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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


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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 27, 2015

2015 Veterans Day Free Meals and Discounts

Veterans Day is soon approaching and there are many restaurants and companies who want to thank our veterans by providing them with discounts or a free meal. To those companies offering veterans a free meal or discount, the military community gives a coll...Read on...

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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: October 13, 2015

No-cost flu shot options for Veterans

Flu season is here, and getting your flu shot has never been easier. Remember that getting vaccinated is the single best way to protect yourself, as well as your loved ones, against the flu virus.

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Posted on: October 13, 2015

New Plates Let Motorcyclists Show Pride In, Support Of Veterans

Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania motorcyclists can now show their support for veterans by purchasing newly authorized “Honoring Our Veterans” special fund registration plates for motorcycles.

The plate, authorized by Act 17 of 2015, features the stand...Read on...

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


By Mary Pickels
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 16, 2015

September is Suicide Awareness Month


One small act can make a big difference in the life of a Veteran or Service member in crisis.

The Veterans Crisis Line is asking you to think about The Power of 1 and how a single act can encourage Veterans to access confidential support and re...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 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 the Campana Auditorium on the ...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 two new no-cost training progra...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 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: 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 an upgrade if it was due to post...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 Pennsylvania Veterans Trust, We...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 disability benefits. Read on...

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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 Veterans having access to the health...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).

Westmoreland County will be...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, pension benefits are available to ...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: 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 response readiness by encouraging...Read on...

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