military en Pittsburgh Area Vets Honored for Their D-Day Service <p>“All I know is we wanted to get off that beach which we did because there was a lot of casualties,” recalls Ralph Russo of New Castle about the D-Day landing at Normandy 70 years ago today.</p><p>There where thousands of casualties—9,000 Allied troops were killed or wounded including 6,600 Americans.</p><p>96-year old Mike Vernillo of Pittsburgh served with the US 227<sup>th</sup> Field Artillery Battalion on June 6, 1944.</p><p>“It was very difficult; you can’t stop to help nobody, you have to just keep running.”</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 12:00:14 +0000 Kevin Gavin 30455 at Sexual Assault in Military to be Explored at Bricolage Performance <p>A performance at Bricolage in downtown Pittsburgh this Saturday will shed light on sexual assault in the military.</p><p><em>Fifth Wall: Sexual Assault in the Military</em>, presented by the Bricolage Production Company and advocacy group Stop Sexual Assault in the Military, explores the problem through different artistic genres.</p><p>The program will include clips from the documentary <em>The Invisible War</em>, scenes from Pittsburgh playwright Tammy Ryan’s <em>Soldier’s Heart </em>and a panel discussion with the audience.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 19:44:04 +0000 Julian Routh 25388 at 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 Toys for Troops Helps Service Members and Vets Make Ends Meet <p>A toy giveaway focused on veterans, active duty personnel and members of the National Guard makes its debut in Pennsylvania Tuesday.</p><p>The Toys for Troops event will pass out two gifts per child for every military family in the Pittsburgh area. Operation Once in a Lifetime runs the event, and East Coast Regional Operations manager Marc Morris said these kind of initiatives are important because often times vets won't speak up when they need something.</p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 23:44:39 +0000 Larkin Page-Jacobs 21463 at Vanished: The Missing Men of WWII <p>In his <a href="!book/c10fk">new book</a>, <em>Vanished: the Sixty-Year Search for the Missing Men of World War II</em>, author Wil S. Hylton recounts the story of a group of missing WWII servicemen.</p><p>"The Big Stoop Crew" got it’s name from its commanding officer, Frank Arhar, a native of Johnstown. Described as a big, incredibly friendly man, his nickname “ Big Stoop” came from a popular friendly giant character in a popular 1940 serial film. Once the group got their own plane, they named it and their crew after him.</p><p>Hylton says he first discovered this story as an embedded journalist with the Joint Prisoners of War, Missing in Action Accounting Command, also known as J-PAC. Their mission is to track down missing aircraft from the last one hundred years of military conflict, and attempt to recover and identify the remains of military personnel. Wed, 04 Dec 2013 22:38:24 +0000 Katie Martin 20812 at Vanished: The Missing Men of WWII Reporting on America's Longest War <p>Pittsburgh native Carmen Gentile, has been an embedded freelance reporter with American troops throughout the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, America’s longest war. &nbsp;</p><p>Despite a slow removal of troops from the Middle East, Gentile says the violence is far from under control. Mon, 11 Nov 2013 19:35:49 +0000 Katie Martin 19622 at Reporting on America's Longest War Meet Julia Parsons, Pittsburgh Native and WWII Code Breaker <p>Imagine your mom, or your grandmother, maybe even your great-grandmother, with a secret past. Perhaps you know that she’s lived through some major historical events like World War II.</p><p>Now imagine finding out she not only lived through it – but was an integral part of secret military operations during the war.</p><p>That is part of Pittsburgh native Julia Parsons’ story. She was part of an all-women’s German code-breaking team.</p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 11:45:21 +0000 Deanna Garcia 16629 at Meet Julia Parsons, Pittsburgh Native and WWII Code Breaker America's Role in Global Conflicts <p>Last night the President made his case for retaliation in Syria, in response to the <a href="">chemical attack</a> on August 21st, in the suburbs of Damascus.</p><p>Although he stated that he was willing to try diplomacy one last time, President Obama said Bashar Assad’s act of terrorism should not go unanswered.</p><p></p><p>“The President made a strong case and he laid out his reasons, but I don’t think that it swayed many people despite the fact that he made the best case that he possibly could,” says Dr. Taylor Seybolt, Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. Wed, 11 Sep 2013 18:16:28 +0000 Katie Martin 16355 at America's Role in Global Conflicts The Crisis in Syria, from a Pittsburgh Perspective <p>Dr. Basel Termanini, <a href=";sa=D&amp;sntz=1&amp;usg=AFQjCNHfiXmwmRtRpPRJN9flv-D-PEPvnQ">Syrian American Medical Society</a> Pittsburgh Chapter President, was born and grew up in Aleppo, Syria. Dr. Termanini has lived in Pittsburgh for 16 years and has visited his home country almost every summer with his family.</p><p>During his most recent visits, he says security and government corruption have been worse than ever before. Dr. Termanini feels much more comfortable in areas that are not controlled by the Syrian government. One of the biggest problems Syrian citizens face is government issued air strikes at medical facilities.</p><p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 20:52:18 +0000 Nick Frost 16287 at The Crisis in Syria, from a Pittsburgh Perspective Senator Casey Says US Needs To Take Action in Syria <p>As classified congressional briefings continue today, Pennsylvania US Senator Bob Casey says he has no doubt that Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons against Syrian citizens.</p><p>Casey is a member of the National Security Working Group and thinks the United States needs to take an aggressive approach with Assad, by targeting the assets which allow Syria to maintain its military superiority in the region. Tue, 03 Sep 2013 19:33:27 +0000 Heather McClain 15907 at Senator Casey Says US Needs To Take Action in Syria Are We Ready to Take on Another War? <p>Discussion about the need for military intervention in Syria continues in Washington as President Obama and Congress explore options for the United States.</p><p>The Syrian government is under scrutiny for using chemical weapons against its own people while trying to dispel rebels amidst their civil war.</p><p>Former U.S. Ambassador and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writer Dan Simpson thinks the American military should stay out of the Syrian conflict. Thu, 29 Aug 2013 19:48:50 +0000 Katie Blackley 15692 at Are We Ready to Take on Another War?