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.
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  2. VA modifies smoke-free policies at health care facilities to include workers aimed at increasing the

    As part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) commitment to a smoke-free health care environment for Veterans, in October, the department will extend its smoke-free policies to include employees at its health care facilities. Additional Info...
  3. Rostraver Eat’n Park waiter serves up simple act of kindness to WWII veteran

    Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle. Or so the saying goes. Additional Info...
  4. For Many Veterans In Allegheny County, There's An Alternative Route Through The Justice System

    Pennsylvania has one of the largest veteran populations in the U.S., and for the past decade, a special court in Allegheny County has been providing them with an alternative route through the justice system. Additional Info...
  5. Convoy of vintage military vehicles rolls through Western Pa. on its way to San Francisco

    North Versailles had its own time machine on Wednesday. Or, at least it seemed that way when roughly 60 fully restored military vehicles rolled through town. Additional Info...
  6. VA releases Launchpad app to streamline health care access for Veterans and caregivers

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently launched a new mobile application designed to save Veterans and their caregivers time online. Additional Info...
  7. ‘History in motion’: Restored military vehicles to parade in Ligonier, marking centennial convoy

    Around noon Tuesday, Aug. 13, 60 some restored military vehicles will proceed on East Main Street and circle part of Diamond Park before parking at Fort Ligonier and other nearby lots. Additional Info...
  8. The Vietnam War at Heinz History Center through Sept. 22nd

    It’s the war that changed us forever. The war that still haunts America’s dreams. And the war that left us with more questions than answers.The History Center’s newest exhibition explores one of the nation’s most controversial conflicts – the Vietnam War. Additional Info...
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  10. New Pittsburgh VA Director Heralds Tech, Telemedicine & Expanded Access To Care

    The Pittsburgh Office of Veterans Affairs welcomed its sixth director in five years this summer in former Navy Lieutenant Commander and experienced hospital chief Donald Koenig.
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  12. Nonprofit seeks donations to stuff military Christmas stockings

    Local nonprofit Military Connections isn’t just looking for volunteers to help sew more than 10,000 Christmas stockings that will be shipped to soldiers stationed overseas. Additional Info...
  13. Veterans help with archaeological dig at Fort Ligonier

    A weekend archaeological dig at Fort Ligonier did not find any evidence of an artillery battery in the eastern end of the French and Indian War-era fort, but it gave veterans an opportunity to search for some history from a conflict centuries ago. Additional Info...
  14. Veterans can receive VA services at MedExpress, urgent care facilities

    “The new urgent care benefit is not a substitute for emergency care for life-threatening conditions. Veterans experiencing a medical emergency should call 911 or visit their nearest emergency department.” Additional Info...
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  16. New Law Will Allow Thousands More Veterans to Join American Legion

    Thousands of honorably discharged veterans will soon be able to join the American Legion under new legislation expected to be signed soon by the President. Additional Info...
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  18. New Military Suicide Report May Revive Debate Over Gun Restriction

    Of the 309 suicides among active-duty troops, firearms played a role in 202 deaths. (As a reminder, the Westmoreland County Dept. of Veterans Affairs, on the 2nd floor of the County courthouse, offers free gun locks to veterans. Call 724-830-3530. Additional Info...
  19. Your GI Bill benefits: Everything you need to know

    What is the Post-9/11 GI Bill? Who's eligible? Changes ahead. Additional Info...
  20. Murrysville church preps for volunteers to sew Christmas stockings for troops

    In 2018, Penn Hills nonprofit Military Connections stuffed and shipped about 11,000 Christmas stockings filled with snacks and supplies to troops stationed across the globe. Additional Info...
  21. Harrison City National Guardsman is top shooter in Pennsylvania

    A National Guardsman from Harrison City took top honors in the Governor’s Twenty marksmanship competition over the weekend at the Fort Indiantown Gap Warrior Training Grounds. Additional Info...
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  24. New Law Increases VA Home Loan Limits, Funding Fees

    Starting Jan. 1, any veteran who wants to take advantage of the VA's "zero-down payment" loan program will be able to do so, even in areas with high housing costs. Most veterans seeking a VA-backed home loan will also pay more in VA funding fees. Additional Info...
  25. Some Groups Claiming to Serve Vets Bilk Public Out of Millions, FTC Finds

    The FTC, legitimate veterans service organizations, watchdog groups, the Better Business Bureau, states attorneys general, AARP have repeatedly put out warnings to potential donors to check out the groups claiming to help veterans. Additional Info...
  26. Pentagon Delays Big Changes to Post-9/11 GI Bill Transfer Rules until 2020

    The Pentagon is delaying implementation of a new restriction that limits which service members can transfer their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to their spouses or children, according to a letter from the Pentagon to a member of Congress. Additional Info...
  27. ‘Blue water’ veterans’ claims delayed until next year

    Thousands of veterans already waiting for years for their disability benefits will have to wait a few months longer after Veterans Affairs officials announced they won’t start processing “blue water” Vietnam veterans claims until next year. Additional Info...
  28. VA MISSION Act: Answers to the top five questions about urgent care

    Urgent care is one of the new benefits offered as part of the VA MISSION Act. The benefit is offered in addition to the opportunity to receive care from a VA provider, as VA also offers same-day services. Additional Info...
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  30. Same Day Mental Health services for Veterans

    All 172 VA Medical Centers (VAMCs) provide Same-Day Mental Health Care services. If a Veteran is in crisis or has another need for mental health care right away, he or she will receive immediate attention from a health care professional. Additional Info...
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  32. Photo of a veteran getting ready to ride a DAV to a medical appointment, with the driver
  33. Hempfield National Guard drill delivers goods to local charities

    Thirty recent recruits with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard detachment in Hempfield completed a march with a mission Saturday. Additional Info...
  34. Honoring Our Veterans with Special License Plates

    New this year is an Honoring Our Women Veterans Plate Read on...
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FREEDOM IS NOT FREE. WE HONOR OUR FALLEN BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN ARMS. Over 1.2 million soldiers, marines, sailors, airmen, and coast guardsmen have made the ultimate sacrifice to our great nation. We thank them for our freedom and dedicate the work we do in their memory.

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