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Posted on: June 15, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Pittsburgh Vet Center Newsletter

Pittsburgh Vet Center Newsletter

"Keeping the Promise"


“We are the people in the VA who welcome home war Veterans with honor by providing readjustment counseling in a caring manner.  Vet Centers understand and appreciate Veterans’ war experiences while assisting them and their family members toward a successful post-war adjustment in or near their community.”

The Next Tactical Taco Tuesday will be Tuesday June 19.  The event will include a special recognition of veterans of the Vietnam War and those veterans will be given the opportunity to share their experiences with the rest of the group.

Come join us for free tacos and connect with your fellow veterans.  All future Tactical Taco Tuesday's will be from 6-8pm on the published dates. Attendees to the June 19 TTT will receive free tickets to the Thursday June 21 Pittsburgh Pirates game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Future dates :
August 21: Afghanistan Veterans Recognition
Please RSVP for all events to [email protected] or 412-920-1765

Photos from the May 22 Tactical Taco Tuesday

In honor of Memorial Day, the Pittsburgh Vet Center set up a Fallen Comrade Table to honor those who we lost in service. Vet Center Counselor, Ryan Burcham, read a script to honor those comrades in observance of Memorial Day.

Vet Center in the Community

The Pittsburgh Vet Center attended the "Support Our Troops" rally at Irvine Park Gazebo in Beaver hosted by the Vietnam Veterans of America. Pictured is Congressman Conor Lamb, Pennsylvania's 18th District, Mr. Larry Googins, President of VVA Chapter 862, and Ryan Burcham, Marriage and Family Counselor at the Pittsburgh Vet Center.

Pittsburgh Vet Center Hours


8:30 am - 8:00 pm

8:00 am - 7:30 pm

8:00 am - 4:30 pm

8:00 am - 4:30  pm

8:00 am - 4:30 pm


July 4: Closed

Vet Center Groups

Groups Sessions are held at the Pittsburgh Vet Center location. Please contact the Vet Center if you are interested in joining a group, a screening process is required prior to group participation.

Mondays: OIF/OEF Group, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Tuesdays: Vietnam Group, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Wednesdays: Vietnam Group, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Community Access Points
Community Access Points are where you can find Vet Center Counselors on a regular basis providing services at different places around Pittsburgh. The goal of the Community Access Point is to provide convenient locations for you to meet with Vet Center counselors.
African American Vietnam Group
Time: Thursdays, 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Place: Kingsley Community Center, 6435 Frankstown Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15206
Time: Thursdays, 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
Place: VA Hospital, University Drive, Pittsburgh PA 15219
Time: Wednesdays, 3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. 
Place: VA Hospital Heinz Campus, 1010 Delafield Rd, Pittsburgh PA 15238
*For Appointments at Group Therapy or Community Access Points contact the Vet Center at 412-920-1765

Veterans Yoga Group


The Pittsburgh Vet Center hosts a yoga group every Tuesday

10:30 a.m – 11:30 a.m.

Veterans and family members of all ages and abilities are welcome to join!

For more information call the Pittsburgh Vet Center at 412-920-1765


Semper Fi Odyssey

Semper Fi Odyssey is a six-day, holistic transition-assistance event with a curriculum designed to get participants ready for life after military service while preparing them for success.  The camp is located in Boswell, PA. Retreat sessions have between twenty-five and thirty-five participants attending. All participants will be grouped into teams of three to five and each team is assigned a Team Leader that is committed to each participant’s individual progress. Our veteran Team Leaders, many of whom have walked in the same shoes as our participants, are carefully screened volunteer business professionals who have successfully transitioned out of the military and into the civilian workplace. The next Semper Fi Odyssesy camp is scheduled for June 24-30, 2018.  Interested veterans can contact Dan Pultz at [email protected]

Life Changing Service Dogs for Veterans

Read a recent Post Gazette Story about Life Changing Service Dogs for Veterans here! 
A new dog training campus will be coming to the Pittsburgh area at the end of 2019!
Life Changing Service Dogs for Veterans is a Pittsburgh based organization that collaborates with Florida based Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs to provide service dogs to veterans in need in the Pittsburgh region with a mission to reduce suicide among America’s veterans.  Life Changing Service Dogs for Veterans has raised nearly $500,000 in order to provide service dogs to veterans free of charge. These specially trained dogs receive over 1,500 hours of training to provide assistance to veterans in need due to physical disabilities, cognitive issues related to Traumatic Brain Injury, and PTSD. Life Changing Service Dogs for Veterans is a collaborative effort between Veterans Cable Services, Inc. and Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs. More information on the organization can be found at:  

The Veterans Leadership Program of Western PA is now accepting registrations for their annual fundraising ride from Pittsburgh to Washington D.C.  This is a fantastic event!

Registration can be done here:

The Veterans Breakfast Club
The Veterans Breakfast Club (VBC) is celebrating its 10 Year Anniversary this year.  They host morning and evening events with a mission to create communities of learning around veterans and their stories to ensure this living history will never be forgotten. The VBC also has a podcast called the Longest War that features the stories of post-9/11 veterans.  You can listen to the podcast here.

The VBC holds over 60 total events every year all over the Pittsburgh area.  All are welcome to attend these events. The full calendar of events can be found at the VBC website: 

The VBC recently took a trip to Vietnam and is planning a WWII Tour of Europe on September 11-25, 2018.  For more information, visit their website.

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