OVS Monthly Newsletter for August 2017
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OVS Updates

OVS New Veteran Student Orientation

New Veteran Student Orientation will be held on Saturday, August 26 from 11 am - 2 pm in the McCarl Center for Non-Traditional Student Success. The orientation is designed to acclimate students to an academic environment, review various resources that are available at Pitt and in the Pittsburgh veteran community, and provide fellow veteran students a chance to meet. Please RSVP or submit any questions to

OVS Mentor Program

The new Office of Veterans Services Mentor Program is seeking fall 2017 sophomores, juniors, and seniors 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. Please direct any questions to OVS Outreach Coordinator, Leah Albert.

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.

Hail to Heroes Pitt Football Game 

Saturday, September 2
1:00 pm Kickoff
Location: Heinz Field

Pitt Athletics will host active military members, veterans and first responders as well as their family members at Heinz Field on Saturday, September 2 for the annual "Hail to Heroes Day" during the Pitt football team's 2017 season opener against Youngstown State. 

Active military, veterans and first responders may claim up to four (4) tickets to the game! The first 20,000 fans in attendance will receive a commemorative "Stars and Stripes" Pitt script magnet decal! Claim your tickets here.

Upcoming Community Events

Back to School Fitness and Nutrition Day
Thursday, August 24
Location: AscendPGH
The Wounded Warrior Project will be hosting a Back to School Fitness and Nutrition Day for warriors and their families. The event will include rock climbing, bodyweight workouts, lunch and learn with the meal prep topic, and yoga. Any post 9/11 veterans and their families are welcome to attend. For more information contact Luke Koval, Outreach Specialist for the Wounded Warrior Project.

Fourth Annual Cornhole Classic
Saturday, September 16
Location: Robert Morris University Island Sports Center
7600 Grand Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15225

The Cornhole Classic is an annual event that benefits the Veterans Place of Washington Boulevard. The evening will consist of a cornhole tournament where teams of two will compete for prizes, a Chinese auction, 50/50 raffle, and live music. Click here for more information on the event and donation details.

Job Opportunities

Veterans Place


The Veterans Place of Washington Boulevard is now hiring several positions, including an Employment Specialist, Accounting/Finance Assistant, a Housing Case Manager, and an assistant for the Day Program Manager. The job description for the Employment Specialist position can be found here. For more information on these positions, please contact Employment Program Coordinator Melissa Ernst.

Education Benefits

For Chapter 35 Students


Chapter 35 students who are PA state residents may be eligible for the PA State Veterans Commission Educational Gratuity Program. This program provides eligible students with an additional stipend per term (fall and spring terms). This applies to Chapter 35 students only. For more information on this program contact Joan Hess at or 717-861-9410.

Fall VA Benefit 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 fall term, you must submit an Enrollment Certification Request Form to OVS after you have registered for the fall term.

Monthly Stipend

The first monthly stipend payments for the fall term will be distributed around October 1. This date can vary on a case by case basis. If you do not receive an expected payment, please contact OVS.  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 available groups through the Vet Center and upcoming events in the latest edition of the Vet Center Newsletter!

General Information

Google Analytics Workshop
The Katz Graduate School of Business is offering a Google Analytics Workshop this fall. The workshop is available to Katz students for $100 and non-Katz students for $200. However, eligible CGS participants can receive a $200 grant through the CGS Academic Achievement Scholarship Program to cover the workshop fee! Click here for more 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.

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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