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. Understanding VA Minimum Property Requirements

    The VA minimum property requirements for mortgages backed through the veterans benefits program can help determine whether the property you’re considering qualifies for a VA loan. Additional Info...
  2. Postcards Warning of Tricare Dental Changes Are in the Mail

    Military retirees should soon find a postcard in their mailboxes reminding them that Tricare's retiree dental program will shutter later this year. Additional Info...
  3. Conor Lamb, House subcommittee will help steer VA's electronic record keeping

    Congressman Conor Lamb on Thursday was named ranking member of a newly formed House subcommittee that will oversee technology projects at the Department of Veterans Affairs, including its creation of a modernized electronic record system. Additional Info...
  4. Big tax refunds coming for 130,000 veterans

    More than 130,000 veterans are receiving letters on how to apply for refunds of taxes they paid on disability severance pay dating back to 1991 — a minimum of $1,750 per veteran. Additional Info...
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  6. Greensburg Vietnam veteran to receive American Legion's Blue Cap award

    A Greensburg man is the 2018 recipient of the John C. “Ace” Mann Blue Cap of the Year award, one of the most prestigious honors given by the Pennsylvania American Legion. Additional Info...
  7. Second Lt. Justin Lewis greets on-lookers of a Veterans Day parade Nov. 11, 2013, in Pittsburgh, Pa.
  8. White Valley AMVETS (Murrysville) will host blood drive on July 22

    The White Valley AMVETS Post 85 Ladies Auxiliary will host a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 22 at the AMVETS Post, 2100 Carolina St. in Murrysville. Additional Info...
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    Making $en$e of Finance for the Military Community

    Free non-commercial workshop to help with the unique challenges facing military/veterans in financial and investment decisions will be helf August 8 from 10 am to 2 pm in Johnstown. Read on...
  10. VA Partnership with National Cancer Institute Will Boost Veteran Access to Clinical Trials

    Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has formed a partnership with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) which will provide more access to the latest treatment options for VA patients with cancer. Additional Info...
  11. Harrison City couple will host Army Ranger remembrance service at backyard memorial

    State Rep. George Dunbar, R-56th, remembers the first time he saw James Bell's memorial to the Army's K Company, 75th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division , in Bell's Harrison City backyard. Additional Info...
  12. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Pittsburgh installs new commander

    The Pittsburgh District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers installed a new district commander Col. Andrew J. (Coby) Short on Friday. Additional Info...
  13. Washington Facility Ready To Start Helping Veterans In Need

    WASHINGTON, Pa. (KDKA) — A grand opening for the new “Patriot House” in Washington County was held Tuesday. The facility helps homeless veterans. Additional Info...
  14. New device offers solution for ringing in ears

    The Levo System retrains the brain to ignore noise by recreating each patient’s unique ringing sound. A recent study reported improvement after three months. Additional Info...
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  16. Women's Army Corps Veterans' Association Invites New Members

    Those who have served honorably with the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps, The Women's Army Corps, or those who have served or are serving honorably in the US Army, the US Army Reserve or the Army National Guard of the US are eligible for membership. Additional Info...
  17. Leechburg residents earn top employee awards from Pittsburgh Veterans Healthcare System

    Two Leechburg residents won top employee awards from the Pittsburgh Veterans Healthcare System. Additional Info...
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  19. Belle Vernon man will lead veteran bike ride from Pittsburgh to D.C. this weekend

    Considering the sacrifice many veterans have made for the country, biking a few hundred miles to Washington, D.C., doesn't seem like such a big deal. Additional Info...
  20. DMVA Registry June 27, 2018

    VA Town Hall in Jeanette, Troops to Tractors at Next Gen Farm Summit, Around the State, Employment, more.... Read on...
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  22. Nonprofit seeks volunteers to help sew holiday stockings for overseas military members

    Nonprofit group Military Connections is seeking volunteers as its members gear up for their annual sewing day, creating stockings that will be stuffed and shipped to military men and women stationed overseas at Christmas time. Additional Info...
  23. Unity's Zamosky elected president of Pennsylvania county veteran affairs offices

    Matt Zamosky of Unity was named to head the state organization that represents county veteran affairs offices Additional Info...
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  25. George HW Bush enlists help of new service dog Sully

    The Bush dynasty added another member Monday: Sully HW Bush, a yellow Lab service dog for former President Bush. Sully was trained by America's VetDogs, which provides service dogs at no cost to veterans, active-duty service members with disabilities Additional Info...
  26. Take Our Survey: Share Your Opinion on TRICARE and Military Health Care

    MOAA wants to know about your experience with military health care and the TRICARE program. We need all beneficiaries to take an important survey. MOAA will use the data to help shape legislation directly impacting your earned health care benefits. Additional Info...
  27. Vietnam Vets – The Warriors No One Wanted to Thank

    Pittsburgh Magazine--When veterans returned from Vietnam, they didn't often hear the phrase “Thank you for your service.” But now, Pittsburgh veterans think people are learning to separate the war from the warrior. Additional Info...
  28. VAPHS offers direct scheduling

    Veterans enrolled at VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System can now schedule routine appointments in a number of specialties without first seeing their primary care physician. Read on...
  29. Nine VA Programs Receive Awards for Innovation in Health IT

    WASHINGTON — Nine U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) programs were recently recognized for outstanding innovations in federal health technology at an awards ceremony at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Additional Info...
  30. Vet Realtor Pulls Alarm On Plan To Fund 'Blue Water' Navy Bill

    House plan to pay for a bill to extend Agent Orange disability benefits to 90,000 Blue Water Navy veterans of the Vietnam War will not continue to shield all disabled veterans from a funding fee. Additional Info...
  31. Warrior Games competitor Raina Hockenberry has a message for the world

    "The idea of not wearing a uniform and not standing beside people who are willing to give their life for what we believe in, that's something I can't imagine. " Additional Info...
  32. VA issues new policy to protect Veteran homeowners from predatory lending

    The act helps protect borrowers from the dangers associated with repeatedly refinancing their home loans. Additional Info...
  33. VA Provides Reorganization Plan to Strengthen and Modernize Department

    Plan would streamline small business programs and enhance Veteran-owned small business opportunities. Additional Info...
  34. DMVA Digest 20 June 2018

    A publication of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans Affairs: Events, Employment, Around PA and the US Read on...
  35. VA Releases National Suicide Data Report

    WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released findings from its most recent analysis of Veteran suicide data for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The report yields several important insights. Additional Info...
  36. The Army splits with a West Point grad from New Castle who wrote ‘Communism will win’

    The images Spenser Rapone posted on Twitter from his West Point graduation were intentionally shocking: In one, the cadet opens his dress uniform to expose a T-shirt with a blood-red image of socialist icon Che Guevara. Additional Info...
  37. Tips for Military Parenting Generation Z

    There is a moment in parenting when you realize that you no longer have the advantage, and you now know absolutely nothing. Additional Info...
  38. A friend's paw: Veterans celebrate with their service dogs

    The Florida-based nonprofit that has partnered highly trained service dogs with 21 local military veterans will break ground in October on a multimillion-dollar dog breeding and training facility in Robinson, Washington County. Additional Info...
  39. National Law Review synposist of VA Mission Act

    On Wednesday, June 6, 2018, President Trump signed into law the “John S. McCain III, Daniel K. Akaka, and Samuel R. Johnson VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Networks Act” a.k.a. the VA MISSION Act of 2018 (“VAMA”). Additional Info...
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    Read the latest news from VA Pittsburgh Healthcare

    VetText appointment reminders; Building trust, improving access; New leadership Read on...
  41. Landmark legislation to reshape health care for veterans

    WASHINGTON — President Trump signed legislation Wednesday paving the way for a major overhaul of the Department of Veterans Affairs and expanding access for veterans to VA-funded medical care in the private sector. Additional Info...
  42. White House approves VA plan to offer mental health care for transitioning servicemembers

    The White House approved a plan for three federal agencies to provide more mental health services to servicemembers transitioning from the military, a population at increased risk for suicide, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced Thursday. Additional Info...
  43. Understanding VA Minimum Property Requirements

    The VA minimum property requirements for mortgages backed through the veterans benefits program can help determine whether the property you’re considering qualifies for a VA loan. Additional Info...
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    FEMALE VETERANS SUPPORT GROUP

    EVERY MONDAY | 1 TO 3 PM FEMALE VETERANS SUPPORT GROUP WHITE OAK VET CENTER 2001 LINCOLN WAY | WHITE OAK PA 15131
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  46. Veteran victim of East Deer glass plant closure lands job with help of state CareerLink

    Changing jobs is nothing new for Tim Vogle. After spending 12 years in the Air Force and a brief time in civil aviation, the Allegheny Township man in the 1990s transferred the skills he'd honed while maintaining aircraft to keeping machinery running... Additional Info...
  47. GI Bill Rates Changing in August

    Today the VA announced the Post-9/11 GI Bill rates for the 2018 - 2019 school year. These rates will be effective on August 1, 2018. The Montgomery GI Bill and Dependents' Education Assistance programs will see a rate change on October 1, 2018. Additional Info...
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  49. Replica of Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall coming to McKeesport

    The Wall that Heals, a traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial replica will be coming to McKeesport this summer. Aug. 9-Aug. 12, the Wall replica will be on display at Jimmy Long Field in Renziehauzen Park in McKeesport. Additional Info...
  50. Applying for Veterans Benefits Should Never Come with a Fee

    Veterans and their dependents should never pay for help to apply for veterans’ benefits, according to the DMVA. Federal & state law makes provisions for accredited veterans service organizations to provide free advice and assistance. Additional Info...
  51. Benefits basics: Tricare procedures and eligibility requirements

    Unlike other military benefits, the Tricare program has undergone a major overhaul. As beneficiaries sort out which plan suits their health care needs — and how much more they might be paying—here’s a look at how it works and what your options are. Additional Info...
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  53. Seeking a career—not just a job—after military service? CASY can help

    Navy Veteran Gene Bradshaw is on a mission. Bradshaw served as an NFO during Desert Shield/Desert Storm, leaving active duty in 1997. Now he helps them put the puzzle pieces together of a ‘second career’. Read on...
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    Camp Lejeune Water Veteran & Family Health & Disability Benefits

    In the 1980's, contaminants were found in several wells that provided drinking water at Camp Lejeune, NC. See the flyer for eligibility info, qualifying conditions, and disability compensation information. Additional Info...
  55. Military Times Veterans Benefits e-book available now

    This year’s Benefits Guide will help service members, veterans & family members navigate some of the changes made to their benefits programs, and provide an overview of other offerings — military child care to moving help to home loans, and many more. Additional Info...
  56. Veterans eligible to receive free cybersecurity training

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Hire Our Heroes have teamed up to offer training for Veterans in cybersecurity, in support of Veterans join our nation’s cybersecurity workforce. Additional Info...
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