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. Disabled Veterans eligible for free National Park Service Lifetime Access Pass

    Good for entry into 400+ National Parks and over 2,000 recreation sites across the country Additional Info...
  2. Franklin Regional student documentary on traveling Vietnam Wall earns national award

    When Colten Oakes, a Franklin Regional senior, got his camera out at the traveling Vietnam War memorial in Murrysville Community Park, he couldn’t help thinking of his grandfather, whose dog tags were hanging around Oakes’s neck. Additional Info...
  3. World War II combat medic, now 96, to receive military honors

    A 96 year-old Belle Vernon man will be honored next week for his service as a World War II combat medic in a campaign to liberate the Philippines. Additional Info...
  4. Memorial Day happenings around the Alle-Kiski Valley

    Memorial Day observances in Allegheny TWP, Lower Burrell, Kiski TWP, New Ken, Vandergrift, and more Additional Info...
  5. Norwin Historical Society plans Memorial Day ceremonies at cemeteries, monuments

    The Norwin Historical Society will hold its annual Memorial Day observances Sunday at area cemeteries and war memorials. Additional Info...
  6. Norwin grad to speak at Irwin Memorial Day parade

    A Norwin High School graduate and officer in the 82nd Airborne Division will be the keynote speaker at the Irwin Memorial Day Parade on Monday. Additional Info...
  7. Students spruce up Lower Burrell’s Veterans Central Park

    When a trip to New York City fell through, Burrell High School students decided to donate $1,000 they raised for the outing — along with their free labor — for a much-needed sprucing up of Lower Burrell’s Veterans Central Park on Monday. Additional Info...
  8. Kiski Area students looking for vets/families to include on veterans web site

    During the festivities this Saturday honoring the late Sgt. Jason M. McClary at the Allegheny Township War Memorial, Kiski Area students will be signing up area veterans and the families of late veterans for inclusion on the Kiski Area Veterans Website. Additional Info...
  9. Hard work helps Norwin Air Force Junior ROTC win high honors

    Hard work combined with community service were responsible for Norwin High School’s Air Force Junior ROTC program earning the second-highest recognition from the Air Force’s Junior ROTC, officials with the program said. Additional Info...
  10. Donation drive for veteran moms flyer in purple, aqua, white, and black
  11. PA Hero Walk to honor the late Army Sgt. Jason McClary

    The PA Hero Walk will hold a memorial ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday for Army Sgt. Jason McClary at 21 Towne Center Drive in Allegheny Township. Additional Info...
  12. Veterans don’t need to pay for help to apply for benefits in PA

    Westmoreland County’s director of Veterans Affairs is reminding veterans that applying for benefits should never come with a fee. Additional Info...
  13. West Newton Avenue of Flags on display for 25th year

    Volunteers on Friday helped assemble the 25th annual West Newton Cemetery Avenue of Flags, a Memorial Day tradition. Additional Info...
  14. What helps prevent dementia? Try exercise, not vitamin pills

    If you want to save your brain, focus on keeping the rest of your body well with exercise and healthy habits rather than popping vitamin pills, new guidelines for preventing dementia advise. Additional Info...
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  16. VA’s Home Loan Guaranty program notifies Veterans of potential loan fee waivers

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced May 13 that Veterans who qualify for a VA Home Loan funding fee waiver are now being notified in their home loan eligibility certificate and disability compensation award letter. Additional Info...
  17. Army Reserve and Guard in Blended Retirement System may see more cash

    Army Reserve and Guard members who chose the new Blended Retirement System and who will be eligible for continuation pay this year will see thousands of dollars more cash. Additional Info...
  18. A Photo of a General’s Family Highlights Civil-Military Concerns

    Senators saw a prime example of military leadership during Gen. James McConville’s testimony to become the next Army chief of staff. Others saw a problem about those who choose to serve. Additional Info...
  19. With her service dog, a Navy vet with PTSD will run the Pittsburgh Marathon

    SCRANTON, Pa. — Melissa Hughes has run dozens of races since her first 5K five years ago. So she knows exactly how it’s going to go down when she and her best friend run through the city on Sunday during the Pittsburgh Marathon. Additional Info...
  20. Trout Unlimited to aid disabled vets in fly fishing at Foggy Mountain Lodge

    A group of about 45 disabled veterans are expected to test their fly casting skills during a fly fishing outing on May 11 at Foggy Mountain Lodge Lake off Route 130 in Cook Township. Additional Info...
  21. PA Careerlink logo in red and blue
  22. Donation drive for veteran moms flyer in purple, aqua, white, and black
  23. Frame from &#34Fierce Loyalty&#34 video on creating a safety plan. It shows a silhouette in grays an
  24. Red, white, and blue stripes with red telphone and Veterans Crisis Line 800-273-8255, press 1, or te
  25. Women  Veterans Call Center logo with woman on phone
  26. Vietnam vets appreciate Heinz History Center artifacts of war, memories

    John Clark had been in Vietnam for about three weeks when, while out on patrol, he stepped on a metal stake that went through the side of his foot. Additional Info...
  27. Stories of heroism still resonate as 75th anniversary of D-Day nears

    ANGOVILLE-AU-PLAIN, France — Long after 160,000 Allied troops stormed the Normandy beaches on June 6, 1944, long after the war was over, long after France was rebuilt, the stories of valor never lose their power. Additional Info...
  28. Westmoreland County prepares to launch new veterans court program

    After years of hiatus, a reinvigorated and enhanced veterans court — expected to begin operations by early May — will enable former members of the military convicted of crimes to earn reduced sentences. Additional Info...
  29. Editorial: Veterans court extends a helping hand

    A veterans court is a way to acknowledge that when the tour of duty is over, there are scars that remain — sometimes invisible and sometimes not — that can make it hard to just go back to the life that was there before. Additional Info...
  30. The new push for getting more women to sign up for VA benefits

    Pennsylvania Rep. Chrissy Houlahan admits she never even looked into her veterans benefits until she ran for Congress. “I just never thought that I should.” Additional Info...
  31. Suicide never entered his mind. Then 9/11 happened.

    “It’s OK to seek help,” she says. “There is no wrong door. Whether that is a peer or a spouse or a chaplain or a mental health professional, it’s OK to seek help.” Additional Info...
  32. Kiski Township’s Staff Sgt. Stevon Booker receives military’s second-highest honor

    Thirty-one soldiers who participated in the Thunder Run mission near Baghdad on April 5, 2003, received the Silver Star for valor. Additional Info...
  33. Charley Family Shop’n Save owner will bike 3,000 miles in 48 days for veterans' charity

    Ray Charley is going to bike a mile for nearly every year of his life. Every day. For 48 days Additional Info...
  34. Military.com Explains Tricare's Explanation of Benefits

    If you're like me, you probably wonder just what that document you get from Tricare after you receive any type of medical care actually is. Additional Info...
  35. Dark blue field with bootprints and text Boots to Business Reboot with the Small Business Administra
  36. Vietnam Veterans Memorial Moving wall June 6 19 Kitanning graphic with flag and stars in background
  37. Optometrist with eye chart behind; photo by National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health
  38. Mike Zebrak with Girl Scouts from Delmont
  39. Warhawk fighter plane joins World War II program at Westmoreland air show

    A restored Air Force P-40 Warhawk fighter plane will join the high-flying spectacle May 25-26 at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Unity. Additional Info...
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