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.   

           After graduation, she became a commissioned officer in the United States Navy and graduated with a doctor of medicine degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Edward F. Herbert School of Medicine. In 1995, Dr. Piccirilli became the first woman to complete training in a military neurosurgery program.   In 2003, she was assigned to Okinawa, Japan and Landstuhl, Germany, where she provided neurosurgical care.  Dr. Piccirilli was deployed to Kuwait with a Navy fleet hospital in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. It is an honor for La Roche to welcome her back. 

         The Cranberry Township Veterans of Foreign War Post 879 will hold its 20th Annual Memory Ceremony at 1 p.m., on Sunday, May 26.  The tribute will take place at the Veterans Memorial on North Boundary Road in Cranberry Township, near the community pool and baseball field.    The ceremony will include presenting the colors, the laying of wreaths, a 21-gun salute and the playing of taps.  For more information, visit http://www.vfwpost879.org/.     

         The Veterans Leadership Program of Western PA has been assisting veterans transition back to civilian life.  VLP is proud to announce a new program that will reach veterans in Butler and surrounding counties who are looking for housing. The bridge housing program has ten, one-bedroom apartments throughout Butler, Armstrong and Lawrence counties.  All units will be in safe environments, conducive to recovery and affordable. These vets will also be provided with easy access to VLP, the Veterans Administration (VA), potential employers and a variety of essential social services. 

         A service coordinator will work daily with the veterans in assisting with employment, financial literacy, utility assistance and other personal needs. After three months, VLP hopes the veteran will be ready to move out on their own, be financially secure, continue their job and continue using services VLP has to offer.  If you know of a veteran who requires housing assistancecontact VLP at www.vlpwpa.org or at (412) 481-8200.