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Posted on: April 23, 2019

Call or chat with the VA Women Veterans Call Center

Women  Veterans Call Center logo with woman on phone

Women Veterans Call Center: 1.855.VA.Women  (1-855-829-6636)

Are you a women who served in the military?Do you know your Veteran status?  Do you have a Veteran ID card? Should you receive any benefits from VA, like the GI Bill?

The U.S. De...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: April 23, 2019

Camp Soles: Discounted week for military kids

The YMCA Camp Soles, Rockwood, PA, 15557 is offering a special rate for children of military.

Date: June 16-21, 2019

Rate: $220 for the week of June 16-21.

Other weeks are available with the price of $320. Use discount code omkweek19.

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: April 23, 2019

Legal clinic for discharge upgrades May 2, Pittsburgh

Download flyer for details. Make your appointment at 202-733-3324. There is no charge for this clinic.

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: April 22, 2019

Journey to Normal screens in Pittsburgh May 9th

Journey to Normal Flyer with woman in uniform and daughter

"Journal to Normal: Women of War Come Home", the documentary, will screen at the Hollywood Theatre, 1449 Potomac Ave, Pittsburgh 15216 on Thursday, May 9th.  

Free, but registration requested as space is limited: 877-926-8300 or aarp.cve...

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Posted on: April 22, 2019

Women's Pop-up free health clinic April 26th, Pittsburgh

April 26th Pop Up Clinic in Pittsburgh for women veterans flyer with three smiling women

Friday, Apr. 26 from 11am to 3pm, Veterans Leadership Program and Adagio Health will present a free Pop-Up Health Clinic.

VLP

2934 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh  PA  15201

Please see flyer for details and to make an appointment. Walk-ins also...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: April 22, 2019

Vietnam vets appreciate Heinz History Center artifacts of war, memories

John Clark had been in Vietnam for about three weeks when, while out on patrol, he stepped on a metal stake that went through the side of his foot.

Additional Info... Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: April 18, 2019

Changes for family caregivers, Westmoreland Veterans Court, more....

 DMVA News 

Adjutant General Reaches Out To PA Legislature To Support Gov. Wolf's PA GI Bill: 

Maj. Gen. Tony Carrelli, Pennsylvania’s adjutant general and head of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA), ...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: April 19, 2019

Stories of heroism still resonate as 75th anniversary of D-Day nears

ANGOVILLE-AU-PLAIN, France — Long after 160,000 Allied troops stormed the Normandy beaches on June 6, 1944, long after the war was over, long after France was rebuilt, the stories of valor never lose their power.

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Posted on: April 16, 2019

May 7: Career/scholarship opportunities at Shell Polymers, Monaca,

Community College of Beaver County (CCBC) and the Shell Oil Company are sponsoring a 1 day forum for any veteran/military member interested in opportunities at Shell Polymers, Monaca, PA or training/scholarship opportunities at CCBC.

Date/Time: Ma...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: April 16, 2019

1 day wellness retreat for Women Veterans at Indiana, Erie

Adagio Health with the support of Highmark Foundation is conducting 1 day wellness retreat for Women Veterans at 2 locations. Both retreats will focus on educational workshops on health & wellness, purposeful storytelling for connection & healing,...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: April 15, 2019

Westmoreland County prepares to launch new veterans court program

After years of hiatus, a reinvigorated and enhanced veterans court — expected to begin operations by early May — will enable former members of the military convicted of crimes to earn reduced sentences.

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Posted on: April 15, 2019

Editorial: Veterans court extends a helping hand

A veterans court is a way to acknowledge that when the tour of duty is over, there are scars that remain — sometimes invisible and sometimes not — that can make it hard to just go back to the life that was there before.

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Posted on: April 11, 2019

Veteran news from around the state and nation

 DMVA News

Adjutant General Honors 171st ARW For Outstanding Unit Award, Discusses Gov. Wolf’s PA GI Bill:

Maj. Gen. Tony Carrelli, Pennsylvania’s adjutant general and head of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMV...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: April 10, 2019

The new push for getting more women to sign up for VA benefits

Pennsylvania Rep. Chrissy Houlahan admits she never even looked into her veterans benefits until she ran for Congress. “I just never thought that I should.”

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Posted on: April 10, 2019

Suicide never entered his mind. Then 9/11 happened.

“It’s OK to seek help,” she says. “There is no wrong door. Whether that is a peer or a spouse or a chaplain or a mental health professional, it’s OK to seek help.”

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Posted on: April 12, 2019

Integrated Power Services, Indiana, is hiring May 9th

IPS in Indiana is seeking mechanics, winders, mahinists, utility operators and field service techs. 

Job Fair

Thursday, May 9, noon to 6 pm

See flyer for more info.

Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: April 8, 2019

Team River Runners provides paddling sports activities for veterans, family members

Team River Runners' mission is to provide all veterans and their families an opportunity to find health, healing, community purpose, and new challenges through adventure and adaptive paddle sports. Regular paddling opportunities in a variety of paddling o...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: April 8, 2019

Kiski Township’s Staff Sgt. Stevon Booker receives military’s second-highest honor

Thirty-one soldiers who participated in the Thunder Run mission near Baghdad on April 5, 2003, received the Silver Star for valor.

Additional Info... Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: April 5, 2019

Free tick bite evaluation for VA patients right at home

Got a tick bite? Don’t risk Lyme disease – Veterans enrolled in VAPHS can now request to be evaluated in the privacy of their home through VISN 4’s free virtual tick bite clinic. If you have been bitten by a tick, call 412-822-2222 and press 3 from 8 a.m....

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: April 4, 2019

Distinguished Service Cross to be presented to family of fallen Kiski soldier

Two generals and other current and retired soldiers will be among the U.S. Army contingent who will be in Pittsburgh on Friday to honor a Kiski Township man who died saving other soldiers’ lives.

Additional Info... Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: April 4, 2019

News from around the region, state, and nation 3 April 2019

 DMVA News 

Adjutant General Discusses Gov. Wolf’s PA GI Bill At PNGAS Higher Education Meeting: 

Maj. Gen. Tony Carrelli, Pennsylvania’s adjutant general and head of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA), talked ...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: April 3, 2019

Save the date: Vet Center BBQ May 24th

Flyer for Vet Center barbecue with grill and red and white checkered tablecloth design

The warmer weather has us all thinking of summer, sunshine and BBQ! So it is time to start spreading the word about our annual BBQ. You are invited to our annual FREE BBQ and Open House at our White Oak Vet Center on Friday May 24th 11:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. ...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: April 3, 2019

Westmoreland activist points to military as beacon of equal pay for women

Aryanna Berringer never dreamed she’d have to go to war to find a workplace where equal work meant equal pay.

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Posted on: April 2, 2019

Women Veterans' Wellness Retreat April 27, Indiana PA

Educational workshops on health & wellness

Purposeful storytelling

Yoga, Art therapy

Community resources for women veterans and their families

FREE to all women who have served in the military; breakfast & lunch served.

Register at women-vet-wellness-r...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: April 2, 2019

Military Sexual Trauma Presentation & Panel April 29, Pittsburgh

VAPHS will host Veterans and counselors from area Vet Centers for a presentation and panel discussion on MST and the pathways to recovery Veterans have found.

Noon to 1:30 pm Monday, April 29

VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, University Drive, Bldg 29, Learn...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: April 1, 2019

Getting a taste of life in the National Guard in Mt. Pleasant

Latrobe Bulletin--U.S. Army gear specialist Thomas McFadden shows Zachary Coughenour of Connellsville Area High School some gear during a Pennsylvania Army National Guard public open house Wednesday at the 1st Battalion, 110th Infantry Armory in Mount Ple...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: April 1, 2019

Charley Family Shop’n Save owner will bike 3,000 miles in 48 days for veterans' charity

Ray Charley is going to bike a mile for nearly every year of his life. Every day. For 48 days

Additional Info... Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: April 1, 2019

Vandergrift VFW hosts ‘Welcome Home’ toast to Vietnam-era veterans

When they were young, they were drafted or enlisted into military service during the tumultuous time that was the Vietnam War era.

Additional Info... Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: April 1, 2019

Military.com Explains Tricare's Explanation of Benefits

If you're like me, you probably wonder just what that document you get from Tricare after you receive any type of medical care actually is.

Additional Info... Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: March 29, 2019

Governor Tom Wolf, First Lady Frances Wolf Join Commission for Women to Honor Female Veterans During

Sergeant Major Deborah Wilkins of Westmoreland County among the women veterans honored in Harrisburg Wednesday.

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Posted on: March 27, 2019

DMVA Digest March 27, 20

     Of Local Interest

Greensburg-Born Civil War Hero To Be Inducted Into Hall Of Valor: 

A Civil War soldier from Greensburg (Westmoreland County) who received the Medal of Honor for his heroism in the waning days of the...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: March 27, 2019

VA to Drop Fight Against Blue Water Navy Veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs will not appeal a January court ruling that ordered it to provide health care and disability benefits for 90,000 veterans who served on Navy ships during the Vietnam War.

Additional Info... Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: March 26, 2019

Stepping up: Local veterans affair offices do a great job

There are many hardships our military veterans struggle with on a daily basis — trying to navigate through the tangled system of benefits should not be one of them.

Additional Info... Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: March 23, 2019

Franklin Regional invites Delmont, Export, Murrysville senior citizens to free breakfast in May

Franklin Regional officials invite all Delmont, Export and Murrysville residents age 65 and over to the annual Spring Senior Citizen Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. May 1.

Additional Info... Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: March 22, 2019

The Army Reserve is about to get its own social network

Army Reserve units tend to be small and widely spread throughout the country, but Lt. Gen. Charles Luckey hopes an app will help make those soldiers and their families feel closer.

Additional Info... Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: March 21, 2019

Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Older woman being accompanied on a walk by younger woman and golden retriever

Caring for a family member or friend with a chronic condition can be physically, emotionally, and financially draining. The six-week Powerful Tools for Caregivers training will help you whether you're caring for a spouse, parent, or friend who lives at ho...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: March 21, 2019

News for veterans from around the state and nation

 DMVA News 

Adjutant General Participates In Tree Planting Ceremony To Honor Fallen Pennsylvania Heroes: 

Maj. Gen. Tony Carrelli, Pennsylvania’s Adjutant General and head of the Department of Military and Veterans Affai...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: March 18, 2019

Veterans, Spouses seeking answers on VA pension rules changes

Herald Standard--by Amy Fauth.

With recent, significant changes to veterans' pension benefits, local veterans affairs personnel have been meeting with veterans and surviving spouses to steer them through the lengthy and comprehensive process of applying fo...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: March 18, 2019

A-K Valley museum hosts American Legion talk in former Tarentum Legion post

Paul Kennedy has made it his mission to educate Pennsylvanians about everything the American Legion does for its members and the communities they serve as the organization celebrates 100 years of service.

Additional Info... Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: March 14, 2019

Eye exams for VAPHS veterans

Optometrist with eye chart behind; photo by National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health

Veterans enrolled at VA Pittsburgh can call 412-360-6700 to make a routine Eye Clinic (optometry) appointment. No primary care referral necessary!  

Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: March 13, 2019

News for Veterans

Local:

PA Army National Guard In Mt. Pleasant Hosting Open House March 27: 

Anyone wondering what it takes to join the Pennsylvania Army National Guard will have an opportunity March 27 at the 1st Battalion, 110th Infantry Armory in Mt. Pleasant To...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: March 12, 2019

Distinguished Service Cross recipient Stevon Booker ’embodied Army values’

Army Staff Sgt. Stevon Booker didn’t have to climb out of his tank on April 5, 2003, but his unit was under heavy fire near Baghdad and he refused to hunker down.

Additional Info... Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: March 8, 2019

Delmont Girl Scouts' award acknowledged at Township Supervisors' Meeting

Mike Zebrak with Girl Scouts from Delmont

Delmont Girl Scout Rebecca Schlisser was honored for receiving her Silver Scout award today in North Huntingdon at the annual Westmoreland Association of Township Supervisors' meeting, where she received their 2018 Youth Award. 

Rebecca led the ef...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: March 9, 2019

Free fly fishing event for veterans planned near Stahlstown

A free fly fishing event for veterans will be held near Stahlstown on May 11.

The event at Foggy Mountain Lodge Lake in Cook Township is for all veterans, including those with disabilities.

Additional Info... Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: March 8, 2019

Delmont scout troop’s veteran memorial recognized with statewide award

Rebecca Shissler’s 97-year-old grandfather fought in World War II, and honoring the military is important to her and her family.

Additional Info... Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: March 7, 2019

New for Veterans from the region, state, and nation

Local News

Ceremony To Honor Local Vietnam Veterans: 

Local Vietnam veterans will have the opportunity to be honored as the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War approaches. In a collaboration between Congressman Conor Lamb, who represents Pennsylvan...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: March 4, 2019

Local Vietnam veterans sought

Local Vietnam veterans will have the opportunity to be honored as the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War approaches.

Additional Info... Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: February 25, 2019

Special Pricing at PPG Paints Arena for Veterans, Military

Military personnel (active, reserve, retired) and their families can receive a special discount on select shows at PPG Paints Arena or can receive access to Premium Loge Box tickets that are not available for purchase elsewhere. To purchase tickets order ...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: February 19, 2019

Avoiding veteran scams-interview with Veterans Affairs Director Matt Zamosky

KDKA's Lynne Hays-Freeland interviews Westmoreland Director of Veterans Affairs on the recent suit by the PA Attorney General of an organization preying on veterans. Learn about reputable resource for claims assistance. Listen to the brief interview at ht...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: January 26, 2019

Property tax/rent rebate program applications open

Application forms for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program are now available for eligible Pennsylvanians to begin claiming rebates on property taxes or rent paid in 2018, Revenue Secretary Dan Hassell announced this week. The deadline to apply for a rebat...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: January 17, 2019

VA Welcome Kit provides road map during life transitions

Whether you’re just getting out of the service or you’ve been a civilian for years now, the VA Welcome Kit can help guide you to the benefits and services you’ve earned.

Based on where you are in life, your VA benefits and services can support you in diffe...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: March 5, 2019

Free fly fishing for Veterans Sat., May 11 in Scottdale

Veterans fly fishing at Foggy Mountain Lodge

FREE fishing for Veterans 

Saturday, May 11, 2019

9 AM to 3 PM

Foggy Mountain Lodge near Stahlstown. 

Veterans with disabilities will find adaptive equipment and facilities; all veterans welcome. Mentors on hand to assist fishermen/women of ...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: March 1, 2019

FREE fishing for Veterans Sat., May 11, Stahlstown

Veterans fly fishing at Foggy Mountain Lodge

FREE fishing for Veterans 

Saturday, May 11, 2019

9 AM to 3 PM

Foggy Mountain Lodge near Stahlstown. 

Veterans with disabilities will find adaptive equipment and facilities; all veterans welcome. Mentors on hand to assist fishermen/women of ...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: January 12, 2019

Military veterans warned of benefit scam

Veterans’ affairs officials are cautioning military veterans to be aware of private contractors offering to process claims for them following the announcement that an Allegheny County woman was fined.

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Posted on: January 9, 2019

Warhawk fighter plane joins World War II program at Westmoreland air show

A restored Air Force P-40 Warhawk fighter plane will join the high-flying spectacle May 25-26 at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Unity.

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Posted on: January 4, 2019

Gun Locks available for Veterans at Westmoreland County Courthouse

January 2, 2019, Greensburg—Westmoreland County Department of Veterans Affairs and the Veterans Administration (VA) are partnering to improve public safety in our communities by making gun locks available to veterans. Locks can be picked up at t...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: November 2, 2018

Info for Justice-involved Veterans

Westmoreland County has a veteran population of approximately 28,000, according to VA estimates.  Westmoreland County and Westmoreland County Courts would like to remind those who have served, as well as friends, family and attorneys who represen...

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Veteran's Affairs