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. Saint Vincent College Scholarship award ceremony 2018
  2. New research could lead to disability benefits for Vietnam veterans with high blood pressure

    WASHINGTON — New research linking veterans’ high blood pressure with wartime exposure to chemical defoliants could dramatically expand federal disability benefits for tens of thousands of Vietnam-era troops. Additional Info...
  3. TRICARE Open Enrollment Season Running Through Dec. 10

    TRICARE Open Season Runs Nov. 12 to Dec. 10. TRICARE Open Season is for enrollment in a TRICARE Prime or TRICARE Select health plan. Federal Benefits Open Season is for vision coverage or retiree dental coverage. Additional Info...
  4. Meditation helps veterans with PTSD

    Meditation worked as well as traditional therapy for military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder in a small experiment sponsored by the Department of Defense. Additional Info...
  5. Veterans Court: Fast facts

    Learn how Pennsylvania's Veterans Courts are making a difference. See a larger graphic...
  6. Veterans in crisis embark on an 'odyssey' at this Somerset County camp

    BOSWELL, Pa. — On the large veranda outside the mess hall/conference room, Dick Liston sat alone, elbows on knees, soda can on the table. His eyes seemed to draw a bead on a gold-leafed thicket just beyond the porch. He had a searing headache. Additional Info...
  7. Westmoreland County Commissioners award Proclamation in Honor Of  1st Lt. Eugene P. Ford
  8. Armistice forgotten? Region musters little interest in marking centennial of end of World War I

    It was said to be the “war to end all wars,” and when World War I ended at 11 a.m., on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, in part because of America’s intervention 19 months earlier, the world, and Pittsburgh, rejoiced. Additional Info...
  9. Women comprise a growing part of combat veterans in Western Pennsylvania, America

    Women have become a crucial part of United State’s all-volunteer military. Those close to them, however, fear the story of America’s military women too often goes untold. And it’s a big story. Additional Info...
  10. 'War to end all wars' fights to be remembered on 100th anniversary of its ending

    Sunday marked Veterans Day &the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I — often forgotten amidst the nation’s numerous 20th century conflicts, others which include Korean War, Vietnam War, the Gulf wars and the War on Terrorism. Additional Info...
  11. In Pittsburgh and beyond, the bells toll for veterans, Armistice Day

    Bells rang out at several Pittsburgh-area landmarks at 11 a.m. Sunday to mark the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, which marked the end of World War I. Additional Info...
  12. Brian Zebracki, US Army, receiving the Saint Vincent College Scholarship  2018
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  14. 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...
  15. A program for veterans' medical expenses gets an overhaul

    Three years ago, the column addressed the proposed rule changes by the Department of Veterans Affairs to the extremely beneficial program typically referred to as “aid and attendance.” Additional Info...
  16. Veterans disability benefit criteria expanded

    Military veterans and veterans’ widows now may be eligible for disability benefits under new guidelines the federal government issued recently, expanding income eligibility criteria. Additional Info...
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  18. New website launches today: apply for your Veterans ID Card online

    There are many types of identification cards you can use to show you’re a Veteran. You only need to have one of them for this purpose. Learn about the different types of ID cards you can get. Additional Info...
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    WWI COMMISSION ANNOUNCES 'BELLS OF PEACE' ON ARMISTICE CENTENNIAL

    Nationwide Bell-Tolling on November 11, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. will honor the 116,516 American men & women who died in WWI Read on...
  20. 5 Things Military Families Must Know About Tricare's New Open Enrollment

    For the first time ever, Tricare will host an open enrollment period next month for military families and retirees who want to change their coverage plans. Additional Info...
  21. New Pentagon Ad Campaign Asks Parents to Support Military Service

    The Pentagon announced Friday it has launched a new media campaign to encourage parents and educators to "engage youth in conversations about military service. Additional Info...
  22. 'Rest easy, Lieutenant': WWII pilot from Derry Township is finally coming home

    His last mission in World War II was piloting a B-24 Liberator in a bombing run on the second day of the Battle of the Bulge. Nearly 74 years later, that Derry Township airman is finally returning home. Additional Info...
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  24. 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...
  25. Governor&#39s  Veterans Day Proclamation 2018

    Veterans' Day Proclamation

    In special recognition of the courageous efforts of our distinguished Veterans, November 11, 2018, is proclaimed by the Governor of PA as Veterans Day. Additional Info...
  26. How to Find Cheap Military Flights and Baggage Discounts

    Military families are always on the go. That's why they're always on the lookout for cheap airline flights to make travel easier on their bank accounts. Read on...
  27. She can be a 'bad ass' when it comes to making sure Tricare patients get care

    Some Tricare beneficiaries still have problems trying to get medical care, and officials have taken actions to try to improve the performance of contractors, said Navy Vice Adm. Raquel Bono, director of the Defense Health Agency. Additional Info...
  28. DMVA Digest 10 October 2018

    Veterans' Breakfast Club, Military Share, Cal U for Vets, Bass Pro/Cabela's hiring, and more. Read on...
  29. Retirees, Disabled Vets Get Biggest Raise in 7 Years for 2019

    Military retirees, those who receive disability or other benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs, federal retirees, and social security recipients will see a 2.8 percent pay raise in their monthly checks in 2019. Additional Info...
  30. Tour highlights successes of Southwestern Pennsylvania's military veterans turned farmers

    Pennsylvania Adjutant General Anthony Carrelli took one swig of the chocolate-banana milk, and his eyes lit up. Additional Info...
  31. Vets Groups Urge Trump Administration to Keep Pressure on GI Bill Fraud

    Twenty-eight veterans groups and military service organizations have called on the Trump administration to scrap deregulation proposals that they said would limit oversight of "bad actor" schools preying on veterans using the GI Bill. Additional Info...
  32. Here are the new rates for military retiree dental coverage under new FEDVIP benefit

    Military retirees eligible for the new dental and vision coverage can start researching their options now, with the release of new rates for 2019. See the online plan comparison at https://www.tricare.benefeds.com/InfoPortal/findPlan?ctoken=rZhPg5db Additional Info...
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  34. 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...
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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...
  37. Need Help Lowering Your Electric Bill?

    The WARM Program can help you lower your electric bill and keep your home more comfortable in the winter and summer months. No payment is required for these services. Read on...
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