Posted on: June 23, 2017

Rep. Eric Nelson hosts Veteran Appreciation Picnic Sept. 14th

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

Posted on: June 23, 2017

Rep. Evankovich's Veterans Appreciation Picnice Aug. 5yh

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For Veterans living in the 54th District.
Fri., Aug. 5th 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.

Posted on: June 23, 2017

Trump signs VA bill to protect whistleblowers, expedite firing of problem workers

WASHINGTON — President Trump signed legislation Friday designed to protect whistleblowers while making it easier to fire problem employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Posted on: June 22, 2017

PA Dept. of Military & Veteran Affairs June 21st newsletter

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HB 218 Would Jeopardize Military Readiness, Care For Veterans: 

Brig. Gen. Tony Carrelli, Pennsylvania’s adjutant general, said he fears that the cuts contained in the House Republican budget proposal (HB 218) would je...

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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 15, 2017

Flag Etiquette Do's and Don'ts

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From Memorial Day through Flag Day and on to Independence Day, our nation's flag is in the spotlight. Brush up on your flag etiquette here.

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Posted on: June 15, 2017

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Lithuanian Defense Minister Visits Gov. Wolf And PA Guard: 

Governor Tom Wolf welcomed Lithuanian Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis at the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg to discuss Pennsylvania’s partne...

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Posted on: June 14, 2017

Veteran Education Fair July 12, Pittsburgh

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Veterans are invited to speak directly with educational institution reps and learn guidelines for admission, using GI Bill, and more.

Posted on: June 12, 2017

California boy, 11, becomes the pied piper of patriotism

Young boys aren't easily appalled, but 11-year-old Preston Sharp sure knows the feeling.

"Yeah, I was really surprised," Preston said. And really disappointed.

Preston's mom April had never seen him like this before. "Not this angry and passionate."

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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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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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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 5, 2017

Pittsburgh Symphony presents "In Honor of Service"

30 June 2017 Americana Concert at Soldiers Sailors, PIttsburgh

The PSO will be performing  Friday, June 30 at 7 p.m. at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum in Oakland. Reserve your FREE tickets today by calling 412-392-4900 or visiting pittsburghsymphony.org .

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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

Monuments honor Westmoreland County's fallen war veterans

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

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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 30, 2017

Westmoreland honors its veterans

Russell Moore Jr. makes a pilgrimage every Memorial Day from his home in Orlando, Fla., to a plastic folding chair in Westmoreland County Memorial Park.

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Posted on: May 26, 2017

PA DMVA News May 26, 2017

PA DMVA News, Around the State, Across the Nation, Employment Opportunities, Veterans Events, and more in this issue.

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Posted on: May 26, 2017

POW/MIA Chair of Honor dedicated at courthouse

Chair of Honor at Westmoreland Courthouse

A permanent reminder of the service men and women who were prisoners of war or never returned home was dedicated Thursday at the Westmoreland County Courthouse.

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Posted on: May 19, 2017

PARTNER AIRLIFT Strategic Airlift Capability C-17s provide multinational opportunities

Master Sgt. Brandon Nicely is the superintendent of personnel for the Heavy Airlift Wing. He and his

(Editor’s Note  from the Latrobe Bulletin : Master Sgt. Brandon Nicely, who is a native of Derry Township and graduated from Derry Area High School in 2000, where he ran track and cross-country, left to join the U.S. Air Force when he w...

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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 18, 2017

News from the PA Dept of Military and Veterans Affairs, May 17

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Persian Gulf Bonus Program: 

Any current or former member of the armed forces who was a Pennsylvania resident ...

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Posted on: May 17, 2017

Norwin students, veterans place American flags on 1,400 graves

Despite a steady rain , a group of Norwin High School students and veterans forged ahead and placed American flags on the graves of about 1,400 veterans at Irwin Union Cemetery in North Huntingdon.

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Posted on: May 15, 2017

Excela Health programs help veterans deal with guilt, grief

Acceptance of what veterans did during their time in combat — that they did what was asked of them — and understanding the need for them to tell their stories are important elements in helping veterans heal from the emotional wounds of war.

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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.

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: May 8, 2017

Lowe's expands, changes its military discount program

National home improvement retailer Lowe’s has expanded its everyday military discount program to include all honorably discharged veterans, as of May.

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Posted on: May 5, 2017

VA announces scam targeting Veterans

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

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Posted on: April 27, 2017

VA limiting new hiring as it aims to widen private care

Despite the lifting of a federal hiring freeze, the VA is leaving thousands of positions unfilled, citing the need for a leaner VA as it develops a longer-term plan to allow more veterans to seek medical care in the private sector.

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Posted on: April 13, 2017

Message from VAPHS Director McGraw

I wanted to share some big news coming out of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Today, VA took unprecedented steps towards increasing transparency. After working with Veterans and Veterans Service Organizations, VA launched a new online tool that p...

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Posted on: April 13, 2017

News from the PA Dept of Military and Veterans Affairs April 13

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97-Year-Old Volunteer Retires From Veterans Center: 

For nearly two decades, Wanda Spiering drove herself to ...

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Posted on: April 13, 2017

Park & Shuttle at VA Highland discontinued May 1

 The Park & Shuttle between VA Highland Drive and University Drive campuses will no longer be available, effective May 1, 2017.While the service was very well-received by users, the ridership trends and operational costs did not support it as...

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Posted on: April 12, 2017

Pittsburgh Vet Center News

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Posted on: April 7, 2017

VA Town Hall on the Move held in Unity Township April 4th

Toni BushNeal, Jocelyn Connelly, Elizabeth Marinella, Matt Zamosky, Matt Rowley, Lamont Taylor

 

5 April 2017-- Unity Township American Legion Post 982 hosted Westmoreland County’s first VA Town Hall on the Move on Tuesday. 1st Vice Commander of the Post, Matt Zamosky, MSgt, USAF Ret., welcomed the attendees and led the P...

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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: March 28, 2017

VA Offering Services for MST Victims

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

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Posted on: March 17, 2017

Scholarship for Wounded PA Guardsmen

 

The National Guard Educational Foundation will provide up to $1,000 / year higher education scholarships for Guardsmen wounded in OEI, OIF, or OND.

Ten (10) scholarships will be awarded in this round. The deadline for application submission is Ju...

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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: January 20, 2017

Pennsylvania Department of Military & Veterans Affairs and Dept. of Agriculture honor veterans at PA

Pennsylvania Department of Military & Veterans Affairs and Dept. of Agriculture honor veterans at PA

Pennsylvania Department of Military & Veterans Affairs and Dept. of Agriculture honor veterans at PA Farm Show

Harrisburg, January 13, 2017--&nb...

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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...