Posted on: October 19, 2017

DMVA Digest October 18, 2017

DMVA DigestA publication of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans AffairsOctober 18, 2017

Veteran Farmer Trail Tour:

The Pennsylvania Veteran Farming Project has organized the Veteran Farm Trail on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 to give people a chance...

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Posted on: October 17, 2017

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...

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Posted on: October 16, 2017

Military Ticket Offers

Below are a variety of offers for military members, (active, reserve, retired) and families.

Military Ticket Offers

 

To purchase tickets, please use the links provided or order by phone by calling the Group Sales Department at 412-804-7904. The spe...

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Posted on: October 16, 2017

Combat Veterans Support Group Tues., Dec. 6 from 6-7:30

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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.

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Posted on: October 14, 2017

Empowering Caregivers Event, Nov. 9th, Greensburg

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Caregivers are invited to join us at Westmoreland Manor Thursday, Nov. 9, from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm. Check in and a light breakfast will be followed by presentations. Lunch is included but reservations are required by Nov. 2nd at 724-237-1242 or palinkcoord...

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Posted on: October 13, 2017

Stand Down for Veterans, Pittsburgh, Nov. 18

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0800-1500
Stage AE
400 North Shore Dr
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

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Posted on: October 12, 2017

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.

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Posted on: October 12, 2017

DMVA Digest October 11, 2017

DMVA DigestA publication of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans AffairsOctober 11, 2017

 

Suport Pennsylvania Veterans:

DMVA manages six extended care facilities throughout the state that serve more than 1,300 eligible veterans and t...

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Posted on: October 12, 2017

Pittsburgh Vet Center Quarterly Newsletter

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OUR MISSION:“We welcome home war Veterans with honor by providing readjustment counseling in a caring manner."

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Posted on: October 12, 2017

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.

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Posted on: October 11, 2017

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.

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Posted on: October 10, 2017

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.

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Posted on: October 10, 2017

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.

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Posted on: October 10, 2017

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.

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Posted on: October 5, 2017

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.

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Posted on: September 29, 2017

Military Ball--Pittsburgh, Nov. 11th

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In celebration of Veteran's Day and the Steel City Salute to the Troops, the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) is coordinating a joint services Armed Forces Ball on 11 November.

Date/Time: 11 November, 5;30-7 PM Cocktails, 7- 10 PM Dinner

Location: Navy O...

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Posted on: September 27, 2017

DMVA Digest September 27

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DMVA Mobile Veterans Outreach Team Will Be At The Following Events: 

The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Mobile Veterans Outreach Teams will be at the upcoming Pennsylvania events:• Senior Expo sponsored by...

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Posted on: September 27, 2017

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”.

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Posted on: September 26, 2017

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.

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Posted on: September 26, 2017

Flu Shots for Veterans

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Flu shot season is here again! VAHS Pittsburgh is currently providing the vaccine at HJ Heinz, University Drive, and at all CBOC locations. VA is also partnering with Walgreens to provided shots to enrolled vets at participating locations.

Enrollment in th...

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Posted on: September 25, 2017

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.

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Posted on: September 21, 2017

DMVA Digest

A publication of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans AffairsSeptember 20, 2017

 DMVA News 

Veterans’ Trust Fund Grant Recipients Acknowledged For Improving The Lives Of Pennsylvania’s Veterans And their F...

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Posted on: October 2, 2017

Tet Party 24 Februrary 2017

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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

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Posted on: September 20, 2017

VA Cautions Ken Burns' Vietnam Documentary Could Trigger PTSD

If you are a Veteran in crisis or know one who is, call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1 to confidentially speak with a trained, caring VA responder and get connected to services that can make a difference. Chat online or text with a VA responder to receive ano...

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Posted on: September 19, 2017

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.

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Posted on: September 14, 2017

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.

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Posted on: September 13, 2017

DMVA Digest September 17th

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Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans Benefit Program Ends Aug. 31, 2018: 

Eligible veterans who served on active duty in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations from Aug. 2, 1990 to Aug. 31, 1991 have less than one year to co...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: September 12, 2017

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.

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Posted on: September 6, 2017

DMVA Digest, September 6

 DMVA DigestA publication of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans AffairsSeptember 6, 2017

Building Bridges Foundation Offers Equine Therapy For Veterans: 

Maj. Gen. (ret.) Eric Weller, Pennsylvania's deputy adjutant general ...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: September 6, 2017

Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans Benefit Program Ends in One Year

Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans Benefit Program Ends in One Year

Annville, PA - Eligible veterans who served on active duty in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations from Aug. 2, 1990 to Aug. 31, 1991 have exactly one year from today to collect a special on...

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Posted on: September 6, 2017

New VA medical center near Butler expected to drive surge in patients

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Built as a tuberculosis sanitarium but never opened as such, the Butler veterans hospital was not designed for its current use.

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Posted on: September 5, 2017

September is Suicide Prevention Month

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We can all play a role in saving someone's life, but many people don't know what to do if  concerned about a service member or Veteran.  A simple act of kindness can help. Learn more at www.veteranscrisisline.net/BeThere  

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Posted on: September 5, 2017

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.

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Posted on: September 5, 2017

Audi Veterans to Technicians Program helps more than 100 U.S. military veterans find Audi careers

Veterans to Technicians connect highly skilled former military personnel with challenging and rewarding new careers as Audi certified service technicians, service consultants, shop foremen and parts specialists in dealerships across the country.Veterans w...

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Posted on: September 1, 2017

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.

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Posted on: August 28, 2017

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.

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Posted on: August 28, 2017

Ligonier Valley JROTC to host Holiday Craft Show Nov. 4

The Ligonier Valley JROTC will hold a Holiday Craft Show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 4.

The JROTC is looking for both direct sales and unique crafters for the show. Spaces are $30 and $40 for electric.

All proceeds benefit the kids and the JROTC program. Sp...

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Posted on: August 25, 2017

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.

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Posted on: August 23, 2017

News from the PA Dept of Military and Veterans Affairs, Aug. 23

 DMVA DigestA publication of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans AffairsAugust 23, 2017

 DMVA News 

Consider Donating To The Pennsylvania Veterans’ Memorial Trust Fund: 

Patriotic citizens of the C...

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Veteran's Affairs
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 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

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 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 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 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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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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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 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 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: February 10, 2017

Scholarships available for active duty, veterans or dependents

This list current February, 2017.

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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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