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. Thrift Savings Plan Has New Withdrawal Rules

    The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) has made it easier to withdraw your contributions. Effective Sept.15, 2019, the TSP changed many of its withdrawal rules and loosened the restrictions on when you can access the money in your account. Additional Info...
  2. 102-year-old WWII Woman Veteran from Norvelt Served in WAVES

    When the Navy called on women to volunteer for shore service during World War II to free up men for duty at sea, 102-year-old Melva Dolan Simon was among the first to raise her hand and take the oath. Additional Info...
  3. Navy Commodores Jazz Concert Flyer Oct. 24 in Pittsburgh

    Navy Commodores Jazz Band: Pittsburgh, Oct. 24

    Hear the world-class jazz band during their 50th anniversary tour at Soldiers and Sailors, Pittburgh. Free tickets via SoldiersandSailorsHall.org or 412-624-4253.
  4. Memorial planned for veterans who attended Valley High School

    A new memorial standing in front of the New Kensington-Arnold high school will recognize and honor their service and sacrifice — in not only the past, but also the future. Additional Info...
  5. Military exercises to bring low-flying helicopters, explosions to Pittsburgh

    Dozens of officials from various branches of the Defense Department will be in Pittsburgh on Monday with training exercises starting Tuesday and continuing through Saturday. Additional Info...
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  8. Fort Indiantown Gap Added To List Of PFAS Contamination Sites

    Fort Indiantown Gap Army National Guard base in Lebanon County has been added to the state Department of Environmental Protection’s growing list of military and industrial sites where the PFAS class of chemicals has been found. Additional Info...
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    New housing opportunity for 60 and over in Westmoreland

    ECHO cottages are small, separate, manufactured residences that are temporarily placed in the side or rear yard of a host family (related by blood or marriage) for an older person. Read on...
  10. Sen. Ward appointed to Veterans’ Center Advisory Council

    The 236-bed state-operated center provides health care and related services to veterans and spouses who are disabled, chronically ill, or in need of specialized care. It includes 40 beds for residents with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Additional Info...
  11. FEDVIP Open Enrollment for Dental and Vision Insurance Starts Soon

    The annual open enrollment for the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP) begins Nov. 11 and runs through Dec. 9, 2019. Additional Info...
  12. State and U.S. lawmakers lead discussion on veteran suicide, tout bills

    Discussion focused on three issues: the challenges of transitioning out of the military, how to connect veterans with the right services, and how to treat veterans in the criminal justice system. Additional Info...
  13. Latrobe veterans’ photos, stories needed for historical society program

    Latrobe Area Historical Society is seeking photos and stories of local veterans of any U.S. conflict since World War II as it prepares a slide show honoring area residents who served in all eras. Additional Info...
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    Vet Center News

    Tactical Taco Tuesdays, OIF/OEF/Vietnam /Warzone/Yoga Groups, Veterans Writing Group, Mindfulness Support Group, Semper Fi Odyssey, Adventures in Training, Veterans Breakfast Club Read on...
  15. Retirees Could Receive Tricare Refund Check

    Military retirees who paid annual Tricare Prime enrollment fees in 2018 or 2019 could soon see a refund check in the mail, thanks to a new change to how the system calculates their annual out-of-pocket maximum payment. Additional Info...
  16. National Guard to Offer Vet Center Help During Drill Weekends

    Guardsmen could soon have access to on-site mental health help at their monthly drill weekends as part of a partnership between the National Guard Bureau and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Additional Info...
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  18. Operation Entrepreneurs 28 Oct flyer Connellsville flyer
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  20. Monument planned to honor those who served in War on Terror

    The county donated an acre, the sign was planted, landscape architects and artists are being consulted, and all that the board needs now is to reach their goal of raising $350,000 to complete the Westmoreland Co. Veterans of the War on Terror Monument. Additional Info...
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  22. VA modifies smoke-free policies at health care facilities to include workers aimed at increasing the

    As part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) commitment to a smoke-free health care environment for Veterans, in October, the department will extend its smoke-free policies to include employees at its health care facilities. Additional Info...
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  24. VA releases Launchpad app to streamline health care access for Veterans and caregivers

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently launched a new mobile application designed to save Veterans and their caregivers time online. Additional Info...
  25. The Vietnam War at Heinz History Center through Sept. 22nd

    It’s the war that changed us forever. The war that still haunts America’s dreams. And the war that left us with more questions than answers.The History Center’s newest exhibition explores one of the nation’s most controversial conflicts – the Vietnam War. Additional Info...
  26. New Pittsburgh VA Director Heralds Tech, Telemedicine & Expanded Access To Care

    The Pittsburgh Office of Veterans Affairs welcomed its sixth director in five years this summer in former Navy Lieutenant Commander and experienced hospital chief Donald Koenig.
  27. Flyer for Rep. Nelson&#39s Oct 1 Veterans Appreciation Picnic
  28. Flyer for Rep. Nelson&#39s Oct 1 Veterans Appreciation Picnic
  29. Veterans can receive VA services at MedExpress, urgent care facilities

    “The new urgent care benefit is not a substitute for emergency care for life-threatening conditions. Veterans experiencing a medical emergency should call 911 or visit their nearest emergency department.” Additional Info...
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  32. New Military Suicide Report May Revive Debate Over Gun Restriction

    Of the 309 suicides among active-duty troops, firearms played a role in 202 deaths. (As a reminder, the Westmoreland County Dept. of Veterans Affairs, on the 2nd floor of the County courthouse, offers free gun locks to veterans. Call 724-830-3530. Additional Info...
  33. Some Groups Claiming to Serve Vets Bilk Public Out of Millions, FTC Finds

    The FTC, legitimate veterans service organizations, watchdog groups, the Better Business Bureau, states attorneys general, AARP have repeatedly put out warnings to potential donors to check out the groups claiming to help veterans. 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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