As you all know I have been doing more volunteer work this year than before and as such I haven’t been able to write as much as I did in the first year of the Pitt POV’s existence. That has continued and if anything I am getting even busier with volunteering and Veterans Affairs issues. With that I want to thank everyone who stepped into the breech and contributed FB and BB articles for publication on here. Each was very well written and very welcomed.
Keep on submitting them because it looks like I’ll have even less time to write in the future. You don’t have to ask – just do it and send it to me.
One thing I do want to let everyone know early on is that I have three different Veterans commitments on Saturday April 14th – which is Pitt’s Spring Game date… However I have strong personal priorities and without blinking an eye I choose to help other Veterans if at all possible – any time and any place.
In the morning of the 14th I’ll be doing Hospice work in the VA “Vets to Vets” program and will be conducting a speech & pinning ceremony for a veteran who has been diagnosed with a terminal illnesses (and his family) but who is still at home. That will be his birthday also. I do about four or five of those a month
In the early afternoon I’ll again be a Human Book – this time for the Prince Georges, MD County Library system representing disabled veterans with PTSD. You may remember I did this last year at this time; here is the Baltimore Sun article written after that one.
FYI: For anyone in Maryland who wants to have a fascinating afternoon I highly suggest coming down and talking with all the different Human Books – this will be from noon – 4:00 pm and I’ll post exact location details later – but at the Bowie branch Library in Prince Georges County, MD. 15210 Annapolis Road Bowie, MD 20715
Then on Saturday evening I will be conducting two Library of Congress “Veterans History Project” interviews with two gentleman – one a Marine who was in Guadalcanal during WWII and another Vietnam War fighter pilot. Should be a blast. Mine should be posted up on the Library of Congress website any day so I’ll give you guys a link for that if it interests you.
I urge all our readers to get in touch with me if they have any relatives or know of anyone who would benefit in participating to be interviewed in this valuable project. I have heard many times after I have interviewed an older veteran (especially our WWII vets) from their family members “This is amazing, Dad would never share any of this with us kids” But get ’em talking and they go…
Please get in touch with me – I’ll either do the interview myself locally or help you to find someone in your area to conduct it – and if that fails I’ll drive up to PA to do it – it is that important.
So I won’t be driving up for the 2018 Spring Game and will miss all of you great POVers at the tailgate. Which is sad sort of because it will be the first I’ve missed since Dave Wannstedt was coaching. That said it means The POV will depend on your eyewitness accounts of how the kids did during the game and I’ll ask now that someone (or two or three) write articles about it and send them to me.
I was going to be driving up to PGH for the Panthers Pro-Timing Day on Wednesday and hoped to get a good article out of that…but snow here and in the mountains between here and there precludes that.
The Ricky Town article is in the works but that will take some more time – I’m at 8,500 words and he isn’t even at Pitt yet! I’ll get a Bits & Pieces up soon for some FB talk.
Thanks for your understanding…
NOTE: Tentative date for the Golf Outing is June 9th. That may change and I’ll keep all informed.