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. Plans inch forward to convert former SCI Greensburg into veterans center

    Four years after state officials turned out the lights and locked the doors, a former medium-security state prison in Hempfield may be poised to become a full-service veterans transition center. Additional Info...
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    Get the facts about Elder Abuse & Veterans

    National studies find that over 10% of older adults are the victims of elder abuse annually, and almost 10 million Veterans are 65 or older. Additional Info...
  3. Free Bus Trip to DC for WWII & Korean Era Veterans

    October 26, 2017. Please click on flyer for details. Call 724-709-3614 for registration, details. Additional Info...
  4. Norwin grad, a Green Beret, stays tough in obstacle-course challenge

    In the Green Berets, Mark Ballas learned the importance of secrecy in pursuing covert operations. Now that he's in the private sector, he's keeping the special operations emphasis but dropping the secrecy part. Additional Info...
  5. 'Skirted Soldiers' recall their history as they prepare to reunite in Pittsburgh

    They were nicknamed the “Skirted Soldiers.” Facing a shortage of men during World War II, Congress, after much debate, created the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps in May 1942. Additional Info...
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  7. Tiny House Village Being Built For Veterans In Need

    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Plans are in the works to build a tiny house village for veterans who have had a tough time transitioning back to society. Additional Info...
  8. Local group links veterans with farmers for on-thejob training

    Latrobe Bulletin--Some once family-run farms, including several here in Westmoreland County, are in need of skilled workers to continue the tradition of growing crops, raising livestock and other agricultural ventures. Additional Info...
  9. Veterans' garden dedication will kick off Delmont Daze celebration

    This year's Delmont Daze celebration will be preceded by the dedication of a veterans' memorial garden at Eastview Union Cemetery on East Pittsburgh Street. Additional Info...
  10. Hempfield 'class reunion' raises $7,600 for veterans charity

    Some classes raise money by selling candy or washing cars, and most stop once they've graduated. But about 150 members of the Hempfield Area High School class of 1984 got together last month to raise more than $7,600 for a veterans charity Additional Info...
  11. Spirit Airlines gives Derry Township native, a World War II vet, an honor guard sendoff

    “Mitch” Chockla is one of the Greatest Generation that pulled the United States and its allies through World War II, and his achievements on the battlefields of Europe are receiving added attention as he approaches a century of experience. Additional Info...
  12. Pitt Honors Heroes 2017
  13. DMVA Digest August 2, 2017

    Around the state, employment opportunities, Wall volunteers needed, more! Read on...
  14. Soldier On outreach for veterans now includes Lower Burrell

    Starting Friday, local veterans who are having financial troubles or are looking for work will be able to find help at Lower Burrell's city hall. Additional Info...
  15. Congress approves biggest expansion of college aid in GI Bill for military veterans in a decade

    WASHINGTON — Congress sent President Donald Trump legislation to provide the biggest expansion of college aid for military veterans in a decade. Additional Info...
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    VA Launches S.T.O.P. P.A.I.N Advices and Guidelines

    When it comes to treating pain and substance abuse, the Department of Veterans Affairs is recognized by many as a leader in the pain management field and the responsible use of opioids across the VA healthcare system. Read on...
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    Presents for vets, Steelers truck at all home games

    Steelers fans can bring new, unwrapped presents to training camp for veterans who live in area nursing homes and assisted living facilities. (Photo courtesy of Tribune-Review) Additional Info...
  18. Trump taps Uniontown native, Raytheon executive for Army secretary

    President Trump announced Wednesday night he plans to nominate U.S. Army veteran, Uniontown native and defense contractor executive Mark Esper to be secretary of the Army, after his two previous nominees were withdrawn. Additional Info...
  19. House passes $788 billion spending bill with boosts for Pentagon, veterans

    The House passed a $788 billion spending bill Thursday that complies with President Donald Trump’s demands to boost the military, reduce clean energy programs and start funding a wall .... Additional Info...
  20. Greensburg vet to reunite with fellow USS Forrestal survivors

    Of the 5,000 or so men aboard the USS Forrestal on July 29, 1967, 134 died and 161 were injured when a bomb explosion triggered a massive fire on the aircraft carrier in the Gulf of Tonkin during the Vietnam War. Additional Info...
  21. North Huntingdon preschool surprises dad a day before Iraq deployment

    Staff Sgt. Tom Porter of North Irwin got a surprise send-off at his son's North Huntingdon preschool Wednesday, the day before he reports to Fort Hood, Texas, to train for a deployment to Iraq. Additional Info...
  22. News from the PA Dept of Military and Veterans Affairs 27 July 2017

    Vets temporary assistance,Scholarship, VA news, Steelers picnic, more Read on...
  23. Tricare expands mental health, substance abuse, opioid treatment options

    New Tricare mental health benefits, including expanded treatment for opioid and other substance-use issues, went live July 13, according to Kevin Dwyer, spokesman for the Defense Health Agency. Additional Info...
  24. Pittsburgh Vet Center News July, 2017

    Israeli War Veterans Visit the Center, No One Left Behind-Pittsburgh, Vet Center & Community Groups, more... Additional Info...
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  26. News from the PA Dept of Military and Veterans Affairs July 19

    In this issue: Scholarships, Employment opportunities, Wellness events, Vietnam 50th, Veteran Farm Field Day, more Read on...
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    Gulf War Veterans sought for VA study

    Are you a Gulf War Veteran? Do you have trouble sleeping? Read on...
  29. U.S. Veterans Organizations by the Numbers

    Guidestar offers this concise guide to downloadable aide donors considering supporting veterans' organizations. Additional Info...
  30. Veterans Presentation August 17 2017
  31. Veteran ‘Online Exchange’ Benefit Being Tested, Is Nearer for Millions

    The last time Forrest Cornelius, 51, shopped in a base exchange was 1989 when he completed his six-year stint in the Marine Corps. He recalls saving 10 to 15 percent on department store goods and that shoppers paid no sales tax. Additional Info...
  32. VA to Detail Proposed Changes to Caregiver Program

    The Department of Veterans Affairs on Wednesday will unveil to a select group of veteran and military support organizations changes to a highly scrutinized program that pays family members to provide at-home care to severely injured troops. Additional Info...
  33. Vet Center Picnic Flier Friday, August 18, 2017
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  35. VA to Provide Mental Health Care to Vets with 'Bad Paper' Discharges

    WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs will begin making mental health care services available to veterans with less-than-honorable discharges who urgently need it, VA Secretary David Shulkin told lawmakers Tuesday night. Additional Info...
  36. Opinion: Not All Veterans Have PTSD

    After coming off a deployment to Afghanistan, I found myself interviewing for a new job. I’m a graduate student in clinical psychology, so it's no surprise that the training director interviewing me was, himself, a psychologist. Additional Info...
  37. Gov. Wolf signs 'stolen valor' bill into law

    Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday signed into law state Rep. Rick Saccone's “stolen valor” bill that criminalizes attempts by anyone to financially benefit from lying about their military service or receiving decorations. Additional Info...
  38. Corrected date: Rep. Evankovich's Veterans Appreciation Picnice Aug. 4th

    For Veterans living in the 54th District. Fri., Aug. 4th from noon to 2 pm Northmoreland Park Pavilion 8 280 Markle Rd Apollo PA 15613 RSVP to 724-335-2790 and provide names and number attending.
  39. Groups offer help to Westmoreland veterans who fall on hard times

    Terrence Stubbs has been settling in at his new apartment in South Greensburg for about two weeks. The former Green Beret counts himself lucky to have found one that will accept his four cats. Additional Info...
  40. Improving satisfaction, reducing infections are priorities for VA Pittsburgh director

    The Pittsburgh Veterans Affairs Health Care System is taking a closer look at how it compares to other hospitals in the region amid a push from VA leaders to correct highly publicized deficiencies in the national system. Additional Info...
  41. New VA online tool helps Veterans learn about and compare effective PTSD treatments

    VA launched a new online tool this week that will help you compare treatment options for post-traumatic stress disorder. The PTSD Treatment Decision Aid is a free, interactive tool that helps educate patients about effective treatment options for PTSD. Additional Info...
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    News from the PA Dept of Military and Veterans Affairs June 8

    Hire Vets campaign, Events, PTSD Awareness month, Employment opportunities, more Read on...
  43. Allegiant Air now offering free services for active military members, veterans

    For military members and veterans, flying with Allegiant Air just got much cheaper. The airline, known for its low fares, announced an offer that will give military members free services on its flights. Additional Info...
  44. Campaign urging Pittsburgh employers to hire vets

    As a maintenance officer in Iraq during the Second Gulf War, Megan Andros commanded more than 100 troops in a heavy brigade combat team, and oversaw millions of dollars worth of weapons and other equipment. Additional Info...
  45. Lower Burrell celebrates its veterans

    As a line of motorcycles wound its way down Wildlife Lodge Road in Lower Burrell on Memorial Day, George Bagaley sat on a friend's front porch and thought of his dad. Additional Info...
  46. Credit Requirements for VA Loans Explained

    In the past when a veteran wanted to use the VA home loan benefit in order to buy and finance a home with nothing down, the VA would ultimately approve the loan application. Additional Info...
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  48. Vandergrift veteran heads across country to raise awareness about PTSD

    For many parents, the idea that their child would sell most of his possessions before a cross-country trip would be cause for concern. Additional Info...
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  51. 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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