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Veteran Affairs

The Cambria County Veterans’ Services Office strives to provide courteous, efficient and professional services to the County’s Veterans, Veterans’ spouses, and Veterans’ families. As such, we are working by appointment. Please call 814-472-1590 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. to schedule an appointment.

Our office is coming to a location near you! We look forward to informing our Veterans, and their families, about the services we provide, possible benefits, and answering your questions. We hope you can join us, and we look forward to seeing you!

Thursday, September 14 at 1 p.m.

Carrolltown Public Library

Thursday, September 21 at 1 p.m.

Gallitzin Public Library

Wednesday, September 27 at 1 p.m.

Cresson Public Library

Friday, September 29 at 1 p.m.

Highland Community Library in Richland

Thursday, October 5 at 1 p.m.

South Fork Public Library

Friday, October 6 at 1 p.m.

Patton Public Library

Wednesday, October 11 at 1 p.m.

Nanty Glo Public Library

Friday, October 13 at 1 p.m.

Beaverdale Public Library

Wednesday, October 18 at 1 p.m.

Northern Cambria Public Library

Friday, October 20 at 1 p.m.

Portage Public Library

Wednesday, October 25 at 1 p.m.

Hastings Public Library

Friday, October 27 at 1 p.m.

Cambria County Library in Johnstown

Wednesday, November 1 at 1 p.m.

Lilly-Washington Public Library

Friday, November 3 at 1 p.m.

Ebensburg Cambria Public Library

Services provided at the Courthouse Office:

  • Advise, assist and counsel Veterans and their families in the process necessary to obtain Veterans’ benefits
  • Assist Veterans, Veterans’ surviving spouses or dependents in providing information, and completing forms and documents when applying for benefits
  • Establish military /claim data files on all Veterans coming into the office
  • Distribute death benefit claims for the county
  • Transmit records for deceased Veterans to the US Department of Veterans Affairs, as required by the county code
  • Control and distribute U.S. flags and holders to various service organizations for placement on appropriate Veterans’ gravesites
  • Remain current  on new laws and regulations specifically applying to Veterans
  • Keep citizens aware of Veterans’ needs and sacrifices they made
  • Administer claims for the services connected to disabilities, pensions for Veterans unable to work, medical care, home loan guarantees, burial benefits and death dependency, and indemnity compensation and death pensions
  • How do I enroll in the VA health care system?
    • The easiest, and quickest, way to enroll in the VA health system, is to fill out a VA Form 10-10EZ online at There are many factors about who may be eligible to apply, and we can help you determine that.
  • Where can I get my discharge paper (DD-214)?
    • A Veteran’s discharge paper is a must! If you don’t have yours, we can help you to locate one. Many Veterans filed their discharge papers with the county, and the Recorder of Deeds Office maintains thousands of them. Or you may request a copy from the National Archives ( Request Military Service Records | National Archives ). In order to request a discharge, you will need the Veteran’s social security number, date and place of birth, the approximate dates the Veteran served, and in which branch of the military.
  • What is a service-connected disability?
    • A service-connected disability is an injury that either occurred in, or was aggravated by, military service. A Veteran must show an event in service, a current diagnosis of a disabling condition, and a medical connection/link between the in service event and the current disabling condition.
  • What is the Veterans’ (and surviving spouses’) pension program?
    • The Veterans and surviving spouses’ pension program is designed to help offset care costs for eligible Veterans and their surviving spouses. You must be 65 or older, have a net worth of less than $138,489, and show a need. The program is only available to Veterans (and the surviving spouses of Veterans) who served on active duty while America was engaged in armed conflict. Service must have been within these dates: World War II Dec. 7, 1941 – Dec. 31, 1946; Korean War June 27, 1950 – Jan. 31 1955; Vietnam War Nov. 1, 1955 – May 7, 1975 (for veterans who served in Vietnam), Aug. 5, 1964 – May 7, 1975 (for veterans who served outside of Vietnam); Gulf War Aug. 2, 1990 – present.
  • What is the phone number for the Federal Department of Veterans’ Affairs?
    • The phone number is 1-800-827-1000.
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Our COntact info

Philip D. Rice
Director of Veterans’ Affairs

Timothy M. Sherry
Veterans’ Service Officer

Terry Powers, USMC
Veterans’ Services Representative

200 South Center Street
Ebensburg, PA 15931

Phone: (814) 472-1590
Fax: (814) 472-1423



Hours: Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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