Veteran

Homeless Veterans
4:18 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Pittsburgh Initiative Houses 125 Homeless Veterans

Bill Peduto joined First Lady Michelle Obama's Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness by December 2015. Now 125 homeless vets have received permanent housing in Pittsburgh.
Credit Jessica Nath / 90.5 WESA

  Bill Ward served in the army from 1974-76 and went into construction afterwards, but recent health issues forced him out of his job and into the path of potential homelessness.

But Ward is not homeless thanks to the “Pittsburgh Rapid Results Veterans’ Homeless Boot Camp.”

The Boot Camp “is effectively like a spark to really galvanize the community to end veterans’ homelessness by 2015 and really kind of bring everyone together for a common goal and a common cause,” Jesse Rodriguez, operations director of the Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania, said.

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Essential Pittsburgh
3:36 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Checkpoint Helps Veterans Reacclimate to Civilian Life

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This segment originally aired in longer form in June 2014.

Southwest Pennsylvania is home to 220,000 veterans, with 97,000 living in Allegheny County. After returning from active duty, all veterans, whether injured or uninjured, are in need of resources such as employment, physical and mental healthcare, job training and housing.

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Veterans' Day
11:45 am
Tue November 11, 2014

PA Senator Calls on PA to Think of Veterans Every Day, Not Just Today

Pennsylvania is home to nearly one million veterans, but that only tells half the story.

1,500 of them are homeless, which is a 46.2 percent increase since 2009.

About 2,400 Pennsylvania vets claimed Unemployment Compensation benefits last November according to the Center for Workforce Information & Analysis.

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Community
7:45 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Peters Twp. Wounded Veteran's 'Smart Home' Unveiled

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.  Because he lost so much blood, he also suffered strokes on both sides of his brain.

“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.”

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Education
6:40 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Zappala Donates Books to Duquesne Law Students

District Attorney Stephen Zappala donated ten books to the Duquesne University Law students.
Credit Jessica Nath / 90.5 WESA

When veterans face criminal charges in Allegheny County, many of them are not represented by experienced lawyers.  Instead, they are often defended by law students.

“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.”

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Essential Pittsburgh
6:10 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Project Journey: Supporting the Needs of Women Veterans

Credit Jill_Bejger-Frederick / Project Journey-Veterans Leadership Program

Pennsylvania has the 8th largest population of women veterans in the country.

The Veteran’s Leadership program, which provides housing, employment and support services for eligible local veterans, was recently selected by the Newman’s Own Foundation to receive a $45,000 grant to help female Veteran’s with career development.

Project Journey Coordinator Trudy Friend and Development Director and Community Relations Michelle Margittai work with these Veterans by providing resources that aid in their transition back to civilian life. 

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:30 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

New WWII Memorial Reflects Pittsburgh in Glass & Steel

The Southwest PA WWII Memorial is due to be unveiled Friday on the North Shore
Credit SWPA WWII Memorial

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.

“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.

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.

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