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Posted on: February 22, 2019

News from around the region, state, and nation

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Healing Hearts Bring Valentine’s Day Cheer In Erie: 

Joanne Clapper from Christian radio station 106.3 FM was at DMVA's Pennsylvania Soldiers' & Sailors' Home in Erie (Erie County), for the facility's ann...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: February 19, 2019

Vietam Veterans of Westmoreland Tet Party Feb. 23

Design for Tet party on black t shirt with fighter flying past a wild boar for year of the boar

Vietnam Veterans of Westmoreland County annual TET party

3-9 pm, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019

All Saints Brewery, Route 119 and Roseytown Road, Hempfield  15601

$20. Food, refreshments, door prizes, music. 

More info: 724-853-2388

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: February 19, 2019

Navy veteran presents Legion centennial program at libraries in Herminie, Derry

Bob MacPherson, a retired Navy officer, will present a program at two Westmoreland County libraries on the history of the American Legion, the veterans organization that is marking its 100th year and has numbered MacPherson among its members for 43 years.

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Posted on: February 19, 2019

VA’s ‘Better Starts Today’ campaign challenges Veterans to ditch smokeless tobacco

WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it will mark the annual Great American Spit Out on Feb. 21, calling attention to the dangers of using smokeless tobacco, with its “Better ...

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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: February 15, 2019

Take Steps to Avoid Scams This Tax Season

 As tax season begins, it is important to protect yourself and your family from scams and phishing schemes designed to steal your money or personal financial information.

One common scam to keep an eye out for involves phony “Final Demand for Paym...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: February 14, 2019

Ohiopyle events for vets, Jobs in sw PA, around the state and nation

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Ohiopyle State Park Events: 

- 2019 events include: Moonlight Snowshoe, Feb. 16, 2019; fly fishing weekend, May 17-19, 2019; Middle Yough Float, June 29, 2019; and Lower Yough Rafting, Aug. 10, 2019- For more information or to register, pleas...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: February 13, 2019

Would you be prepared to act in a mental health emergency?

Menatl Health First Aid flyer

Mental Health First Aid will be offered at WCCC March 30 and April 13. Scholarships available for WCCC current students.

Learn the risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies to help someone in crisis, and where to t...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: February 12, 2019

Apple lets veterans track their health records on the iPhone

Active members of the military and those who’ve left the service who receive care through Veteran Health Administration hospitals will be able to view all their personal medical data through the Health Records feature on their iPhones.

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Posted on: February 11, 2019

Registration opens for 2019 National Veterans Wheelchair Games

Event to be held July 11-16 in Louisville, KY

WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that Veterans interested in registering for the 2019 National Veterans Wheelchair Games can do so online Jan. 7 through April ...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: February 8, 2019

Disabled Veteran Air Rifle Clinic and Competition March 16/17

Disabled Veteran Air Rifle Clinic and Competition 

See flyer

Instructional Clinic- March 16, 2019

Instruction at 9am, 11am and 1pm

Equipment and lunch provided

Competition - March 17, 2010

Air rifle 3-position sporter competition

with events at 9am, 11a...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: February 7, 2019

PA DMVA News 6 Feb 2019

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Southwestern PA:

Ohiopyle State Park Events: 

- 2019 events include: Moonlight Snowshoe, Feb. 16, 2019; fly fishing weekend, Winter Weekend for Veterans Feb. 24, 2019; May 17-19, 2019; Middle Yough Float, June 29, 2019; and ...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: February 7, 2019

More help for soldiers in need: Medical equipment, dental costs, child safety, spouse immigration fe

Soldiers may now qualify for more help with family members’ dental expenses, medical equipment and device costs, and with foreign-born spouses’ passport and immigration fees through Army Emergency Relief.

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Posted on: February 4, 2019

Role-playing group offers support for veterans

Veteran X isn’t a real person, but his problems are.

He might have housing issues or a drug addiction. Maybe he isn’t sure how to get his discharge paperwork or health care.

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Posted on: January 31, 2019

VA unveils proposed rules extending more private care to veterans

Nearly four times as many veterans could be eligible for private health care paid for by the Department of Veterans Affairs under sweeping rules the agency proposed Wednesday. The rules will be open to public comment.

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Posted on: January 30, 2019

Events, employment, news for veterans

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DMVA Active in 2018 Supporting Veterans, Commonwealth and Nation: 

In 2018, the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) experienced a strong year fulfilling its dual mission of supporting nearly...

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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 25, 2019

Take action to prevent veteran suicides

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People can experience an emotional or mental health crisis due to a wide range of situations. For some, it might be the end of a personal relationship. For others, it might be the loss of a job. For Veterans, these crises can be heightened by their experi...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: January 24, 2019

Veteran events, employment, and info from around the state and nation

 

Soldier's Heart Retreat: 

- April 11-14, 2019- Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, 616 N. Highland Ave., Pittsburgh, PA (Allegheny County)- For questions, please contact Jennifer Casale at jcasale@soldiersheart.net or 518-274-0501- Soldier'...

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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: January 16, 2019

Scammer fined, Farm Show, Employment, Events

Mobile Veterans service outreach van at PA Farm Show with staff and visitors

  • DMVA NewsDMVA Still Looking For 11 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 D.C. is leading an initiative ...
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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: January 14, 2019

Scholarship applications now being accepted

Please see the following links to scholarship opportunities for military/veterans/dependents. Spouses maybe also eligible for tuition assistance for training, certifications, etc.

Navy League Foundation (https://www.navyleague.org/programs/scholarships): Th...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: January 14, 2019

Food Stamp Programs to Remain Available Through February for Troops, Vets

The Agriculture Department has issued assurances that funding is in place to continue its food stamp program through February, despite the government shutdown. Thousands of active-duty troops and about 1.4 million veterans benefit from the program.

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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 11, 2019

Attorney General Josh Shapiro Holds Pennsylvania Woman Accountable for Scamming Veterans

Attorney General Josh Shapiro Holds Pennsylvania Woman Accountable for Scamming Veterans with Uncertified Claims Benefits Assistance

 January 11, 2019HARRISBURG – Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced his Bureau of Consumer Protection and ...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: January 9, 2019

DMVA News, January 9

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DMVA And Department Of Agriculture To Host Veterans, Military & Their Families Day At The 103rd PA Farm Show:

The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs is partnering with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture to host Ve...

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Veteran's Affairs
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 8, 2019

REGAN APPOINTED CHAIRMAN OF SENATE VETERANS AFFAIRS AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS COMMITTEE

HARRISBURG – Today Senator Mike Regan (R-31, Cumberland and York Counties) was appointed by Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati to serve as Chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee for the 2019-2020 legislative se...

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Veteran's Affairs
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: December 28, 2018

Registration opens for 2019 National Veterans Wheelchair Games

WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that Veterans interested in registering for the 2019 National Veterans Wheelchair Games can do so online Jan. 7 through April 15.

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Posted on: December 27, 2018

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

Cliff Bauman was plagued by guilt after the 9/11 attacks. After surviving a suicide attempt, he knew he had to seek help.

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Posted on: January 16, 2019

THE 14TH QUARTERMASTER/OPERATION DESERT STORM SCHOLARSHIP FUND

The 14th Quartermaster/Operation Desert Storm Scholarship Fund was established at The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County to provide scholarship support to Westmoreland County High School students who are considering a career within a military bra...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: December 11, 2018

Assistance available for winter heating bills

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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...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: December 11, 2018

Gun locks available at VA

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 ...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: December 5, 2018

iPhone users can connect directly with Veterans Crisis Line

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Suicide Prevention

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...

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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
Posted on: October 20, 2018

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....

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