PSAs For Our Veterans & Families

When I was I Pittsburgh last winter I looked into this organization because I wanted to see what sort of Veteran’s’ programs were available in Western PA. This is a gem of a place – The Veterans Leadership Program of Western PennsylvaniaIt is top shelf stuff all around and I urge veterans, along with family members, to reach out and participate – there are volunteer opportunities all over the place.  Here is one I’ve found that I might drive up to PGH for. This place allows you to both help others and receive help as needed. Good stuff…

Hey, the Pitt game is at Duke that day so you can always listen  to the Panthers on the radio as you give others a leg up!

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Another valuable website for local WPA Veterans and their families is the Allegheny County Health Department website – Service Members, Veterans and their Families.

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Here are a couple of interesting items for veterans and their families in my local Maryland area. First is a Veterans and Active Duty Writing Workshop at our branch library in Ellicott City, MD – it runs six consecutive Tuesdays evenings. This is a great way to get a bit out of our normal routine and spread our  intellectual wings. I’m taking it even with the writing experience I already have.

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The next is a more focused and shorter event – a Resume Writing class also at our library…

Veterans Resume

I taught one of these last year at a different County library  system and realized a very important thing – even veterans who have been in the workforce for many years and are looking to move up in their profession usually have no idea how to tie their military service and experiences to their profession’s  requirements and then couch that in understandable terms so that it separates them from someone without that experience.

Remember that you did things that most other never did. One is that you volunteered to serve your country – you stood up as others stood by.  Second, you were ready for orders to go and to execute missions anywhere in the world in a matter of days (and sometimes only hours). Right there are two things most people never experience or succeed at – brag about it!

As always please reach out to me for any info you may need – I will drop what I’m doing to help right away – it is that important to me and to you.

Best and HTP!

LCDR Reed Kohberger, USCG, Ret

rkohberger@gmail.com

Great News for a True Pitt Fan!

Fellow POVerts:

Some time ago, Commander Reed was kind enough to post a request to the POV community on my behalf. I have a kidney disorder that has resulted in my being placed on a national list for a transplant, and the post was a plea to help me locate a donor.

At that time and since then, I have received an outpouring of support from the POV community. Although no POVer was able to give me their kidney (seeing some of you at Fran’s Tailgates, that’s maybe a good thing), I heard from many of you. And you should all know that I appreciate every call, email and text. 

I want to thank everyone who reached out to me, and special thanks specifically to UPitt, Big B, Ike, Fran and Joe L. And of course to Reed, for posting my original plea for help.

I’m happy (and relieved) to let you all know that my transplant surgery is scheduled for September 10. Please note that this will enable me to attend at least one Fran and Friends tailgate. 

Unfortunately this prevents me from attending the Pitt-PSU game.  Not sure if that’s a bad thing, really. I’ll be watching either from a hospital bed or god willing, from home.

Hail to Pitt. Looking forward to seeing many of you on August 31 when we crush the Hoos.

Eric (MissingWlat)

POV PSA: Great Veterans Shopping Benefits

POV PSA: Great Veterans Shopping Benefits

A while back the Armed Forces Exchange Services (their shopping venues) opened up the ability for any person who was Honorably Discharged from any branch to shop at their online exchange.  This is regardless of how much time the beneficiary served – years, months or even days – as long as they had been awarded a honorable discharge.

It used to be allowed for only Active Duty members, military Retirees or Disabled Veterans but that has changed.

This is a huge benefit because the Exchange system is mandated by law to sell their wares at Cost + 5% overhead pricing.  Plus there is no tax levied on purchases no matter how big the sale is.  That right there saves a ton of money on large buys.

Here is the website with the detailed information:

https://www.shopmyexchange.com/veterans

I hope readers share this info with anyone you know who served honorably no matter what the age. It is a fantastic benefit to have – but note it applies only to online shopping, not the brick and mortar Exchanges on the military bases.

I’m posting this because in my work with veterans I have found almost no one knows about this even though it was put into place back in 2017.  Here is a letter explaining this.

Thanks guys and HTP!

Reed

An Open Letter to AD Heather Lyke

An Open Letter to AD Heather Lyke

Dear AD Heather Lyke,

I attended your Pitt “Panthers on the Prowl” event hosted by the Pitt Alumni Association Friday evening in Washington, DC.  First off let me thank you for doing this as I believe most attendees enjoyed their time there.  Please try to make it an annual event if possible.

Personally I feel you missed a great opportunity to engage fans and alumni in meaningful discussion regarding Pitt athletics and the status of the athletic department, as well as the three major sports (football, basketball and women’s volleyball) represented at the event.  The fact that Pitt ranks almost dead last in the ACC’s alumni donations to athletics should have led you to truly engaging potential donors instead of rolling out a dog and pony show.

You allotted two hours for the duration of the event, however anything meaningful at all could have been done with an egg timer given how sparse anything of substance was.  I get it – some fans want to have their picture taken with their college head coach. The personal reasoning behind that eludes me but clearly that was the apparently the main thrust of this event.

By my watch your question and answer segment – which I believe would have been the most valuable part of the evening had it actually been sincere – lasted only 15 minutes. The shortness of it was too bad really – had you chose to take questions from the attendees we would have been able to ask about the status of issues you yourself have been advertising like crazy.

For instance I would have asked about the exciting “Victory Heights” initiative rather than having the evening’s Emcee ask the HCs the insipid question of “How do your players ‘stay hungryover the offseason?” Please spare us the coach talk. The Q & As were so ridiculous that we would have gotten better answers had we consulted a Magic 8 Ball.  I’d like to know how the “Fan Committee” had any real input into making Pitt athletics more palatable to the average fan… and your Magic 8 Ball would have replied “Reply hazy, try again.”

Instead we had the emcee actually preface a question to the basketball HC, Jeff Capel, with this bon mot – “Coach, you had an incredible season in 2018!”  At that point I slid off my chair, went into the fetal position and covered my ears. Not to be too picky but an in-conference .167 winning percent  isn’t anywhere close to ‘incredible’.  Maybe next time say something like “Coach, congratulations, your first year showed real marked improvement over the 2017 season…” which would have been very true.

Continue reading “An Open Letter to AD Heather Lyke”

Questions for King Pat

Questions for King Pat

I’ll be at the W Hotel in DC this evening for Pitt’s Alumni Meet and Greet with Narduzzi and Capel.

What questions would you like me to scream at our HC when he is trying to speak from the podium??

He’s some I’ve thought of:

  1. Pat (I call him ‘Pat’ regardless that  he calls me ‘spy’), even though bowl games don’t mean anything at all do you think you might win at least one during your time at Pitt?
  2. What does your therapist say about you never being able to beat North Carolina even though they have been the worst team in the ACC?
  3. While you have said many times that recruiting stars mean absolutely nothing do you think you might be able to get more than one 4* or 5* kid sometime soon?  I mean that would be a good thing right?
  4. Who is going to win the POV Golf Tournament this year?
  5. How did it feel to bring Pitt any sort of football championship without sharing it with another team?  Good job on that by the way!

You guys have any?

2019’s Panther FB & BB Meet & Greets

I just registered for the Washington, DC portion of the 2019 FB and BB Alumni Meet & Greet.  I did this the last few years also (one of them was when PN first called me “The Spy“) and will attend again this year.

For the DC area it is on the evening of Friday May 10th.  Here is the link to register.

May 10

RT @Pitt_PC: Panthers on the Prowl is coming to New York City and Washington D.C.! Don’t miss your chance to come to this Q&A with @Pitt_LykeAD@fishercoach@CoachDuzzPittFB, and @jeffcapel! RSVP today ➡️ https://t.co/xXnI8PIBry #H2Phttps://t.co/cUC0vdZcZh

Hope to see the Maryland, Virginia and Delaware POVers there also.

Reed