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. News from the PA Dept of Military and Veterans Affairs Jan. 17, 2018

    A publication of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Read on...
  2. Trump orders more mental health care options for veterans

    President Donald Trump's administration is aiming to curb the number of veteran suicides by improving mental health treatment for the high-risk group. Additional Info...
  3. 14th Quartermaster Scholarship applications open until March 31st

    The 14th Quartermaster/Operation Desert Storm Scholarship Fund supports Westmoreland County High School students considering a career within a military branch or ... Additional Info...
  4. VA Looking for Caregiver Feedback on Stipend Program

    Officials with the Department of Veterans Affairs are looking for in-depth feedback from caregivers as part of a continuing review of a program that gives cash stipends to some families. Additional Info...
  5. Anna Mae Hays, nurse who became U.S. military’s first female general, dies at 97

    Anna Mae Hays, an Army nurse who served in a mud-caked jungle hospital in World War II, guided the Army Nurse Corps through the bloodiest years of the Vietnam War and became the first female general in American military history, died Jan. 7. She was 97. Additional Info...
  6. Quotables: A new 'sunrise' for area veterans

    Concerns that the shuttered 300,000-square-foot state prison in Hempfield would devolve into a white elephant have been relieved by ongoing developments to convert the 96-acre tract into a veterans-transition service center. Additional Info...
  7. Tricare Kills Urgent Care Referral Requirement for Some Users

    Tricare Prime users can now make unlimited visits to in-network urgent care facilities without a referral, officials recently announced. Additional Info...
  8. Applications accepted for 2018 National Veterans Wheelchair Games

    The VA is accepting applications for the 2018 National Veterans Wheelchair Games until April 15, 2018. Applications can be completed at www.wheelchairgames.org. The 2018 National Veterans Wheelchair Games will take place in Orlando July 30 – Aug 4. Additional Info...
  9. Former Westmoreland prison's transformation into $100M veterans' facility on track

    Planning for a one-stop veterans' transition service center at the site of a former state prison in Hempfield is moving ahead on schedule, the developer recently told local officials. Additional Info...
  10. Nonprofit gears up to build tiny homes for veterans in Penn Hills in 2018

    Marlon Ferguson acknowledges he was late in learning about the tiny home craze sweeping cities such as Seattle, Dallas, Detroit and Portland over the past several years. Additional Info...
  11. Alle-Kiski Tuesday take editorial: Here come the Marines

    About a dozen needy veterans had brighter holidays thanks to the efforts of the Westmoreland County Marine Corps League Detachment. Additional Info...
  12. Tricare allotment snafu hits more than 4,000 Prime beneficiaries

    More than 4,000 Tricare Prime beneficiaries in the former North region must make a one-time payment to cover their January enrollment fees thanks to mistakes with their allotments during the transition to the new Tricare East region contractor. Additional Info...
  13. New ID cards for vets on the way

    Tens of thousands of veterans have expressed interest in obtaining a new national Veterans Identification Card, intended as convenient proof of their service when they seek military discounts offered by retail and restaurant chains. Additional Info...
  14. Photos found for all Westmoreland veterans killed in action during Vietnam War

    Thanks to the efforts of a local woman with an interest in genealogy, photos of every Westmoreland County veteran killed in action during the Vietnam War now have a place in the Vietnam Veteran Memorial Fund's digital “Wall of Faces.” Additional Info...
  15. BeThere--VA Suicide Prevention Campaign graphic
  16. WANT Employer 2018

    Employers--Register today for the Feb. 21st WANT Job & Career Expo

    Attention area employers--register now for the Expo. See flyer for details or visit www.wantexpo.org
  17. Vet with dog

    VA and Humane Society of United States Announce Partnership

    Goal is to Pair Veterans With Rescued Animals Read on...
  18. Navy League Foundation Scholarships

    The Navy League Foundation awards scholarships to high school seniors who will attend college in the fall. Scholarships are available only to children/grandchildren of current/former members of the Sea Services.... Additional Info...
  19. VA Exploring Alternative Treatments for TBI and PTSD

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it will use two innovative treatments to ease the everyday challenges associated with living with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Additional Info...
  20. Many Tricare Users Must Update Payment Information Soon

    Many Tricare users who pay annual or monthly enrollment fees or premiums must update their payment information by the end of the month -- or risk losing coverage. Additional Info...
  21. Area veterans can be free of hepatitis C with help from VA Pittsburgh

    I'm free of hepatitis C. You can be, too. Those two sentences, appearing on area billboards and buses and in newspapers as 2017 comes to a close, are intended to get the attention of veterans serviced by the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. Additional Info...
  22. 'Wall of Faces' still seeking 1 photo of Westmoreland vet killed in Vietnam

    In about a year and a half, the “Wall of Faces” project in Washington, D.C., was able to solicit photos of every nearly every Westmoreland County veteran killed during the Vietnam War. Additional Info...
  23. Ohiopyle Veterans flyer
  24. 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...
  25. Pittsburgh Vet Center Newsletter, Dec. 1, 2017

    Vet Center Spouse Support Group, Operation Troop Appreciation, Toys for Tots, Semper Fi Odyssey, more Additional Info...
  26. Deadly Parasite linked to cancer in Vietnam Veterans

    A half a century after serving in Vietnam, hundreds of veterans have a new reason to believe they may be dying from a silent bullet... See https://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/infectious-diseases/cholangiocarcinoma.asp for VA info on this. Additional Info...
  27. Nonprofit sets goals for connecting Pittsburgh-area veterans and jobs

    At least 50 organizations in the Pittsburgh region have declared a mission to serve veterans in some capacity, from housing assistance to education to social services. Additional Info...
  28. FTC settles with Moon company over endorsements of schools for veterans

    The Federal Trade Commission has reached a settlement agreement with Victory Media following an investigation of the Moon company for practices used to recommend schools to military veterans. Additional Info...
  29. Saint Vincent College awards new scholarship for veterans

    Navy Veteran and Saint Vincent College Graduate Student August I. Sander, of Greensburg, is the first recipient of the new Saint Vincent College Veterans Scholarship. Additional Info...
  30. Vets Must Apply Online for New VA ID Card

    The online portal to apply will not go live until November 14th; however, if you are not yet registered in vets.gov, you can do so now. For the new ID card you will need to scan and upload a government issued photo ID--driver's license or passport. Additional Info...
  31. Veterans Connect Pittsburgh-Vol. 3
  32. Findlay sergeant’s single act of kindness launches effort to help military families

    The Air Force civil engineer, now a chief master sergeant, had returned from deployment one week earlier and heard about a couple whose gutters needed to be repaired but whose son could not help because he was on deployment. Additional Info...
  33. PA Veteran Farm Trail spotlights operations of those who serve

    Rising early, working hard and coming back for more the next day. That could be a description of life in a military unit, but it also applies to the routine of Ralph Frye and his son, Todd, on their Unity dairy farm. Additional Info...
  34. VA technique cuts emergency wait times

    Veterans Health Administration hospitals around the country are adopting a Pittsburgh-developed technique for reducing emergency room waits and making sure vets can quickly see a specialist after an ER visit. Additional Info...
  35. Here's How Tricare's 2017 Changes Affect You

    A series of sweeping Tricare changes could have a big impact on some of the military health care system's users -- including an extra three months of deductible-free coverage. Are you one of them? Here's what you need to know. Additional Info...
  36. Tet 50th Anniversary flyer

    Tet Party 24 February 2017

    Vietnam Veterans of Westmoreland County invite you to the 50th anniversary "Year of the Dog" event at All Saints Brewery, 24 February 2018 from 3 to 9 pm. Route 119 N at Roseytown Rd., Greensburg, PA
  37. Persian Gulf vets have one year left to apply for state bonus

    Veterans who were on active duty in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations between Aug. 2, 1990, and Aug. 31, 1991, have one year left to claim a state bonus, according to the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. 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...
  39. 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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