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Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania, Inc.
January 17, 2008

I had known of the VLP through a colleague and friend that volunteers his time with the organization. In my role as the commander of the 303rd PSYOP Company, having recently returned from deployment to Iraq, I have referred several of my soldiers to the VLP for assistance with financial needs, employment, and reintegration. However, when Frank (my colleague and friend) wrote me an email asking me to assist him in putting together a recommendation for an award honoring the 303rd, to be presented at an awards ceremony, I was a bit skeptical. I expected a well appreciated but not so spectacular program. What my fellow honorees and I found was an exceptional program full of patriotism, honor, emotion, and gratitude. The event brought together civilians, businesses, servicemen and women, and veterans from several wars to express appreciation for individuals and groups that assist veterans and veteran organizations in many ways. The staff was great, and the location extraordinary. It was an inspiring evening—a true gala if there ever was one. What I thought was especially great was the social time after the event. It was a great opportunity to meet all those that were introduced and honored during the event and meet those that work with the VLP. Since the event, I have had a few additional opportunities to refer soldiers and veterans to the VLP. I am very appreciative of the services they provide and hope to continue to have opportunities to work with them in the future. Thank you VLP!

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2008

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Client Served & Help for my soldiers and recognition for our service.