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

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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 19, 2017

School supply backpacks for military families Aug. 12

Operation Homefront is again hosting a Back-to-School Brigade, a nationwide school supply operation for military families. Backpacks filled with school supplies will be distributed.

Date: August 12, 9:00-11:00 AM

Place: Pittsburgh Area Commissary, 79 Soldie...

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Posted on: July 19, 2017

Veterans picnic at Steelers practice session in Latrobe July 28

The Navy League, Pittsburgh Council and Union Mission Westmoreland County are sponsoring a picnic prior to the Steelers practice session on 28 Jul.

Date/time: 28 Jul, Picnic, 1230-2:15 PM, Practice 2:55-4:55 PM

Place: St. Vincent's College, Winnie Palmer Re...

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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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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 14, 2017

News from the PA Dept of Military and Veterans Affairs, July 12

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State Veterans Homes: 

Pennsylvania offers its eligible veterans or surviving spouses six extended care facilities throughout the state. The level of care provided includes personal care, skilled nursing care, and deme...

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Posted on: July 14, 2017

Veterans Benefits Questions answered Aug. 17 in Latrobe

Veterans Presentation August 17 2017

Are YOU a Veteran OR do you KNOW a Veteran?

Learn about  enefits for Veterans/Spouses/Widowers

Speakers include: Matthew Zamosky, Director of Dept of Veterans Affairs in Westmoreland and Mary Jo Zubaty, RN BSN COD of Westmoreland Veterans Clinic

Thu...

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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 7, 2017

Community Veteran Picnic Friday, Aug. 18th

Vet Center Picnic Flier Friday, August 18, 2017

HOsted by White Oak Vet Center

3-7 pm

Magnolia Pavilion at the White Oak Park

RSVP to Abbie Lieberum at 4123-678-7704

or abbie.lieberum@va.gov

This is a non-alcohol event.

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Posted on: July 6, 2017

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

DMVA DigestA 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 ofage or older and

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

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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: 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

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

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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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: June 27, 2017

VA Expands Emergency Mental Health Care to Former Service Members With OTH Discharges

WASHINGTON — Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today released finalized plans that lay the framework for providing emergency mental health coverage to former service members with other-than-honorable (OTH) administrative discharges.

This is the...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: June 26, 2017

PA Hero Walk visits Ligonier

From the Latrobe Bulletin--The PA Hero Walk traveled down Main Street in Ligonier Borough on Wednesday evening, continuing on its annual trek from Philadelphia to Lower Burrell.

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Posted on: June 23, 2017

Corrected date: Rep. Evankovich's Veterans Appreciation Picnice Aug. 4th

For Veterans living in the 54th District.
Fri., Aug. 4th from noon to 2 pm
Northmoreland Park Pavilion 8
280 Markle Rd
Apollo PA 15613
RSVP to 724-335-2790 and provide names and number attending.

Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: June 23, 2017

Rep. Eric Nelson hosts Veteran Appreciation Picnic Sept. 14th

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For veterans and their family residing in the 57th district.
Thurs., Sept. 14
4-7 pm
Youngwood Park & Pool
801 S 10th St, Youngwood
Reserve by Tues., Aug. 1 at 724-834-6400

Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: June 23, 2017

Trump signs VA bill to protect whistleblowers, expedite firing of problem workers

WASHINGTON — President Trump signed legislation Friday designed to protect whistleblowers while making it easier to fire problem employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Posted on: June 22, 2017

PA Dept. of Military & Veteran Affairs June 21st newsletter

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HB 218 Would Jeopardize Military Readiness, Care For Veterans: 

Brig. Gen. Tony Carrelli, Pennsylvania’s adjutant general, said he fears that the cuts contained in the House Republican budget proposal (HB 218) would je...

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Veteran's Affairs
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 15, 2017

Flag Etiquette Do's and Don'ts

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From Memorial Day through Flag Day and on to Independence Day, our nation's flag is in the spotlight. Brush up on your flag etiquette here.

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Posted on: June 15, 2017

PA DMVA News June 15th

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Lithuanian Defense Minister Visits Gov. Wolf And PA Guard: 

Governor Tom Wolf welcomed Lithuanian Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis at the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg to discuss Pennsylvania’s partne...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: June 12, 2017

Improving satisfaction, reducing infections are priorities for VA Pittsburgh director

The Pittsburgh Veterans Affairs Health Care System is taking a closer look at how it compares to other hospitals in the region amid a push from VA leaders to correct highly publicized deficiencies in the national system.

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Posted on: June 9, 2017

New VA online tool helps Veterans learn about and compare effective PTSD treatments

VA launched a new online tool this week that will help you compare treatment options for post-traumatic stress disorder. The PTSD Treatment Decision Aid is a free, interactive tool that helps educate patients about effective treatment options for PTSD.

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Posted on: June 8, 2017

News from the PA Dept of Military and Veterans Affairs June 8

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 DMVA News 

Donating To Pennsylvania’s Veterans Memorial Is An Ideal Way To Pay Tribute To Those Who Served During The Memorial Day Holiday: 

The Memorial Day holiday is a yearly reminder that the Pennsylvania Veterans&a...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: June 5, 2017

Allegiant Air now offering free services for active military members, veterans

For military members and veterans, flying with Allegiant Air just got much cheaper.

The airline, known for its low fares, announced an offer that will give military members free services on its flights.

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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: May 30, 2017

Monuments honor Westmoreland County's fallen war veterans

Like the battlefields of Europe, monuments to America's war dead dot the landscape of Westmoreland County, from the smallest rural village to the courthouse plaza.

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Posted on: May 30, 2017

Lower Burrell celebrates its veterans

As a line of motorcycles wound its way down Wildlife Lodge Road in Lower Burrell on Memorial Day, George Bagaley sat on a friend's front porch and thought of his dad.

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Posted on: May 30, 2017

Westmoreland honors its veterans

Russell Moore Jr. makes a pilgrimage every Memorial Day from his home in Orlando, Fla., to a plastic folding chair in Westmoreland County Memorial Park.

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Posted on: May 26, 2017

POW/MIA Chair of Honor dedicated at courthouse

Chair of Honor at Westmoreland Courthouse

A permanent reminder of the service men and women who were prisoners of war or never returned home was dedicated Thursday at the Westmoreland County Courthouse.

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Posted on: May 19, 2017

PARTNER AIRLIFT Strategic Airlift Capability C-17s provide multinational opportunities

Master Sgt. Brandon Nicely is the superintendent of personnel for the Heavy Airlift Wing. He and his

(Editor’s Note  from the Latrobe Bulletin : Master Sgt. Brandon Nicely, who is a native of Derry Township and graduated from Derry Area High School in 2000, where he ran track and cross-country, left to join the U.S. Air Force when he w...

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Posted on: May 18, 2017

Credit Requirements for VA Loans Explained

In the past when a veteran wanted to use the VA home loan benefit in order to buy and finance a home with nothing down, the VA would ultimately approve the loan application.

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Posted on: May 18, 2017

News from the PA Dept of Military and Veterans Affairs, May 17

DMVA DigestA publication of Pennsylvania’s Department of Military and Veterans AffairsMay 17, 2017

 DMVA News 

Persian Gulf Bonus Program: 

Any current or former member of the armed forces who was a Pennsylvania resident ...

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Posted on: May 15, 2017

SMART recovery assistance offered Wednesday evenings, free, Greensburg

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SMART (Self-managed Recovery Training) meets Wednesday evenings from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm, at Westmoreland Hospital, Conference Room A, and is free. See flyer for details.

Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: May 10, 2017

VA Announces Adoption of American Cancer Society Mammogram Screening Guidelines

WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it is adopting American Cancer Society (ACS) breast cancer screening guidelines that give women a choice to begin screening at age 40. The guidelines also recommend starting y...

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Posted on: May 9, 2017

Vandergrift veteran heads across country to raise awareness about PTSD

For many parents, the idea that their child would sell most of his possessions before a cross-country trip would be cause for concern.

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Posted on: May 8, 2017

Lowe's expands, changes its military discount program

National home improvement retailer Lowe’s has expanded its everyday military discount program to include all honorably discharged veterans, as of May.

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Posted on: May 5, 2017

VA announces scam targeting Veterans

The US Department of Veterans Affairs office has issued a warning to the public of a scam targeting veterans. According to the agency, a phone line mimicking the VA phone line called veterans offering them $100 rebate if their credit card is provided.

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Posted on: April 3, 2017

Teal Tuesdays: VA Services for Veterans who have experienced MST

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VA Pittsburgh invites you to join us on Teal Tuesdays in April to learn about services we provide to Veterans who have experienced Military Sexual Trauma (MST).

VA provides all care for mental and physical health conditions related to military sexual traum...

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Posted on: March 28, 2017

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.

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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: February 7, 2017

VA Pre-Need Burial Eligibility Determination

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) implemented the pre-need burial eligibility determination program to assist anyone who would like to know if they are eligible for burial in a VA national cemetery. VA is promoting pre-need eligibility determination...

Download the application...

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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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