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. VA, Congress Crawl Toward Ending Abuse of Vet Pensioners

    In 2012, the Government Accountability Office found more than 200 financial planning firms and estate law offices enticing veterans or their survivors into costly annuities or irrevocable trusts intended to hide or reallocate their assets so... Additional Info...
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    Combat Veterans Support Group Tues., Dec. 6 from 6-7:30

    Whether you deployed last year or 50 years ago, combat Veterans face many of the same challenges when they return home. Join us fora new Combat Veterans Group--meet fellow Veterans and learn about available resources. Additional Info...
  3. Caregiver Event flyer, 9 Nov 17
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    Stand Down for Veterans, Pittsburgh, Nov. 18

    0800-1500 Stage AE 400 North Shore Dr Pittsburgh, PA 15212 Additional Info...
  5. Penn Area's 'Human Library' will feature Vietnam veterans telling their stories

    In Jack Otto's drawings, it's the little details that occasionally make grown men cry. Additional Info...
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    Pittsburgh Vet Center Quarterly Newsletter

    OUR MISSION:“We welcome home war Veterans with honor by providing readjustment counseling in a caring manner." Additional Info...
  7. Hempfield florist hands out free bouquets to strangers — one to keep, one to give

    “We're blessing people with flowers and trying to brighten their day,” she said as she planted herself outside the Greensburg VA Primary Care Center behind Westmoreland Mall. Additional Info...
  8. 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...
  9. What makes VAPHS nurse a nominee for 'compassionate caregiver of the year'?

    To watch nurse Victor Fagan briskly walk a clinic corridor while a veteran with a cane trails him to an exam room, he might seem one of those officious, too-busy health care professionals trying to get patients in and out as quickly as possible. Additional Info...
  10. TRICARE Reform Rules Fire a Curveball Over Jan. 1 Fee Levels

    Near-final regulations released last week by the Defense Health Agency (DHA) to implement sweeping TRICARE reforms on Jan. 1 include a surprise restructuring of appointment fees for active duty families, and retirees under 65 and their families. Additional Info...
  11. Here's How the 2018 Tricare Changes Impact Retirees

    A series of changes to Tricare ushered in through a periodic contractor update or ordered by Congress have major impacts on current and future military retirees, including how they enroll in coverage and what they pay out of pocket. Additional Info...
  12. VA Photo ID Cards for All Veterans Coming in November

    All honorably discharged veterans of every era will be able to get a photo identification card from the Department of Veterans Affairs starting in November due to a law passed in 2015. Additional Info...
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  14. DMVA Digest September 27

    DAV Mobile outreach, Ken Burns' "Vietnam", Be There, Employment & Events Read on...
  15. Trafford group gets grant to maintain WWI memorial

    A committee that worked to restore a World War I memorial in Trafford four years ago has received a $2,000 grant to maintain the memorial to those who served the nation during World War I, once referred to as the “war to end wars”. Additional Info...
  16. 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...
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  18. Ken Burns' 'Vietnam War' draws in W. Pa. veterans

    The Department of Veterans Affairs was so concerned about the realism of Ken Burns' new PBS documentary “The Vietnam War” that it issued a warning — viewing it could traumatize veterans. Additional Info...
  19. DMVA Digest

    Navigating the VA for Caregivers, Events and Jobs, Flu shots, more Read on...
  20. Tet 50th Anniversary flyer

    Tet Party 24 Februrary 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
  21. 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...
  22. PA Hero Walk officials will donate Trafford house to Penn Hills veteran

    For the past nine years, the PA Hero Walk has raised money to help veterans in a variety of ways. In 2017, walk officials will get the chance to literally give a veteran a home. Additional Info...
  23. DMVA Digest September 17th

    PANG drops hay to starving cattle; Toys for military families; Remembering 9/11; more.... Read on...
  24. VA fighting to reduce growing problem of veteran suicides

    A TRAGIC and disturbing trend has developed throughout the Veterans Administration medical system. Veterans are traveling to the grounds of VA facilities and are resorting to suicide on VA property. Additional Info...
  25. DMVA Digest, September 6

    Equine therapy, Hurricane relief efforts, Quilts of Valor, Persion Gulf benefit expiration, more. Read on...
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    New VA medical center near Butler expected to drive surge in patients

    Built as a tuberculosis sanitarium but never opened as such, the Butler veterans hospital was not designed for its current use. Additional Info...
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  28. Changes Are Coming to TRICARE. Are You Ready?

    Changes are coming to your TRICARE benefit beginning January 1, 2018. These changes will give you more benefit choices, improving your access to care and simplifying cost shares. Additional Info...
  29. Vietnam Veterans Share Service Stories

    Stacks of photographs Army Veteran Jim McGeehan brought back with him from Vietnam in 1971 sat boxed inside a closet for nearly three decades, unseen but not forgotten. Additional Info...
  30. Funds being raised for Wreaths Across America event at North Huntingdon cemetery

    Motivated by her own family's loss, a North Huntingdon woman is on a mission to remember deceased veterans by putting wreaths on their graves in time for Christmas. Additional Info...
  31. Penn Area Library will host Vietnam War events this fall

    Whether or not Penn Area Library officials become one of 50 libraries in the nation to receive a copy of Ken Burns' forthcoming documentary about the Vietnam War, they'll make sure patrons have plenty of opportunities to learn about the conflict. Additional Info...
  32. 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...
  34. 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...
  35. 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...
  36. 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...
  37. 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...
  39. 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...
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    Gulf War Veterans sought for VA study

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

    Guidestar offers this concise guide to downloadable aide donors considering supporting veterans' organizations. Additional Info...
  43. 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...
  44. 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...
  45. 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...
  46. 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...
  47. 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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