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Veterans Honored at Homecoming

The Office of Veterans Services teamed up with Pitt Athletics to honor veterans at the Homecoming football game. Current Pitt student, SGT Andrew Fichter and Pitt alum, LTC Eric Moses were recognized during the game for their service. More>

OVS and ROTC Veteran Alumni Luncheon

OVS and ROTC hosted the first annual Veterans Alumni Luncheon at the William Pitt Union on Firday, September 27, in the midst of Pitt's Homecoming festivities. The luncheon featured speaker Les Snyder, a WWII veteran and Pitt alum (BSCE '79), a memorial dedication for Pitt alum LT Matthew Emmons (A&S '06), and the founding of the Veterans Alumni Council!  More>

Employers Coming to OVS for Mini Career Fair

A Mini Career Fair for veterans, veteran alumni, and spouses and dependents of veterans will be held on Thursday, October 24 from 5-6:30 p.m. in the McCarl Center for Nontradional Student Success, fourth floor, Cathedral of Learning.  Local and National companies such as PNC Corporation, Pepsi, and the Carnegie Museum of Pittsburgh, among others, will be on hand to discuss available internship and career opportunities. This is a great opportunity to network and learn what qualities and expertise employers are looking for, whether or not you are currently in the market for a job or internship.  All majors are encouraged to attend.

OVS Hosted Graduate School Workshop

The Office of Veterans Services held a Graduate School Information Session on Wednesday, September 25 in the McCarl Center for Nontradional Student Success. Admission representatives from the School of Law, the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, the Graduate School of Public Health and the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs were in attendance. Students had an opportunity to learn about admissions procedures, program offerings as well as career opportunities available to students with an advanced degree.

Pittsburgh Veteran Career Fair

RecruitMilitary Opportunity Expo is hosting a free hiring event at the Soldiers and Sailors Hall and Museum on October 24, 2013 from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. for veterans, transitioning military personnel, National Guard and Reserve and spouses of military-affiliated persons. Local and national employers including Bayer Corporation, PNC, and Mylan Inc., will be on hand as well as representatives from educational institutions. For more information and to register. More>

OVS Awards Scholarships

The Office of Veterans Services is pleased to announce that two $2,500 scholarships were awarded from the Wounded Warrior and Veterans Education Assistance Fund this fall. There were many applicants, and although all were deserving, only two could be chosen. The recipients of the awards were Nathan Babyak and Adam Rison. The scholarship is made possible by Pitt alumni Erik Rodenberg and family, with support from the Western Pennsylvania Friends of the Wounded Warrior Project and many other individuals. Congratulations to Nathan and Adam. If you would like to donate to the Wounded Warrior and Veterans Education Assitance fund please visit our website.

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HERL Hosts Symposium

On September 27, 2013 the University of Pittsburgh's Human Engineering Research Laboratories (HERL), in association with Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, hosted the "State of the Science: Supporting Families of Wounded, Injured, and Ill Veterans” symposium at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. Featured speakers included Dr. Kenneth Lee of the Zablocki VA Medical Center, who spoke on his personal perspective as a Wounded Warrior and physician; BG (ret.)Ricky Gibbs, U.S. Army, who spoke on Wounded Warriors from the perspective of a commanding officer; Al Condeluci, Ph.D. of Community Living and Support Services (CLASS) in Pittsburgh, who discussed the impact of support from families and friends; Susan Charlifue, Ph.D., FACRM of Craig Hospital; and Laura Bauer, MPA of the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving at Georgia Southwestern State University, who both spoke about the roles of caregivers; Chaplain Lucy Der-Garabedian, U.S. Army, who spoke on the role of spirituality in rehabilitation; Sherman Gillums, Jr. of the Paralyzed Veterans of America, who gave an overview of benefits; and COL (ret.)  Derek Donovan, USMC, who discussed the Fisher House Foundation.

This symposium , and others, are available on the HERL website

National Guard ROTC Scholarships

There are a lot of courses that teach about leadership. But if you want to start gaining leadership opportunities right now, there's no better path than ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps). The National Guard appreciates the commitment you made to serve our country and offers you the opportunity to serve again, this time as an officer. Scholarships pay 100% of tuition so you can keep your GI Bill benefits for later use or for your spouse or children.

Army ROTC allows you to earn your officer's commission while you attend college and earn your degree. Participation takes just a few hours per week, so you can still maintain other academic studies, campus sports and social activities. You will also be helping your fellow Cadets by way of your prior experience. Prior enlisted service members make some of the best officer’s.  To determine your eligibility and apply for a scholarship for this term contact:

SFC Mike Poulliott (412) 807-1071, email or SSG Conrad Slyder (412) 807-1060, email

Team Rubicon and Team RWB Upcoming Events

Saturday, October 12: Out of the Darkness Walk at Highmark Statdium, Station Square

Saturday, October 26: Go Ape Treetop Adventure in North Park

Saturday, October 26: Team Rubicon repairing Seaside Americn Legion Hall, Seaside Heights, NJ

Saturday November 9: Team Rubicon and Habitat for Humanity rebuilding a house in Arnold, PA

For specific information check out Team RWB and Team Rubcon on the internet.  

OVS Night at the Scarehouse

Join OVS, IF YOU DARE for a night at the Scare House on Friday, Ovtober 25, 2013. The ScareHouse is located at 118 Locust St, Etna. Parking is located at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium. 

Can't make it on the 25th? Discounted tickets available in the OVS office. Prices are as follows:

Thursday & Sunday $14.99

Friday and Saturdary $16.99


Free Flu Shots

VA Pittsburgh will offer free flu shots to eligible veterans from September 1 through March 30. Find out more at the Pittsburgh VA website

Death Benefits for Service Members

The Department of Defense has entered into an agreement with the Fisher House Foundation to all the federal government to provide the family members with the full set of benefits, including the $100,000 death gratuity payment. More

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