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Posted on: December 14, 2018

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.

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Posted on: December 13, 2018

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.

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Posted on: December 13, 2018

Funeral information for SGT Jason M. McClary

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...

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Posted on: December 13, 2018

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.

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Posted on: December 12, 2018

Avoiding veteran scams, Employment, Veterans Breakfast Clubs, more

DMVA DigestA publication of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans AffairsDecember 12, 2018

 DMVA News 

DMVA Digest Holiday Schedule: 

In observance of the Christmas holiday, the DMVA Digest will not be published on Wed...

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Posted on: December 12, 2018

Benefit dinner for family of SGT Jason McClary Dec. 23, Vandergrift

Flyer for benefit dinner December 23rd for family of Sergeant McClary

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...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: December 12, 2018

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.

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Posted on: December 11, 2018

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.

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Posted on: December 11, 2018

Assistance available for winter heating bills

Happy people in a snowball fight

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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Posted on: December 10, 2018

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.

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Posted on: December 10, 2018

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.

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Posted on: December 7, 2018

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.”

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Posted on: December 7, 2018

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.

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Posted on: December 6, 2018

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.

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Posted on: December 6, 2018

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.

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Posted on: December 5, 2018

DMVA News: Veteran events, employment opportunities, more

DMVA DigestA publication of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans AffairsDecember 5, 2018

 DMVA News 

Deadline Approaching For Veterans’ Trust Fund Grant Applications: 

The Department of Military and Veterans...

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Posted on: December 5, 2018

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.

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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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Posted on: December 5, 2018

iPhone users can connect directly with Veterans Crisis Line

Veterans Crisis Line graphic

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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Posted on: December 4, 2018

Pentagon Names Fourth Service Member Killed in Afghanistan Blast

Sgt. Jason M. McClary

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.

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Posted on: December 4, 2018

'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.

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Posted on: December 4, 2018

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.

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Posted on: December 3, 2018

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.

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Posted on: December 3, 2018

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.

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Posted on: December 3, 2018

Export service member dies after being injured in Afghanistan

Sgt. Jason M. McClary

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.

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Posted on: November 30, 2018

VA seeks public comment on Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers program

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...

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Posted on: November 30, 2018

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.

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Posted on: November 29, 2018

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.

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Posted on: November 29, 2018

VA Benefits Chief: "Every Single Veteran Will Be Made Whole"

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...

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Posted on: November 29, 2018

Thousands to See GI Bill Housing Payment Bump

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.

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Posted on: November 28, 2018

DMVA Digest November 28

  DMVA News

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...

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Posted on: November 28, 2018

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.

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Posted on: November 26, 2018

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.

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Posted on: November 21, 2018

PA Veteran News 21 November 2018

DMVA Digest   A publication of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans Affairs   November 21, 2018

  DMVA News

Two Local Veterans, 35 Medal Of Honor Recipients Inducted Into The Southeastern Veterans&a...

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Posted on: November 20, 2018

Army Veteran Receives Saint Vincent College Scholarship

Saint Vincent College Scholarship award ceremony 2018

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...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: November 16, 2018

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.

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Posted on: November 15, 2018

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.

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Posted on: November 15, 2018

Proclamation in Honor of 1st Lt. Eugene P. Ford

Westmoreland County Commissioners award Proclamation in Honor Of  1st Lt. Eugene P. Ford

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...

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Posted on: November 14, 2018

Nominate a Female Veteran, Honoring Veterans, Hunting Camp, more...

DMVA DigestA publication of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans AffairsNovember 14, 2018

 DMVA News 

DMVA To Host Open House At Pennsylvania Soldiers' & Sailors' Home In Erie: 

You're invited to an open house at ...

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Posted on: November 23, 2018

Pennsylvania’s Veterans Homes Offer Memory Care Services

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...

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Posted on: November 13, 2018

Armistice forgotten? Region musters little interest in marking centennial of end of World War I

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.

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Posted on: November 9, 2018

Army Veteran is Recipient of 2018 Saint Vincent College Veteran Scholarship

Brian Zebracki, US Army, receiving the Saint Vincent College Scholarship  2018

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...

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Posted on: November 9, 2018

New VA.gov website

A MESSAGE FROM THE OFFICE OF PUBLIC AND INTERGOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS

 

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie Announces 

the New VA.gov website

See Video Here 

Fellow VA Employees, since my arrival, you’ve heard ...

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Posted on: November 8, 2018

PA National Guard Carnegie Science Camp applications open

FY19 Carnegie Science Center Campin Flyer

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.

REGISTRATION &...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: November 9, 2018

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...

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Posted on: November 8, 2018

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.”

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Posted on: November 8, 2018

VA launches new one-stop shop website

New va.gov homepage screenshot

Visit the new va.gov website to access all of your Veterans benefits in one place.

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Posted on: November 8, 2018

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.

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Posted on: November 8, 2018

WWI COMMISSION ANNOUNCES 'BELLS OF PEACE' ON ARMISTICE CENTENNIAL

Bells of Peace 2018 logo

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...

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Posted on: November 7, 2018

Derry Township pilot killed in WWII to be laid to rest

BY GREG REINBOLD

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. ...

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Posted on: November 2, 2018

5 Things Military Families Must Know About Tricare's New Open Enrollment

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.

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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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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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Posted on: October 1, 2018

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

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Posted on: November 6, 2018

Know before you give: Charity Navigator rates Veteran Non-profits

Charity Navigator logo

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...

Follow the link to see top-rated charities...

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Posted on: August 16, 2018

4 More Things to Know About the New Military Retiree Dental Coverage

Dentist on Comfort (c. 1915-1920, Lib. of Congress)

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).

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Posted on: October 2, 2018

Need Help Lowering Your Electric Bill?

What are the benefits of the WARM program?

    Customers participating in WARM:

  • Receive an in-home energy usage evaluation
  • Work with a trained energy educator to create an energy-savings plan
  • Have the opportunity to receive energy-saving hom...
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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: November 5, 2018

Retiree Tricare Dental to end--open enrollment in new program begins 12 November

TricareDental

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...

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Posted on: October 1, 2018

Help a veteran in crisis--keep these resources on hand

Veterans Crisis Line graphic

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...

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