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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 10, 2015

VA caseworkers to be on hand at Town Hall Meeting in Greensburg August 20th

Town Hall Meeting in Greensburg

Continuing his series of public forums across the 18th congressional district, Congressman Tim Murphy invites you to participate in a Town Hall meeting on Thursday, August 20 at 6:00 pm, in... Read on...

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... Read on...

Posted on: August 4, 2015

Community College of Allegheny County plans open house for military veterans

Community College of Allegheny County will hold an open house Thursday for current and former U.S. Armed Forces members and dependents who now qualify for in-state, in-county tuition at CCAC regardless of where they live.

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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

08/03/2015 06:40 PM EDT

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... 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: July 2, 2015

Vets with PTSD can file for discharge upgrade consideration

Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder who were discharged under “other than honorable” conditions may now submit requests to the Army Board for correction of Military Records to have their discharge reconsidered for... Read on...

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Posted on: July 2, 2015

Greensburg senior care center salutes veterans

Senior Life Greensburg held a ceremony Wednesday afternoon to honor the many veterans participating in the alternative care facility. The center, which serves as an adult day program, has about 20 veterans

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Posted on: June 26, 2015

Westmoreland County Veterans Affairs now offering mobile claims assistance program

Laura Offerman, VA Outreach Coordinator

16 June 2014, Greensburg—Veterans and their family members in Westmoreland County now have a new weapon in their arsenals to access benefits and navigate the sometimes tricky maze of veterans benefits. With funding from the... Read on...

Westmoreland County Veterans Affairs website
Posted on: June 22, 2015

Air Force reservists exposed to Agent Orange can get disability benefits, VA decides

Reversing a long-held position, the Department of Veterans Affairs now says Air Force reservists who became ill from being exposed to Agent Orange residue while working on planes after the Vietnam War should be eligible for... Read on...

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Posted on: June 11, 2015

Seton Hill University looking for Veterans/Dependents for Social Work Program


You probably realize that your deployment has given you a lot of useful skills... Read on...

Posted on: June 4, 2015

Kennywood Salutes Military Service

Military members and their dependents can show their valid Military Photo ID any day during the 2015 regular operating season at Kennywood’s front gate and purchase a discounted Fun Day Pass at the prices listed below. The... Read on...

Posted on: May 26, 2015

Westmoreland Veterans' Monument unveiled, rededicated in Greensburg

Westmoreland County Veterans Statue

"Let this monument be a symbol, dedicated to honoring the courage and sacrifice of those residents of Westmoreland County who answered their nation's call to arms,” Commissioner Charles Anderson

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Posted on: May 21, 2015

Pennsylvania War Council releases 'Wanted' poster to make veterans aware of 'scammers'

Veterans Scam Alert

There are many out there willing to take advantage of our veterans and/or their families. The PAWC asks you to display the linked 'Wanted' poster to help raise awareness.

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Posted on: March 19, 2015

VA Eliminates Net Worth as Health Care Eligibility Factor

US Dept of Veterans Affairs

Elimination of Net Worth Makes More Veterans Eligible for Health Care
Washington – The Department of Veterans Affairs is updating the way it determines eligibility for VA health care, a change that will result in more... Read on...

Net Worth Fact Sheet
Posted on: March 10, 2015

Westmoreland County Designated as DMVA Veterans’ Trust Fund Grant Recipient

PA Veterans Trust Fund

Harrisburg, PA – The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) has selected 12 Pennsylvania County Directors of Veterans Affairs Offices to receive $99,840 in grants from the Pennsylvania Veterans’ Trust Fund (VTF)... Read on...

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Posted on: January 27, 2015

VA Disability and Death Pensions

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers pension benefits to qualifying wartime veterans and surviving spouses.

Unlike compensation benefits, which are for conditions caused by or aggravated by military service,... Read on...

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.

Tribune-Review article
Posted on: October 27, 2014

November Proclaimed "Record Your Veterans Discharge Month"

The month of November has been proclaimed “Record Your Veterans Discharge Month” in Westmoreland County by County Commissioners Chuck Anderson, Tyler Courtney and Ted Kopas. During the month of November, all Westmoreland... Read on...

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Posted on: October 31, 2014

Westmoreland County Veterans Will Ride in Style Thanks to Generous Donor

Westmoreland County DAV Van

Thanks to the generosity of the Solomon & Sylvia Mendel Charitable Trust, Westmoreland County veterans will now have access to rides to medical appointments to VA medical facilities in Pittsburgh in a sparkling, new Ford... Read on...

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Posted on: July 19, 2013

State Emergency Registry of Volunteers in Pennsylvania (SERVPA)

The Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA DOH), Bureau of Public Health Preparedness (BPHP) asked the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs to partner with them in their effort to enhance the Commonwealth's disaster... Read on...

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