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. How Does the Government Shutdown Affect Your Health Care?

    For the most part, Tricare is not hurt at all by the partial shutdown at this time. In part, that's because the Defense Department isn't one of the agencies impacted. Additional Info...
  2. Level Green veteran with multiple sclerosis enjoys new all-terrain wheelchair

    As an active member in the community and Navy veteran who served in Desert Storm, Driscoll, 52, enjoyed coaching wrestling, working at a power plant and spending time outdoors. Additional Info...
  3. Mobile Veterans service outreach van at PA Farm Show with staff and visitors
  4. Civilians should share, not be spared, veterans' grief (Veterans' Retreat April 11-14)

    We met before dinner on a Thursday at St. Thomas Seminary near Hartford, Conn. Each smile and handshake acknowledged that we shared a commitment for the weekend. Most of us had read “War and the Soul.” Additional Info...
  5. Food Stamp Programs to Remain Available Through February for Troops, Vets

    The Agriculture Department has issued assurances that funding is in place to continue its food stamp program through February, despite the government shutdown. Thousands of active-duty troops and about 1.4 million veterans benefit from the program. Additional Info...
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  7. Military veterans warned of benefit scam

    Veterans’ affairs officials are cautioning military veterans to be aware of private contractors offering to process claims for them following the announcement that an Allegheny County woman was fined. Additional Info...
  8. 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...
  9. New in 2019: The new year brings strict limitations on changing your Tricare plan

    Thinking about switching between Tricare Prime and Tricare Select? You’ll have to wait until next November to do it, unless you have some sort of qualifying life event, such as the birth of a baby, a move to a new duty station, marriage or retirement. Additional Info...
  10. Vets interested in STEM degrees could get more GI Bill money in 2019

    Some college degrees in science, technology, engineering and math fields take longer than four years to complete, which is why the new Forever GI Bill authorizes an additional school year of GI Bill funds on a first-come, first-serve basis. Additional Info...
  11. Registration opens for 2019 National Veterans Wheelchair Games

    WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that Veterans interested in registering for the 2019 National Veterans Wheelchair Games can do so online Jan. 7 through April 15. Additional Info...
  12. Suicide never entered his mind. Then 9/11 happened.

    Cliff Bauman was plagued by guilt after the 9/11 attacks. After surviving a suicide attempt, he knew he had to seek help. Additional Info...
  13. This hockey league aims to give veterans a temporary reprieve

    Growing up in Johnstown, Chad Reesey played roller hockey with friends and followed the Penguins from afar while spending a dozen years in active duty with the Air Force. But until last year, Reesey had never stepped onto the ice. Additional Info...
  14. VA announces moratorium on discharges and decreases from comprehensive caregiver program

    WASHINGTON – The VA announced today that it will temporarily suspend discharges and decreases in level of support from its Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers. Additional Info...
  15. Madeline Buchek with the Westmoreland County Commissioners
  16. 'He loved everything about it': Army serviceman remembered for passion for Army life

    Army Sgt. Jason McClary was still a teenager when he and his dad built up a truck together — a father-son project fitted with hulking tires and painted a brilliant shade of neon green. (Video) Additional Info...
  17. DMVA Digest, December 19

    Women Veterans and Dementia Risk, Combatting Robocalls Targeting Vets, Blue Angels schedule, Jobs, more Read on...
  18. He Sacrificed It All For Us’: Community Mourns Export Soldier Killed In Afghanistan (Video)

    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A local soldier who was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan is being remembered this week in Westmoreland County. Additional Info...
  19. Funeral services held Tuesday for local fallen soldier (Video)

    EXPORT, Pa. - Funeral services for a soldier from Export who was killed in Afghanistan were held Tuesday morning. Additional Info...
  20. Family, community gather to say goodbye to Army Sgt. Jason McClary

    Photographs of Army Sgt. Jason McClary — depicting him as a child, adult and with his family — filled the dimly lit interior of Cornerstone Ministries on Tuesday. Additional Info...
  21. Pittsburgh Vet Center News

    Holiday party Dec. 18th, Vet Center Group Schedule, Vets Write, and more. Additional Info...
  22. Woman finds urn with vet's ashes in Bedford County barn; now seeking kin

    A Pennsylvania woman cleaning out a barn discovered an urn containing ashes of an Air Force veteran, as well as an American flag, photos from his life and other items. Additional Info...
  23. Happy people in a snowball fight

    Assistance available for winter heating bills

    Financial assistance programs are available for those who need help with winter heating bills. Assistance to many customers is available through several programs in PA. Low-income customers also can reduce their electric bills with the WARM Program. Read on...
  24. Editorial: Lowered flags don't just honor Bush

    A soldier died in Germany on Sunday. Army Sgt. Jason McClary died after being wounded in an IED explosion Nov. 27 in Afghanistan. Additional Info...
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  26. Sgt. Jason M. McClary

    Pentagon Names Fourth Service Member Killed in Afghanistan Blast

    The Defense Department has identified another U.S. Army soldier killed in the Nov. 27 enemy bomb explosion that killed two other soldiers and an Air Force airman in Afghanistan. Additional Info...
  27. 'It hits home for everybody': Soldier from Export dies after Afghanistan attack

    As a student at Kiski Area High School, Jason McClary talked about how he wanted to join the Army. After he graduated, he kept getting rejected for health reasons -- a broken hand, over the maximum weight, tubes in his ears. Additional Info...
  28. WWII vets who met while training reconnect at Monroeville senior living center

    Robert Adams handed his camera to someone close by and got a group of other cadets in training to get in line for a photo. Additional Info...
  29. Sgt. Jason M. McClary

    Export service member dies after being injured in Afghanistan

    Updated 19 hours ago Jason Mitchell McClary was determined to join the U.S. Army. The 24-year-old Export-area native wanted to dedicate his life to his country. He succeeded in that goal when he enlisted in January 2014. Additional Info...
  30. VA Aid and Attendance Benefits and Housebound Allowance

    If you need help with your daily activities, or you’re housebound, you may qualify for Aid and Attendance or Housebound allowances in addition to your pension benefits. Find out if you can get these monthly payments... Additional Info...
  31. Scholarship for Westmoreland Co. HS student child of military

    The 14th Quartermaster/ Desert Storm Scholarship Fund provides scholarship support to Westmoreland County HS students considering a career in the military or w/ a veteran/currently serving parent.... Additional Info...
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FREEDOM IS NOT FREE. WE HONOR OUR FALLEN BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN ARMS. Over 1.2 million soldiers, marines, sailors, airmen, and coast guardsmen have made the ultimate sacrifice to our great nation. We thank them for our freedom and dedicate the work we do in their memory.

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