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VA to open 2nd satellite office for Monessen-area residents

| Saturday, March 16, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

The success of a New Kensington satellite office means veterans living in the Mon Valley area will not have to travel to Greensburg to take care of business.

The Westmoreland County Veterans Affairs Office is opening a second satellite office on May 15 for Monessen-area residents.

“It helps us to see the veterans where they live within their community,” said Matthew Zamosky, county director of veterans affairs. “It makes it easier for someone who's working or maybe has some transportation challenges.”

The Monessen satellite office will be open once monthly on every third Wednesday. Most services offered at the county courthouse can be handled at either of the two satellite offices.

The New Kensington location opened Jan. 9 at District Judge Frank Pallone's office along Fourth Avenue and has office hours every second Wednesday. There's been a good response, with employees helping 15 veterans in three days, Zamosky said.

“If we send somebody up there and they help two people, then we're ahead,” he said.

Both areas — the Mon and Alle-Kiski valleys — are “self-contained entities” and residents don't typically have to drive far for groceries and other shopping, he said. That makes it less likely veterans there would be coming to Greensburg for a routine visit, he said.

According to Census figures, 757 veterans live in Monessen, about 9 percent of the population. About 1,450 veterans live in New Kensington, or 11 percent.

Renatta Signorini is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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