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. Court Determines Military Burn Pits Caused Lung Disease in Troops

    The thousands of U.S. military personnel and private contractors whose health was compromised by the dense black smoke of burn pits -- and who were then denied proper treatment -- may finally be vindicated by a recent court ruling. Additional Info...
  2. Sen. Duckworth using pregnancy to educate male-dominated Senate

    WASHINGTON — Breaking down barriers is nothing new for Sen. Tammy Duckworth, and that's the way she likes it. Additional Info...
  3. Western Pennsylvania Vietnam vets recall brutal Tet Offensive

    Marine Cpl. George Zahuranic was guarding the U.S. Embassy in Saigon on Jan. 31, 1968, when he became a casualty of war and a part of the Tet Offensive. Additional Info...
  4. Saint Vincent grad makes Marine recruiting poster

    A 2016 Saint Vincent College graduate who is serving in the Marine Corps is pictured on a recruiting poster, beckoning men and women to join her in serving the country. Additional Info...
  5. DMVA Digest Feb. 14, 2018

    A publication of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans Affairs February 14, 2018 Read on...
  6. Troops to Teachers

    Troops to Teachers

    Learn about Slippery Rock's Troops to Teachers program. Additional Info...
  7. The Wall That Heals
  8. Tax Help for Military

    Active military, National Guard and Reserve have options when it comes to seeking help for filing their income taxes, according to an alert by Westmoreland County Veteran's Affairs. Additional Info...
  9. Study shows quicker relief for veterans with PTSD

    A study of 370 active-duty service members at Fort Hood, Texas, shows that two weeks of intensive therapy is as effective in reducing post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms as a civilian therapy that takes eight weeks. Additional Info...
  10. Dispatches from Vietnam

    The Post-Gazette's Diana Nelson Jones and Nate Guidry are accompanying a group of veterans visiting Vietnam over the 50th anniversary of the Tet Offensive. Additional Info...
  11. VA resumes online applications for new ID cards

    WASHINGTON – Veterans can again submit online applications for new identification cards through the Department of Veterans Affairs website after the system was taken down in December following rollout problems. Additional Info...
  12. 2018 VAPHS Salute to Veterans flyer
  13. McKeesport history center displays WWII exhibit

    Western Pennsylvania's immense impact on the home, industrial and battlefronts during World War II is on display in a special traveling exhibit, “We Can Do It: WWII,” at the McKeesport Regional History and Heritage Center. Additional Info...
  14. Fort Hood PTSD Study Gives Hope for Faster Recovery

    A recent Fort Hood-based study holds hope for a speedy recovery from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms -- in as little as two weeks -- for service members returning from combat. Additional Info...
  15. New online tool provides Veterans with customized instructions for discharge upgrade process

    The U.S. military estimates that tens of thousands of Veterans with less than honorable discharges are likely to have discharges deserving of upgrades. Additional Info...
  16. Vet Center News 26 Jan 2018

    See upcoming events, new hours for the Vet Center, Semper Fi Odyssey info, where to find Vet Center staff in the community, and more in this issue. Additional Info...
  17. Era of the C-130 ends at Pittsburgh air base

    Kristin Hayden and her two young children watched the aircraft bursting through the clear blue sky Friday above the 911th Airlift Wing in Moon. Additional Info...
  18. Who’s a good dog? Who’s a good dog? Delta wants to know before you board.

    Delta Air Lines will soon require owners of service and support animals to provide more information before their animal can fly in the passenger cabin, including an assurance that it’s trained to behave itself. Additional Info...
  19. 2018 Tet Party flyer
  20. Calling all artists, performers, musicians and writers: Veterans arts festival and competitions kick

    During the months of January, February and March, Veterans enrolled at VA medical facilities or outpatient clinics are invited to enter their art, music, dance, drama and creative writing entries into the local competition phase. Additional Info...
  21. News from the PA Dept of Military and Veterans Affairs Jan. 17, 2018

    A publication of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Read on...
  22. 14th Quartermaster Scholarship applications open until March 31st

    The 14th Quartermaster/Operation Desert Storm Scholarship Fund supports Westmoreland County High School students considering a career within a military branch or ... Additional Info...
  23. VA Looking for Caregiver Feedback on Stipend Program

    Officials with the Department of Veterans Affairs are looking for in-depth feedback from caregivers as part of a continuing review of a program that gives cash stipends to some families. Additional Info...
  24. Tricare Kills Urgent Care Referral Requirement for Some Users

    Tricare Prime users can now make unlimited visits to in-network urgent care facilities without a referral, officials recently announced. Additional Info...
  25. Applications accepted for 2018 National Veterans Wheelchair Games

    The VA is accepting applications for the 2018 National Veterans Wheelchair Games until April 15, 2018. Applications can be completed at www.wheelchairgames.org. The 2018 National Veterans Wheelchair Games will take place in Orlando July 30 – Aug 4. Additional Info...
  26. Former Westmoreland prison's transformation into $100M veterans' facility on track

    Planning for a one-stop veterans' transition service center at the site of a former state prison in Hempfield is moving ahead on schedule, the developer recently told local officials. Additional Info...
  27. Nonprofit gears up to build tiny homes for veterans in Penn Hills in 2018

    Marlon Ferguson acknowledges he was late in learning about the tiny home craze sweeping cities such as Seattle, Dallas, Detroit and Portland over the past several years. Additional Info...
  28. New ID cards for vets on the way

    Tens of thousands of veterans have expressed interest in obtaining a new national Veterans Identification Card, intended as convenient proof of their service when they seek military discounts offered by retail and restaurant chains. Additional Info...
  29. Photos found for all Westmoreland veterans killed in action during Vietnam War

    Thanks to the efforts of a local woman with an interest in genealogy, photos of every Westmoreland County veteran killed in action during the Vietnam War now have a place in the Vietnam Veteran Memorial Fund's digital “Wall of Faces.” Additional Info...
  30. BeThere--VA Suicide Prevention Campaign graphic
  31. WANT Employer 2018

    Employers--Register today for the Feb. 21st WANT Job & Career Expo

    Attention area employers--register now for the Expo. See flyer for details or visit www.wantexpo.org
  32. Navy League Foundation Scholarships

    The Navy League Foundation awards scholarships to high school seniors who will attend college in the fall. Scholarships are available only to children/grandchildren of current/former members of the Sea Services.... Additional Info...
  33. Area veterans can be free of hepatitis C with help from VA Pittsburgh

    I'm free of hepatitis C. You can be, too. Those two sentences, appearing on area billboards and buses and in newspapers as 2017 comes to a close, are intended to get the attention of veterans serviced by the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. Additional Info...
  34. Ohiopyle Veterans flyer
  35. 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...
  36. Pittsburgh Vet Center Newsletter, Dec. 1, 2017

    Vet Center Spouse Support Group, Operation Troop Appreciation, Toys for Tots, Semper Fi Odyssey, more Additional Info...
  37. Vets Must Apply Online for New VA ID Card

    The online portal to apply will not go live until November 14th; however, if you are not yet registered in vets.gov, you can do so now. For the new ID card you will need to scan and upload a government issued photo ID--driver's license or passport. Additional Info...
  38. Findlay sergeant’s single act of kindness launches effort to help military families

    The Air Force civil engineer, now a chief master sergeant, had returned from deployment one week earlier and heard about a couple whose gutters needed to be repaired but whose son could not help because he was on deployment. Additional Info...
  39. Tet 50th Anniversary flyer

    Tet Party 24 February 2017

    Vietnam Veterans of Westmoreland County invite you to the 50th anniversary "Year of the Dog" event at All Saints Brewery, 24 February 2018 from 3 to 9 pm. Route 119 N at Roseytown Rd., Greensburg, PA
  40. 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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