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. Veterans, military retirees to see a 1.6 percent cost-of-living boost in benefits

    Military retirees and veterans benefits recipients will see a 1.6 percent cost-of-living boost in their payouts starting in December, nearly half of the increase they received last year. Additional Info...
  2. Former Army chief to speak at fundraiser for Westmoreland War on Terror monument

    Retired Gen. George W. Casey Jr., Army Chief of Staff from 2007 until his 2011 retirement, will deliver the keynote address to those attending a dinner Nov. 1 in Hempfield. Additional Info...
  3. Remains of WWII vet from Sutersville returning home – again

    Seventy-seven years after he died in a notorious Japanese prisoner of war camp, a World War II soldier from Sutersville is home again and set to be buried in an Elizabeth Township cemetery. Additional Info...
  4. Here’s why the Army is changing its family readiness groups

    The Army is rebooting its family readiness groups to make a shift “from a spouse group or spouse program to a commander’s program for soldier and family readiness,” according to the chief of the Army’s family programs branch. Additional Info...
  5. Veterans to be offered connection, healing through art at Touchstone Center for Crafts

    “Our main mission is to create, connect and build communication between the veterans. You meet complete strangers and find a commonality. It’s an incredible way to instantly connect with others and maybe, along the way, fall in love with the process.” Additional Info...
  6. Battlefield Acupuncture comes to VA Pittsburgh

    "I have no pain." With those words, Air Force Veteran Nadine Stanford became the first patient at VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System to complete a battlefield acupuncture (BFA) treatment. Additional Info...
  7. Effort under way to move Export veteran monument to ‘more prominent place’

    When Gary Wuslich returned to western Pennsylvania for his uncle Brando Sachet’s funeral in December 2018, he began thinking about the veterans’ memorial stationed outside the former American Legion on Kennedy Avenue in Export. Additional Info...
  8. Military warns of Iranian hackers targeting American troops with fake jobs website

    U.S. military officials warned troops this week that Iranian hackers have set up a fake jobs website for veterans that targets servicemembers considering a transition back to civilian life. Additional Info...
  9. FIGHTING FOR SENIORS FLYER - November 15 in New Kensington with a hand holding dollars and a house
  10. MilitaryShare Flyer- Connellsville 29 Oct 19
  11. Veterans benefits will see a cost-of-living bump this year, but how much?

    Veterans will see a cost-of-living increase in their benefits payouts later this year, but it likely won’t be as big as the last one they received. Additional Info...
  12. WCCC to host Medicare 101 for baby boomers

    The first session is scheduled 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 2 at the college’s Latrobe campus at 130 Depot St. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Call 724-925-4204 to register and use registration code PRDX 5019-60. Additional Info...
  13. Jeannette native to speak at veterans dinner about life lessons learned as POW in Vietnam

    Vietnam veteran Dave Carey endured 51/2 years as a prisoner of war by talking. Additional Info...
  14. Jeannette native works on advanced Navy helicopter

    When Jeannette native Mia Harshbarger joined the Navy, she didn’t know she would be working on one of the branch’s most advanced helicopters. Additional Info...
  15. Dave Carey with service awards and photo of him as POW
  16. November 1st event with GEN Casey flyer with camuflague background
  17. Overseas trolls targeting veterans on social media: Report

    Foreign agitators continue to target American veterans through a complex network of fraudulent social media pages mimicking well-known service groups and brands, officials from Vietnam Veterans of America warned in a new report released Tuesday. Additional Info...
  18. Thrift Savings Plan Has New Withdrawal Rules

    The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) has made it easier to withdraw your contributions. Effective Sept.15, 2019, the TSP changed many of its withdrawal rules and loosened the restrictions on when you can access the money in your account. Additional Info...
  19. 102-year-old WWII Woman Veteran from Norvelt Served in WAVES

    When the Navy called on women to volunteer for shore service during World War II to free up men for duty at sea, 102-year-old Melva Dolan Simon was among the first to raise her hand and take the oath. Additional Info...
  20. Navy Commodores Jazz Concert Flyer Oct. 24 in Pittsburgh

    Navy Commodores Jazz Band: Pittsburgh, Oct. 24

    Hear the world-class jazz band during their 50th anniversary tour at Soldiers and Sailors, Pittburgh. Free tickets via SoldiersandSailorsHall.org or 412-624-4253.
  21. Memorial planned for veterans who attended Valley High School

    A new memorial standing in front of the New Kensington-Arnold high school will recognize and honor their service and sacrifice — in not only the past, but also the future. Additional Info...
  22. VA Town Hall grapic, 12 September at the Greensburg CBOC
  23. Fort Indiantown Gap Added To List Of PFAS Contamination Sites

    Fort Indiantown Gap Army National Guard base in Lebanon County has been added to the state Department of Environmental Protection’s growing list of military and industrial sites where the PFAS class of chemicals has been found. Additional Info...
  24. Westmoreland ECHO 1 pager in color.docx-page-001

    New housing opportunity for 60 and over in Westmoreland

    ECHO cottages are small, separate, manufactured residences that are temporarily placed in the side or rear yard of a host family (related by blood or marriage) for an older person. Read on...
  25. Sen. Ward appointed to Veterans’ Center Advisory Council

    The 236-bed state-operated center provides health care and related services to veterans and spouses who are disabled, chronically ill, or in need of specialized care. It includes 40 beds for residents with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Additional Info...
  26. FEDVIP Open Enrollment for Dental and Vision Insurance Starts Soon

    The annual open enrollment for the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP) begins Nov. 11 and runs through Dec. 9, 2019. Additional Info...
  27. State and U.S. lawmakers lead discussion on veteran suicide, tout bills

    Discussion focused on three issues: the challenges of transitioning out of the military, how to connect veterans with the right services, and how to treat veterans in the criminal justice system. Additional Info...
  28. Latrobe veterans’ photos, stories needed for historical society program

    Latrobe Area Historical Society is seeking photos and stories of local veterans of any U.S. conflict since World War II as it prepares a slide show honoring area residents who served in all eras. Additional Info...
  29. Blue and green Health and Education Expo graphic
  30. Operation Entrepreneurs 28 Oct flyer Connellsville flyer
  31. DAV Van
  32. 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...
  33. 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.
  34. Project Healing Waters fly fishing photo
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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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