Blessed Francis Seelos Academy Students Welcome Home Veterans 

        A group of Blessed Francis Seelos Academy students, families and teachers participated in Honor Flight Pittsburgh on April 27.  Honor Flight Pittsburgh recognizes American War Veterans for their sacrifices and achievements.  They transport vets via deluxe motor coach to Washington, D.C., to visit memorials dedicated to their service and sacrifices.   [Read more…]

A Retired Naval Officer to Speak at a Commencement

Cynthia B. Piccirilli M.D. 

Local Veterans Events 
Veterans to be Honored and New Housing Assistance for Homeless Veterans 

By Paula Green 

         La Roche University will welcome a special military guest during its graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 11.  Cynthia B. Piccirilli M.D. will be the commencement speaker at the college’s graduation ceremony, which will take place at 10 a.m., in the Kerr Fitness & Sports Center.  Dr. Piccirilli is a retired captain in the United States Navy and also as a former head of neurosurgery at the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. She is an inaugural member of La Roche’s Distinguished Alumni Circle graduating summa cum laude in 1979.    [Read more…]

The American Legion Celebrates Its 100th Birthday 

By Paula Green 

         This month a special military organization will celebrate its centennial birthday.  The American Legion, which is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, was founded on March 15, 1919.  It is the nation’s largest wartime veteran’s service organization.  When the American Legion was chartered by Congress one hundred years ago, it was sanctioned as a patriotic veterans organization.    [Read more…]

Operation Troop Appreciation

        It began nearly 15 years ago when a generous woman decided to lend her support to the military.  Kristen Holloway embarked on a personal project to provide Under Armour T-shirts for a local Pennsylvania National Guard platoon of 38 soldiers deployed in Iraq in March 2004. [Read more…]

Missing in Action Serviceman Honored and a Diploma Presented to a Vietnam Veteran 

         Congressman Keith Rothfus (PA-12) welcomed home the remains of WW II Navy Petty Officer (PO) Third Class Walter E. “Bert” Mintus. Shot down over the Pacific Ocean on July 27, 1944, PO Mintus was declared missing in action until his remains were identified on June 25, 2018. “For nearly 74 years, the Mintus family was unsure of the fate that befell their beloved family member,” said Congressman Rothfus. “Thanks to the U.S. Navy’s diligent efforts, Bert’s family can heal knowing what happened and finally lay him to rest at home. It was an honor to join the Mintus family in welcoming Bert home. May God grant him eternal rest, and may his family be consoled with many blessed memories.”  [Read more…]