Posted on: August 17, 2017

News from the PA Dept of Military and Veterans Affairs--Aug. 16, 2017

DMVA DigestA publication of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans AffairsAugust 16, 2017

 DMVA News 

Employment At DMVA State Veterans Homes: 

The DMVA operates six veterans homes throughout the Commonwealth with a var...

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Posted on: August 17, 2017

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.

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Posted on: August 16, 2017

Get the facts about Elder Abuse & Veterans

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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.

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Posted on: August 16, 2017

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.

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Posted on: August 14, 2017

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.

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Posted on: August 11, 2017

'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.

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Posted on: August 10, 2017

News from the PA Dept of Military and Veterans Affairs Aug. 9

DMVA DigestA publication of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans AffairsAugust 9, 2017

 DMVA News 

62 Armories Throughout Pennsylvania Are Available For Rent: 

Have an upcoming function, party, activity and need a spa...

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Posted on: August 9, 2017

Military Family Share Food Distro Aug. 29

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Donna Carr with the National Guard Family Program is hosting a military share on August 29, 2017. Vets currently in need of food donations can pre-register to pick up food at the Mt Pleasant Armory on 8/29. If you know any vet in need please have them cal...

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Posted on: August 9, 2017

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.

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Posted on: August 9, 2017

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.

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Posted on: August 9, 2017

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.

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Posted on: August 9, 2017

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

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Posted on: August 9, 2017

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.

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Posted on: August 8, 2017

Pitt's Hail to Heroes home opener tix available to Veterans

Pitt Honors Heroes 2017

 Pitt Football's home opener vs. Youngstown State on September 2nd will be their annual Hail to Heroes game as we recognize and honor active duty, veteran, and retired Military Personnel and First Responders. Please see the email below which incl...

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Posted on: August 7, 2017

Water restrictions in place temporarily at University Drive

Please be advised we have instituted water restrictions in Building 1 (main hospital) of our University Drive location after a brief loss of water pressure from a scheduled power outage on Aug. 4-5, 2017. In line with our medical center policy and routine...

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Posted on: August 3, 2017

DMVA Digest August 2, 2017

DMVA’s Outreach Teams Will Be Traveling Across The State: 

In keeping with DMVA’s goal to make benefits more accessible to state veterans and their eligible family members, our mobile veterans outreach teams will be busy travel...

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Posted on: August 3, 2017

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.

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Posted on: August 3, 2017

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.

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Posted on: August 2, 2017

VA Launches S.T.O.P. P.A.I.N Advices and Guidelines

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VA Shares Best Practices to Help Health Care Industry Stem Opioid Crisis,

Address ‘National Public Health Emergency’

WASHINGTON – When it comes to treating pain and substance abuse, the Department of Veterans Affairs is recogni...

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Posted on: July 31, 2017

Presents for vets, Steelers truck at all home games

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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)

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Posted on: July 28, 2017

VA Caregiver Support Program Resumes Full Operations

WASHINGTON – Today the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it is resuming full operations of the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers. The resumption follows an April 17 decision to temporarily suspend certain clin...

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Posted on: July 28, 2017

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.

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Posted on: July 28, 2017

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 ....

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Posted on: July 28, 2017

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.

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Posted on: July 28, 2017

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.

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Posted on: July 27, 2017

News from the PA Dept of Military and Veterans Affairs 27 July 2017

DMVA DigestA publication of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans AffairsJuly 27, 2017

 DMVA News 

No Need To Be A Veteran To Purchase An “Honoring Our Veterans” License Plate: 

Not a veteran, but w...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: July 24, 2017

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.

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Posted on: July 24, 2017

Wolf Administration Assists Veterans in Need of Important Military Paperwork

Harrisburg, PA- Leaving the military can be a hectic and stressful time. Through all the commotion, veterans often forget how important it is to properly record and safeguard their most important military paperwork - the DD-214. That is where the Wolf Adm...

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Posted on: July 22, 2017

Pittsburgh Vet Center News July, 2017

Israeli War Veterans Visit the Center, No One Left Behind-Pittsburgh, Vet Center & Community Groups, more...

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Posted on: July 21, 2017

Register today for Veterans Appreciation Picnic for 57th District

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All military veterans or surviving family members of veterans residing in the 57th Legislative District are invited to my Veterans Appreciation Picnic on Thursday, Sept. 14, from 4-7 p.m., at Youngwood Park and Pool, 801 S. 10th St., Youngwood. For regist...

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Posted on: July 20, 2017

News from the PA Dept of Military and Veterans Affairs July 19

 DMVA News 

Wolf Administration Assists Veterans In Need Of Important Military Paperwork: 

Leaving the military can be a hectic and stressful time. Through all the commotion, veterans often forget how important it is to properly r...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: July 19, 2017

Vet Center offers New Spouse Support Group

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The Pittsburgh Vet Center is starting a new support group for military and veteran spouses starting on August 8th. The group will be facilitated by our Marriage and Family Counselor and take place at the Pittsburgh Vet Center. The group is open to spouses...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: July 17, 2017

Gulf War Veterans sought for VA study

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Are you a Gulf War Veteran? Do you have trouble falling or staying asleep? You may be eligible for a non-medication insomnia treatment study for improving sleep and managing GWI symptoms. You can participate by telephone from home and receive treatment an...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: July 17, 2017

U.S. Veterans Organizations by the Numbers

Guidestar offers this concise guide to downloadable aide donors considering supporting veterans' organizations.

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Posted on: July 14, 2017

Veterans Benefits Questions answered Aug. 17 in Latrobe

Veterans Presentation August 17 2017

Are YOU a Veteran OR do you KNOW a Veteran?

Learn about  enefits for Veterans/Spouses/Widowers

Speakers include: Matthew Zamosky, Director of Dept of Veterans Affairs in Westmoreland and Mary Jo Zubaty, RN BSN COD of Westmoreland Veterans Clinic

Thu...

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Posted on: July 14, 2017

News from the PA Dept of Military and Veterans Affairs, July 12

 DMVA News 

State Veterans Homes: 

Pennsylvania offers its eligible veterans or surviving spouses six extended care facilities throughout the state. The level of care provided includes personal care, skilled nursing care, and deme...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: July 12, 2017

A message from VA Pittsburgh re: Changes to Homemaker Home Health Aide Program

I am writing to inform you of some important changes we are making to the Homemaker Home Health Aide (HHHA) services program at VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. This communication is extensive because this issue is complex, and I would like to provide the...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: July 11, 2017

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.

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Posted on: July 11, 2017

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.

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Posted on: July 7, 2017

Community Veteran Picnic Friday, Aug. 18th

Vet Center Picnic Flier Friday, August 18, 2017

HOsted by White Oak Vet Center

3-7 pm

Magnolia Pavilion at the White Oak Park

RSVP to Abbie Lieberum at 4123-678-7704

or abbie.lieberum@va.gov

This is a non-alcohol event.

Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: July 6, 2017

News from the PA Dept of Military and Veterans Affairs July 6

DMVA DigestA publication of Pennsylvania’s Department of Military and Veterans AffairsJuly 6, 2017

 DMVA News 

Tell Us About Events Or Jobs For Veterans: 

As a service to Pennsylvania’s veteran community, DMVA i...

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Posted on: July 5, 2017

VA Seeks Opinions on Assistive Technology

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The Future of Mobility Related Technology

The VA is looking for volunteers who…

     •are 18 years ofage or older and

     •use one or more assistive devices for mobility, suc...

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Posted on: July 5, 2017

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.

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Posted on: June 28, 2017

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.

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Posted on: June 28, 2017

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.

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Posted on: June 28, 2017

Summertime discounts/events for the military community

Remember to bring your and your dependents’ IDs.

Active/reserve service members and families: 

National Parks/Fish and Wildlife Service: https://store.usgs.gov/faq#US-Military

  • Free admission to National Parks and Fish and Wildlife...
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Posted on: June 27, 2017

VA Expands Emergency Mental Health Care to Former Service Members With OTH Discharges

WASHINGTON — Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today released finalized plans that lay the framework for providing emergency mental health coverage to former service members with other-than-honorable (OTH) administrative discharges.

This is the...

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Posted on: June 23, 2017

Corrected date: Rep. Evankovich's Veterans Appreciation Picnic 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.

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Posted on: June 19, 2017

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.

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Posted on: June 12, 2017

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.

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Posted on: June 9, 2017

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.

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Posted on: June 8, 2017

News from the PA Dept of Military and Veterans Affairs June 8

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 DMVA News 

Donating To Pennsylvania’s Veterans Memorial Is An Ideal Way To Pay Tribute To Those Who Served During The Memorial Day Holiday: 

The Memorial Day holiday is a yearly reminder that the Pennsylvania Veterans&a...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: June 5, 2017

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.

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Posted on: June 1, 2017

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.

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Posted on: May 30, 2017

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.

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Posted on: May 18, 2017

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.

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Posted on: May 15, 2017

SMART recovery assistance offered Wednesday evenings, free, Greensburg

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SMART (Self-managed Recovery Training) meets Wednesday evenings from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm, at Westmoreland Hospital, Conference Room A, and is free. See flyer for details.

Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: May 10, 2017

VA Announces Adoption of American Cancer Society Mammogram Screening Guidelines

WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it is adopting American Cancer Society (ACS) breast cancer screening guidelines that give women a choice to begin screening at age 40. The guidelines also recommend starting y...

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Posted on: May 9, 2017

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.

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Posted on: April 3, 2017

Teal Tuesdays: VA Services for Veterans who have experienced MST

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VA Pittsburgh invites you to join us on Teal Tuesdays in April to learn about services we provide to Veterans who have experienced Military Sexual Trauma (MST).

VA provides all care for mental and physical health conditions related to military sexual traum...

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Posted on: February 10, 2017

Scholarships available for active duty, veterans or dependents

This list current February, 2017.

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Posted on: February 7, 2017

VA Pre-Need Burial Eligibility Determination

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) implemented the pre-need burial eligibility determination program to assist anyone who would like to know if they are eligible for burial in a VA national cemetery. VA is promoting pre-need eligibility determination...

Download the application...

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Posted on: August 19, 2016

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.

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Posted on: August 7, 2015

VA Launches New No-Cost IT Training Programs

VA Launches New No-Cost Training Programs

Programs Designed to Help Transitioning Service members and Veterans Develop New Skills and Credentials

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today launched two new no-cost training progra...Read on...

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