Posted on: November 16, 2017

DMVA Digest November 15

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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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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

New Veterans ID card application process delayed

The VA has not yet published the process for obtaining the cards but is expected to later this month. Veterans can register now on Vets.gov to verify eligibility, which will be necessary before obtaining the cards.

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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

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...

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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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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: November 6, 2017

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.)

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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

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.

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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: November 2, 2017

PA DMVA News Nov. 1, 2017

DMVA DigestA publication of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans AffairsNovember 1, 2017

 DMVA News

DMVA Still Needs To Locate 57 Photos From PA For Vietnam National Memorial:

Help honor the men and women from Pennsylvania who paid t...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: November 2, 2017

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.

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Posted on: October 31, 2017

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.

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Posted on: October 31, 2017

VA Celebrates Veterans Day Every Day in November

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VA Celebrates Veterans Day Every Day in November

 

In recognition of Veterans Day 2017, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS) will host or participate in events to honor veterans through November, starting with a ceremonial flag raising on Nov. 1...

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Veteran's Affairs
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 27, 2017

PA DMVA news, Oct. 25th

DMVA DigestA publication of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans AffairsOctober 25, 2017

 DMVA News

18 Pennsylvania Air National Guard Members Return Home From Kuwait:

Eighteen members of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard were welc...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: November 13, 2017

Stand Down Pittsburgh Nov. 18 for homeless veterans

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Stand Down Pittsburgh, Nov. 18, 0800-1500Stage AE, 400 North Shore Drive, Pittsburgh 15212

Free Breakfast & Lunch, haircuts, personal care items

General health care, VA Healthcare, Eye care, Dental care, Accupuncture

Hot showers, Food pantry, Clothing

Leg...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: October 27, 2017

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...

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Posted on: October 24, 2017

Governor's Proclamation for Veterans Day, 2017

Veterans Day - Governor Proclamation

Gov. Tom Wolf has released his Veterans Day proclamation for 2017.

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Posted on: October 23, 2017

Veterans with 'Bad Paper' Won't Get New VA ID Cards

 Starting next month, veterans can register for identification cards that prove their military history -- but not everyone who has served will get one.

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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 19, 2017

DMVA Digest October 18, 2017

DMVA DigestA publication of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans AffairsOctober 18, 2017

Veteran Farmer Trail Tour:

The Pennsylvania Veteran Farming Project has organized the Veteran Farm Trail on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 to give people a chance...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: October 17, 2017

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...

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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 12, 2017

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.

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Posted on: October 12, 2017

DMVA Digest October 11, 2017

DMVA Digest

A publication of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

October 11, 2017

 

Support Pennsylvania Veterans:

DMVA manages six extended care facilities throughout the state that serve more than 1,300 eligible veterans and ...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: October 12, 2017

Pittsburgh Vet Center Quarterly Newsletter

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OUR MISSION:“We welcome home war Veterans with honor by providing readjustment counseling in a caring manner."

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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: October 10, 2017

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.

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Posted on: October 10, 2017

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.

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Posted on: October 10, 2017

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.

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Posted on: October 5, 2017

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.

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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: September 26, 2017

Flu Shots for Veterans

Medic prepping flu shot

Flu shot season is here again! VAHS Pittsburgh is currently providing the vaccine at HJ Heinz, University Drive, and at all CBOC locations. VA is also partnering with Walgreens to provided shots to enrolled vets at participating locations.

Enrollment in th...

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Veteran's Affairs
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 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 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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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: September 6, 2017

DMVA Digest, September 6

 DMVA Digest

A publication of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

September 6, 2017

Building Bridges Foundation Offers Equine Therapy For Veterans:

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

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Veteran's Affairs
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: 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

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: 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 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 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 9, 2017

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.

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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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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 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: 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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