 26, 2017. Please click on flyer for details. Call 724-709-3614 for registration, details. Additional Info...
  21. Norwin grad, a Green Beret, stays tough in obstacle-course challenge

    In the Green Berets, Mark Ballas learned the importance of secrecy in pursuing covert operations. Now that he's in the private sector, he's keeping the special operations emphasis but dropping the secrecy part. Additional Info...
  22. 'Skirted Soldiers' recall their history as they prepare to reunite in Pittsburgh

    They were nicknamed the “Skirted Soldiers.” Facing a shortage of men during World War II, Congress, after much debate, created the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps in May 1942. Additional Info...
  23. Tiny House Village Being Built For Veterans In Need

    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Plans are in the works to build a tiny house village for veterans who have had a tough time transitioning back to society. Additional Info...
  24. Local group links veterans with farmers for on-thejob 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...
  25. Hempfield 'class reunion' raises $7,600 for veterans charity

    Some classes raise money by selling candy or washing cars, and most stop once they've graduated. But about 150 members of the Hempfield Area High School class of 1984 got together last month to raise more than $7,600 for a veterans charity Additional Info...
  26. Spirit Airlines gives Derry Township native, a World War II vet, an honor guard sendoff

    “Mitch” Chockla is one of the Greatest Generation that pulled the United States and its allies through World War II, and his achievements on the battlefields of Europe are receiving added attention as he approaches a century of experience. Additional Info...
  27. Soldier On outreach for veterans now includes Lower Burrell

    Starting Friday, local veterans who are having financial troubles or are looking for work will be able to find help at Lower Burrell's city hall. Additional Info...
  28. Congress approves biggest expansion of college aid in GI Bill for military veterans in a decade

    WASHINGTON — Congress sent President Donald Trump legislation to provide the biggest expansion of college aid for military veterans in a decade. Additional Info...
  29. Veterans Administration logo

    VA Launches S.T.O.P. P.A.I.N Advices and Guidelines

    When it comes to treating pain and substance abuse, the Department of Veterans Affairs is recognized by many as a leader in the pain management field and the responsible use of opioids across the VA healthcare system. Read on...
  30. Steelers Truck

    Presents for vets, Steelers truck at all home games

    Steelers fans can bring new, unwrapped presents to training camp for veterans who live in area nursing homes and assisted living facilities. (Photo courtesy of Tribune-Review) Additional Info...
  31. Tricare expands mental health, substance abuse, opioid treatment options

    New Tricare mental health benefits, including expanded treatment for opioid and other substance-use issues, went live July 13, according to Kevin Dwyer, spokesman for the Defense Health Agency. Additional Info...
  32. Pittsburgh Vet Center News July, 2017

    Israeli War Veterans Visit the Center, No One Left Behind-Pittsburgh, Vet Center & Community Groups, more... Additional Info...
  33. Veteran picnic image
  34. News from the PA Dept of Military and Veterans Affairs July 19

    In this issue: Scholarships, Employment opportunities, Wellness events, Vietnam 50th, Veteran Farm Field Day, more Read on...
  35. Spouse Support Group Flyer (PGH)-page-001
  36. GW_CBTi_Brouchure_02.27.16

    Gulf War Veterans sought for VA study

    Are you a Gulf War Veteran? Do you have trouble sleeping? Read on...
  37. U.S. Veterans Organizations by the Numbers

    Guidestar offers this concise guide to downloadable aide donors considering supporting veterans' organizations. Additional Info...
  38. Veteran ‘Online Exchange’ Benefit Being Tested, Is Nearer for Millions

    The last time Forrest Cornelius, 51, shopped in a base exchange was 1989 when he completed his six-year stint in the Marine Corps. He recalls saving 10 to 15 percent on department store goods and that shoppers paid no sales tax. Additional Info...
  39. VA to Detail Proposed Changes to Caregiver Program

    The Department of Veterans Affairs on Wednesday will unveil to a select group of veteran and military support organizations changes to a highly scrutinized program that pays family members to provide at-home care to severely injured troops. Additional Info...
  40. VOC2 Recruitment Flyer 110416 v-page-001
  41. 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...
  42. Opinion: Not All Veterans Have PTSD

    After coming off a deployment to Afghanistan, I found myself interviewing for a new job. I’m a graduate student in clinical psychology, so it's no surprise that the training director interviewing me was, himself, a psychologist. Additional Info...
  43. Gov. Wolf signs 'stolen valor' bill into law

    Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday signed into law state Rep. Rick Saccone's “stolen valor” bill that criminalizes attempts by anyone to financially benefit from lying about their military service or receiving decorations. Additional Info...
  44. 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...
  45. 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...
  46. 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...
View All
Stay Connected
Subscribe to our website news and get email or text notification when we post important updates to our News section.

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.

Army USMC Navy Air Force Coast Guard