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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: March 27, 2017

Westmoreland Notables: Retired Trafford mayor has pushed for memorial honoring Gold Star mothers

As a youngster growing up in Trafford during World War II, Reynold “Rey” Peduzzi Jr. recalled how one mother wailed for days upon learning, by the impersonal delivery of a Western Union telegram, that her son had been killed in the war.

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Posted on: March 27, 2017

GI Bill helping to boost veterans' college ranks

Connie Beckel was puzzled when she saw numbers begin to tick up.

Seton Hill University, with an enrollment of 2,500 students, typically saw no more than 10 veterans a year at its Greensburg campus. Then, Congress enacted the Post-9/11 GI Bill in 2008.

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Posted on: March 27, 2017

GI Bill a 'cash cow' for some Pennsylvania schools

Shortly after the Art Institute of Pittsburgh—Online Division hired LaMont Jones as a recruiter in 2009, the school launched a push to recruit military veterans — and the education benefits they receive for their service, he said.

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Posted on: March 24, 2017

Spaghetti Dinner April 22 in Jeanette to benefit Homebound & Disabled Veterans

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Sat., Apr. 22
3-7 pm
Jeanette American Legion
109 S 5th St
$5 per person
Take outs available $1 extra

Posted on: March 24, 2017

Spaghetti Dinner April 22 in Jeanette to benefit Homebound & Disabled Veterans

Jeanette Legion Apr 22-page-001.jpg Spaghetti Dinner & Auction
Sat., Apr. 22
3-7 pm
Jeanette American Legion
109 S 5th St
$5 per person
Take outs available $1 extra

Posted on: March 23, 2017

News from the PA Dept of Military and Veterans Affairs March 22nd

 DMVA Digest   “A publication of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans Affairs”
  March 22, 2017

  DMVA News

Getting Help To Apply For Veterans Benefits Should Never Come With A Fee, Says Pennsyl...

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Posted on: March 23, 2017

VA University Drive entrance construction update

VAPHS has announced the project to improve the main entryway of their University Drive location – the Parking Garage First Floor Level connecting to the Main Lobby – will begin on Thursday, March 23 and last several months. Construction wil...

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Posted on: March 22, 2017

VA Town Hall in Latrobe April 4th

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VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System Director Karin McGraw invites you to join us for our upcoming Veterans Town Hall on the Move in Westmoreland County:

What – VA Pittsburgh Town Hall on the Move

When – 6 to 7:30 p.m. April 4

Where – Americ...

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Posted on: March 21, 2017

Veterans should never pay for help to apply for benefits, says DMVA

ANNVILLE, Pa. – Veterans, active military and their dependents should never pay for help to apply for veteran’s benefits, according to the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

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Posted on: March 16, 2017

VA Town Hall comes to Latrobe April 4th

Veterans Town Hall on the Move to Latrobe April 4th at 6 p.m.

Event is first of its kind for Westmoreland County veterans, family members

Greensburg, March 16, 2017—Westmoreland County Department of Veterans Affairs Director Matt Zamosky invites a...

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Posted on: March 15, 2017

Jeannette teen is one of 6 Young Marines to escort WWII vets to Iwo Jima

A Marine sighting at a funeral nine years ago put Jordan James on a path that will lead to one of the most hallowed battlefields of World War II.

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Posted on: March 15, 2017

FREE IBM 12 Analysts Notebook Training for Veterans Apr. 3-7

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Veterans with the desire to work in the analytics industry who have backgrounds in Intel, Finance, or IT are sought for this training and job placement.  Training will take place at no cost to Veterans at PNC Bank, Pittsburgh, April 3-7, 2017. Q...

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Posted on: March 14, 2017

VA’s rule establishes presumption of service connection for diseases associated with exposure to con

VA to provide disability benefits for related diseases

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) regulations to establish presumptions for the service connection of eight diseases associated with exposure to contaminants in ...

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Posted on: March 9, 2017

News from the PA Dept of Military and Veterans Affairs

DMVA Digest   A publication of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans Affairs  March 8, 2017

  DMVA News

Apply to Live in One of DMVA's State Veterans Homes:

DMVA operates six veterans homes throughout Pennsylvan...

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Posted on: March 7, 2017

Ticket and Travel (ITT) Office at the 911th--Discount Disney and other tickets

Information,Ticket and Travel  (ITT) Office at the 911th has tickets available for purchase for a number of major national attractions at a very significant savings for military members and retirees.

POC is Antonio Caro, Fitness Special...

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Posted on: March 6, 2017

Kiski Area students use woodworking skills to honor those who served

A group of Kiski Area High School students used their design and woodworking skills to create a project for local families.

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Posted on: March 6, 2017

Kiski Area students use woodworking skills to honor those who served

A group of Kiski Area High School students used their design and woodworking skills to create a project for local families.

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Posted on: March 3, 2017

Dept of Military & Veteran Affairs News--March 3rd

DMVA Digest   A publication of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans Affairs  March 1, 2017

  DMVA Surveys

Please Complete the DMVA Digest Survey:

The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs wan...

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Posted on: February 27, 2017

Local graduate of Westmoreland County Young Marines featured in news

Maj Chris Tchinski, formerly of Westmoreland County Young Marines, is featured in this clip from Yuma, AZ, on the Marine Corps' newest airframe, the F-35. Young Marines Unit Commander Ron Maxson invites you to learn more about our local unit here. Read on... Watch the video
Posted on: February 27, 2017

Vietnam veterans from W.Pa., region to gather to celebrate Tet Offensive victory

Few young Americans who served during the Tet Offensive ever paused to imagine themselves as old soldiers.

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Posted on: February 15, 2017

A Message from VA Pittsburgh: Water Restriction Extension and Legionella Pneumonia Case

A Message from VA Pittsburgh: Water Restriction Extension and Legionella Pneumonia Case

Dear Honorable Senators and Representatives and Veteran Service Organization partners,

 

Water restrictions enacted in late January to remediate Legionella bacteri...

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Posted on: February 13, 2017

#HonoringVets: Share your community’s Veteran memorial

D.C. is not the only place with great memorials. There are monuments and structures all around America honoring our nation’s leaders, Veterans, wars and military campaigns.

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Posted on: February 13, 2017

Military police reservists head to New Jersey for training

About 40 Army reservists based in New Kensington left for Fort Dix, N.J., on Thursday morning with their bags a little fuller.

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Posted on: February 10, 2017

Scholarships available for active duty, veterans or dependents

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Posted on: February 7, 2017

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 dete...

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Posted on: February 3, 2017

Tax filing assistance for veterans

Please note qualifications for the services and in many cases the necessity of making appointments.  Check Websites for further info.

United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania: www.swpafreetaxes.org 

Available in Allegheny CountyWas...

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Posted on: February 2, 2017

VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System Urges Baby Boomers to be Screened for Hepatitis C

Up to 75 percent of U.S. patients infected with hepatitis C were born between 1945 and 1965 (baby boomers). Nearly 34,000 of our enrolled Veterans fall into that range!

Hepatitis C is a liver disease that results from infection with the hepatitis C virus....

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Posted on: January 31, 2017

WWII Coral Sea Veterans Sought

World War II. U.S. and Australian veterans of the Battle of the Coral Sea are being sought for the 75th anniversary commemoration at the USS Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City on May 4, 2017.

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Posted on: January 26, 2017

Twilight Wish Foundation poised to grant Westmoreland Veterans' wishes

Twilight Wish's Westmoreland County chapter is seeking Veterans 68 and older with wishes and dreams. The non-profit's mission is to make the world a nicer place to age, one wish at a time. They do so by honoring and enriching the lives of deserving senior...

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Posted on: January 25, 2017

Scholarships available for military dependents

Sea Service Deployment Ribbon

Please check each site for applications and details of eligibility.

Navy League Foundation: awards scholarships to high school seniors who will attend college in the fall and are children and grandchildren of former members of the Sea Services or ...

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Posted on: January 23, 2017

VA to Provide Fertility Counseling and Treatment for Certain Veterans and Spouses

WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today that it is amending its regulation regarding fertility counseling and treatment available to eligible Veterans and spouses.uf

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Posted on: January 17, 2017

Pennsylvania Department of Military & Veterans Affairs and Dept. of Agriculture honor veterans at PA

Pennsylvania Department of Military & Veterans Affairs and Dept. of Agriculture honor veterans at PA Farm Show

Harrisburg, January 13, 2017-- “Honoring Veterans, Military Personnel, and their Families: Lifting Up Farmer Veterans” was t...

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Posted on: January 17, 2017

US agrees to pay billions to Marines affected by toxic water

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has agreed to provide disability benefits totaling more than $2 billion to veterans who had been exposed to contaminated drinking water while assigned to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

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Posted on: January 17, 2017

Price of Franklin Regional school's concert admission: Donations for troops serving overseas

When Franklin Regional parents head out to watch their children at Newlonsburg Elementary's “Winter Music Celebration,” they will have an opportunity to support military men and women with a local connection.

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Posted on: January 10, 2017

One Year In: Helpful Registry is Well-Received by Thousands of Veterans

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ANNVILLE, Pa. – Just one year after going live, the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs’ (DMVA) online Veterans Registry, www.register.dmva.pa.gov, has successfully connected thousands of veterans to valuable information r...

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Posted on: January 10, 2017

35th Anniversary year for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial begins with milestone for the virtual Wall

Viet Nam Veterans Virtual Wall

Washington, D.C., January 9, 2017 The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) is commemorating the 35th anniversary of The Wall in 2017 and the year began with a milestone for the virtual Wall of Faces effort with the 50,000th photo being submitted t...

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Posted on: January 9, 2017

Vet Center news for you

Vet Center Newsletter Jan 2017 The Vet Center offers... …Family Counseling …Military Sexual Trauma Counseling …Bereavement Counseling …Individual Veteran counseling sessions as requested In this issue: --Anniversary of the Tet Offensive --R...Read on... Additional Info...
Posted on: January 6, 2017

VA Pittsburgh launches new newsletter

Veteran Connect Issue 1

In the inaugural issue:
-Wait time update
-Access to care
-Honoring Viet Nam era veterans
-Cardiac care
-Healthy Living tips
-Tailoring care to women's needs
-Q&A and more

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Posted on: January 5, 2017

New Regulation Decreases Cost of Outpatient Medication Copay for Most Veterans

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Pittsburgh VA Health Care System Medical Director Karin McGraw announced recently that VA prescription co-pays have been restructured into three tiers ranging from $5 to $11 for a 30-day supply. The new rates begin Feb. 27 and will lower the cost of outpa...Read on...

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Posted on: March 27, 2017

Veterans Benefits presentation in Hempfield Wed., Apr. 5th

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Benefits available to Veterans and their Dependents

Westmoreland County Department of Veterans Affairs is committed to
ensure that all Veterans receive those benefits to which they are greatlyentitled. A representative will be available to conduct a...Read on...

Posted on: December 27, 2016

Shrinking veterans organizations struggle to attract younger members

Larry Wampler sighed as he unloaded the ceremonial rifles used by the Veterans of Foreign Wars for military funerals in Tarentum.

“We can barely fill a burial detail..."

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Posted on: December 21, 2016

Westmoreland County Office of Veterans Affairs has a new home

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December 21, 2016, Greensburg--Veterans and dependent family members can obtain assistance with filing VA claims and accessing veterans’ benefits from County Veterans Affairs staff in their new home on the 2nd floor of the County Courthouse.

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Posted on: December 20, 2016

DoD Unveils Redesigned National Resource Directory

December 19, 2016

The National Resource Directory (www.nrd.gov), a website that provides access to services and resources at the national, state and local levels, unveiled an updated design and layout this week. The updates were implemented to make the...Read on...

Posted on: December 16, 2016

Veterans may now call or visit audiology or optometry without referrals

VA Seal Veterans no longer need a referral from their primary care team and may now call or visit the audiology or optometry departments directly. Frequently Asked Questions Q: Will it take longer to get an appointment? A: No, it should take less time to get a...Read on...
Posted on: December 12, 2016

New Regulation Decreases Cost of Outpatient Medication Copay for Most Veterans

New Regulation Decreases Cost of Outpatient Medication

Copay for Most Veterans

Washington – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is amending its regulation on copayments for Veterans’ outpatient medications for non-service connected ...

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Posted on: December 9, 2016

VA prescription refill and secure messaging now available at Vets.gov

Veterans can now process Rx refills, track prescriptions, and communicate via secure messaging online. 

How do you get started? Just a few clicks and you can set up your account on Vets.gov. Verify you have a My HealtheVet premium account or visit My ...

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Posted on: December 9, 2016

PA AG's office warns of veteran scams

The PA Attorney General’s office frequently receives complaints from service members and veterans who have been taken advantage of by scam artists,” Attorney General Beemer said. “We want to help the people who have sacrifice...Read on...

Posted on: December 9, 2016

VA Pittsburgh patient diagnosed with TB Dec. 5th

A message from the VA VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System "VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System physicians diagnosed a Veteran outpatient with tuberculosis disease on Dec. 5. The patient is responding well to treatment and no additional cases have been iden...

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Posted on: November 21, 2016

Tips can help maximize veterans' GI Bill benefits

If you're a veteran, the GI Bill can be your ticket to a debt-free college education. That's huge, given that nearly 70 percent of 2015 graduates who left school with a bachelor's degree also carried student loan debt, with an average of $30,100 per borro...Read on...

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Posted on: November 8, 2016

November 12th designated Veterans Day of Caring in PA

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A RESOLUTION 

Designating November 12, 2016, as "Pennsylvania Veterans Day of Caring." WHEREAS, Every year on November 11, the United States dedicates the day to the remembrance and celebration of the sacrifices that our veterans have ma...Read on...
Posted on: November 3, 2016

W.Pa. veterans employment summit planned for Nov. 15

Organizers of an employment summit this month hope to connect military veterans with jobs while eliminating stigmas employers might have about hiring them.

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Posted on: November 2, 2016

10 Things Veterans Won't Tell You in a Job Interview

Corporate recruiters & hiring managers used to interviewing civilian job candidates are accustomed to hearing the polished responses to questions like, "What was your most significant career move?" or "How do you believe you can add value to our company?"

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Posted on: October 6, 2016

Penn Township to host POW/MIA Recognition Ceremony Oct. 17th

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Penn Township will recognize our nation’s POW/MIA’s at their Commissioners’ meeting on October 17, 2016 at 7 PM at the Penn Township Municipal Building, 2001 Municipal Court, Harrison City, PA.

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Posted on: October 5, 2016

Tricare Pharmacy Network Adds Walgreens, Removes CVS

Walgreens will soon rejoin Tricare's pharmacy network for users nationwide, officials announced Friday, while CVS pharmacies will leave.

That means Tricare users will now be able to fill their prescriptions off-base at Walgreens pharmacies.

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Posted on: October 3, 2016

VA Will Now Pay For Fertility Treatment For Wounded Vets

For the first time in almost 25 years, the VA will pay for IVF for wounded veterans.

Congress has reversed a law passed in 1992 that "prohibited the Department of Veterans Affairs from paying for IVF for veterans and their families."

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Posted on: September 27, 2016

Stand Down Pittsburgh offers 1-stop shop to assist veterans — particularly the homeless

The before and after was remarkable.

Before he sat in a barber's chair for the first time in more than a year, Harry Waidler, 51, had shoulder-length hair and a long, gray bushy beard.

Afterward, he could have passed for a business executive.

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Posted on: September 27, 2016

VA, Walgreens team up to fight influenza

The VA has teamed up with national retail pharmacy Walgreens to provide free flu vaccinations for enrolled Veterans through the VA Retail Immunization Care Coordination Program.So far, tens of thousands Veteran patients have received flu shots at a local ...Read on...

Posted on: September 26, 2016

Regional Veterans Employment Summit to be held November 15, 2016, in Latrobe

Nov 15 Regional Employment Summit flyer

Employers invited to connect, network, interview veterans of all eras at Fred Rogers Center

(Greensburg, PA)—Employers and those who have served in the military will convene November 15, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fred Rogers Center at Saint ...Read on...

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Posted on: September 13, 2016

Ligonier woman devotes 65 years to VFW service

Dalona Leonard may be the busiest 87-year-old you've ever met.

Leonard has devoted her life to volunteering, be it for the election board, her church, the Salvation Army or through the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 734 Ladies Auxiliary.

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Posted on: September 6, 2016

Memorial to honor Level Green school's Vietnam War dead

John Rupp has never forgotten Carl Ryder, Ralph Wheeler III and Wayne Greer.

All three lived in the Level Green area and were killed in action during the Vietnam War. Ryder and Wheeler were Rupp's classmates at Trafford High School.

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Posted on: September 2, 2016

Pittsburgh area has high percentage of veteran-owned businesses, survey shows

The Pittsburgh area has a higher-than-average percentage of veteran-owned businesses, according to new Census Bureau figures.

About 8.8 percent of the 38,115 firms that could be classified by ownership in the metro area were owned by veterans in 2014.

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Posted on: September 2, 2016

Greensburg Laurels & Lances

BY THE TRIBUNE-REVIEW | Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, 8:55 p.m.

Laurel: To the Westmoreland County Veteran Affairs workers. In just a few weeks they have come up with 19 photos of 27 service personnel killed during the Vietnam War for the Vietnam Vetera...Read on...

Posted on: August 29, 2016

Photos sought to memorialize Vietnam War veterans on Wall of Faces

In less than a month, photos for 19 of 27 servicemen killed during the Vietnam War have been found by Westmoreland County Veterans Affairs for a memorial project being developed called the Wall of Faces.

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Posted on: August 25, 2016

Mobile Vet Center coming to the region Sept. 13-17

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Counseling, VA benefits and enrollment help, claims referral available.

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Posted on: August 23, 2016

Pentagon to Open Online Exchange Shopping to Vets in 2017

A Defense Department retail board has given the green light to a plan to open online exchange shopping to all honorably discharged veterans, with hopes of starting the program on Veterans Day in 2017.

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Posted on: August 19, 2016

How to transfer credits from military studies and training to civilian education institutions

Just because you are not technically in academia when you are in the service doesn’t mean you aren’t learning enough to earn college credit.

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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 18, 2016

Lies They Tell Transitioning Veterans: Helping Fellow Veterans

Last year, the George W. Bush Center identified 45,000 non-profit veteran service organizations in the U.S. Clearly, there are a lot of good-hearted and patriotic

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Posted on: August 16, 2016

IRS Provides 'Information for Veterans'

Military.com | Week of August 15, 2016

The Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) Stakeholder Partnerships, Education and Communication (SPEC) office has a special webpage called 'Information for Veterans' that highlights programs offering tax preparation ... For more tax guides and tips for the military

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Posted on: August 15, 2016

Veterans Health Fair, Oct. 22, Murrysville

Veterans Health Fair
Oct. 22, from 8am to 1pm.Murrysville Alliance Church
4130 Old William Penn Hwy.Murrysville, PA 15668

VA representatives will be on site with information on-benefits questions/enrollment
-prescription benefits-mental h...Read on...

Posted on: August 15, 2016

Grand Canyon trip helps veterans seeking life-changing improvements

The Ligonier Township resident founded the Canyon Heroes organization in 2012 to sponsor a Grand Canyon camping and rafting adventure for a single veteran. This year, 24 veterans from Pennsylvania and 11 other states as part of a weeklong outing

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Posted on: August 11, 2016

Photos of 25 Vietnam veterans from Westmoreland sought for 'Wall of Faces' project

There are 58,315 names on “The Wall,” the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., but nearly one in six is faceless.

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Posted on: August 9, 2016

Norwin Elks car cruise benefits veterans groups

The Norwin Elks Club's annual Father's Day Charity Car Cruise had a lot of winners this year — top car, truck and motorcycle — but the big winners were several charities and nonprofit organizations that received $7,800 in proceeds from the event.

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Posted on: August 8, 2016

The Joint Commission Releases Results of Surveys of the VA Health Care System

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today released results of The Joint Commission Special Focused Surveys on VA health care facilities. VA invited The Joint Commission to conduct unannounced, focused surveys at 139 medical faciliti...Read on...

Posted on: August 4, 2016

Seeking Westmoreland Veteran Photos for the Wall

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In an effort to preserve the legacy of those who sacrificed all in Vietnam, Pennsylvania's Dept. of Military & Veteran Affairs is working with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund in Washington D.C., to find a photo for each of the Pennsylvanians whose ...Read on...

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Posted on: August 4, 2016

Veterans needed for hearing research study

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VA Healthcare is recruiting participants for a research study on hearing problems in blast-exposed veterans who demonstrate normal hearing results.

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Posted on: August 2, 2016

Tinnitus is Number One Disability For Veterans

Tinnitus is the number one disability among Veterans and it affects at least one in every 10 American adults.
Veterans have higher rates of tinnitus than the general public due to the noise levels they encounter while in the service, including gunfire, m...Read on...

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Posted on: August 1, 2016

Vet employment survey launched--input from veterans, employers sought

An enormous effort has gone into helping Veterans successfully transition from service to civilian employment over the past several years.

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Posted on: July 29, 2016

Greater Pittsburgh PAServes network aids veterans in finding help

Five years after his retirement from the Army, Leonard Strazza moved past a litany of job rejections and found his groove as an entrepreneurial DJ running a budding entertainment company.

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Posted on: July 27, 2016

VA Agent Orange Newsletter--Summer 2016

Download the current newsletter here.

Research to Improve VA Policies and Health Care--
Beginning in 1991, VA contracted with the Health and Medicine Division (HMD) (formally known as the Institute of Medicine) to review scientific and medical in...Read on...

Posted on: July 25, 2016

VA offers alternative to opioid pain management

After four years of opioid treatments, Jim Pershing had had enough.

Mr. Pershing served three tours of duty in Vietnam as a Radioman for the navy. There, he became exposed to Agent Orange

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Posted on: July 18, 2016

Owner looks to turn Ligonier Twp. home into retreat for military families

Terri Hughes missed seeing the spring blossoms this year at her family's home in Ligonier Township.

But she wants members of the military, veterans and their families to have an opportunity to stop and smell the flowers

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Posted on: July 8, 2016

Employer survey: Veterans viewed as heroes, but not necessarily a good hire

The vast majority of Americans and employers see veterans as "heroes," but don't see them as "assets" within the community, a viewpoint that can keep them from the jobs they want, according to a survey and analysis by the Edelman marketing firm.

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Posted on: July 6, 2016

VA eases process to enroll in VA healthcare

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today it has eliminated paper signature requirements for Veterans wishing to enroll in VA health care. Effective immediately, VA has amended its enrollment regulations to allow Veterans to complete enro...Read on...

Posted on: July 1, 2016

Legislature OKs state budget;proposed funding increased for Veterans Homes

HARRISBURG — Meeting a midnight deadline, the GOP-dominated General Assembly on Thursday approved a $31.6 billion state budget, even with critics saying it's out of balance and one senator describing the process as “total madness.”

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Posted on: June 30, 2016

Brig General Anthony J. Carrelli confirmed as The Adjutant General of Pennsylvania

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Brig General Anthony J. Carrelli has been confirmed as The Adjutant General of Pennsylvania.

Prior to his appointment as Acting Adjutant General, Carrelli assumed duties as the Deputy Adjutant General-Air, Pennsylvania National Guard, Joint Force He...Read on...

Posted on: June 28, 2016

PA State Association of County Directors of Veterans Affairs Unveils New PTSD Brochure

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“What our society has interpreted as a psychiatric condition called post-traumatic stress disorder –PTSD--is more fundamentally a human universal experience that has been described in all traditional warrior cultures around the world, from the Sioux to th...Read on...

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Posted on: June 7, 2016

D-Day documentary popular at Carnegie Science Center

J. Randolph Burnham was one month and a day old when D-Day happened on June 6, 1944.

On the 72nd anniversary of D-Day, Burnham stopped by the Carnegie Science Center on Monday to watch an Omnimax showing of “D-Day: Normandy 1944."

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Posted on: June 7, 2016

Vets, families remember Normandy D-Day landings, 72 years on

COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France — Proud veterans in their 90s and families of fallen soldiers are commemorating the epochal D-Day invasion of Normandy 72 years ago that helped the Allies vanquish Hitler.

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Posted on: June 2, 2016

VA Secretary Provides Relief for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injuries

WASHINGTON – Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald has granted equitable relief to more than 24,000 Veterans following a national review of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) medical examinations conducted in connection with disability compensation ...Read on...

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Posted on: May 27, 2016

Technology offers a new way to honor veterans in Westmoreland County

The iconic Doughboy statue overlooking Mount Pleasant Borough has a great view of a new, high-tech way to honor veterans.

The 35-foot-tall monument stands in the center of the Westmoreland County borough at the intersection of Main and Diamond streets.

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Posted on: May 20, 2016

Senate panel advances veterans reform plan — including GI Bill cuts

The massive and controversial veterans omnibus bill is headed to the Senate floor after Senate Veterans Affairs Committee members unanimously backed the measure as a critical step forward in reforming VA operations

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Posted on: May 13, 2016

Army sergeant tapped to head Center for Women Veterans

By Tracie Mauriello / Post-Gazette Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON — When Kayla Williams returned from her tour of duty in Iraq, praise, gratitude and rounds of drinks flowed — but they were all directed at her male comrades.

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Posted on: May 10, 2016

Ohio financial services company scammed veterans, Attorney General’s office alleges in lawsuit

HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's office today announced the filing of a civil lawsuit against a financial services company and its owner alleged to have misled at least four Pennsylvania consumers, three of whom are milita...Read on...

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Posted on: May 9, 2016

PA Dept. of Military & Veteran Affairs May newsletter available

In this issue:
--Memorial Day Ceremony at the Pennsylvania Veterans’ Memorial--Real Estate Tax Exemption for 100% Disabled Veterans
--VA Appointment Request App-- State Veterans’ Homes News
--Friends Of The Pennsylvania Military Museum--Attentio...Read the newsletter...

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Posted on: May 5, 2016

All-terrain wheelchair opens 'new world' for Uniontown veteran

The delivery on Wednesday of an all-terrain wheelchair to a retired Marine who lost both of his legs to an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan could not have been more timely.

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Posted on: May 4, 2016

Hiring Our Heroes job fair brings big veteran turnout to PNC Park

Paul Goldsmith served his country, working on a mechanic crew and maintenance detail in an Army field artillery group. On Tuesday, he used his status as a veteran to try to land a second job in the civilian world.

“I'm just looking for advancement...."

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Posted on: May 2, 2016

Army Strong Community Newsletter

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In this issue:
Army Strong Community Centers Pilot Scheduled to End

Hiring Our Heroes Event May 3rd

Pets For Vets – Pittsburgh Animal Friends

Visibility of Personal Readiness

Military Appreciation Month

Summer Camp Resources 2016

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Posted on: May 2, 2016

Blue Star Memorial markers are lasting tributes to vets

Americans will pause on Memorial Day to remember those who died serving in the military, many by gathering at cemeteries or community honor rolls.

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Posted on: April 26, 2016

14th Quartermaster Army Reservist receives life-changing gift of new White Oak home

Army Staff Sgt. Michelle Satterfield was already talking about grocery shopping and preparing a home-cooked meal as she opened cupboards and checked out appliances Monday in her new White Oak home donated through the generosity of others

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Posted on: April 26, 2016

May is Military Appreciation Month!

May is Military Appreciation Month and many merchants recognize the service of active duty military, Guard and Reserve, and veterans, with discounts. While this list is just a sample and is by no means exhaustive, these are typical. It “pays” to show your...Read on...

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Posted on: April 12, 2016

Pennsylvania agency assists effort to recognize Vietnam War veterans

William F. Horvath was a spitfire on the radio, one of his fellow soldiers recalled.

A private first class in the Army, he was responsible for calling in medical evacuation helicopters and artillery support for his unit during the Vietnam War.

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Posted on: April 11, 2016

Free shuttle service between VA Highland and University begins April 25th

Avoid stressful city driving and parking garage congestion - park at the former Highland Drive medical center and take a free door-to-door shuttle directly to University Drive! See link for details.

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Posted on: April 11, 2016

Veterans of Vietnam invited to request 50th year commemorative pin

Living United States Veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time during the period of November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, regardless of location, are eligible to receive on lapel pin. Please see attached.

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Posted on: April 11, 2016

Run As One event in Harrison brings light to veteran struggles

Drew Warner of Kittanning had two deployments in Iraq during his eight-year Army career. But when he returned home in 2011 to the Alle-Kiski Valley, he struggled.

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Posted on: March 30, 2016

National commander's message resonates with A-K Valley American Legion

One of the American Legion's main missions nearly 100 years after its founding is lobbying for quality health care for veterans, said National Commander Dale Barnett.

With an original mission of boosting morale among World War I veterans....

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Posted on: March 29, 2016

Westmoreland Museum of American Art offers free admission for military and veterans

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With a deep passion for and knowledge of American art, a preeminent collection, and a a newly expanded space, The NEW Westmoreland is a true one of a kind. Best of all, it's yours.

To show veterans and active military personnel our appreciation for the...Read on...

Posted on: March 16, 2016

Were you exposed to burn pits while deployed

Did you serve in Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn, Djibouti, Africa, Operations Desert Shield or Desert Storm or the Southeast Asia theater of operations after August, 1990?

Do you think you may have been expose...Read on...

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Posted on: March 14, 2016

Agent Orange exposure linked to bladder cancer, hypothyroidism

A new review of Agent Orange research found evidence that bladder cancer and hypothyroidism are more strongly linked to exposure to the herbicide than previously thought, but the science does not support a previously held belief that spina bifida occurs..

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Posted on: March 11, 2016

Army veteran begins career in farming

From 2000 to 2003, Michael Modugno served in the army as a machine gunner in the 101st Airborne division.

Today, he’s preparing fields and growing vegetables at the Dillner Family Farm in West Deer. He never thought the pastime would turn into a vocation

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Posted on: March 7, 2016

Converted room at WCCC dedicated as lounge for veterans

Veterans have a way of finding one another in a college classroom, but the addition of a lounge dedicated to military students at Westmoreland County Community College will make it easier to make those connections, students and officials said Thursday.

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Posted on: February 23, 2016

New Kensington-based Army reserve unit bound for Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

About 100 Army reservists from around Western Pennsylvania and beyond left Monday for eventual deployment in Cuba.

Specifically, this deployment will require the unit to serve as guards for some of the world's most dangerous terrorists at “Camp X-Ray."

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Posted on: February 17, 2016

Veterans Forum to be hosted by Rep. Mike Reese March 17 in Ligonier

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Thursday, March 17
6:30 p.m
American Legion Post 267
109 Kelly Street, Ligonier

Hosted by Rep. Mike Reese

Health care, Pensions, Compensation, Q&A

For more information, call 724-423-6503

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Posted on: January 22, 2016

Charities, military leaders step in to help wounded veteran Read more: http://triblive.com/news/all

When Army Staff Sgt. Terry Saffron flew home from Iraq in 2004, he thought his war was over and the government would take care of his disabling wounds from a roadside bomb.

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Posted on: January 21, 2016

Join Redstone Highlands in Celebrating our Veterans on Feb. 25th

Celebrating Our Veterans

The Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)and Redstone Highlands Senior Living Communities invite you to hear Florence Shusty-Reynolds tell her story of being one of the first women Air Force Service Pilots during World War I...Read on...

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Posted on: December 18, 2015

News from the PA Dept of Military and Veterans Affairs

NEWS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Dec. 17, 2015

Veterans Encouraged to Connect with DMVA for Assistance With Obtaining Benefits, Services

Harrisburg, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Department of Milit...Read on...

Posted on: December 18, 2015

Program reduces number of homeless veterans in Pennsylvania

Philadelphia on Thursday joined a growing list of U.S. cities to announce an effective end to homelessness among veterans, reaching a bipartisan goal to tighten the social safety net.

Allegheny County may not be far behind.

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Posted on: December 18, 2015

VA to change disability claims rules for Camp Lejeune veterans

The Veterans Affairs Department has determined that eight medical conditions are linked to service at Camp Lejeune, N.C. from 1953 to 1987, and veterans with these diseases who were stationed at the sprawling Marine Corps base are eligible...

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Posted on: December 11, 2015

Twilight Wish Foundation seeking older veterans with wishes

Twilight Wish Foundation grants wishes to senior citizens 68 or older and living who financially cannot do so on their own. Their mission is to help make the world a nicer place to age, one wish at a time.

Since 2003, Twilight Wish has granted over 2...Read on...

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Posted on: December 11, 2015

Veterans will have lounge at Westmoreland County Community College Read more: http://triblive.com/n

Military veterans attending Westmoreland County Community College in the spring will have a comfortable place to get away from the stress of classes and college life.

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Posted on: November 19, 2015

Western Pennsylvania foundations to help veterans utilize skills

Department of Veterans Affairs facilities in Southwestern Pennsylvania score better than the national average on a host of measurements, but “scar tissue” remains between the agency, local nonprofits and veterans, according to a report released Wednesday.

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Posted on: November 19, 2015

Uber and Lyft to offer free rides to veterans for job interviews

Ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft will donate tens of thousands of free trips to veterans for transportation to work, job interviews and other critical needs, officials announced Tuesday.

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Posted on: November 16, 2015

VA Pittsburgh exhibit chronicles support for destitute vets

A bout of pancreatitis landed Ed Schwirian, a former Army medic, in the VA hospital in Oakland.

An inability to pay rent for his Sharpsburg apartment landed him on the streets of Pittsburgh when he was released.

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Posted on: November 16, 2015

Export native to take helm of Navy's newest warship, USS Gerald Ford

In 1982, John Meier was just another Franklin Regional Senior High School student trying to figure out his place in a world rife with uncertainty.

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Posted on: November 2, 2015

Legion lights the way for veterans with flagpole, memorial dedication in South Greensburg Read more

Members of the Charnesky-Vaccare American Legion Post 981 in South Greensburg are leaving a light on for veterans.

The post dedicated a flagpole and monument to veterans Saturday afternoon on Broad Street before several dozen people

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Posted on: September 29, 2015

PaServes hopes to bridge veterans, area aid services

When military veterans need help finding work, job training or housing, they can schedule an appointment with the Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania or walk in without an appointment at the nonprofit’s South Side offices.

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Posted on: September 28, 2015

Delmont couple's 'Hugs' to aid military, their families

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By Mary Pickels
Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, 12:01 a.m.
Updated 7 hours ago

Michael and Jenn Mason's family tree includes numerous branches of the military — siblings, parents and grandparents have served or are on active duty.

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Posted on: September 24, 2015

VA puts veterans in control of filing claims electronically or on paper

Last month, VA reached a historic low in the disability claims backlog by dipping below 100,000 to 98,535 – and the number of these claims (pending more than 125 days) has come down even further since. This milestone means that VA is processing disability...Read on...

Posted on: September 11, 2015

Greensburg's Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #33 honored for community service

Greensburg's Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 33 is one of a small handful in the country to receive a national award for community service.
Only 61 of the more than 7,000 VFW posts in the country received the award....

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Posted on: August 27, 2015

Vets reflect on Canyon Heroes experience

As he laid down to sleep under the stars, Richard Gribenas, 66, of Hempfield stared up at the Grand Canyon in awe of its tranquil beauty, relishing a moment free of cellphones, schedule commitments and life's usual interruptions.

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Posted on: August 26, 2015

VA Reaches Historic Milestone in Backlog Reduction

Disability Claims Backlog reduces to 98,535 – Lowest Ever in VA’s History

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Posted on: August 26, 2015

American warriors find path to healing and hope on Colorado River trip

Note: Canyon Heroes is based in Ligonier, PA

Four therapists, a handful of river guides and 18 veterans - men and women, from 12 different states and representing all branches of the U.S. military spent one week on the Colorado River seeking adventure...

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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...

Posted on: August 4, 2015

'Canyon heroes' heals through Arizona's beauty

Eighteen veterans from all across the country are on a journey seeking out that peace and serenity and are using the Colorado as a guide. It's all part of the 'Canyon Heroes', a non-profit based in Laurel Highlands,

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Posted on: August 4, 2015

VA Expands Review of Chemical Exposure in Drinking Water at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune


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VA Expands Review of Chemical Exposure in Drinking Water at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune

WASHINGTON – As part of VA’s ongoing commitment to provide care to Veterans and their families, the Department of Veterans Affairs...Read on...

Posted on: July 28, 2015

Mobile program allows Veterans Affairs to extend outreach

With approximately 34,000 veterans residing in Westmoreland County and just four full-time employees in the county's Veterans Affairs department, servicing all of the veterans has been a difficult task.

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Posted on: July 10, 2015

Veterans saddle up for equine therapy programs around Pittsburgh

As far back as 600 B.C., the benefits of therapeutic horseback riding were documented in ancient Greek literature. Today, horses remain incredibly effective therapy animals, helping those with physical and mental disabilities and veterans who have PTSD.

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