Veteran's Affairs

Our mission is to ensure that Westmoreland County Veterans receive those benefits to which they are entitled. The blessings of liberty have not been won or maintained easily or without great cost. Over the years, it has required the dedication and sacrifice of tens of thousands of servicemen and servicewomen to ensure all Americans can live, work, and worship as they choose.

The health and well-being of our Veterans must remain a top priority of our county, our state, and our nation. We at the Westmoreland County Office of Veterans Affairs are committed to ensure that our Veterans and all Veterans receive those benefits to which they are greatly entitled.

Ours is a gift of service which is gladly shared with all who are in need, throughout the year.
  1. Boots to Business Flyer 2018

    Starting a Veteran Business--Oct. 18, Pittsburgh

    Sign up today for this FREE Boots to Business entrepreneurship training for Veterans and their spouses. Download the flyer...
  2. No shutdown at VA: Congress passes department’s budget on time

    House lawmakers finalized the fiscal 2019 Veterans Affairs and military construction budgets on Thursday, sending the full-year spending plan to the president ahead of the new fiscal year deadline for only the second time in nine years. Additional Info...
  3. Student vet enrollment spikes at Ivy League schools

    Ivy League school recently reversed its long-standing ban on transfer student admissions, in part to be able to enroll more veterans, who often earn college credit during their military careers. Additional Info...
  4. Here's Why the VA's New Caregiver Center Matters

    When the Department of Veterans Affairs last week announced a decision to open a research center for military veteran caregiver issues, it did more than just make a plan to study caregiver needs. Additional Info...
  5. Harrison's 'Moving Flag' a tribute to veterans and first responders

    Volunteers again observed the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks by keeping an American flag moving through Harrison on Tuesday. Additional Info...
  6. VA Study Will Compare Effectiveness of Two Leading PTSD Treatments

    Is it better to treat post-traumatic stress by consciously processing traumatic events or by prolonged exposure to memory of the trauma? Additional Info...
  7. Shaler Eagle Scout reserves seat for Americans who are MIA

    In a sports town like Pittsburgh, PNC Park and Heinz Field always have one empty seat each. The “chairs of honor” help sports fans remember military personnel who are prisoners of war or missing in action. Additional Info...
  8. Military Retirees To Gain Access To Wider Menu Of Dental Plans

    Sometime in October military retirees can begin to review online the various features and monthly premiums of dental plan options for replacing their TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (TRDP), which is set to expire after Dec. 31. Additional Info...
  9. In Reversal, DoD Will Let Wounded Warriors Transfer GI Bill Benefits

    Purple Heart recipients on active duty will soon be exempt from a new policy barring troops from transferring their post-9/11 GI Bill education benefits to their dependents if they cannot commit to an additional four years of service. Additional Info...
  10. Delays in Forever GI Bill Implementation Could Affect Veterans' Checks

    Student veterans starting the 2018-2019 school year could receive incorrect housing payments from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Additional Info...
  11. Transitional Tricare Coverage Expanded for Guard, Reserve

    Guardsmen and reservists coming off more than 30 days of activation now have 180 days of transitional Tricare coverage, regardless of the reason they were activated. Additional Info...
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  13. South Huntingdon road renamed to honor local veteran killed in Vietnam

    William J. Kolenc was his family’s hero even before he began his tour of duty with the Army in Vietnam, in 1968. Additional Info...
  14. A Soldier from the 28th Military Police Company passes a case of water to a Marine to be loaded onto

    DMVA Digest August 22, 2018

    Local events, Employment opportunites, Around the State and Nation, and more Read on...
  15. What Is Hidden Deep in the 2019 Defense Bill That Affects You?

    Among other updates, totally disabled veterans are now eligible for Space-A travel, TRICARE Dental changes for retirees Additional Info...
  16. Allegheny Township man reaches new heights as inspiring wheelchair athlete

    Jerry Baylor has spent decades inspiring others. Sometimes, it’s when he gives them a small stone he has meticulously hand-painted. Additional Info...
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  18. Pentagon delays Trump's veterans parade until at least 2019

    WASHINGTON — The Defense Department said Thursday that the Veterans Day military parade ordered up by President Trump won’t happen in 2018. Additional Info...
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    4 More Things to Know About the New Military Retiree Dental Coverage

    As Tricare's retiree dental program prepares to shut down Dec. 31, military retirees will be able instead to choose dental insurance from a buffet of options through the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP). Additional Info...
  20. DMVA Digest--15 August 2018

    Read on for events, employment, and Veteran news from around the state and nation. Read on...
  21. Korean War veterans hopeful, but realistic, about peace

    More than 65 years have passed since a Demilitarized Zone was established along the 38th parallel as it cuts across the Korean Peninsula. Additional Info...
  22. Trump Signs $717 Billion Defense Bill Including 2.6 Percent Troop Pay Raise

    President Donald Trump went to Fort Drum in upstate New York on Monday to sign the nearly $717 billion National Defense Authorization Act, which includes a 2.6 percent military pay raise and could set the stage for creation of a Space Force. Additional Info...
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  24. New VA Secretary Wilkie Puts 'Forever GI Bill' Expansion Into Effect

    The Department of Veterans Affairs has begun implementing new provisions of the Harry W. Colmery Educational Assistance Act of 2017, better known as the "Forever GI Bill." Additional Info...
  25. DMVA Digest 1 August

    A publication of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Read on...
  26. Walkabout: Former probation officer provides home, 'dignity' for veterans

    At Allegheny County’s Veterans’ Court — the subject of a larger story I am working on — I have met people who are thanking veterans for their service and saying “welcome home” in profound ways. Additional Info...
  27. Forever GI Bill expands VA educational benefits

    WASHINGTON — Effective Aug. 1, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) implemented 15 more provisions of the Harry W. Colmery Educational Assistance Act of 2017, also referred to as the Forever GI Bill. Read on...
  28. White Oak Vet Center Summer Newsletter

    Vet Center Staff and Big Frank's BBQ, Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Group, The Wall that Heals, Semper Fi Odyssey, Veterans Breakfast Club, Groups, and more. Additional Info...
  29. The Forever GI Bill will change things for student vets this school year; here’s what you need to kn

    If you’re a student using the Post-9/11 GI Bill, the stipend you receive for rent each month could look a little different this fall. Additional Info...
  30. How to donate wisely and avoid scams

    Feds crack down on Veterans 'charities'

    The FTC, law enforcement officials and charity regulators from 70 offices in every state announced more than 100 actions in “Operation Donate with Honor,” a crackdown on fraudulent charities that con consumers. Additional Info...
  31. Veterans Health Fair 29 September 2018
  32. Veterans Health Fair 29 September 2018
  33. Understanding VA Minimum Property Requirements

    The VA minimum property requirements for mortgages backed through the veterans benefits program can help determine whether the property you’re considering qualifies for a VA loan. Additional Info...
  34. Postcards Warning of Tricare Dental Changes Are in the Mail

    Military retirees should soon find a postcard in their mailboxes reminding them that Tricare's retiree dental program will shutter later this year. Additional Info...
  35. New device offers solution for ringing in ears

    The Levo System retrains the brain to ignore noise by recreating each patient’s unique ringing sound. A recent study reported improvement after three months. Additional Info...
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  37. Women's Army Corps Veterans' Association Invites New Members

    Those who have served honorably with the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps, The Women's Army Corps, or those who have served or are serving honorably in the US Army, the US Army Reserve or the Army National Guard of the US are eligible for membership. Additional Info...
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  39. Stand Down poster 2018
  40. VAPHS offers direct scheduling

    Veterans enrolled at VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System can now schedule routine appointments in a number of specialties without first seeing their primary care physician. Read on...
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    Camp Lejeune Water Veteran & Family Health & Disability Benefits

    In the 1980's, contaminants were found in several wells that provided drinking water at Camp Lejeune, NC. See the flyer for eligibility info, qualifying conditions, and disability compensation information. Additional Info...
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