Posted on: January 19, 2018

Hill, Agencies Target Home Loan ‘Churning’ Aimed at Vets

The practice is called serial refinancing, or home loan churning, and the goal is to generate profits for lenders. The side effects often are more home debt on veterans and more financial risks for their families.

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Posted on: January 19, 2018

Calling all artists, performers, musicians and writers: Veterans arts festival and competitions kick

During the months of January, February and March, Veterans enrolled at VA medical facilities or outpatient clinics are invited to enter their art, music, dance, drama and creative writing entries into the local competition phase.

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Posted on: January 18, 2018

News from the PA Dept of Military and Veterans Affairs Jan. 17, 2018

 

DMVA's Hollidaysburg Veterans' Home Is Hosting An Open House:

You're invited! DMVA's Hollidaysburg Veterans' Home, situated in the scenic rolling hills of Blair County, will host an Open House on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. Come and witness the firs...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: January 16, 2018

Wells Fargo Veterans Scholarship

The Wells Fargo Veterans Scholarship Program provides scholarships to fill unmet financial need of veterans after military benefits and other grants and scholarships have been packaged by their school. This financial support will allow veterans to focus o...

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Posted on: January 12, 2018

VA Facilities Now Offer Same-day Care for Urgent Primary and Mental Health-care Needs

WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a major milestone, that 100 percent of its more than 1,000 medical facilities across the country now offer same-day services for urgent primary and mental health-care need...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: January 10, 2018

Trump orders more mental health care options for veterans

President Donald Trump's administration is aiming to curb the number of veteran suicides by improving mental health treatment for the high-risk group.

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Posted on: January 10, 2018

"The Long Walk" at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall

What: Discussion of the Opera "The Long Walk" a story of a soldier’s return from Iraq, a musical preview, and insights from an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) veteran. Speakers include Jeremy Howard Beck, composer of The Long Walk; C...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: January 9, 2018

14th Quartermaster Scholarship applications open until March 31st

The 14th Quartermaster/Operation Desert Storm Scholarship Fund supports Westmoreland County High School students considering a career within a military branch or ...

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Posted on: January 9, 2018

VA Looking for Caregiver Feedback on Stipend Program

Officials with the Department of Veterans Affairs are looking for in-depth feedback from caregivers as part of a continuing review of a program that gives cash stipends to some families.

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Posted on: January 9, 2018

Anna Mae Hays, nurse who became U.S. military’s first female general, dies at 97

Anna Mae Hays, an Army nurse who served in a mud-caked jungle hospital in World War II, guided the Army Nurse Corps through the bloodiest years of the Vietnam War and became the first female general in American military history, died Jan. 7. She was 97.

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Posted on: January 9, 2018

Quotables: A new 'sunrise' for area veterans

Concerns that the shuttered 300,000-square-foot state prison in Hempfield would devolve into a white elephant have been relieved by ongoing developments to convert the 96-acre tract into a veterans-transition service center.

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Posted on: January 8, 2018

Tricare Kills Urgent Care Referral Requirement for Some Users

Tricare Prime users can now make unlimited visits to in-network urgent care facilities without a referral, officials recently announced.

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Posted on: January 6, 2018

Accessible Housing Program Seeks Applicants for Home Modifications GREENSBURG (December 22) –

Westmoreland County's Accessible Housing Program initiative is seeking applicants for home modifications intended to help permanently disabled, low-income residents throughout Westmoreland County. The program assists residents in need by installi...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: January 5, 2018

Applications accepted for 2018 National Veterans Wheelchair Games

The VA is accepting applications for the 2018 National Veterans Wheelchair Games until April 15, 2018. Applications can be completed at www.wheelchairgames.org. The 2018 National Veterans Wheelchair Games will take place in Orlando July 30 – Aug 4.

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Posted on: January 4, 2018

DMVA News, January 3, 2018

 DMVA News

DMVA'S Gino J. Merli Veterans' Center, Scranton, Holding Open House:

DMVA's Gino J. Merli Veterans' Center will hold an open house on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, from 1-4 p.m. in Scranton, PA (Lackawanna County). Attendees can take a tour, m...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: January 3, 2018

Former Westmoreland prison's transformation into $100M veterans' facility on track

Planning for a one-stop veterans' transition service center at the site of a former state prison in Hempfield is moving ahead on schedule, the developer recently told local officials.

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Posted on: January 3, 2018

Nonprofit gears up to build tiny homes for veterans in Penn Hills in 2018

Marlon Ferguson acknowledges he was late in learning about the tiny home craze sweeping cities such as Seattle, Dallas, Detroit and Portland over the past several years.

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Posted on: January 3, 2018

Alle-Kiski Tuesday take editorial: Here come the Marines

About a dozen needy veterans had brighter holidays thanks to the efforts of the Westmoreland County Marine Corps League Detachment.

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Posted on: January 3, 2018

Tricare allotment snafu hits more than 4,000 Prime beneficiaries

More than 4,000 Tricare Prime beneficiaries in the former North region must make a one-time payment to cover their January enrollment fees thanks to mistakes with their allotments during the transition to the new Tricare East region contractor.

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Posted on: December 27, 2017

Camp Lejeune Family Member Program

The Camp Lejeune Family Member Program is for family members of Veterans who were stationed at Camp Lejeune. If you are a Veteran, apply here www.va.gov/healthbenefits/apply ...

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Posted on: December 27, 2017

New ID cards for vets on the way

Tens of thousands of veterans have expressed interest in obtaining a new national Veterans Identification Card, intended as convenient proof of their service when they seek military discounts offered by retail and restaurant chains.

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Posted on: December 21, 2017

DMVA Digest December 20

 DMVA News

No Digest The Week Of Dec. 21-27:

In observance of the holidays, the DMVA Digest will not be issued the week of Dec. 27. A new issue of our weekly e-publication will be released on Jan. 3, 2018. Thank you for your continued support and...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: December 20, 2017

Photos found for all Westmoreland veterans killed in action during Vietnam War

Thanks to the efforts of a local woman with an interest in genealogy, photos of every Westmoreland County veteran killed in action during the Vietnam War now have a place in the Vietnam Veteran Memorial Fund's digital “Wall of Faces.”

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Posted on: December 14, 2017

DMVA Digest December 13

 DMVA News

Pennsylvania Veterans Honored With Wreaths At DMVA's Soldiers’ And Sailors’ Home Cemetery In Erie:

Members of the community and volunteers from the Pennsylvania Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Home in Eri...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: December 16, 2017

#BeThere--We all play a role in preventing Veteran suicide

BeThere--VA Suicide Prevention Campaign graphic

You are not alone.Help is available.

If you are a Veteran in crisis or know one who is, call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1 to confidentially speak with a trained, caring VA responder andget connected to services that can make a difference. Chat online or text...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: December 13, 2017

Employers--Register today for the Feb. 21st WANT Job & Career Expo

WANT Employer 2018

Attention area employers--register now for the Expo. See flyer for details or visit www.wantexpo.org

Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: December 12, 2017

VA and Humane Society of United States Announce Partnership

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WASHINGTON — Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a partnership with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to encourage Veterans to consider pet ownership and volunteer opportunities with community...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: December 11, 2017

Navy League Foundation Scholarships

The Navy League Foundation awards scholarships to high school seniors who will attend college in the fall. Scholarships are available only to children/grandchildren of current/former members of the Sea Services....

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Posted on: December 11, 2017

VA Exploring Alternative Treatments for TBI and PTSD

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it will use two innovative treatments to ease the everyday challenges associated with living with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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Posted on: December 11, 2017

Many Tricare Users Must Update Payment Information Soon

Many Tricare users who pay annual or monthly enrollment fees or premiums must update their payment information by the end of the month -- or risk losing coverage.

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Posted on: December 11, 2017

Area veterans can be free of hepatitis C with help from VA Pittsburgh

I'm free of hepatitis C. You can be, too.

Those two sentences, appearing on area billboards and buses and in newspapers as 2017 comes to a close, are intended to get the attention of veterans serviced by the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System.

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Posted on: December 8, 2017

'Wall of Faces' still seeking 1 photo of Westmoreland vet killed in Vietnam

In about a year and a half, the “Wall of Faces” project in Washington, D.C., was able to solicit photos of every nearly every Westmoreland County veteran killed during the Vietnam War.

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Posted on: December 7, 2017

DMVA Digest December 6

 DMVA News

DMVA Still Needs To Locate 51 Photos From PA For Vietnam National Memorial:

Help honor those from Pennsylvania who paid the ultimate sacrifice as a result of the Vietnam War. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund virtual Wall of Faces in ...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: December 1, 2017

Military Times Veterans Benefits e-book available now

This year’s Benefits Guide will help service members, veterans & family members navigate some of the changes made to their benefits programs, and provide an overview of other offerings — military child care to moving help to home loans, and many more.

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Posted on: December 1, 2017

Pittsburgh Vet Center Newsletter, Dec. 1, 2017

Vet Center Spouse Support Group, Operation Troop Appreciation, Toys for Tots, Semper Fi Odyssey, more

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Posted on: November 30, 2017

DMVA Digest

A publication of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans AffairsNovember 29, 2017

 DMVA News

Tell Us About Events Or Jobs For Veterans:

As a service to Pennsylvania’s veteran community, DMVA is committed to sharing notices fro...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: November 30, 2017

New Tricare providers for 2018 listed

Wondering if your provider will still be in-network after Jan. 1st? Search online at https://www.humanamilitary.com/provider-locator

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: November 30, 2017

VA Announces Rollout and Application Process for New Veterans ID Card

WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that the application process for the national Veterans Identification Card (VIC) is now available for Veterans — yet another action honoring their service.

This h...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: November 22, 2017

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.

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Posted on: November 16, 2017

DMVA Digest November 15

 DMVA News

On Veterans Day, PA Remembers Those Who Served:

"Pennsylvania's Adjutant General Tony Carrelli and I are committed to doing everything we can for our veterans and active military members and have been working to expand services an...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: November 16, 2017

Veterans Court in Westmoreland County

On Veteran's Day this Saturday, we all will take time from our day to remember and recognize the significant contributions and sacrifices that our Veterans have made for the United Statesand many other countries to advance the cause of freedom and justice...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: November 15, 2017

Veterans with Hearing Loss can obtain a talk-to-text phone at no cost

 Through the Heroes with Hearing Loss program, eligible Veterans can listen and read word-for-word captions of everything said to you over the phone. Please see the program website, then contact Westmoreland County Veterans Affairs office at 724-...

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Posted on: November 15, 2017

DMVA Digest November 8

DMVA DigestA publication of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans AffairsNovember 8, 2017

 

DMVA Still Needs To Locate 54 Photos From PA For Vietnam National Memorial:

Help honor those from Pennsylvania who paid the ultimate sacrifice ...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: November 14, 2017

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.

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Posted on: November 14, 2017

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.

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Posted on: November 14, 2017

IRS has Resources for Veterans, Current Members of the Military

As the nation prepares to celebrate Veterans Day, the IRS reminds them that they may be eligible for certain tax benefits. There are also tax benefits that can affect current members of the military.

The IRS has resources for both these groups. The followi...

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Posted on: November 6, 2017

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.

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Posted on: November 6, 2017

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.

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Posted on: October 30, 2017

Pittsburgh Veterans Connect newsletter is here

Veterans Connect Pittsburgh-Vol. 3

In this edition:•Director’s message•Emergency Care at a Non-VA Facility (with detachable wallet card)•Connect to Your Care•Environmental Registries•Telehealth Program Spotlight•Healthy Living...

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Posted on: October 28, 2017

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.

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Posted on: October 23, 2017

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.

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Posted on: October 16, 2017

Military Ticket Offers

Below are a variety of offers for military members, (active, reserve, retired) and families.

Military Ticket Offers

 

To purchase tickets, please use the links provided or order by phone by calling the Group Sales Department at 412-804-7904. The spe...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: October 11, 2017

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.

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Posted on: September 26, 2017

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.

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Posted on: October 2, 2017

Tet Party 24 February 2017

Tet 50th Anniversary flyer

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

Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: September 19, 2017

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.

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Posted on: September 6, 2017

Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans Benefit Program Ends in One Year

Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans Benefit Program Ends in One Year

Annville, PA - Eligible veterans who served on active duty in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations from Aug. 2, 1990 to Aug. 31, 1991 have exactly one year from today to collect a special on...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: August 16, 2017

Get the facts about Elder Abuse & Veterans

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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.

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Posted on: August 19, 2016

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.

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Posted on: August 7, 2015

VA Launches New No-Cost IT Training Programs

VA Launches New No-Cost Training Programs

Programs Designed to Help Transitioning Service members and Veterans Develop New Skills and Credentials

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today launched two new no-cost training progra...Read on...

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