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2023 VBC 15th Birthday Celebration

Rivers Casino | November 8, 2023

Thank You to Our 15th Birthday Sponsors:

UPMC for Life: UPMC Health Plan Medicare Program
Greater Pitt Tree Service
Gallagher Home Care Services

Photos courtesy of Ed Zirkle

Ahead of Veterans Day, a special celebration in Pittsburgh honored WWII veterans

Pittsburgh Post Gazette | November 11, 2023

Eleven veterans proudly wearing hats that read “WW2 Veteran” were the guests of honor at a celebration to kick off Veterans Day weekend activities. More than 100 people gathered at the LeMont Restaurant on Mt. Washington on Thursday to kickstart a weekend of Veterans Day observances.
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Issues on the Point: Veterans Breakfast Club

22 The Point Pittsburgh | November 6, 2023

This week on Issues on the Point, Darren Zaslau chats with Veterans Breakfast Club Executive Director Todd DePastino and Vietnam War veteran Rick Weber. The non-profit organization hosts weekly programs online and in-person for veterans of all ages.
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Meals with a Mission: Breakfast of Heroes

Pittsburgh Magazine | October 12, 2023

During the height of the pandemic, Todd DePastino organized a virtual dinner party for more than 100 veterans. Men and women representing all branches of the armed forces gathered to dine alone together on Meals, Ready-To-Eat.
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Remains of Clearfield soldier killed in Korean War were identified

Pittsburgh Post Gazette | August 12, 2023

Samuel Jury, 76, has only one memory of his late uncle. He remembers walking around his childhood home’s coffee table as a toddler while his uncle, wearing a khaki uniform, and dad were casually talking with one another. Soon, Mr. Jury’s uncle would leave to fight in the Korean War.
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World War II vet shares story about horrors of concentration camp

New Castle News | April 24, 2023

Guy Prestia saw a lot of death during World War II.
Yet when the Ellwood City Army veteran, who turns 101 on Wednesday, arrived in Dachau, Germany, in April 1945 where 40,000 Jews died in a Nazi concentration camp, he was not prepared for what they saw.
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Veterans asked to share their stories during free breakfast

New Castle News | March 27, 2023

Two weeks after veteran Marine Brad Washabaugh was sent home from a 1983 Beirut peacekeeping mission, two truck bombs struck American housing in Lebanon’s capital, killing 241 U.S. and French military personnel.
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Vietnam Veterans Day Commemoration

Pittsburgh, PA | March 29, 2023

Thank you to all who attended and supported this event on March 29, 2023. It was a wonderful evening paying tribute to those who served during the Vietnam years of 1955-1975.

Local News article in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Welcome our veterans on Vietnam Veterans Day

This event was sponsored by

Humana: Honoring and serving veterans