Veterans Affairs Our Team


Our Team

The Washington County Veterans Affairs Office has two full time accredited Veteran Service Officers (VSO) and an Administrative Assistant who is currently working on her accreditation.  The office has a combined 18+ years of experience in filing VA claims. 

We are proud to say that there are over 15,000 veterans that consider Washington County their home.

Angelia Mattes, Director and VSO

  • Accredited through the PA Department of Military & Veterans Affairs, American Legion, and Blind Veterans Association
  • Navy Corpsman
  • 5 years of experience as a VSO

Leigh Mawhinney, VSO

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There are many possible benefits available to you and possibly your immediate family members, including, but not limited to: • Disability compensation for injuries and illnesses caused, incurred, or aggravated while serving in the Armed Forces. These conditions must be chronic. • Non-service connected pension • Homebound • Aid and attendance • Education • Life insurance • Home loans • Vocational rehabilitation • Dependent Indemnity Compensation (DIC) • VA medical enrollment • Counseling • Burial benefits • Tax exemption Some benefits are based on a veteran’s time and dates in service. Not all veterans are entitled to the same benefits.
The US Code of Federal Regulations (Title 38) defines the term “veteran” as a person who served in the active military, naval, or air service, and who was discharged or released therefrom under conditions other than dishonorable. For VA purposes; however, there are exceptions, so a person who received an other than honorable conditions discharge should check with a Veterans Service Officer to see what, if any, benefits are available. Current and former members of the Reserves or National Guard who were called to active duty by a federal order and completed the full period for which they were called or ordered to active duty may be eligible for VA benefits as well.
It is preferred that you do contact the office and schedule an appointment if possible due to high volume of veteran client contacts and the length of time allowed for each person served. If you schedule an appointment you will receive our individualized attention. Please call us at 724-228-6865 to schedule.
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