Rally for Troops and Veterans Leadership Journey


By: Paula Green

“The willingness of America’s Veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned

them our lasting gratitude.” – Jeff Miller (Florida congressman)


The people of Beaver, Pa., will once again show their appreciate this year for our troops who so valiantly fight for our freedom.  The “Rally for The Troops” event will be held 5 p.m., Sunday, June 12 in Quay Park, next to the courthouse.

This patriotic gathering is hosted by the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 862 and the Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 862.  The event will pay special tribute to service men and women from all wars and conflicts from the past to the present. Troops_Cell Phone Photos 326

There will be free food and entertainment.  Bring your flag and chair, rally around and show your support for our brave troops.  Donations are accepted. For further information, visit www.VVA862.org or call Bob Gwin at (724) 777-7772 or Rita Swesey at (724) 312-3595.


The Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania (VLP) is sponsoring a 335 Miles for Veterans.  Last year, VLP, case manager and U.S. Army Veteran, Jack Kudrav embarked on a special journey to support our troops.

Kudrav, an avid cyclist, rode his bike 335 miles from Pittsburgh to Washington D.C.  He will make the trek once again this year, except this time he will be accompanied by 21 other spirited cyclists.  The bike team will depart on Jun. 30 and are slated to arrive in the nation’s capital on July 4.  For information on the ride visit, https://www.crowdrise.com/335MilesforVeterans.

The Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania is an organization that fulfills the vital needs for Veterans and their families.  VLP provides essential housing, employment and support services.  Their goal is to improve the quality of life of service members. They are located on East Carson Street in Pittsburgh.  For more information, visit http://www.vlpwpa.org/ or email info@vlpwpa.org or call (412) 481-8200.