Veteran's Affairs

Our mission is to ensure that Westmoreland County Veterans receive those benefits to which they are entitled. The blessings of liberty have not been won or maintained easily or without great cost. Over the years, it has required the dedication and sacrifice of tens of thousands of servicemen and servicewomen to ensure all Americans can live, work, and worship as they choose.

The health and well-being of our Veterans must remain a top priority of our county, our state, and our nation. We at the Westmoreland County Office of Veterans Affairs are committed to ensure that our Veterans and all Veterans receive those benefits to which they are greatly entitled.

Ours is a gift of service which is gladly shared with all who are in need, throughout the year.
  1. Pentagon delays Trump's veterans parade until at least 2019

    WASHINGTON — The Defense Department said Thursday that the Veterans Day military parade ordered up by President Trump won’t happen in 2018. Additional Info...
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    4 More Things to Know About the New Military Retiree Dental Coverage

    As Tricare's retiree dental program prepares to shut down Dec. 31, military retirees will be able instead to choose dental insurance from a buffet of options through the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP). Additional Info...
  3. DMVA Digest--15 August 2018

    Read on for events, employment, and Veteran news from around the state and nation. Read on...
  4. Korean War veterans hopeful, but realistic, about peace

    More than 65 years have passed since a Demilitarized Zone was established along the 38th parallel as it cuts across the Korean Peninsula. Additional Info...
  5. American Legion event for A Soldier&#39s Child 18 Aug 2018
  6. Trump Signs $717 Billion Defense Bill Including 2.6 Percent Troop Pay Raise

    President Donald Trump went to Fort Drum in upstate New York on Monday to sign the nearly $717 billion National Defense Authorization Act, which includes a 2.6 percent military pay raise and could set the stage for creation of a Space Force. Additional Info...
  7. Navy veteran from Delmont carries on family's military tradition

    Delmont native Daniel Nacey is carrying on the military tradition that has spanned multiple generations in his family. Additional Info...
  8. Motorcycle ride from Lower Burrell raises $10,000 to help homeless veterans find homes

    If you’d ask Lower Burrell Mayor Rich Callender who those people were who met Saturday morning at the VFW Post 92 parking lot, he’d tell you it was a group of heroes. Additional Info...
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  10. Congress Rejects Retiree TRICARE Hikes; Lets Disabled Vets Shop On Base

    A House-Senate conference committee tasked with ironing out differences in separate versions of the defense authorization bill has rejected provisions that would have sharply increased TRICARE fees, deductibles & co-pays for 1M retirees under age 65. Additional Info...
  11. Trump to Visit Fort Drum, Sign National Defense Authorization Act

    The White House confirmed Tuesday afternoon that President Donald J. Trump will be visiting Fort Drum on Monday to hold a signing ceremony for H.R. 5515, the John McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019. Additional Info...
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    Treasurer Torsella Searches For Purple Heart Recipients

    Pennsylvania Treasurer Joe Torsella announced Tuesday, on the observance of Purple Heart Day, that Treasury holds unclaimed Purple Heart medals, pins, &ribbons,for the veterans who earned the distinguished service award or their rightful heirs. Additional Info...
  13. A Purple Heart medal and combat field medic badge is pinned on the chest of U.S. Army Spc. Tamara Be
  14. Vietnam memorial wall arriving in McKeesport

    “The Wall That Heals” is coming to McKeesport. A three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C., which contains the name of every American service member killed in the war, arrives Tuesday evening. Additional Info...
  15. New VA Secretary Wilkie Puts 'Forever GI Bill' Expansion Into Effect

    The Department of Veterans Affairs has begun implementing new provisions of the Harry W. Colmery Educational Assistance Act of 2017, better known as the "Forever GI Bill." Additional Info...
  16. Vet Center News

    Veteran Spotlight, Tactical Taco Tuesday, Vet Center Groups, Mobile Vet Center, Veterans Write, Yoga, Spouse Support Groups, Semper Fi Oddyssey, more. Additional Info...
  17. DMVA Digest 1 August

    A publication of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Read on...
  18. Walkabout: Former probation officer provides home, 'dignity' for veterans

    At Allegheny County’s Veterans’ Court — the subject of a larger story I am working on — I have met people who are thanking veterans for their service and saying “welcome home” in profound ways. Additional Info...
  19. Forever GI Bill expands VA educational benefits

    WASHINGTON — Effective Aug. 1, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) implemented 15 more provisions of the Harry W. Colmery Educational Assistance Act of 2017, also referred to as the Forever GI Bill. Read on...
  20. South Huntingdon road to be named in honor of serviceman killed in Vietnam

    A program is set for 11 a.m. Aug. 22 to dedicate the road as Specialist 4 William J. Kolenc Highway. Additional Info...
  21. 2 New Ken Hi graduates, Class of '64, honored by classmates for their Vietnam

    When New Kensington High School graduates Bob Hase and Jon Corey open their mail in the coming weeks, they likely will be surprised to see well-wishes from their old classmates, praising them for their heroic acts during the Vietnam. Additional Info...
  22. Southwest Asia Service Medal
  23. White Oak Vet Center Summer Newsletter

    Vet Center Staff and Big Frank's BBQ, Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Group, The Wall that Heals, Semper Fi Odyssey, Veterans Breakfast Club, Groups, and more. Additional Info...
  24. The Forever GI Bill will change things for student vets this school year; here’s what you need to kn

    If you’re a student using the Post-9/11 GI Bill, the stipend you receive for rent each month could look a little different this fall. Additional Info...
  25. Robert Wilkie sworn in as Trump’s Veterans Affairs secretary

    WASHINGTON — Robert Wilkie has been sworn in as the next secretary of Veterans Affairs. President Donald Trump said Monday during an Oval Office ceremony that Wilkie will work day and night “to protect those who protect us.” Additional Info...
  26. Mysterious helicopters over Pittsburgh part of military exercise

    Numerous Pittsburgh residents reported mysterious helicopters circling the city, according to Tribune-Review News Partner WPXI. Additional Info...
  27. Latrobe native Tom Shine has special return home as part of airshow

    For U.S. Air Force Maj. Thomas Shine, this was a homecoming like no other. (BY NICK CAMMUSO, Latrobe Bulletin Staff Writer) Additional Info...
  28. Saltsburg veteran, family honored with year's worth of groceries at Westmoreland air show

    Heather Morrison spent anxious months worrying when her husband, Brent, was serving with the Army in Iraq in 2005 and 2006. Additional Info...
  29. Shop 'n Save stores aid wounded veterans with 'Earn Your Wings' effort

    Marine Corps Maj. David A. Borden accepted the ceremonial oversized check on behalf of the nonprofit Tuesday. Additional Info...
  30. Disabled Vets May Be Eligible For Student Loan Writeoff

    The Departments of Education and Veterans Affairs (VA) have teamed up to notify veterans with severe disabilities that they may be eligible to have their federal student loans discharged tax-free. Additional Info...
  31. How to donate wisely and avoid scams

    Feds crack down on Veterans 'charities'

    The FTC, law enforcement officials and charity regulators from 70 offices in every state announced more than 100 actions in “Operation Donate with Honor,” a crackdown on fraudulent charities that con consumers. Additional Info...
  32. Veterans Health Fair 29 September 2018
  33. DMVA Registry 25 June 2018

    A publication of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Read on...
  34. Cal U exhibit highlights region's WWII effort

    A new exhibit opening July 30 at California University of Pennsylvania will highlight the contributions of western Pennsylvania veterans. Additional Info...
  35. WESTMORELAND North Huntingdon to name new road after Korean War veteran

    The commander of the J. Howard Snyder Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 781 of North Huntingdon will have a new street in the township named after him. Additional Info...
  36. Scientists Hunt For A Test To Diagnose Chronic Brain Injury In Living People

    A small study involved seven military personnel — five veterans and two active duty — who'd had brain injuries and experienced CTE-type symptoms, such as memory loss and mood swings. Additional Info...
  37. Understanding VA Minimum Property Requirements

    The VA minimum property requirements for mortgages backed through the veterans benefits program can help determine whether the property you’re considering qualifies for a VA loan. Additional Info...
  38. Postcards Warning of Tricare Dental Changes Are in the Mail

    Military retirees should soon find a postcard in their mailboxes reminding them that Tricare's retiree dental program will shutter later this year. Additional Info...
  39. Big tax refunds coming for 130,000 veterans

    More than 130,000 veterans are receiving letters on how to apply for refunds of taxes they paid on disability severance pay dating back to 1991 — a minimum of $1,750 per veteran. Additional Info...
  40. Second Lt. Justin Lewis greets on-lookers of a Veterans Day parade Nov. 11, 2013, in Pittsburgh, Pa.
  41. VA Partnership with National Cancer Institute Will Boost Veteran Access to Clinical Trials

    Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has formed a partnership with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) which will provide more access to the latest treatment options for VA patients with cancer. Additional Info...
  42. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Pittsburgh installs new commander

    The Pittsburgh District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers installed a new district commander Col. Andrew J. (Coby) Short on Friday. Additional Info...
  43. Washington Facility Ready To Start Helping Veterans In Need

    WASHINGTON, Pa. (KDKA) — A grand opening for the new “Patriot House” in Washington County was held Tuesday. The facility helps homeless veterans. Additional Info...
  44. New device offers solution for ringing in ears

    The Levo System retrains the brain to ignore noise by recreating each patient’s unique ringing sound. A recent study reported improvement after three months. Additional Info...
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  46. Women's Army Corps Veterans' Association Invites New Members

    Those who have served honorably with the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps, The Women's Army Corps, or those who have served or are serving honorably in the US Army, the US Army Reserve or the Army National Guard of the US are eligible for membership. Additional Info...
  47. Stand Down poster 2018
  48. Nonprofit seeks volunteers to help sew holiday stockings for overseas military members

    Nonprofit group Military Connections is seeking volunteers as its members gear up for their annual sewing day, creating stockings that will be stuffed and shipped to military men and women stationed overseas at Christmas time. Additional Info...
  49. Unity's Zamosky elected president of Pennsylvania county veteran affairs offices

    Matt Zamosky of Unity was named to head the state organization that represents county veteran affairs offices Additional Info...
  50. Matt Zamosky with Henry Desrosiers
  51. Vietnam Vets – The Warriors No One Wanted to Thank

    Pittsburgh Magazine--When veterans returned from Vietnam, they didn't often hear the phrase “Thank you for your service.” But now, Pittsburgh veterans think people are learning to separate the war from the warrior. Additional Info...
  52. VAPHS offers direct scheduling

    Veterans enrolled at VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System can now schedule routine appointments in a number of specialties without first seeing their primary care physician. Read on...
  53. VA issues new policy to protect Veteran homeowners from predatory lending

    The act helps protect borrowers from the dangers associated with repeatedly refinancing their home loans. Additional Info...
  54. VA Provides Reorganization Plan to Strengthen and Modernize Department

    Plan would streamline small business programs and enhance Veteran-owned small business opportunities. Additional Info...
  55. VA Releases National Suicide Data Report

    WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released findings from its most recent analysis of Veteran suicide data for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The report yields several important insights. Additional Info...
  56. A friend's paw: Veterans celebrate with their service dogs

    The Florida-based nonprofit that has partnered highly trained service dogs with 21 local military veterans will break ground in October on a multimillion-dollar dog breeding and training facility in Robinson, Washington County. Additional Info...
  57. National Law Review synposist of VA Mission Act

    On Wednesday, June 6, 2018, President Trump signed into law the “John S. McCain III, Daniel K. Akaka, and Samuel R. Johnson VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Networks Act” a.k.a. the VA MISSION Act of 2018 (“VAMA”). Additional Info...
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    FEMALE VETERANS SUPPORT GROUP

    EVERY MONDAY | 1 TO 3 PM FEMALE VETERANS SUPPORT GROUP WHITE OAK VET CENTER 2001 LINCOLN WAY | WHITE OAK PA 15131
  59. Spouse Support Group Flyer
  60. GI Bill Rates Changing in August

    Today the VA announced the Post-9/11 GI Bill rates for the 2018 - 2019 school year. These rates will be effective on August 1, 2018. The Montgomery GI Bill and Dependents' Education Assistance programs will see a rate change on October 1, 2018. Additional Info...
  61. Replica of Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall coming to McKeesport

    The Wall that Heals, a traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial replica will be coming to McKeesport this summer. Aug. 9-Aug. 12, the Wall replica will be on display at Jimmy Long Field in Renziehauzen Park in McKeesport. Additional Info...
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    Camp Lejeune Water Veteran & Family Health & Disability Benefits

    In the 1980's, contaminants were found in several wells that provided drinking water at Camp Lejeune, NC. See the flyer for eligibility info, qualifying conditions, and disability compensation information. Additional Info...
  64. Military Times Veterans Benefits e-book available now

    This year’s Benefits Guide will help service members, veterans & family members navigate some of the changes made to their benefits programs, and provide an overview of other offerings — military child care to moving help to home loans, and many more. Additional Info...
  65. 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. Additional Info...
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