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COVID 19 Vaccines available to all VETS/spouses at VA Pittsburgh University Hospital
The Veterans Administration at the VA Hospital, 100 University Drive, Pittsburgh, 15213 has recently announced the availability of the COVID 19 vaccine to all veterans and their spouses and caregivers. Vaccines available as walk-ins at the University Drive VA Hospital, 100 University Drive, Pittsburgh, 15213 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, except federal holidays. Walk-in inoculations at the VA H.J. Heinz III campus or any of other outpatient clinics are not available.
If not living in the Pittsburgh area, check your local VA facility for the availability of COVID 19 vaccines.
Not required to be registered at VA.
Looking Forward to Exciting and Rewarding Events in 2021
The Pittsburgh Council looks forward to 2021, a year for exciting new events. We had many events planned for 2020 but COVID-19 led to most events being postponed or cancelled. We are continuing our planning into 2021 and we hope COVID is soon to be in our rear view mirror.
Our initial focus is on the following events:
· A combination Golf Outing and Social on Friday afternoon and evening, September 10th at Birdsfoot Golf Club in Freeport, PA. Tentative plans are to have a round of golf that will be fun for both the competitive golfers and the “weekend duffers”, followed by a catered social event open to both the golfers as well as anyone who would like to join the post-golf festivities. (Save the date)
· The Navy Birthday Ball, Celebration on October 8th. at Soldiers and Sailors Hall in Pittsburgh.
· An All-members Meeting and Awards Dinner tentatively planned for February – March of 2022.
Details for these events will be provided as final plans are firmed up.
If you would like to support our Nation's and local Sea Services and have fun doing so, just get in contact with our President listed on the "Board of Directors" tab above.
2021 USS Pittsburgh Scholarship Continues for Former Crew Members and Dependents
Following the deactivation of the USS Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Council and the Pittsburgh Foundation are continuing the scholarship for former crew members and their dependents. Applications will be accepted until April 30, 2021.
For the 2021 Guidelines click here.
For the 2021 Application click here.
Edited from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, January 18, 2021
The last U.S. Navy vessel named for the city of Pittsburgh, a submarine, retired in 2019 after 35 years at sea, but the Navy announced that a new ship will bear the city's name.
Navy Secretary Kenneth Braithwaite said a future San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock will be the USS Pittsburgh (LPD-31), the fifth Navy vessel to honor the city. With Marines embarked, the ship has a crew of over 1000 Officers, Chiefs and enlisted. The normal crew size is a little over 350 - about three times the crew size our beloved USS Pittsburgh SSN 720 submarine.
"As a proud resident of the Keystone State, I know that Pittsburgh is a proud city with a strong legacy of service to our nation," Mr. Braithwaite said in a Navy video. "And the name USS Pittsburgh has served the Navy well."
Prior ships bearing the name of the city were a Union ironclad, cruisers in both world wars and most recently a Los Angeles-class attack sub that completed its final tour in 2019.
"I am confident that the crew of the future Pittsburgh will demonstrate the same excellence in support of amphibious and littoral operations around the world,” Braithwaite said.
The new 25,000-ton USS Pittsburgh was ordered in April, 2020 and is being built at a Mississippi shipyard by Huntington Ingalls Industries. The San Antonio-class amphibious transport docks are designed to transport troops and equipment to battle zones around the world. The class includes the USS New York, the first of three LPDs built in honor of the victims of the 9/11 terror attacks. The New York's bow stem was cast using steel salvaged from the World Trade Center. The others are the USS Somerset, site of the crash of Flight 93 on 9/11, and the USS Arlington, where another plane hit the Pentagon. Materials from the sites were incorporated into both ships.
The class also includes USS Harrisburg, being built in the same shipyard as the Pittsburgh.
The last USS Pittsburgh was a submarine launched in 1984 and saw action in both Iraq wars. It marked its 1,000th dive in November 2017, after which the crew posed for a picture holding a Terrible Towel, shown in the Legacy tab on our website.
Veterans Day Fireside Chat with our own Captain Polly Bozdech-Veater (USN ret.)
Our own Captain Polly Bozdech-Veater (USN ret.) was privileged to have a fireside chat with the City of Pittsburgh Talent Acquisition Senior Director on Veterans Day. Polly discussed her Navy career, the local Navy League in Pittsburgh, and her passion for supporting local veterans and active duty personnel.
Here's a link to the event:
Pittsburgh Council Virtual Navy Birthday Celebration
On October 13th we celebrated the 245th birthday of the US Navy.
The link below is a "Virtual Navy Birthday Celebration" on Zoom which featured Captain Dave Kurtz, CO of the USS Somerset (LHD-25), Pittsburgh Navy League past President Bob MacPherson, Commanders Brashear ( CO of Naval Operational Support Command, Pittsburgh) and Smith (CO of Naval Talent Acquisition Group, Pittsburgh) wishing our Navy a Happy 245th. The program is less than twenty minutes.
RDML James Aiken conducts webinar with the Pittsburgh Council
Our Council was honored to have RDML Aiken present to us in July, 2020. RDML Aiken is Commander, Carrier Strike Group Three. Click on "Council News and Features, Full Stories"" to view the webinar.
USS Pittsburgh Memorabilia
We have in our inventory a small number of USS Pittsburgh memorabilia items. These make great items to remember and to celebrate this fast attack submarine Pittsburgh namesake. The following listing displays the item – the quantity – the price. (shipping charges are included)
Item Quantity Price
Metal Travel Mugs 6 $30
Acrylic Christmas Ornament 30 $20
Ballcaps w/logo 7 $25
Lapel pins w/logo 40 $5
To purchase any item, please contact John
Caspero at: primary: e-mail - firstname.lastname@example.org; secondary: home phone (412)
Council to Participate in the National Wreaths Across America Day
December 18, 2021
See the Council News and Features tab for more information
USS Pittsburgh arrives at Bremerton Naval Base for inactivation and eventual decommissioning
2020 USS Pittsburgh Scholarship Awarded
The Navy League Pittsburgh Council awards college scholarships to current and former crew members of the USS Pittsburgh and to their family members.
In 2020 we awarded a total of $5900 from Council and the Pittsburgh Foundation funds to four deserving applicants. We wish them much success in their college endeavors.
1st Quarter 2021 Port of Pittsburgh Newsletter posted
The 1st Quarter 2020 Port of Pittsburgh Newsletter, the official publication of the Navy League of the United States, Pittsburgh Council, is posted. See Ports of Pittsburgh tab above. This edition includes plans for 2021 upcoming events, Wreaths Across America and more.
Pittsburgh Resources List
The newly updated Resource List (November 24, 2020) is posted in the Council News and Features section (at the bottom of the page). This is a comprehensive listing of local resources specifically available for veterans and active duty military personnel. Resource topics include military, legal, veterans, family, financial counseling, retail discounts and many more.
Pittsburgh Council Facebook
Council Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NavyLeague-PittsburghCouncil-1161671123898487/
Facebook Pages Related to Pittsburgh and the Sea Services
Navy League Pittsburgh Council https://www.facebook.com/NavyLeague-PittsburghCouncil.../
Marine Safety Unit Pittsburgh https://www.facebook.com/USCoastGuardPittsburgh/
Naval Operational Support Center Pittsburgh https://www.facebook.com/NOSC-Pittsburgh-389972627801302/
USCG Station Erie, PA https://www.facebook.com/uscoastguardstationerie/
World Affairs Council, Pittsburgh https://www.facebook.com/WorldAffairsPGH/
US Submarine Veterans Inc. https://www.facebook.com/USSVIncorporated/
USS Laboon (DDG 58) https://www.facebook.com/USSLABOON/
USS Pennsylvania (SSBN 735) Blue Crew https://www.facebook.com/USSPennsylvania735Blue.gov/
USS Pennsylvania Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/124934005695/
USS Ohio (SSGN 726) Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/87637667903/
USS West Virginia (SSBN 726) Blue Crew https://www.facebook.com/USS-West-Virginia-SSBN736B.../
USS Pittsburgh (SSN 720) https://www.facebook.com/groups/usspittsburgh/
USS Requin (SS 481 )https://www.facebook.com/USS-Requin-SS-481-383745111100/
National Navy League Scholarship
2021 Scholarship Applications Now Online
The 2021 Navy League of the United States scholarship applications are available. Scholarships for the 2021-2022 school year are open from December 8, 2020 until March 15, 2021.
Other Scholarship Opportunities
Passing on a number of links for scholarship opportunities, many of them specific to members, spouses and children of military---active, reserve, retired.
Scholarship sponsored by the Defense Commissary vendors, due February 17
Site to search for scholarships for military children/spouses/members:
Scholarships offered by the Navy League--Deadline March 15
Pittsburgh Foundation (one of the largest scholarships foundation providers)
Listing of Pittsburgh Foundations, sort by key word scholarship. This is a very large list but has many "hidden" opportunities.
Good luck !!!
Please visit the National Navy League scholarship website to learn more about the application process.
Who we are:
The Navy League of the United States was founded in 1902 with the encouragement of President Theodore Roosevelt. The Navy League is unique among military-oriented associations in that it is a civilian organization dedicated to the education of our citizens, including our elected officials, and the support of the men and women of the sea services and their families.
The objective and purpose of the Navy League is twofold: educational and motivational. We must acquire and display before the citizens of our country information regarding the condition of our naval and maritime forces. We must awaken interest and support in all matters which aid our maritime capabilities.
To this end, the Navy League works closely with the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and US-flag Merchant Marine through a network of 265 councils in the U.S. and around the world. The Navy League has more than 65,000 active members.
The Navy League supports America's young people through its youth programs, including sponsorship of the US Naval Sea Cadet Corps and the Navy League Scholarship Program. Individual councils are also involved in promoting youth-oriented activities in their communities such as NJROTC, MCJROTC, and ROTC units along with other recognized youth programs. Local councils and national headquarters provide over $200,000 in scholarships and awards every year.
Navy League councils support active duty military personnel through
"adoption" of ships, installations, and units; commissioning ceremonies;
award programs; and other recognition programs.
Over the years, the Navy League has compiled an impressive record of accomplishments. Today the Navy League is widely respected by citizens, community and industrial leaders, and public officials. Navy League programs are welcomed in communities throughout the nation, and members are recognized for their integrity and patriotism.
To Join Navy League of the United States and the Pittsburgh Council, please go to the National Navy League site at: