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Posted on: June 24, 2019

Pennsylvania warns of phone scam targeting elderly, disabled

Phone scammers posing as state Department of Revenue employees are targeting senior citizens and people with disabilities in an effort to obtain people’s bank information, according to the state agency.

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Posted on: June 24, 2019

Caring for a loved one at home?

Hands with a felt heart and question "Caregivers, who takes care of you?"

Caring for someone with a chronic condition is physically, emotionally, and financially draining. The Area Agency on Aging offers a 6-week class on self-care and empowerment, helping you take care of yourself while caring for others. Caregivers benefit fr...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: June 21, 2019

Women Veterans Lunch June 28th, Pittsburgh

June 28 Women Veterans Lunch in PIttsburgh

Veterans Leadership Program invites women veterans and women veteran service providers to a free luncheon Friday, June 28th from 11 am to 12 pm at VLP.  2834 Smallman St, Pittsburgh. 15201.  Childcare will be provided. RSVP to Patti at 4...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: June 22, 2019

U.S. Army 28th Infantry Division Band to perform in Hempfield

The United States Army 28th Infantry Division Band is slated to play at Hempfield Park next week.The free performance will be at 7 p.m. June 28 at Hempfield Park’s amphitheater. Food and drink will be available for purchase.

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Posted on: June 21, 2019

News from around the region, state, and nation June 19, 2019

 DMVA News 

Fort Indiantown Gap Announces Free Guided 2019 Tours Of Rare Regal Fritillary Butterfly Habitat: 

This July, visitors are invited to see the only population of regal fritillary butterflies in the eastern United States ...

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Posted on: June 13, 2019

News from around the region, state, and nation

 Local Interest

Veteran Summer Stand Down: 

- June 29, 2019, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.- Veterans Place Service Center, 945 Washington Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA (Allegheny County)- For more information contact rbarnes@veteransplaceusa.org - Free a...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: June 13, 2019

New VA Policy Aims to Stop Veterans from Hiding Guns in Wheelchairs

The Department of Veterans Affairs now has a policy requiring veterans in wheelchairs to switch to ones provided by the facility during emergency room visits to make sure they're not hiding guns, a top VA official testified Tuesday.

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Posted on: June 13, 2019

Same Day Mental Health services for Veterans

All 172 VA Medical Centers (VAMCs) provide Same-Day Mental Health Care services. If a Veteran is in crisis or has another need for mental health care right away, he or she will receive immediate attention from a health care professional.

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Posted on: June 13, 2019

Robin's Home: A haven for homeless female veterans in Butler

The unassuming house at 401 Pearl St. in Butler looks much like its neighbors: three stories high and built circa 1900s. But this house is being transformed into a much-needed resource, thanks to the vision of one veteran.

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Posted on: June 12, 2019

Marine Corps League of Pennsylvania to gather in Hempfield

A group of 200-to-250 members of the Marine Corps League of Pennsylvania are expected to descend upon the Greensburg area next week for the organization’s 74th annual convention.

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Posted on: June 11, 2019

Q&A: Charley Shop’n Save owner bikes across U.S. for veterans’ charity

Ray Charley biked 2,000 miles to prepare for his 3,048-mile, 48-day trek across the United States.The 14 cyclists in Charley’s group raised money for different veteran charities. Charley raised money for Feherty’s Troops First Foundation.

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Posted on: June 11, 2019

No more smoking at VA hospitals

The Department of Veterans Affairs is outlawing smoking, vaping and other forms of tobacco use at its health care facilities across the country in an effort to better treat and protect patients, the agency announced Monday.

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Posted on: June 10, 2019

World War II fighter pilot, retired Leechburg eye doctor promotes recycling, renewable energy

Dr. Arthur Duppstadt owes most of his life to the French.
The now-retired optometrist from Leechburg was 19 when his P-51 Mustang, a single-seat fighter plane, was shot down during World War II in Nazi- occupied France.

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Posted on: June 10, 2019

Former Ligonier female veteran honored for long military service

“I was just a small town girl who got to get out and see the world,” said Wilkins, 48, a former Ligonier resident.

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Posted on: June 10, 2019

Thousands of disabled veterans may get refunds of VA home loan fees

More than 53,000 disabled veterans may be owed refunds totaling about $189 million in home loan fees they were incorrectly charged by the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to estimates from the VA Inspector General.

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Posted on: June 6, 2019

Feathers Artist Market features Vietnam veteran’s work

Hempfield artist and Vietnam veteran Jack Otto will have his patriotic artwork featured at Feathers Artist Market in Irwin during the month of July.

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Posted on: June 6, 2019

Stories from D-Day

On the night of June 5, 1944, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower wrote a letter of apology. He knew history was watching.

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Posted on: June 6, 2019

Western Pennsylvanians look back on D-Day 75 years later

Warren Goss will never forget the rigorous training he went through in England leading up to the D-Day invasion.

Particularly what it didn’t prepare him for.

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Posted on: June 6, 2019

News from around the state, region, and nation from PA DMVA

DMVA Still Looking For Seven Photos Of Pennsylvania Veterans Who Paid Ultimate Sacrifice In Vietnam: 

To further honor and preserve the memory of our veterans for future generations, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund in Washington, D.C. is leadin...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: June 6, 2019

Free Braille/Talking Book Program for Veterans

Woman veteran listening to an audiobook

 This program, from the National Library Service (NLS) and the Library of Congress, provides talking books, audio magazines, and digital talking-book players free of charge.

Any honorably discharged Veteran who is blind, has low vision, or a disab...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: June 5, 2019

VA announces final community care regulations under MISSION Act

WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the publication in the Federal Register of two final regulations as part of its new Veterans Community Care Program under the VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthe...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: June 15, 2019

Volunteer drivers need for VA Pittsburgh medical appointments

Photo of a veteran getting ready to ride a DAV to a medical appointment, with the driver

Call Westmoreland County Veterans Affairs at 724-830-3050 to learn about becoming a volunteer driver. Find information on  DAV van service from Westmoreland County to VA Pittsburgh medical appointments at https://www.co.westmoreland.pa.us/1290/DA...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: June 5, 2019

Life-saving partners: Veterans honor their service dogs at Duquesne U. ceremony

Army veteran Sami Erbecker stopped her car on a bridge last month and got out of the vehicle because, she said, “I was going to jump.” Her dog Angel blocked her. “I got back in the car and went home because I could not leave Angel behind.”

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Posted on: June 5, 2019

Queen, world leaders honor veterans on D-Day anniversary

Queen Elizabeth II and world leaders gathered Wednesday on the south coast of England to honor the troops who risked and sacrificed their lives 75 years ago on D-Day, a bloody but ultimately triumphant turning point in World War II.

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Posted on: June 4, 2019

Op-Ed: Veterans with addiction: Get your life back — for you and your family

"As a physician in the U.S. Air Force, I became addicted to prescription pain pills following a routine hernia repair surgery. I’m now celebrating 19 years in recovery; and, I’m here to tell you that there is hope."

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Posted on: June 4, 2019

Smithton fair will feature Chris Higbee concert, celebrate Legion centennial

Smithton’s American Legion and volunteer fire department are joining forces to put on a community street fair that will feature a free concert by local country artist Chris Higbee July 13.

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Posted on: June 3, 2019

South Greensburg bugler, 79, has played taps at military funerals since 1956

Trumpeter John Massari of South Greensburg can’t say for certain how many times he’s performed taps with the VFW Post 33 Honor Guard in Greensburg.

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Posted on: June 3, 2019

Hempfield National Guard drill delivers goods to local charities

Thirty recent recruits with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard detachment in Hempfield completed a march with a mission Saturday.

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Posted on: June 3, 2019

From World War II through Vietnam, women served in war zones as ‘Donut Dollies’

Debby Griffith MacSwain had only been in Vietnam for a couple of weeks when she was asked by a surgeon to hold the hand of a soldier who was about to die.

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Posted on: June 3, 2019

With major changes a week away, VA secretary confident his department is ready

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie is approaching next Friday “just another day at VA” and not potentially one of the most transformative and disruptive moments for the veterans health system in decades.

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Posted on: May 31, 2019

Disabled Veterans can fly Space Available Flights for free

When congress signed the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act last year,100% service connected disabled Veterans became eligible for Space Available Travel.

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Posted on: June 3, 2019

Volunteer Van Drivers sought to transport veterans to Pittsburgh VA medical appointments

Westmoreland County Department of Veterans Affairs is seeking volunteer van drivers to transport Westmoreland County veterans to VA medical appointments in Pittsburgh.  Volunteer drivers operate the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) van service &a...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: May 31, 2019

Red Coat Ambassadors needed to assist patients, visitors at VAPHS

VA Red Coat Ambassador volunteers flyers with photos of volunteers at the VA Pittsburgh

VA Pittsburgh  is looking for volunteers for the Red Coat Ambassador program to support Veterans and their families by helping them during visit to VA medical facilities. Ambassadors are stationed near medical entrances to greet patients and dire...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: June 1, 2019

Honoring Our Veterans with Special License Plates

 

Annville, PA – With the warmer weather and longer summer days bringing increased travel, the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) suggests an Honoring Our Veterans or the new Honoring our Women Veterans licen...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: May 31, 2019

Major VA Change Info Coming to Your Mailbox

Have you checked your mailbox lately for news from the Department of Veterans Affairs? Veterans around the country have started receiving a letter and brochure from the VA updating them on major changes coming to health care access.

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Posted on: May 30, 2019

News from around the state and nation

DMVA News

Armories, Keystone Conference Center Available For Rentals:

Pennsylvanians who want to host a community function can consider one of 62 Pennsylvania National Guard armories, readiness centers throughout the state, or the Keystone Conference Center...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: May 29, 2019

Washington Township WWII veteran receives honors for stellar service

A World War II veteran from Washington Township has received a long overdue honor for a stellar service.

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Posted on: May 29, 2019

WWII combat medic, 95, honored for his heroic service

Three quarters of a century ago, Felix Lisovich was living day-to-day as a World War II combat medic tending to wounded soldiers in the Philippines, dodging kamikaze attacks from Japanese fighter planes, joining in jungle patrols.

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Posted on: May 28, 2019

Tools for Veterans to quit on World No Tobacco Day May 31st

May 31 observance to shine light on VA tools to help Veterans quit year-round

WASHINGTON — In recognition of “World No Tobacco Day” on May 31, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)  will reaffirm its &...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: May 28, 2019

Unity Army veteran: Talking helps war trauma survivors

Now 75, he recalled those losses Monday as he delivered the keynote address at a Memorial Day service organized by the Greensburg Veterans of Foreign Wars post.

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Posted on: May 28, 2019

WW II veteran, 101, throws Memorial Day party in Lower Burrell

“Thanks for your service!” shouted a young boy with a toothy grin from the backseat of a car driving by along Leechburg Road, minutes after the city’s annual Memorial Day parade came to an end at noon Monday.

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Posted on: May 23, 2019

Disabled Veterans eligible for free National Park Service Lifetime Access Pass

Good for entry into 400+ National Parks and over 2,000 recreation sites across the country

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Posted on: May 23, 2019

Franklin Regional student documentary on traveling Vietnam Wall earns national award

When Colten Oakes, a Franklin Regional senior, got his camera out at the traveling Vietnam War memorial in Murrysville Community Park, he couldn’t help thinking of his grandfather, whose dog tags were hanging around Oakes’s neck.

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Posted on: May 23, 2019

World War II combat medic, now 96, to receive military honors

A 96 year-old Belle Vernon man will be honored next week for his service as a World War II combat medic in a campaign to liberate the Philippines.

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Posted on: May 21, 2019

Students spruce up Lower Burrell’s Veterans Central Park

When a trip to New York City fell through, Burrell High School students decided to donate $1,000 they raised for the outing — along with their free labor — for a much-needed sprucing up of Lower Burrell’s Veterans Central Park on Monday.

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Posted on: May 21, 2019

Kiski Area students looking for vets/families to include on veterans web site

During the festivities this Saturday honoring the late Sgt. Jason M. McClary at the Allegheny Township War Memorial, Kiski Area students will be signing up area veterans and the families of late veterans for inclusion on the Kiski Area Veterans Website.

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Posted on: May 21, 2019

Hard work helps Norwin Air Force Junior ROTC win high honors

Hard work combined with community service were responsible for Norwin High School’s Air Force Junior ROTC program earning the second-highest recognition from the Air Force’s Junior ROTC, officials with the program said.

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Posted on: May 20, 2019

Veterans don’t need to pay for help to apply for benefits in PA

Westmoreland County’s director of Veterans Affairs is reminding veterans that applying for benefits should never come with a fee.

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Posted on: May 14, 2019

What helps prevent dementia? Try exercise, not vitamin pills

If you want to save your brain, focus on keeping the rest of your body well with exercise and healthy habits rather than popping vitamin pills, new guidelines for preventing dementia advise.

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Posted on: May 14, 2019

Applying for Veterans Benefits Should Never Come with a Fee

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Annville, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) reminded veterans and their dependents that they should never pay for assistance to apply for veterans’ benefits. Federal and state laws make provisions...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: May 14, 2019

VA’s Home Loan Guaranty program notifies Veterans of potential loan fee waivers

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced May 13 that Veterans who qualify for a VA Home Loan funding fee waiver are now being notified in their home loan eligibility certificate and disability compensation award letter.

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Posted on: May 10, 2019

News from around the region, state, and nation

  • DMVA NewsDMVA Still Looking For Eight Photos Of Pennsylvania Veterans Who Paid Ultimate Sacrifice In Vietnam:To further honor and preserve the memory of our veterans for future generations, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund in Washington, D.C. is leading...
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Posted on: May 2, 2019

PA DMVA News from around the region, state, and nation

 DMVA News 

Adjutant General Addresses State VFW Annual Loyalty Day Event: 

Maj. Gen. Tony Carrelli, Pennsylvania’s Adjutant General and head of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA), spoke about loyalty...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: May 1, 2019

News for Job Seekers from PA CareerLink

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New staff announcements, Employment conference, Upcoming events, Employer spotlight, Hot Jobs list--all in the CareerLink Chronicle

Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: April 26, 2019

Create a safely plan for you veteran in the home

Frame from "Fierce Loyalty" video on creating a safety plan. It shows a silhouette in grays an

Fierce Loyalty: Safety Plan

This video can help veterans and their loved ones understand the importance of creating a safety plan tailored to individual or family needs that can support someone in the home who may be in crisis. The video tells the story of...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: April 27, 2019

Veterans and Military, you are not alone. Call the Crisis Line for help.

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Military personnel and Veterans who need help or support can call the Veterans Crisis Line at 800-273-8255, press 1. Or, text 838255.

Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: April 23, 2019

Call or chat with the VA Women Veterans Call Center

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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 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.

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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 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 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 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 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.

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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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