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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

New to Medicare? Join us for "Medicare 101"

New to Medicare?
Join us for“Medicare 101”
at one of the following locations:

Tuesday, March 15, 2016WCCC
Latrobe2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Registration code: PRDX 5019-60

Tuesday, April 26, 2016WCCC
Youngwood6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ...Read on...

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Posted on: January 21, 2016

Smart Driver Courses offered for those 50 and older

SMART DRIVER COURSE CLASS SCHEDULE
(55 ALIVE) – SPRING 2016REVISED

Course Identification No. Course Location

Westmoreland County Community College145 Pavilion Lane, Youngwood, PA:

RSVL 2150-01 M/T Mar. 21 & 22 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
RSVL...Read on...

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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: January 8, 2016

Winter Warrior Games registration open now--free for grades 7-12

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Registration is now open for the 3rd Annual Winter Warrior Games Teen Retreat. Camp will take place from Friday, February 12th – Sunday, February 14th at Camp Krislund located in Madisonburg, PA (about 20 minutes outside of State College towards Lock Hav...Read on...

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Posted on: January 4, 2016

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.
VA health care system enrollees have several options...

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Posted on: December 28, 2015

News from the PA Dept of Military and Veterans Affairs

The January issue is hot off the press. Read info on shelter dogs, educational gratuity program, the new online veterans registry,survivor benefit plan changes, and much more.

Please note: in the section on the Educational Gratuity program, this opport...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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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...

Twilight Wish website
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: 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: 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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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

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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.

View pdf flyer
Posted on: March 10, 2015

Westmoreland County Designated as DMVA Veterans’ Trust Fund Grant Recipient

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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 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