Veteran en Peters Twp. Wounded Veteran's 'Smart Home' Unveiled <p>Marine Sgt. Doug Vitale was leading his squad through Afghanistan in 2011 when he stepped on an improvised explosive device and lost both his legs above the knee.&nbsp; Because he lost so much blood, he also suffered strokes on both sides of his brain.</p><p>“He’s still in a rehab program, for almost three years now, to continue to get better and improve,” Alexis Vitale, Doug’s wife, said. “And he is, he does continue to get better, but we work for a long time for small things at this point, but he’s determined and he’s hard working and keeps going.”</p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 11:45:20 +0000 Jessica Nath 32024 at Zappala Donates Books to Duquesne Law Students <p> When veterans face criminal charges in Allegheny County, many of them are not represented by experienced lawyers.&nbsp; Instead, they are often defended by law students.</p><p><br />“It’s critical to help these individuals on so many different levels,” said Allison Gordon, Duquesne University law student and clinic manager. “We have them socially engaged, we have their medical engagement through VA resources and then for us to be able to help them with their legal issues, it helps bring them back into the community and be active members.”</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 10:40:49 +0000 Jessica Nath 30008 at Zappala Donates Books to Duquesne Law Students Project Journey: Supporting the Needs of Women Veterans <p>Pennsylvania has the 8th largest population of women veterans in the country.</p><p>The <a href="">Veteran’s Leadership</a> program, which provides housing, employment and support services for eligible local veterans, was recently selected by the <a href="">Newman’s Own Foundation</a> to receive a $45,000 grant to help female Veteran’s with career development.</p><p>Project Journey&nbsp;Coordinator Trudy Friend and Development Director and Community Relations Michelle Margittai work with these Veterans by providing resources that aid in their <a href="">transition</a> back to civilian life.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 23:10:03 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 22652 at Project Journey: Supporting the Needs of Women Veterans New WWII Memorial Reflects Pittsburgh in Glass & Steel <p>This Friday, Southwestern Pennsylvania World War II memorial will be unveiled on the North Shore. Larry Kirkland, the artist behind the project says it was a long time coming.</p><p>“The memorial has had four different locations and four different designs. It really has been a challenge. No one had any idea how complicated building something like this would be and we had no idea how to go about fundraising for it,” he says.</p><p>The memorial is meant to represent Pittsburgh's unique role in the war, "very quickly they shifted from making pickles to making airplanes" he explains. Wed, 04 Dec 2013 21:30:17 +0000 Kate Martin 20813 at New WWII Memorial Reflects Pittsburgh in Glass & Steel