Roll Call: LOI Day Festivities

Roll Call: LOI Day Festivities

Well, the time has rolled around again for the Pitt football staff to put their best feet forward and host their annual National Letter of Intent (LOI) Signing Day event this year on Feb 7th, 2018.

Even though some of the signing drama that existed on past LOI Days doesn’t exist much now that we have an early signing period in December – it is still great fun to watch Narduzzi and the position coaches talk about the individual recruits and what they expect from the kids while they are at Pitt.  Hopefully they will spring some last-minute Blue-Chip surprises on us!


For instance the 2013 LOI Day event was when the staff said they were going to play Conner at running back and not at Defensive End as he was being recruited by other teams to play.  BTW – he was only offered by Pitt, Ohio, Bowling Green, Toledo, YSU and Eastern Michigan!

I like these events as it is an afternoon and evening of meeting other Pitt fans and talking about Pitt football smack in the middle of the off-season doldrums.

So and again,  The Pitt recruiting class of 2018’s Pitt National Letter Of Intent Day (NLOI) that will held be at Heinz Field with free parking in the Gold Lot. (You can RSVP through the link below).

I will be hosting a cocktail hour before the official start of the event.  Meet me and other POV’ers at Jerome Bettis’ Grille 36  between 3:30 – 5:00 pm. Possibly earlier depending how long my drive up from Maryland takes.

At around 5 o’clock we’ll mosey over to the North Club at Heinz Field to do the football coaching staff ‘meet and greet’ that Pitt puts on before the more formal 6:00 pm talks and PowerPoint shows by the position coaches talking about the kids from the 2018 recruiting class they will have under their care.  That lasts about an hour or so then if we feel like it we can have another few back at Bettis’ Grille.

This is Pitt’s official RSVP Link… (Although if you just show up I’m sure you won’t get turned away… but RSVP anyway)

I’ll actually be staying overnight at the Residence Inn right there at Heinz so if anyone wants to keep painting the town blue and gold afterward I’m up for that also.

Plus, we may meet up with Inoke Breckterfield again – we are old friends and go way back to the Islands…


Folks – much like the Spring Game this is the only real Pitt football-related activity for fans for a long time so take advantage…

PSA: VA has New ‘Veterans Welcome Kit’

The Veterans Administration just made things a little easier for our service members to get the help they need once they have left active duty and have begun transitioning into civilian life.  Here is some info on their new Veterans Welcome Kit.

VA Welcome

I find that too many veterans I talk with either don’t understand what benefits are available to them or are, surprisingly, reluctant to apply for earned and awarded benefits like Disability Compensation.  Please do not think that anything the VA gives you is charity in any way shape or form. You have certainly earned everything that you qualify for and don’t ever doubt that!

Also, please don’t be afraid to ask for help. I work with the homeless here in Maryland and have been steering veterans who are down on their luck to the VA for years. The majority of men and women I have worked with have received at least some sort of benefits.  To put it another way none of those vets are homeless any longer and all have health care coverage they didn’t know was available…. and some have been awarded VA Disability Compensation monthly payments that allows them to live a life they felt was out of reach.

If you are one of our veterans looking at getting out soon, or even if you have been out of the Service for years, this VA Welcome Kit is the first thing you need to have in hand to guide you through the VA benefits process.

Here are the download links so that you can print it out yourself:

Download your VA Welcome Kit in black and white.

Download your VA Welcome Kit in color.

And here are some other links to Veterans Services that you need to keep handy for both you and your spouse and children should these services be needed…

Disability Benefits

Apply for disability compensation and other benefits for conditions related to your military service.

Health Care Benefits

Apply for VA health care, find out how to access services, and manage your health and benefits online.

Education Benefits

Apply for and manage benefits that help you pay for college and training programs.

Housing Assistance

Find out if you qualify for a VA home loan. If you have a service-connected disability, find out if you qualify for a housing grant to help you live more independently.

Careers and Employment

Find out if you’re eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) services, get support for your Veteran-owned small business, and access other resources to help build your career skills and find a job.

Life Insurance

Explore VA life insurance options, manage your policy online, and file claims.

Pension Benefits

Apply for monthly pension benefits for wartime Veterans and survivors.

Burials and Memorials

Get help planning a burial or memorial service, and find out how to get survivor and dependent benefits.

Don’t hesitate with this.  Again, none of this is charity – each and every benefit is something you have already earned with your time in serving our nation.  If you have questions my personal contact info is on the front page of the Blog. I will be glad to help in any way I can.