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Posted on: September 14, 2016

Regional Veterans Employment Summit announced for Nov. 15th in Latrobe

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9:00am – Breakfast and Registration
10:00am Morning sessions:

EMPLOYERS * How Veterans' transferable skills can benefit your company’s bottom line,
* Financial incentives for employers who hire and provide training opportunities for...More info...

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Posted on: September 13, 2016

Veterans Health Fair, Murryslville, Oct. 22

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Free services and information 0830-1330

Posted on: September 13, 2016

Ligonier woman devotes 65 years to VFW service

Dalona Leonard may be the busiest 87-year-old you've ever met.

Leonard has devoted her life to volunteering, be it for the election board, her church, the Salvation Army or through the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 734 Ladies Auxiliary.

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Posted on: September 8, 2016

Free tix for PSU vs Iowa Nov. 5th for vets and military

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Active duty, Guard and Reserve military, veterans, and fallen and Gold Star families are now able to apply online for free donated tickets to the Penn State — Iowa football game on Saturday, Nov. 5 as part of the Seats for Service members program.

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Posted on: September 6, 2016

Memorial to honor Level Green school's Vietnam War dead

John Rupp has never forgotten Carl Ryder, Ralph Wheeler III and Wayne Greer.

All three lived in the Level Green area and were killed in action during the Vietnam War. Ryder and Wheeler were Rupp's classmates at Trafford High School.

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Posted on: September 2, 2016

Pittsburgh area has high percentage of veteran-owned businesses, survey shows

The Pittsburgh area has a higher-than-average percentage of veteran-owned businesses, according to new Census Bureau figures.

About 8.8 percent of the 38,115 firms that could be classified by ownership in the metro area were owned by veterans in 2014.

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Posted on: September 2, 2016

Greensburg Laurels & Lances

BY THE TRIBUNE-REVIEW | Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, 8:55 p.m.

Laurel: To the Westmoreland County Veteran Affairs workers. In just a few weeks they have come up with 19 photos of 27 service personnel killed during the Vietnam War for the Vietnam Vetera...Read on...

Posted on: September 1, 2016

Suicide Prevention Month: #BeThere

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VA Highlights Initiatives to Prevent Veteran and Servicemember Suicide

WASHINGTON – Today marks the start of Suicide Prevention Month and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is asking for the entire nation’s help in reducing Veteran suicide. ...Read on...

Posted on: August 29, 2016

Photos sought to memorialize Vietnam War veterans on Wall of Faces

In less than a month, photos for 19 of 27 servicemen killed during the Vietnam War have been found by Westmoreland County Veterans Affairs for a memorial project being developed called the Wall of Faces.

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Posted on: August 26, 2016

Veterans invited to 2016 Pheasant Hunt Oct. 22

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Star Junction Fish & Game Club invited veterans and their families who like the opportunity to get out and hunt pheasants or shoot clay pigeons/target range compliments of the SJF&GC.

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Posted on: August 25, 2016

Mobile Vet Center coming to the region Sept. 13-17

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Counseling, VA benefits and enrollment help, claims referral available.

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Posted on: August 23, 2016

Pentagon to Open Online Exchange Shopping to Vets in 2017

A Defense Department retail board has given the green light to a plan to open online exchange shopping to all honorably discharged veterans, with hopes of starting the program on Veterans Day in 2017.

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Posted on: August 19, 2016

How to transfer credits from military studies and training to civilian education institutions

Just because you are not technically in academia when you are in the service doesn’t mean you aren’t learning enough to earn college credit.

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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: September 23, 2016

Seniors invited to Expo in Lower Burrell Friday, Oct. 14th

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Representative Eli Evankovich invites you to attend his 6th annual Senior Expo Friday, Oct. 14th from 9am to noon. Free health screenings, refreshments, and information on programs and services will be available. RSVP to Rep. Evankovich's Murrysville offi...Read on...

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Posted on: August 18, 2016

Lies They Tell Transitioning Veterans: Helping Fellow Veterans

Last year, the George W. Bush Center identified 45,000 non-profit veteran service organizations in the U.S. Clearly, there are a lot of good-hearted and patriotic

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Posted on: August 17, 2016

Stand Down Pittsburgh 2016, Stage AE, September 24th from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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Stand Down Pittsburgh is a day of care and free services for homeless Veterans or Veterans who are at risk of becoming homeless. Each year, we provide breakfast, lunch, 60 health & community service providers, entertainment, barbers, clothing, &...Read on...

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Posted on: August 16, 2016

IRS Provides 'Information for Veterans'

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The Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) Stakeholder Partnerships, Education and Communication (SPEC) office has a special webpage called 'Information for Veterans' that highlights programs offering tax preparation ... For more tax guides and tips for the military

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Posted on: August 15, 2016

Veterans Health Fair, Oct. 22, Murrysville

Veterans Health Fair
Oct. 22, from 8am to 1pm.Murrysville Alliance Church
4130 Old William Penn Hwy.Murrysville, PA 15668

VA representatives will be on site with information on-benefits questions/enrollment
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Posted on: August 15, 2016

Grand Canyon trip helps veterans seeking life-changing improvements

The Ligonier Township resident founded the Canyon Heroes organization in 2012 to sponsor a Grand Canyon camping and rafting adventure for a single veteran. This year, 24 veterans from Pennsylvania and 11 other states as part of a weeklong outing

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Posted on: August 11, 2016

Photos of 25 Vietnam veterans from Westmoreland sought for 'Wall of Faces' project

There are 58,315 names on “The Wall,” the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., but nearly one in six is faceless.

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Posted on: August 9, 2016

Concert to Honor Veterans in Pittsburgh Sept. 11 at Heinz Chapel

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On September 11th the Pittsburgh Compline Choir in association with the Britsburgh Festival will offer a service honoring soldiers living and dead who have served to preserve our freedom.

The service will begin at 4pm in Heinz Memorial Chapel, and w...Read on...

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Posted on: August 9, 2016

Norwin Elks car cruise benefits veterans groups

The Norwin Elks Club's annual Father's Day Charity Car Cruise had a lot of winners this year — top car, truck and motorcycle — but the big winners were several charities and nonprofit organizations that received $7,800 in proceeds from the event.

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Posted on: August 8, 2016

The Joint Commission Releases Results of Surveys of the VA Health Care System

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today released results of The Joint Commission Special Focused Surveys on VA health care facilities. VA invited The Joint Commission to conduct unannounced, focused surveys at 139 medical faciliti...Read on...

Posted on: August 4, 2016

Seeking Westmoreland Veteran Photos for the Wall

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In an effort to preserve the legacy of those who sacrificed all in Vietnam, Pennsylvania's Dept. of Military & Veteran Affairs is working with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund in Washington D.C., to find a photo for each of the Pennsylvanians whose ...Read on...

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Posted on: August 4, 2016

Veterans needed for hearing research study

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VA Healthcare is recruiting participants for a research study on hearing problems in blast-exposed veterans who demonstrate normal hearing results.

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Posted on: August 2, 2016

Tinnitus is Number One Disability For Veterans

Tinnitus is the number one disability among Veterans and it affects at least one in every 10 American adults.
Veterans have higher rates of tinnitus than the general public due to the noise levels they encounter while in the service, including gunfire, m...Read on...

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Posted on: August 2, 2016

Military and Veterans Appreciation Event Tuesday, Aug. 16

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Please join Congressman Keith Rothfus August 16th at North Park Point Pavilian, Lakeshore Dr., Allison Park, PA 15101 from 6-8 p.m., or Friday, August 19th from 4-6 p.m. at the Quemahoning Family Recreatino Area, Large Pavilion 1, Quemahoning Dam Road, H...Read on...

Posted on: August 2, 2016

PITT FOOTBALL TO HOST "HAIL TO HEROES DAY" FOR SEASON OPENER

PITT FOOTBALL TO HOST "HAIL TO HEROES DAY" FOR SEASON OPENER
2,000 FREE TICKETS FOR SERVICEMEN, SERVICEWOMEN FOR VILLANOVA GAME

PITTSBURGH -- Pitt Athletics will host active military members, Veterans and first responders, as well as their...Read on...

Posted on: August 1, 2016

Vet employment survey launched--input from veterans, employers sought

An enormous effort has gone into helping Veterans successfully transition from service to civilian employment over the past several years.

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Posted on: July 29, 2016

Greater Pittsburgh PAServes network aids veterans in finding help

Five years after his retirement from the Army, Leonard Strazza moved past a litany of job rejections and found his groove as an entrepreneurial DJ running a budding entertainment company.

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Posted on: July 28, 2016

Veterans Leadership Program is moving

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Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania provides essential housing, employment, and vital support services to eligible local Veterans, service members, and their families with the goal of improving their self-sufficiency, sustainability, and q...Read on...

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Posted on: July 27, 2016

VA Agent Orange Newsletter--Summer 2016

Download the current newsletter here.

Research to Improve VA Policies and Health Care--
Beginning in 1991, VA contracted with the Health and Medicine Division (HMD) (formally known as the Institute of Medicine) to review scientific and medical in...Read on...

Posted on: July 25, 2016

VA offers alternative to opioid pain management

After four years of opioid treatments, Jim Pershing had had enough.

Mr. Pershing served three tours of duty in Vietnam as a Radioman for the navy. There, he became exposed to Agent Orange

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Posted on: July 18, 2016

Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival celebrates Military Appreciation Weekend Sept. 10-11th

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All military personnel receive a Buy-One-Get-One-Free Adult Ticket with Military I.D. plus their children, ages 12 and under, enter the realm free! Redeemable at Festival Box Office Only!

Posted on: July 18, 2016

Owner looks to turn Ligonier Twp. home into retreat for military families

Terri Hughes missed seeing the spring blossoms this year at her family's home in Ligonier Township.

But she wants members of the military, veterans and their families to have an opportunity to stop and smell the flowers

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Posted on: July 11, 2016

You're invited July 30th: Connecting Veterans through Story Telling and Art

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An Event Connecting Veterans with the Pittsburgh Community through Story Telling and Art
This event is hosted by the Pittsburgh Glass Center and coordinated by the Leadership Pittsburgh Community Leadership Course for Veterans.

Join us to help create ...Read on...

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Posted on: July 8, 2016

Employer survey: Veterans viewed as heroes, but not necessarily a good hire

The vast majority of Americans and employers see veterans as "heroes," but don't see them as "assets" within the community, a viewpoint that can keep them from the jobs they want, according to a survey and analysis by the Edelman marketing firm.

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Posted on: July 7, 2016

Older Adults invited to a Senior Expo July 12, Delmont

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Rep. Eric Nelson's Senior Expo

Tuesday, July 12
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Delmont Fire Hall
2360 Route 66

Featuring the Pennsylvania Mobile Veterans’ Outreach Van.

Accredited veterans service officers will be on hand to provide information and app...Read on...

Posted on: July 7, 2016

VA Conducts Nation's Largest Analysis of Veteran Suicide


VA Conducts Nation’s Largest Analysis of Veteran Suicide

WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has undertaken the most comprehensive analysis of Veteran suicide rates in the U.S., examining over 55 million Veteran records from 1979 t...Read on...

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Posted on: July 6, 2016

VA eases process to enroll in VA healthcare

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today it has eliminated paper signature requirements for Veterans wishing to enroll in VA health care. Effective immediately, VA has amended its enrollment regulations to allow Veterans to complete enro...Read on...

Posted on: July 1, 2016

Vets embark on 335-mile bike ride to Washington, D.C.

A group of 18 veterans from Western and Central Pennsylvania pedaled away from Pittsburgh Thursday morning as part of a grueling, five-day, 335-mile bicycle trek to Washington, D.C., to raise awareness and money to meet the needs of veterans.

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Posted on: July 1, 2016

Legislature OKs state budget;proposed funding increased for Veterans Homes

HARRISBURG — Meeting a midnight deadline, the GOP-dominated General Assembly on Thursday approved a $31.6 billion state budget, even with critics saying it's out of balance and one senator describing the process as “total madness.”

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Posted on: June 30, 2016

Brig General Anthony J. Carrelli confirmed as The Adjutant General of Pennsylvania

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Brig General Anthony J. Carrelli has been confirmed as The Adjutant General of Pennsylvania.

Prior to his appointment as Acting Adjutant General, Carrelli assumed duties as the Deputy Adjutant General-Air, Pennsylvania National Guard, Joint Force He...Read on...

Posted on: June 28, 2016

PA State Association of County Directors of Veterans Affairs Unveils New PTSD Brochure

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“What our society has interpreted as a psychiatric condition called post-traumatic stress disorder –PTSD--is more fundamentally a human universal experience that has been described in all traditional warrior cultures around the world, from the Sioux to th...Read on...

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Posted on: June 27, 2016

Cross-state PA Hero Walk for veterans in need ends in Lower Burrell

Ron Borland says there's no special secret to mustering the endurance it takes to make the 14-day, 320-mile PA Hero Walk from Philadelphia to Lower Burrell.

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Posted on: June 24, 2016

In its 8th year, PA Hero Walk continues to aid veterans

Tucker McCullough said the military has given him everything.

The 42-year-old Kittanning resident spent two decades in the Army National Guard and is an Iraq War veteran. He said the PA Hero Walk... is the perfect opportunity to give back.

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Posted on: June 22, 2016

France says 'merci beaucoup' to Greensburg WWII veteran

As a soldier with the U.S. Army, Greensburg resident Carl Smith helped free France from the Nazis during World War II.

On Tuesday, France said thanks.

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Posted on: June 8, 2016

PSO invites you to An American Celebration: In Honor of our Service Men and Women July 1st

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What are you doing at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, July 1?

If you haven’t made plans yet, we would love to see you at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall for a very special concert: “An American Celebration: In Honor of Our Servicemen and Women.” This perfor...Read on...

Posted on: June 7, 2016

D-Day documentary popular at Carnegie Science Center

J. Randolph Burnham was one month and a day old when D-Day happened on June 6, 1944.

On the 72nd anniversary of D-Day, Burnham stopped by the Carnegie Science Center on Monday to watch an Omnimax showing of “D-Day: Normandy 1944."

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Posted on: June 7, 2016

Vets, families remember Normandy D-Day landings, 72 years on

COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France — Proud veterans in their 90s and families of fallen soldiers are commemorating the epochal D-Day invasion of Normandy 72 years ago that helped the Allies vanquish Hitler.

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Posted on: June 2, 2016

VA Secretary Provides Relief for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injuries

WASHINGTON – Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald has granted equitable relief to more than 24,000 Veterans following a national review of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) medical examinations conducted in connection with disability compensation ...Read on...

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Posted on: June 1, 2016

PA Dept. of Military & Veteran Affairs June newsletter available online now

The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs publishes a veterans newsletter once per month. The newsletter is intended to keep veterans and those that advocate for veterans up-to-date on changes to veterans services and programs across the commonwealt...Read on...

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Posted on: May 27, 2016

Technology offers a new way to honor veterans in Westmoreland County

The iconic Doughboy statue overlooking Mount Pleasant Borough has a great view of a new, high-tech way to honor veterans.

The 35-foot-tall monument stands in the center of the Westmoreland County borough at the intersection of Main and Diamond streets.

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Posted on: May 23, 2016

IRS Marks National Military Appreciation Month; Free Tax Guide Focuses on Tax Benefits for Members o

WASHINGTON — May is National Military Appreciation Month, and the Internal Revenue Service wants members of the military and their families to know about the many tax benefits available to them.

Each year, the IRS publishes Publication 3, Armed Force...Read on...

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Posted on: May 23, 2016

June 12-18 Proclaimed PA State Veterans Homes Week

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Pennsylvania's six veteran's homes, operated by the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, will celebrate the 23rd annual State Veterans Homes Week, June 12-18.

Please click on "Additional Info" below to find the celebration at a Hom...Read on...

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Posted on: May 20, 2016

Senate panel advances veterans reform plan — including GI Bill cuts

The massive and controversial veterans omnibus bill is headed to the Senate floor after Senate Veterans Affairs Committee members unanimously backed the measure as a critical step forward in reforming VA operations

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Posted on: May 13, 2016

Army sergeant tapped to head Center for Women Veterans

By Tracie Mauriello / Post-Gazette Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON — When Kayla Williams returned from her tour of duty in Iraq, praise, gratitude and rounds of drinks flowed — but they were all directed at her male comrades.

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Posted on: May 10, 2016

Ohio financial services company scammed veterans, Attorney General’s office alleges in lawsuit

HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's office today announced the filing of a civil lawsuit against a financial services company and its owner alleged to have misled at least four Pennsylvania consumers, three of whom are milita...Read on...

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Posted on: May 31, 2016

June 27 declared PTSD Awareness Day

All year, but especially this month, The National Center for PTSD focuses on raising awareness on PTSD and encouraging those with the condition and those around them to learn more, and take action.

After a traumatic event, most people have painful memo...Read more »

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Posted on: May 9, 2016

PA Dept. of Military & Veteran Affairs May newsletter available

In this issue:
--Memorial Day Ceremony at the Pennsylvania Veterans’ Memorial--Real Estate Tax Exemption for 100% Disabled Veterans
--VA Appointment Request App-- State Veterans’ Homes News
--Friends Of The Pennsylvania Military Museum--Attentio...Read the newsletter...

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Posted on: May 5, 2016

All-terrain wheelchair opens 'new world' for Uniontown veteran

The delivery on Wednesday of an all-terrain wheelchair to a retired Marine who lost both of his legs to an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan could not have been more timely.

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Posted on: May 4, 2016

Beacon Lodge in Mount Union seeking PA disabled veterans and their families for summer fun

This summer, the Lions Club is hoping to expand the camp's reach by opening it up for as a retreat, free of charge, to Pennsylvania's disabled veterans and their families.

Project New Hope, while in its infancy here, has been established in other state...Read on...

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Posted on: May 4, 2016

Hiring Our Heroes job fair brings big veteran turnout to PNC Park

Paul Goldsmith served his country, working on a mechanic crew and maintenance detail in an Army field artillery group. On Tuesday, he used his status as a veteran to try to land a second job in the civilian world.

“I'm just looking for advancement...."

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Posted on: May 2, 2016

Army Strong Community Newsletter

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In this issue:
Army Strong Community Centers Pilot Scheduled to End

Hiring Our Heroes Event May 3rd

Pets For Vets – Pittsburgh Animal Friends

Visibility of Personal Readiness

Military Appreciation Month

Summer Camp Resources 2016

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Posted on: May 2, 2016

Blue Star Memorial markers are lasting tributes to vets

Americans will pause on Memorial Day to remember those who died serving in the military, many by gathering at cemeteries or community honor rolls.

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Posted on: April 26, 2016

14th Quartermaster Army Reservist receives life-changing gift of new White Oak home

Army Staff Sgt. Michelle Satterfield was already talking about grocery shopping and preparing a home-cooked meal as she opened cupboards and checked out appliances Monday in her new White Oak home donated through the generosity of others

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Posted on: April 26, 2016

May is Military Appreciation Month!

May is Military Appreciation Month and many merchants recognize the service of active duty military, Guard and Reserve, and veterans, with discounts. While this list is just a sample and is by no means exhaustive, these are typical. It “pays” to show your...Read on...

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Posted on: April 12, 2016

Pennsylvania agency assists effort to recognize Vietnam War veterans

William F. Horvath was a spitfire on the radio, one of his fellow soldiers recalled.

A private first class in the Army, he was responsible for calling in medical evacuation helicopters and artillery support for his unit during the Vietnam War.

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Posted on: April 11, 2016

Free shuttle service between VA Highland and University begins April 25th

Avoid stressful city driving and parking garage congestion - park at the former Highland Drive medical center and take a free door-to-door shuttle directly to University Drive! See link for details.

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Posted on: April 11, 2016

Veterans of Vietnam invited to request 50th year commemorative pin

Living United States Veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time during the period of November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, regardless of location, are eligible to receive on lapel pin. Please see attached.

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Posted on: April 11, 2016

Run As One event in Harrison brings light to veteran struggles

Drew Warner of Kittanning had two deployments in Iraq during his eight-year Army career. But when he returned home in 2011 to the Alle-Kiski Valley, he struggled.

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Posted on: April 5, 2016

Veteran Resource Fair to be held Apr. 21 at WCCC

Have you served in the military and need information on housing, education, or other benefits?
Join us for a Veterans' Resource Fair:Thursday April 21, 2016
Westmoreland County Community CollegeFounder’s Hall
145 Pavilion Lane Youngwood PA10:00 a...Read on...

Posted on: March 30, 2016

National commander's message resonates with A-K Valley American Legion

One of the American Legion's main missions nearly 100 years after its founding is lobbying for quality health care for veterans, said National Commander Dale Barnett.

With an original mission of boosting morale among World War I veterans....

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Posted on: March 29, 2016

Westmoreland Museum of American Art offers free admission for military and veterans

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With a deep passion for and knowledge of American art, a preeminent collection, and a a newly expanded space, The NEW Westmoreland is a true one of a kind. Best of all, it's yours.

To show veterans and active military personnel our appreciation for the...Read on...

Posted on: March 24, 2016

VA Proposes, Takes Actions on Leaders at Veterans Benefits Administration

Also Announces Denver Replacement Hospital Administrative Investigation Board Results

WASHINGTON -- The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced actions against four leaders at the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) and close-out of an Ad...Read on...

Posted on: March 21, 2016

US Viet Nam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration in Pittsburgh March 29

VA Pittsburgh Healthcare invites you to celebrate with them at the Viet Nam War Commemoration ceremony Tuesday, March 29 at 10:30 at the University Drive campus in the Learning eXchange. This event is co-hosted by Veterans Benefits Administration and the...Read on...

Posted on: March 18, 2016

Vietnam veterans among Hall of Valor inductees for 2016

Ask soldiers why they took decisive action that put them in harm’s way, and most won’t say it was out of bravery or courage.

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Posted on: March 16, 2016

Combat Veterans Get Telephonic Health Care Application Option

All Veterans to Get Option on July 5, 2016

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today that it has amended its enrollment regulations to allow Veterans to complete applications for enrollment in VA health care by ...Read on...

Posted on: March 16, 2016

Were you exposed to burn pits while deployed

Did you serve in Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn, Djibouti, Africa, Operations Desert Shield or Desert Storm or the Southeast Asia theater of operations after August, 1990?

Do you think you may have been expose...Read on...

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Posted on: March 14, 2016

Agent Orange exposure linked to bladder cancer, hypothyroidism

A new review of Agent Orange research found evidence that bladder cancer and hypothyroidism are more strongly linked to exposure to the herbicide than previously thought, but the science does not support a previously held belief that spina bifida occurs..

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Posted on: March 11, 2016

Army veteran begins career in farming

From 2000 to 2003, Michael Modugno served in the army as a machine gunner in the 101st Airborne division.

Today, he’s preparing fields and growing vegetables at the Dillner Family Farm in West Deer. He never thought the pastime would turn into a vocation

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Posted on: March 10, 2016

VA Partners with PGA to Support PGA HOPE Program for Veterans with Disabilities

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is partnering with PGA REACH, the philanthropic arm of PGA of America, to bring a specialized golf program to disabled Veterans.

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Posted on: March 10, 2016

Norwin student planning Bataan Memorial March fundraiser

The Norwin Air Force Junior ROTC is planning to honor the sacrifice of the American and Filipino soldiers persecuted by the Japanese during the infamous Bataan Death March in World War II.

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Posted on: March 7, 2016

Converted room at WCCC dedicated as lounge for veterans

Veterans have a way of finding one another in a college classroom, but the addition of a lounge dedicated to military students at Westmoreland County Community College will make it easier to make those connections, students and officials said Thursday.

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Posted on: March 4, 2016

Army Strong News hot off the digital press

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In this issue
--Searching for a new career opportunity?
--Operation Purple Camp for kids
--A Tribute to Vets May 26th, Pittsburgh
--Financial counseling resource
--EMDR therapy for trauma

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Posted on: March 1, 2016

Westmoreland County Community College dedicates new Military Student Lounge March 3

Westmoreland County Community College will hold a dedication ceremony for its new Military Student Lounge Thursday, March 3 at 2 p.m. in Founders Hall at the Youngwood campus.

The ceremony will begin in the South Entrance with a posting of the colo...Read on...

Posted on: February 26, 2016

Service honors 14th Quartermaster soldiers lost 25 years ago in Scud missile attack

Stacey Dawson can't forget Feb. 25, 1991.

Dawson, 52, then a soldier in the Army Reserve, had just settled down in the 14th Quartermaster's makeshift barracks in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, after helping Spc. Anthony Madison make a phone call when she heard..

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Posted on: February 26, 2016

Meet Army Ranger, Bronze Star and Purple Heart Recipient Maj. Scott Smiley March 24

On April 6, 2005, Scotty lost the use of both eyes when a suicide car bomber blew himself up in front of Scotty's Stryker vehicle in Iraq.

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Posted on: February 24, 2016

GO PURPLE--April is Month of the Military Child

April is Month of the Military Child, a time to recognize the sacrifice that the chil-dren and youth of our military personnel make.
Penn State Extension Military Youth Program invites you to join us in the 5th Annual Purple Up! For Military Kids.

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Posted on: February 23, 2016

New Kensington-based Army reserve unit bound for Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

About 100 Army reservists from around Western Pennsylvania and beyond left Monday for eventual deployment in Cuba.

Specifically, this deployment will require the unit to serve as guards for some of the world's most dangerous terrorists at “Camp X-Ray."

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Posted on: February 23, 2016

New Kensington-based Army reserve unit bound for Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

About 100 Army reservists from around Western Pennsylvania and beyond left Monday for eventual deployment in Cuba.

Specifically, this deployment will require the unit to serve as guards for some of the world's most dangerous terrorists at “Camp X-Ray."

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Posted on: February 17, 2016

Veterans Forum to be hosted by Rep. Mike Reese March 17 in Ligonier

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Thursday, March 17
6:30 p.m
American Legion Post 267
109 Kelly Street, Ligonier

Hosted by Rep. Mike Reese

Health care, Pensions, Compensation, Q&A

For more information, call 724-423-6503

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Posted on: February 10, 2016

Twilight Wish seeking veterans-- highlighted in County Happenings Newsletter

Twilight Wish Foundation has reached out to Westmoreland County’s Veterans Affairs to help spread the word that their organization grants wishes to senior citizens & military veterans who financially cannot do so on their own.

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Posted on: February 1, 2016

PA Dept. of Military & Veteran Affairs newsletter out

Veterans Who Accept Separation Pay Can’t Receive VA Compensation, Real Estate Tax Exemption Program, Amputee and Paralyzed Veterans Pension, Scholarship To Veterans, and more....

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Posted on: January 25, 2016

Why I’m filing my VA claim--A Veteran's journey through the process

Note: Claim assistance is available no cost through the Westmoreland County Department of Veterans Affairs--call them at 724-830-3530)

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Posted on: January 22, 2016

Charities, military leaders step in to help wounded veteran Read more: http://triblive.com/news/all

When Army Staff Sgt. Terry Saffron flew home from Iraq in 2004, he thought his war was over and the government would take care of his disabling wounds from a roadside bomb.

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Posted on: January 21, 2016

Join Redstone Highlands in Celebrating our Veterans on Feb. 25th

Celebrating Our Veterans

The Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)and Redstone Highlands Senior Living Communities invite you to hear Florence Shusty-Reynolds tell her story of being one of the first women Air Force Service Pilots during World War I...Read on...

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Posted on: December 21, 2015

DAV van driver volunteers' appreciation lunch

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Staff from Westmoreland County's Veteran Affairs and the American Legion shared their appreciation Saturday for the wonderful volunteers who drive DAV vans each week. These dedicated men and women make it possible for less mobile veterans to get to Pittsb...Read on...

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Posted on: December 18, 2015

News from the PA Dept of Military and Veterans Affairs

NEWS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Dec. 17, 2015

Veterans Encouraged to Connect with DMVA for Assistance With Obtaining Benefits, Services

Harrisburg, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Department of Milit...Read on...

Posted on: December 18, 2015

Mt. Pleasant VFW post gets a lift from aviation business

Dec. 7, or Pearl Harbor Day, is a day James Cheek never forgets.

Cheek, quartermaster of the Bunton-Malek Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3368 in Mt. Pleasant, recently spent that date recalling his late stepfather — U.S. Air Force veteran...

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Posted on: December 18, 2015

Program reduces number of homeless veterans in Pennsylvania

Philadelphia on Thursday joined a growing list of U.S. cities to announce an effective end to homelessness among veterans, reaching a bipartisan goal to tighten the social safety net.

Allegheny County may not be far behind.

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Posted on: December 18, 2015

VA to change disability claims rules for Camp Lejeune veterans

The Veterans Affairs Department has determined that eight medical conditions are linked to service at Camp Lejeune, N.C. from 1953 to 1987, and veterans with these diseases who were stationed at the sprawling Marine Corps base are eligible...

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Posted on: December 15, 2015

Governor Wolf Announces Pennsylvania Nearing Year-End Goal for Reducing Veterans Homelessness

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December 15, 2015

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and officials from the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) today announced that as part o...Read on...

Posted on: December 14, 2015

Battle of the Bulge veterans keep memory alive, pass ceremony to next generation

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Joseph A. Folino wore a crisp Army uniform and shiny black shoes as he placed a wreath by the Battle of the Bulge memorial Saturday at the National Guard Armory on Donohoe Road in Hempfield.

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Posted on: December 11, 2015

Twilight Wish Foundation seeking older veterans with wishes

Twilight Wish Foundation grants wishes to senior citizens 68 or older and living who financially cannot do so on their own. Their mission is to help make the world a nicer place to age, one wish at a time.

Since 2003, Twilight Wish has granted over 2...Read on...

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Posted on: December 11, 2015

Veterans will have lounge at Westmoreland County Community College Read more: http://triblive.com/n

Military veterans attending Westmoreland County Community College in the spring will have a comfortable place to get away from the stress of classes and college life.

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Posted on: December 4, 2015

Pittsburgh VA alerts 400 about possible tuberculosis exposure

The Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System mailed cautionary letters Tuesday to 400 veterans who might have come in contact with someone who was diagnosed with tuberculosis two weeks ago.

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Posted on: December 1, 2015

VA makes changes to Veterans Choice program

Changes Remove Barriers and Expands Access to Care

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced a number of changes to make participation in the Veterans Choice Program easier and more convenient for Veterans who need to use i...Read on...

Posted on: December 1, 2015

VA May Not Issue Veteran ID Cards Until 2017

The new veteran identification card to be issued by the Veterans Affairs Department will not be available before 2017.
The wallet-sized proof of veteran status is intended to be a substitute for a paper document...

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Posted on: December 1, 2015

PA Veterans Affairs Newsletter is hot off the press

Please see the latest news from the PA Dept. of Veterans and Military Affairs, including:
--311Vet app
--Persian Gulf Bonus extended
--PA Veterans Memorial news
--Wreaths Across America
and more!

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Posted on: November 23, 2015

Veterans in region still wary of VA, study shows

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald renewed his apology Wednesday for a fatal Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in Allegheny County, vowing to make the nation’s largest hospital system more transparent, efficient and responsive.

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Posted on: November 19, 2015

Western Pennsylvania foundations to help veterans utilize skills

Department of Veterans Affairs facilities in Southwestern Pennsylvania score better than the national average on a host of measurements, but “scar tissue” remains between the agency, local nonprofits and veterans, according to a report released Wednesday.

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Posted on: November 19, 2015

Uber and Lyft to offer free rides to veterans for job interviews

Ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft will donate tens of thousands of free trips to veterans for transportation to work, job interviews and other critical needs, officials announced Tuesday.

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Posted on: November 16, 2015

VA Pittsburgh exhibit chronicles support for destitute vets

A bout of pancreatitis landed Ed Schwirian, a former Army medic, in the VA hospital in Oakland.

An inability to pay rent for his Sharpsburg apartment landed him on the streets of Pittsburgh when he was released.

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Posted on: November 16, 2015

Export native to take helm of Navy's newest warship, USS Gerald Ford

In 1982, John Meier was just another Franklin Regional Senior High School student trying to figure out his place in a world rife with uncertainty.

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Posted on: November 16, 2015

Marine vet spending month on Uniontown street, targets plight of homeless Read more: http://tribliv

It took a group of second-graders to bring a combat-hardened Marine nearly to tears.

“These kids were bringing me their lunch money, telling me to give it to the homeless,” said Brandon Rumbaugh of Uniontown, a 26-year-old retired Marine Corps....

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Posted on: November 5, 2015

FACES NEVER FORGOTTEN

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The Faces Never Forgotten program is an effort by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund in Washington D.C., to put a face to each name on The Wall through the generosity of those willing to help locate their photos.

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Posted on: November 2, 2015

Legion lights the way for veterans with flagpole, memorial dedication in South Greensburg Read more

Members of the Charnesky-Vaccare American Legion Post 981 in South Greensburg are leaving a light on for veterans.

The post dedicated a flagpole and monument to veterans Saturday afternoon on Broad Street before several dozen people

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Posted on: October 16, 2015

311VET: New app answers general VA benefits questions

311VET is VBA’s new benefits app, and it answers a wide range of questions about Veterans benefits, including what benefits you may be entitled to, how to apply for benefits, how different benefits are defined, and where to go...

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Posted on: September 29, 2015

PaServes hopes to bridge veterans, area aid services

When military veterans need help finding work, job training or housing, they can schedule an appointment with the Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania or walk in without an appointment at the nonprofit’s South Side offices.

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Posted on: September 28, 2015

Delmont couple's 'Hugs' to aid military, their families

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Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, 12:01 a.m.
Updated 7 hours ago

Michael and Jenn Mason's family tree includes numerous branches of the military — siblings, parents and grandparents have served or are on active duty.

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Posted on: September 24, 2015

VA puts veterans in control of filing claims electronically or on paper

Last month, VA reached a historic low in the disability claims backlog by dipping below 100,000 to 98,535 – and the number of these claims (pending more than 125 days) has come down even further since. This milestone means that VA is processing disability...Read on...

Posted on: September 11, 2015

Greensburg's Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #33 honored for community service

Greensburg's Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 33 is one of a small handful in the country to receive a national award for community service.
Only 61 of the more than 7,000 VFW posts in the country received the award....

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Posted on: August 27, 2015

Vets reflect on Canyon Heroes experience

As he laid down to sleep under the stars, Richard Gribenas, 66, of Hempfield stared up at the Grand Canyon in awe of its tranquil beauty, relishing a moment free of cellphones, schedule commitments and life's usual interruptions.

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Posted on: August 26, 2015

VA Reaches Historic Milestone in Backlog Reduction

Disability Claims Backlog reduces to 98,535 – Lowest Ever in VA’s History

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Posted on: August 26, 2015

American warriors find path to healing and hope on Colorado River trip

Note: Canyon Heroes is based in Ligonier, PA

Four therapists, a handful of river guides and 18 veterans - men and women, from 12 different states and representing all branches of the U.S. military spent one week on the Colorado River seeking adventure...

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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...

Posted on: August 4, 2015

'Canyon heroes' heals through Arizona's beauty

Eighteen veterans from all across the country are on a journey seeking out that peace and serenity and are using the Colorado as a guide. It's all part of the 'Canyon Heroes', a non-profit based in Laurel Highlands,

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Posted on: August 4, 2015

VA Expands Review of Chemical Exposure in Drinking Water at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune


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VA Expands Review of Chemical Exposure in Drinking Water at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune

WASHINGTON – As part of VA’s ongoing commitment to provide care to Veterans and their families, the Department of Veterans Affairs...Read on...

Posted on: July 28, 2015

Mobile program allows Veterans Affairs to extend outreach

With approximately 34,000 veterans residing in Westmoreland County and just four full-time employees in the county's Veterans Affairs department, servicing all of the veterans has been a difficult task.

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Posted on: July 10, 2015

Veterans saddle up for equine therapy programs around Pittsburgh

As far back as 600 B.C., the benefits of therapeutic horseback riding were documented in ancient Greek literature. Today, horses remain incredibly effective therapy animals, helping those with physical and mental disabilities and veterans who have PTSD.

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Posted on: July 9, 2015

Veterans Affairs featured in County summer newsletter

Check out the article on our new mobile veterans outreach and claims service program.

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Posted on: January 20, 2015

PA Hero Walk provides car for Navy vet in need

Navy veteran William Bergman of New Stanton walked into Greensburg Auto Tag and Notary on Friday to transfer a car title.

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