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. North Huntingdon chapter of Wreaths Across America places 2,250 memorials

    Volunteers with the North Huntingdon chapter of Wreaths Across America on Saturday placed 2,250 wreaths on the graves of veterans buried in two township cemeteries. (Video) Additional Info...
  2. He Sacrificed It All For Us’: Community Mourns Export Soldier Killed In Afghanistan (Video)

    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A local soldier who was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan is being remembered this week in Westmoreland County. Additional Info...
  3. Funeral services held Tuesday for local fallen soldier (Video)

    EXPORT, Pa. - Funeral services for a soldier from Export who was killed in Afghanistan were held Tuesday morning. Additional Info...
  4. Family, community gather to say goodbye to Army Sgt. Jason McClary

    Photographs of Army Sgt. Jason McClary — depicting him as a child, adult and with his family — filled the dimly lit interior of Cornerstone Ministries on Tuesday. Additional Info...
  5. Pittsburgh Vet Center News

    Holiday party Dec. 18th, Vet Center Group Schedule, Vets Write, and more. Additional Info...
  6. Major Veterans Legislation Winding Through Congress

    A bill working its way through Congress is packed with provisions for veterans, active-duty members and military dependents. Additional Info...
  7. Soldier from Johnstown, 19, dies in non-combat incident under investigation in Afghanistan

    A soldier from Cambria County died this week from a non-combat-related incident in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense said Friday. Additional Info...
  8. Disabled Marine veteran, wife move into Allegheny Valley Habitat for Humanity's 22nd house

    A house at 644 Ridge Ave. was in such bad shape New Kensington officials condemned it several years ago. Additional Info...
  9. National Guard Birthday

    In a move that would create the first militia on the North American continent, the Massachusetts General Court in Salem issued an order on Dec. 13, 1636, requiring all able-bodied men between 16 and 60 years old to create a standing Army for protection. Additional Info...
  10. Woman finds urn with vet's ashes in Bedford County barn; now seeking kin

    A Pennsylvania woman cleaning out a barn discovered an urn containing ashes of an Air Force veteran, as well as an American flag, photos from his life and other items. Additional Info...
  11. Vandergrift VFW will host benefit dinner for the family of slain Export soldier

    A benefit dinner for the family of Army Sgt. Jason McClary of Export, who died of wounds suffered in Afghanistan, will be from 1 to 6 p.m. Dec. 23 at the Vandergrift Veterans of Foreign Wars, 141 Sumner Ave. Additional Info...
  12. Flyer for benefit dinner December 23rd for family of Sergeant McClary
  13. Military units to reunite for mental health support in new VA pilot to prevent suicide

    WASHINGTON — Mental health professionals in the past have touted the benefits of veterans meeting with peers for counseling sessions to discuss trauma and prevent suicide. Additional Info...
  14. FEDVIP Extends Military Retiree Dental, Vision Enrollment Window

    Federal officials have extended dental insurance enrollment for thousands of military retirees who missed or ignored a Monday sign-up cutoff as the Tricare Retiree Dental Plan (TRDP) prepares to sunset Dec. 31. Additional Info...
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    Assistance available for winter heating bills

    Financial assistance programs are available for those who need help with winter heating bills. Assistance to many customers is available through several programs in PA. Low-income customers also can reduce their electric bills with the WARM Program. Read on...
  16. Governor Wolf Orders Commonwealth Flags at Half-Staff to Honor United States Army Sergeant McClary

    Governor Tom Wolf has ordered all United States and Commonwealth flags to fly at half-staff at the Capitol Complex and at all Commonwealth facilities in honor of United States Army Sergeant Jason Mitchell McClary of Export, PA. Additional Info...
  17. World War II vets gather to reminisce at the Lower Burrell VFW

    The agenda on a cold Sunday afternoon at the VFW Post 92 in Lower Burrell was clear: Remember. Additional Info...
  18. Western Pa. trying to keep alive memory of Pearl Harbor attack

    Karen Kralik worries many people will treat Friday like any other day. “The younger generation don’t have a clue as to what Pearl Harbor is all about.” Additional Info...
  19. Almost Half of Retiree Tricare Dental Users Could Soon Be Uninsured

    With five days to go in the window for current users of Tricare's Retiree Dental Plan (TRDP) to ensure they have coverage in 2019, officials say just over half of retirees have made the switch. Additional Info...
  20. Editorial: Lowered flags don't just honor Bush

    A soldier died in Germany on Sunday. Army Sgt. Jason McClary died after being wounded in an IED explosion Nov. 27 in Afghanistan. Additional Info...
  21. Long-lost WWII pilot from Derry finally buried in Arlington National Cemetery

    A B24 pilot from Derry Township who died during a World War II mission was finally laid to rest Tuesday. Additional Info...
  22. Bush celebrated with praise, humor at cathedral farewell

    George H.W. Bush was celebrated with high praise and loving humor Wednesday as the nation bade farewell to the man who was America's 41st president and the last to fight for the U.S. in wartime. Additional Info...
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    Pentagon Names Fourth Service Member Killed in Afghanistan Blast

    The Defense Department has identified another U.S. Army soldier killed in the Nov. 27 enemy bomb explosion that killed two other soldiers and an Air Force airman in Afghanistan. Additional Info...
  25. 'It hits home for everybody': Soldier from Export dies after Afghanistan attack

    As a student at Kiski Area High School, Jason McClary talked about how he wanted to join the Army. After he graduated, he kept getting rejected for health reasons -- a broken hand, over the maximum weight, tubes in his ears. Additional Info...
  26. WWII vets who met while training reconnect at Monroeville senior living center

    Robert Adams handed his camera to someone close by and got a group of other cadets in training to get in line for a photo. Additional Info...
  27. Flags to fly at half staff in honor of WWII airman's interment in Arlington

    Flags will fly at half staff at all Westmoreland County facilities on Tuesday in honor of the repatriation and interment of 1st Lt. Eugene P. Ford, a World War II B24 pilot from Derry Township. Additional Info...
  28. Ligonier man recalls very personal encounter between George H.W. Bush and his parents

    Ligonier resident Joe Byers vividly recalls the only time he’d ever seen his late father weep. It was during a phone call offering condolences for his mother’s death in 1984. Additional Info...
  29. Sgt. Jason M. McClary

    Export service member dies after being injured in Afghanistan

    Updated 19 hours ago Jason Mitchell McClary was determined to join the U.S. Army. The 24-year-old Export-area native wanted to dedicate his life to his country. He succeeded in that goal when he enlisted in January 2014. Additional Info...
  30. How You Can Help Our Veterans Have A Happier Holiday

    The holiday season should be a time to spend at home surrounded by good food and the people dearest to us. For many of the men and women serving our country, though, this is more of a wishful fantasy than a reality. Additional Info...
  31. Beaver County native killed in Afghanistan comes home

    A local airman, who was killed in action in Afghanistan, is back home in the United States. The solemn ceremony was held overnight. Staff Sgt. Dylan Elchin and two others were killed when a roadside bomb exploded earlier this week. Additional Info...
  32. Canyon Heroes program seeking more veterans in need of healing

    A whitewater rafting trip through the Grand Canyon is good for the soul — especially troubled souls. Additional Info...
  33. Murrysville realty office will serve as Toys for Tots collection point

    Coldwell Banker Real Estate officials will once again accept Toys for Tots donations this season in their Murrysville office at 3865 Reed Boulevard. Additional Info...
  34. Saint Vincent College Scholarship award ceremony 2018
  35. Meditation helps veterans with PTSD

    Meditation worked as well as traditional therapy for military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder in a small experiment sponsored by the Department of Defense. Additional Info...
  36. Veterans Court: Fast facts

    Learn how Pennsylvania's Veterans Courts are making a difference. See a larger graphic...
  37. Veterans in crisis embark on an 'odyssey' at this Somerset County camp

    BOSWELL, Pa. — On the large veranda outside the mess hall/conference room, Dick Liston sat alone, elbows on knees, soda can on the table. His eyes seemed to draw a bead on a gold-leafed thicket just beyond the porch. He had a searing headache. Additional Info...
  38. Brian Zebracki, US Army, receiving the Saint Vincent College Scholarship  2018
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  40. VA Aid and Attendance Benefits and Housebound Allowance

    If you need help with your daily activities, or you’re housebound, you may qualify for Aid and Attendance or Housebound allowances in addition to your pension benefits. Find out if you can get these monthly payments... Additional Info...
  41. A program for veterans' medical expenses gets an overhaul

    Three years ago, the column addressed the proposed rule changes by the Department of Veterans Affairs to the extremely beneficial program typically referred to as “aid and attendance.” Additional Info...
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  43. New website launches today: apply for your Veterans ID Card online

    There are many types of identification cards you can use to show you’re a Veteran. You only need to have one of them for this purpose. Learn about the different types of ID cards you can get. Additional Info...
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    WWI COMMISSION ANNOUNCES 'BELLS OF PEACE' ON ARMISTICE CENTENNIAL

    Nationwide Bell-Tolling on November 11, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. will honor the 116,516 American men & women who died in WWI Read on...
  45. Scholarship for Westmoreland Co. HS student child of military

    The 14th Quartermaster/ Desert Storm Scholarship Fund provides scholarship support to Westmoreland County HS students considering a career in the military or w/ a veteran/currently serving parent.... Additional Info...
  46. Here are the new rates for military retiree dental coverage under new FEDVIP benefit

    Military retirees eligible for the new dental and vision coverage can start researching their options now, with the release of new rates for 2019. See the online plan comparison at https://www.tricare.benefeds.com/InfoPortal/findPlan?ctoken=rZhPg5db 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...
  49. Need Help Lowering Your Electric Bill?

    The WARM Program can help you lower your electric bill and keep your home more comfortable in the winter and summer months. No payment is required for these services. Read on...
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