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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.
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.
Family and friends will be received Monday 1-4 & 6-9 PM at the Cornerstone Ministries 2200 Cornerstone Ln., Export, PA 15632 where services will be Tuesday (time later). Interment with Full Military Honors will follow at the National Cemetery of the A...
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.
DMVA DigestA publication of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans AffairsDecember 12, 2018
DMVA Digest Holiday Schedule:
In observance of the Christmas holiday, the DMVA Digest will not be published on Wed...
The Vandergrift VFW is hosting a benefit dinner for the family of SGT Jason McClary, of Export, who died recently as a result of injuries he suffered in a blast in Afghanistan,
Sunday, Dec. 23
1 to 6 pm
141 Sumner Ave
Vandergrift, PA 15690...
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.
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.
FirstEnergy’s Pennsylvania Utilities Remind Customers of Available Assistance Programs to Help with Winter Bills
Greensburg, Pa. – With cold weather now affecting the region, financial assistance programs are available for FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) cust...
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.
The agenda on a cold Sunday afternoon at the VFW Post 92 in Lower Burrell was clear: Remember.
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.”
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.
A soldier died in Germany on Sunday. Army Sgt. Jason McClary died after being wounded in an IED explosion Nov. 27 in Afghanistan.
A B24 pilot from Derry Township who died during a World War II mission was finally laid to rest Tuesday.
DMVA DigestA publication of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans AffairsDecember 5, 2018
Deadline Approaching For Veterans’ Trust Fund Grant Applications:
The Department of Military and Veterans...
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.
According to a recent, VA-conducted study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, only about one in five gun-owing Veterans keep all their guns locked and unloaded. For someone in crisis, a locked firearm can mean the difference between ...
Veterans can now reach the Veterans Crisis Line directly with an iPhone. Simply say, “Hey Siri, call the Veterans Crisis Line,” and it will connect you automatically, even if you don’t have the
number 1-800-273-8255 already sav...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it will accept public comments for 15 days on how to implement certain changes to the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers(PCAFC) required by the&n...
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.
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.
Statement by Secretary Robert Wilkie on Forever GI Bill Housing Benefit Payments
To clear up any confusion, I want to make clear that each and every post-9/11 GI Bill beneficiary will be made 100 percent whole – retroactively if need be &ndas...
Thousands of veterans using the post-9/11 GI Bill could see larger monthly housing allowance payments as the Department of Veterans Affairs backpedals changes to how payments are calculated.
DMVA Highlights State Agency Programs For Veterans And Military:
Hey, PA veterans! Your DD214 isn't your only important paperwork or document. Did you know the fee for birth and death certificates in PA are waived by the Pennsylvania De...
A whitewater rafting trip through the Grand Canyon is good for the soul — especially troubled souls.
Coldwell Banker Real Estate officials will once again accept Toys for Tots donations this season in their Murrysville office at 3865 Reed Boulevard.
DMVA Digest A publication of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans Affairs November 21, 2018
Two Local Veterans, 35 Medal Of Honor Recipients Inducted Into The Southeastern Veterans&a...
Latrobe, 9 November 2018-- Army SGT Mark “Brian” Zebracki was awarded the 2nd annual Saint Vincent College Veteran Scholarship on the campus of the Latrobe college today. Mr. Zebracki is pursuing his master's degree in Crimin...
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.
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.
In Honor Of
1st Lt. Eugene P. Ford
Derry Township Airman 1st Lt. Eugene P. Ford is finally coming home – 74 years after piloting his 44th combat mission in a World War II B-24 Liberator known as the Tulsamerican – the...
DMVA DigestA publication of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans AffairsNovember 14, 2018
DMVA To Host Open House At Pennsylvania Soldiers' & Sailors' Home In Erie:
You're invited to an open house at ...
Annville, PA - November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness and Caregivers Month, which serves as an optimal time to let people know that the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) offers care for residents with memory los...
It was said to be the “war to end all wars,” and when World War I ended at 11 a.m., on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, in part because of America’s intervention 19 months earlier, the world, and Pittsburgh, rejoiced.
Latrobe, 9 November 2018-- Army SGT Mark “Brian” Zebracki was awarded the 2nd annual Saint Vincent College Veteran Scholarship on the campus of the Latrobe college today. Mr. Zebracki is pursuing his master's degree in Criminal Justice...
A MESSAGE FROM THE OFFICE OF PUBLIC AND INTERGOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS
See Video Here
Fellow VA Employees, since my arrival, you’ve heard ...
Carnegie Science Center Camp-in
Only for PNG dependents 6-13 years old
Only 30 spots available!
16-17 November: Overnight camp at the museum. A true 'night at the museum' experience!
See flyer for more info. This is free to eligible PNG kids.
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...
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.”
Visit the new va.gov website to access all of your Veterans benefits in one place.
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.
WASHINGTON DC: The World War One Centennial Commission, along with the Pritzker
Military Museum & Library, the Society of the Honor Guard of the Tomb of the Unknown/DocumentCenter/View/15333
Soldier, the American Legion, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars...
Bulletin Staff Writer
1ST LT. EUGENE FORDA Derry Township pilot lost when the B-24 bomber he was piloting went down in the Adriatic Sea during World War II is coming home nearly 74 years after his final mission.
U.S. Army Air Forces 1st Lt. ...
For the first time ever, Tricare will host an open enrollment period next month for military families and retirees who want to change their coverage plans.
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...
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....
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
Female Veterans Support Group
Veterans Crisis Support Group
Veterans Writing Workshop (through Oct. 29, 2018)
Veterans Write (Dec., 2018)Combat Veteran Spouse Support Group Until Aug 27, 2019
Spouse Support Gr...
The Federal Trade Commission, along with 70 other agencies, has announced 100 law enforcement actions across all 50 states against fraudulent charities stealing from individuals looking to give to nonprofits that support veterans and military members. Dur...
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).
Customers participating in WARM:
On December 31, 2018, the Defense Health Agency's TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (TRDP) will end. However, as directed in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2017, retired uniformed service members and their families, who were el...
If you or someone you know is in crisis or thinking about suicide, contact the toll-free, 24/7 Veterans Crisis Line to speak with a trained, caring VA responder. Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, text to 838255, or chat online at VeteransCrisisLin...