Posted on: September 21, 2017

DMVA Digest

A publication of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans AffairsSeptember 20, 2017

 DMVA News 

Veterans’ Trust Fund Grant Recipients Acknowledged For Improving The Lives Of Pennsylvania’s Veterans And their F...

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Posted on: September 20, 2017

VA Cautions Ken Burns' Vietnam Documentary Could Trigger PTSD

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 and get connected to services that can make a difference. Chat online or text with a VA responder to receive ano...

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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 14, 2017

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.

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Posted on: September 13, 2017

DMVA Digest September 17th

 DMVA News 

Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans Benefit Program Ends Aug. 31, 2018: 

Eligible veterans who served on active duty in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations from Aug. 2, 1990 to Aug. 31, 1991 have less than one year to co...

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Posted on: September 13, 2017

Veterans, Gridiron & Reception invitation--Sept. 29th at Penn Trafford

Penn Trafford Warriors

If you or a family member is a military veteran, serviceman/woman, or first responder, the Penn-Trafford School District would like to invite you to a reception before our home football game against Gateway Senior High School on Friday, September 29, 2017...

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Posted on: September 12, 2017

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.

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Posted on: September 6, 2017

DMVA Digest, September 6

 DMVA DigestA publication of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans AffairsSeptember 6, 2017

Building Bridges Foundation Offers Equine Therapy For Veterans: 

Maj. Gen. (ret.) Eric Weller, Pennsylvania's deputy adjutant general ...

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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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Posted on: September 6, 2017

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

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Built as a tuberculosis sanitarium but never opened as such, the Butler veterans hospital was not designed for its current use.

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Posted on: September 5, 2017

September is Suicide Prevention Month

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We can all play a role in saving someone's life, but many people don't know what to do if  concerned about a service member or Veteran.  A simple act of kindness can help. Learn more at www.veteranscrisisline.net/BeThere  

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Posted on: September 5, 2017

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.

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Posted on: September 5, 2017

Audi Veterans to Technicians Program helps more than 100 U.S. military veterans find Audi careers

Veterans to Technicians connect highly skilled former military personnel with challenging and rewarding new careers as Audi certified service technicians, service consultants, shop foremen and parts specialists in dealerships across the country.Veterans w...

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Posted on: September 1, 2017

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.

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Posted on: August 28, 2017

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.

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Posted on: August 28, 2017

Ligonier Valley JROTC to host Holiday Craft Show Nov. 4

The Ligonier Valley JROTC will hold a Holiday Craft Show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 4.

The JROTC is looking for both direct sales and unique crafters for the show. Spaces are $30 and $40 for electric.

All proceeds benefit the kids and the JROTC program. Sp...

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Posted on: August 28, 2017

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...

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Posted on: August 25, 2017

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.

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Posted on: August 23, 2017

News from the PA Dept of Military and Veterans Affairs, Aug. 23

 DMVA DigestA publication of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans AffairsAugust 23, 2017

 DMVA News 

Consider Donating To The Pennsylvania Veterans’ Memorial Trust Fund: 

Patriotic citizens of the C...

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Posted on: August 17, 2017

News from the PA Dept of Military and Veterans Affairs--Aug. 16, 2017

DMVA DigestA publication of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans AffairsAugust 16, 2017

 DMVA News 

Employment At DMVA State Veterans Homes: 

The DMVA operates six veterans homes throughout the Commonwealth with a var...

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Posted on: August 17, 2017

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.

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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 16, 2017

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.

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Posted on: August 14, 2017

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.

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Posted on: August 11, 2017

'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.

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Posted on: August 10, 2017

News from the PA Dept of Military and Veterans Affairs Aug. 9

DMVA DigestA publication of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans AffairsAugust 9, 2017

 DMVA News 

62 Armories Throughout Pennsylvania Are Available For Rent: 

Have an upcoming function, party, activity and need a spa...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: August 9, 2017

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.

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Posted on: August 9, 2017

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.

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Posted on: August 9, 2017

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

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Posted on: August 9, 2017

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.

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Posted on: August 3, 2017

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.

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Posted on: August 3, 2017

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.

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Posted on: August 2, 2017

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

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VA Shares Best Practices to Help Health Care Industry Stem Opioid Crisis,

Address ‘National Public Health Emergency’

WASHINGTON – When it comes to treating pain and substance abuse, the Department of Veterans Affairs is recogni...

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Posted on: July 31, 2017

Presents for vets, Steelers truck at all home games

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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)

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Posted on: July 28, 2017

VA Caregiver Support Program Resumes Full Operations

WASHINGTON – Today the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it is resuming full operations of the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers. The resumption follows an April 17 decision to temporarily suspend certain clin...

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Posted on: July 24, 2017

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.

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Posted on: July 22, 2017

Pittsburgh Vet Center News July, 2017

Israeli War Veterans Visit the Center, No One Left Behind-Pittsburgh, Vet Center & Community Groups, more...

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Posted on: July 21, 2017

Register today for Veterans Appreciation Picnic for 57th District

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All military veterans or surviving family members of veterans residing in the 57th Legislative District are invited to my Veterans Appreciation Picnic on Thursday, Sept. 14, from 4-7 p.m., at Youngwood Park and Pool, 801 S. 10th St., Youngwood. For regist...

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Posted on: July 20, 2017

News from the PA Dept of Military and Veterans Affairs July 19

 DMVA News 

Wolf Administration Assists Veterans In Need Of Important Military Paperwork: 

Leaving the military can be a hectic and stressful time. Through all the commotion, veterans often forget how important it is to properly r...

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Posted on: July 19, 2017

Vet Center offers New Spouse Support Group

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The Pittsburgh Vet Center is starting a new support group for military and veteran spouses starting on August 8th. The group will be facilitated by our Marriage and Family Counselor and take place at the Pittsburgh Vet Center. The group is open to spouses...

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Posted on: July 17, 2017

Gulf War Veterans sought for VA study

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Are you a Gulf War Veteran? Do you have trouble falling or staying asleep? You may be eligible for a non-medication insomnia treatment study for improving sleep and managing GWI symptoms. You can participate by telephone from home and receive treatment an...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: July 17, 2017

U.S. Veterans Organizations by the Numbers

Guidestar offers this concise guide to downloadable aide donors considering supporting veterans' organizations.

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Posted on: July 12, 2017

A message from VA Pittsburgh re: Changes to Homemaker Home Health Aide Program

I am writing to inform you of some important changes we are making to the Homemaker Home Health Aide (HHHA) services program at VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. This communication is extensive because this issue is complex, and I would like to provide the...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: July 11, 2017

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.

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Posted on: July 11, 2017

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.

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Posted on: July 6, 2017

News from the PA Dept of Military and Veterans Affairs July 6

DMVA Digest

A publication of Pennsylvania’s Department of Military and Veterans AffairsJuly 6, 2017

 DMVA News 

Tell Us About Events Or Jobs For Veterans: 

As a service to Pennsylvania’s veteran community, DMVA i...

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Posted on: July 5, 2017

VA Seeks Opinions on Assistive Technology

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The Future of Mobility Related Technology

The VA is looking for volunteers who…

     •are 18 years of age or older and

     •use one or more assistive devices for mobility, su...

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Posted on: July 5, 2017

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.

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Posted on: June 28, 2017

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.

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Posted on: June 28, 2017

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.

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Posted on: June 28, 2017

Summertime discounts/events for the military community

Remember to bring your and your dependents’ IDs.

Active/reserve service members and families: 

National Parks/Fish and Wildlife Service: https://store.usgs.gov/faq#US-Military

  • Free admission to National Parks and Fish and Wildlife...
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Posted on: June 19, 2017

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.

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Posted on: June 1, 2017

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.

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Posted on: February 10, 2017

Scholarships available for active duty, veterans or dependents

This list current February, 2017.

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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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