OVS Monthly Newsletter for July 2017
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OVS Updates

Operation Business Bravo

This fall, the Small Business Development Center will be offering Operation Business Bravo, FREE entrepreneurial training seminars for PITT veteran students and alumni! The program will consist of 4 separate two-hour sessions, tailored to assist current and aspiring business owners. Click here for more information and how to RSVP for this upcoming series.

OVS Mentor Program

The new Office of Veterans Services Mentor Program is seeking fall 2017 sophomore or junior desiring mentorship! The program's objective is to strengthen professional development by matching students with veteran alumni of the University of Pittsburgh and members of the Veterans Alumni Council. This mentor program will begin in the fall. Be on the lookout for more information that will be sent to you, by email, later this month. Please direct any questions to OVS Outreach Coordinator, Leah Albert.

Upcoming Event

"Summer with the Symphony" Concert
Friday, June 30, 7 p.m.
Location: Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum
4141 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, in partnership with Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum Trust, Inc., is holding a free concert at the beginning of the Fourth of July holiday weekend. This concert is free of charge, but reservations are required. The concert features sing-alongs, marches and tributes to our military personnel. This concert is part of the In Honor of Service Program, an initiative to reach more military personnel and families. Please click here to reserve seats.



The PITT VETS “Got your six” campaign has officially begun! The campaign aims to send three of our students to a leadership conference in Florida this November. You all know how important it is to not only have the prior military and academic training for future careers, but to also have professional development to round out a resume. We are hoping to send these students to give the opportunity for veterans to succeed beyond the campus. Each student’s full program cost – including air fare, hotel, meals, and program free – is $2,000. Please consider donating, spreading the word, and posting on social media about our cause.

You can find us on Facebook and on Twitter to keep up-to-date about the campaign. Visit our EngagePitt site at to start giving! Your support means the world to the PITT VETS and the students you are helping. 
Summer Tutoring

VA Education Benefits

Summer and Fall Certifications


The enrollment period for the fall term is open for all students. If you are a student who would like to use benefits during the summer or fall terms, you must submit an Enrollment Certification Request Form to OVS after you have registered for the respective term.

Monthly Stipend

The next monthly stipend payments for the spring term will be distributed at some point during the first week of July.  This date can vary on a case by case basis. If you did not receive an expected payment, please contact OVS. Most stipend payments will be prorated to some degree for the month of May. Any decision to drop or withdraw from a class may have a negative impact on a student’s monthly stipend. Changes that result in a student moving below the full-time rate of pursuit, may reduce the monthly stipend to a pro-rated portion. An over-payment by the VA will be requested back either in the form of a debt letter or a withholding from a future stipend.

PITT Pantry
The PITT Pantry is an initiative by the University of Pittsburgh that offers food and hygiene products to students who may be facing food insecurity. All members of the Pitt community are welcome to visit the pantry. Through a self-certification form, shoppers are eligible to use the pantry if they earn less than 150% of the Federal Poverty line, a state regulation, which equals $17,820 for a household of one and $24,030 dollars for a household of two. If you have questions regarding your eligibility, please email
Pittsburgh Vet Center
Located in Green Tree, the Vet Center provides readjustment counseling to war zone veterans and their families. These visits are always at no cost and are completely confidential. Vet Centers are primarily staffed by veterans who are professionally trained to provide counseling support. Veterans do not need to be enrolled in VA Healthcare to access Vet Center services and Vet Centers can see veterans of ANY discharge type. Check out the latest edition of the Vet Center Newsletter here!

General Information

Free Rides on the Gateway Clipper Fleet
This summer the Gateway Clipper Fleet is offering free rides for all active military and veterans aboard any Three Rivers Sightseeing Cruise, Monday through Friday. More information on this offer can be found here.

Free Admission and Veteran Discounts at Idlewild

During July 1-4, Military personnel and up to 3 immediate family members can receive free admission into Idlewild & SoakZone. Individuals must show valid ID/military family ID at the entrance gate. More information on this offer can be found here.

Peak Security: Security Office Positions Available
Security positions are available for multiple full-time sites and for major film industry locations and on-set security. All candidates seeking consideration for positions with the firm should e-mail résumés to or call 412-349-0850. Candidates also may fill out an application in person by visiting Peak Security’s Pittsburgh office at 103 Yost Boulevard, Suite 100, Pittsburgh, PA, 15221. Click here to learn more.

VA Hearing Research Study

The VA is seeking participants, ages 20 - 50, for a research study on hearing problems in blast-exposed Veterans who demonstrate normal hearing test results. The study consists of two parts. Part One includes up to 9 study visits over about 2 months. Participants may also be invited to participate in Part Two, which consists of 6 to 11 visits over 6 to 12 months. Qualified subjects will receive $25 for travel and $50 for each study visit. More details on the specifics of the study can be found here. For any additional information please contact Dr. Pratt at 412-360-6409

Duquesne University Military Psychology Clinic


The DU clinic provides free counseling and support to military service members who have served or who expect to serve in the Iraq and/or Afghanistan conflicts (OIF/OEF), to the veterans of those conflicts, and to the families and loved ones of those involved. If you or someone you know is in need of an appointment the clinic can be contacted at or 412.396.6562.

The Veterans Crisis Line

The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families to qualified Department of Veterans Affairs responders through confidential communication. The Crisis line can be reached by calling 1-800-273-8255 and pressing 1. More information on this service can be found here.

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