Veterans Day en Father and Son Go to War <p>It has been twelve years since the US war in Afghanistan began, and for some families the conflict spans two generations.</p><p>Army Colonel Tom Stokes, and Air Force Reservist Brenden Stokes, a father and son duo, both served in Afghanistan within months of each other.</p><p>Colonel Stokes was deployed to Afghanistan as a behavioral health social worker whose job is to provide behavioral prevention and outreach to soldiers in the most harsh locations. Mon, 11 Nov 2013 20:27:59 +0000 Katie Martin 19621 at Father and Son Go to War Cold Hands and Warm Hearts at Pittsburgh's Veterans Day Parade <p>Thousands of people converged on downtown Pittsburgh Monday for the annual Veterans Day parade. Many of them were watching, and even more were marching.</p><p>Dozens of high school bands provided entertainment while veterans from every generation marched down the length of Smithfield Street.</p><p>Onlookers greeted the vets with cheers and applause, shouting “Thank you!”</p><p>Paul Kennedy, western vice commander for the Pennsylvania American Legion, lives in the North Hills and said it was great to see so many people come out for the parade.</p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 20:01:56 +0000 Liz Reid 19627 at Cold Hands and Warm Hearts at Pittsburgh's Veterans Day Parade What Makes a Child a Gold Star Child? <p>An estimated five-thousand American children have lost a parent to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq since 2001.</p><p>Children who have lost a parent to war are the subject of the documentary <a href=""><em>Gold Star Children: Two Generations Sharing Loss and Healing</em></a>, premiering today on the Pentagon channel.</p><p>The film’s writer, producer and director Mitty Griffis Mirrer, is a gold star child. Mirrer says the documentary is about helping the current group of gold star children. Mon, 11 Nov 2013 19:10:53 +0000 Nick Frost 19616 at What Makes a Child a Gold Star Child? Pittsburgh Honors Veterans with 94th Annual Veterans Day Parade <p>The city of Pittsburgh will hold its 94<sup>th</sup> annual Veterans Day parade on Monday.</p><p>Tony Filardi of Overbrook served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and has been the chair of the Veterans Day parade committee since 1990.</p><p>Filardi said the parade is an important tradition that pays tribute both to veterans and to active duty military.</p><p>“It’s to honor all the veterans who served in the service and also the military people who are serving currently,” Filardi said. “After all, without them, our nation would not be free, because freedom is not free.”</p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 08:30:00 +0000 Liz Reid 19387 at