Unique Approach Teams with VFW
A new Pittsburgh non-profit has been formed to find jobs for veterans, here and nationwide. Pittsburgh Hires Veterans (PHV) was organized through the financial support of the John G. Rangos Sr. Charitable Foundation and the Veterans of Foreign Wars with the cooperation of the Veterans Leadership Program of Western PA and New Century Careers. “The idea is to launch a pilot jobs program for veterans in Pittsburgh and then extend the jobs program across the country through the VFW says John G. Rangos Sr.
The launch of PHV coincided with the Veterans of Foreign Wars annual convention in Pittsburgh in July, at which the first Pittsburgh commander of the organization in 100 years, John Biedrzycki, took office. “PHV broadens our mission to help veterans in every way we can,” says Biedrzycki. “I’m very pleased that this project begins in Pittsburgh.”
Executive Director of PHV is Jack Wagner, Viet Nam veteran and former Pittsburgh City Councilman, State Senator and State Auditor General. “This is a unique initiative,” says Wagner. “With the VFW, it has the potential to have a truly major impact in the lives of veterans.”
PHV will also team with New Century Careers, the Veterans Leadership Program of Western PA and the veteran’s offices of Duquesne University and the University of Pittsburgh in the recruitment and training of veterans.