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. 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...
  2. 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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  4. 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...
  7. U.S. Veterans Organizations by the Numbers

    Guidestar offers this concise guide to downloadable aide donors considering supporting veterans' organizations. Additional Info...
  8. Veterans Presentation August 17 2017
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
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  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
  16. PA Hero Walk visits Ligonier

    From the Latrobe Bulletin--The PA Hero Walk traveled down Main Street in Ligonier Borough on Wednesday evening, continuing on its annual trek from Philadelphia to Lower Burrell. Additional Info...
  17. Trump signs VA bill to protect whistleblowers, expedite firing of problem workers

    WASHINGTON — President Trump signed legislation Friday designed to protect whistleblowers while making it easier to fire problem employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Additional Info...
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    Rep. Eric Nelson hosts Veteran Appreciation Picnic Sept. 14th

    For veterans and their family residing in the 57th district. Thurs., Sept. 14 4-7 pm Youngwood Park & Pool 801 S 10th St, Youngwood Reserve by Tues., Aug. 1 at 724-834-6400
  19. 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.
  20. 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...
  21. PA DMVA News June 15th

    In this issue: Free dental care June 24th, Gulf War health exams, PTSD month, more... Read on...
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    Flag Etiquette Do's and Don'ts

    From Memorial Day through Flag Day and on to Independence Day, our nation's flag is in the spotlight. Brush up on your flag etiquette here. Additional Info...
  23. 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...
  24. 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...
  26. 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...
  27. 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...
  28. 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...
  29. Monuments honor Westmoreland County's fallen war veterans

    Like the battlefields of Europe, monuments to America's war dead dot the landscape of Westmoreland County, from the smallest rural village to the courthouse plaza. Additional Info...
  30. Westmoreland honors its veterans

    Russell Moore Jr. makes a pilgrimage every Memorial Day from his home in Orlando, Fla., to a plastic folding chair in Westmoreland County Memorial Park. Additional Info...
  31. Chair of Honor at Westmoreland Courthouse

    POW/MIA Chair of Honor dedicated at courthouse

    A permanent reminder of the service men and women who were prisoners of war or never returned home was dedicated Thursday at the Westmoreland County Courthouse. Additional Info...
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  33. 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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  35. 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...
  36. Lowe's expands, changes its military discount program

    National home improvement retailer Lowe’s has expanded its everyday military discount program to include all honorably discharged veterans, as of May. Additional Info...
  37. VA announces scam targeting Veterans

    The US Department of Veterans Affairs office has issued a warning to the public of a scam targeting veterans. According to the agency, a phone line mimicking the VA phone line called veterans offering them $100 rebate if their credit card is provided. Additional Info...
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  39. VA Offering Services for MST Victims

    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is providing all care for mental and physical health conditions related to military sexual trauma (MST) free of charge, and veterans do not need to have reported their experiences of MST at the time. Additional Info...
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  41. 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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