Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Episode 62, Pittsburgh Helping Hands, Hands on Help for Veterans

Philip Fumera—Disabled Veterans of America
Chairman of Ways and Means Committee for Pennsylvania
Construction Carpenter—339th Engineer
Liaison Officer, Delegate at State Conventions
Past Commander for Chapter 76
Regional Planning Commission
Transportation Advisory Committee
Proposals for Development in Washington County, Pennsylvania

Philip Fumera is a Viet Nam Veteran with a rich family history in the military. His grandfather served in World War I, Father and uncles in World War II and brothers in Viet Nam. He currently volunteers at the VA Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The services provided by the Disabled Veterans of America through the VA hospital are:
• Treatment Advocacy,
• Transportation Services;
• Money to get them through times that it takes Veterans;
• County Accessible Transport for Veterans
• Accessible Living
• Accessible Transportation
• Housing
• Awards for those who employ veterans
• Homeless Veterans Committee
• Awards for exceptional volunteers
• POW committee for Vietnam Veterans,
Chapters—Pittsburgh, Chapter 8 based at VA Hospital and Chapter 76—Phil’s Chapter
Attempting to start chapter in Washington County

Some areas of discussion:
If a veteran gets out with honorable discharge instead of medical discharge this does not allow for many benefits.

Accessible Van or Accessible Help should be provided readily.
Fight and solve these problems

Dental Care—
Work with Veteran Advisory Committee, D.C.

DAV-service officers review cases for veterans and widows and widowers
How long is time gap for veterans to file?

Service Van on Southside of Pittsburgh—May 13th of on Sarah St at Serbian Club
Computers and service officers will review cases
For dates go to:

Disabled American Veterans
3725 Alexandria Pike
Coolsprings, Kentucky 41076

The DVA has Service officers at:

American Legion
Vision of Purple Heart
Wounded Warriors Program
Pa Turkey Talk takes veterans hunting and fishing

DAV families and orphans
School—Scotland School, children of veterans 3rd to 12th—boarding school, vocational, and selection process

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