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.
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  2. 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...
  3. Pentagon Delays Big Changes to Post-9/11 GI Bill Transfer Rules until 2020

    The Pentagon is delaying implementation of a new restriction that limits which service members can transfer their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to their spouses or children, according to a letter from the Pentagon to a member of Congress. Additional Info...
  4. ‘Blue water’ veterans’ claims delayed until next year

    Thousands of veterans already waiting for years for their disability benefits will have to wait a few months longer after Veterans Affairs officials announced they won’t start processing “blue water” Vietnam veterans claims until next year. Additional Info...
  5. VA MISSION Act: Answers to the top five questions about urgent care

    Urgent care is one of the new benefits offered as part of the VA MISSION Act. The benefit is offered in addition to the opportunity to receive care from a VA provider, as VA also offers same-day services. Additional Info...
  6. Leechburg area campaign underway to say thanks to troops, first responders

    Leechburg area children and adults are encouraged to take part in the second annual Operation Gratitude collection of letter, cards and drawings for troops and first responders from the community. Additional Info...
  7. Retired U.S. Marine from Greensburg displays WW II weapons, gear at West Overton Museum

    Retired U.S. Marine Corps First Sgt. Ron Maxson picked up a 9 1/2 pound M1 rifle on exhibit Saturday at West Overton Museum in Scottdale and told the onlookers he could still “tear it down and put it back together blindfolded.” Additional Info...
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  9. Benefits for ‘blue water’ veterans finalized after years-long fight

    Late Tuesday night, President Donald Trump signed the legislation, which grants presumptive status for disability benefits to an estimated 90,000 Navy veterans who served in the seas around Vietnam during the war. Additional Info...
  10. Pennsylvania warns of phone scam targeting elderly, disabled

    Phone scammers posing as state Department of Revenue employees are targeting senior citizens and people with disabilities in an effort to obtain people’s bank information, according to the state agency. Additional Info...
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  12. New VA Policy Aims to Stop Veterans from Hiding Guns in Wheelchairs

    The Department of Veterans Affairs now has a policy requiring veterans in wheelchairs to switch to ones provided by the facility during emergency room visits to make sure they're not hiding guns, a top VA official testified Tuesday. Additional Info...
  13. Same Day Mental Health services for Veterans

    All 172 VA Medical Centers (VAMCs) provide Same-Day Mental Health Care services. If a Veteran is in crisis or has another need for mental health care right away, he or she will receive immediate attention from a health care professional. Additional Info...
  14. Marine Corps League of Pennsylvania to gather in Hempfield

    A group of 200-to-250 members of the Marine Corps League of Pennsylvania are expected to descend upon the Greensburg area next week for the organization’s 74th annual convention. Additional Info...
  15. Q&A: Charley Shop’n Save owner bikes across U.S. for veterans’ charity

    Ray Charley biked 2,000 miles to prepare for his 3,048-mile, 48-day trek across the United States.The 14 cyclists in Charley’s group raised money for different veteran charities. Charley raised money for Feherty’s Troops First Foundation. Additional Info...
  16. No more smoking at VA hospitals

    The Department of Veterans Affairs is outlawing smoking, vaping and other forms of tobacco use at its health care facilities across the country in an effort to better treat and protect patients, the agency announced Monday. Additional Info...
  17. World War II fighter pilot, retired Leechburg eye doctor promotes recycling, renewable energy

    Dr. Arthur Duppstadt owes most of his life to the French. The now-retired optometrist from Leechburg was 19 when his P-51 Mustang, a single-seat fighter plane, was shot down during World War II in Nazi- occupied France. Additional Info...
  18. Former Ligonier female veteran honored for long military service

    “I was just a small town girl who got to get out and see the world,” said Wilkins, 48, a former Ligonier resident. Additional Info...
  19. Thousands of disabled veterans may get refunds of VA home loan fees

    More than 53,000 disabled veterans may be owed refunds totaling about $189 million in home loan fees they were incorrectly charged by the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to estimates from the VA Inspector General. Additional Info...
  20. Stories from D-Day

    On the night of June 5, 1944, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower wrote a letter of apology. He knew history was watching. Additional Info...
  21. Western Pennsylvanians look back on D-Day 75 years later

    Warren Goss will never forget the rigorous training he went through in England leading up to the D-Day invasion. Particularly what it didn’t prepare him for. Additional Info...
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  23. Photo of a veteran getting ready to ride a DAV to a medical appointment, with the driver
  24. Life-saving partners: Veterans honor their service dogs at Duquesne U. ceremony

    Army veteran Sami Erbecker stopped her car on a bridge last month and got out of the vehicle because, she said, “I was going to jump.” Her dog Angel blocked her. “I got back in the car and went home because I could not leave Angel behind.” Additional Info...
  25. Queen, world leaders honor veterans on D-Day anniversary

    Queen Elizabeth II and world leaders gathered Wednesday on the south coast of England to honor the troops who risked and sacrificed their lives 75 years ago on D-Day, a bloody but ultimately triumphant turning point in World War II. Additional Info...
  26. Op-Ed: Veterans with addiction: Get your life back — for you and your family

    "As a physician in the U.S. Air Force, I became addicted to prescription pain pills following a routine hernia repair surgery. I’m now celebrating 19 years in recovery; and, I’m here to tell you that there is hope." Additional Info...
  27. South Greensburg bugler, 79, has played taps at military funerals since 1956

    Trumpeter John Massari of South Greensburg can’t say for certain how many times he’s performed taps with the VFW Post 33 Honor Guard in Greensburg. Additional Info...
  28. Hempfield National Guard drill delivers goods to local charities

    Thirty recent recruits with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard detachment in Hempfield completed a march with a mission Saturday. Additional Info...
  29. With major changes a week away, VA secretary confident his department is ready

    Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie is approaching next Friday “just another day at VA” and not potentially one of the most transformative and disruptive moments for the veterans health system in decades. Additional Info...
  30. Disabled Veterans can fly Space Available Flights for free

    When congress signed the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act last year,100% service connected disabled Veterans became eligible for Space Available Travel. Additional Info...
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  32. Honoring Our Veterans with Special License Plates

    New this year is an Honoring Our Women Veterans Plate Read on...
  33. WWII combat medic, 95, honored for his heroic service

    Three quarters of a century ago, Felix Lisovich was living day-to-day as a World War II combat medic tending to wounded soldiers in the Philippines, dodging kamikaze attacks from Japanese fighter planes, joining in jungle patrols. Additional Info...
  34. 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...
  35. 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...
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  38. 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...
  39. 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...
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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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