Next Membership Meeting includes a vote on new bylaws

The next Keystone PVA Membership Meeting will be on Saturday, 13 February 2016.  Lunch will be served at noon, and three meeting sites–any of which you may attend–will join by conference phone at 12:45 p.m.

All life members (paralyzed vets) were given copies of the proposed revised bylaws in person or by USPS, and should bring them with them to the meeting.  Additional copies will not be provided.

Also present by phone for a portion of the meeting will be Heather Cherniack, PVA East-North Area Manager for Veterans Health and Benefits.  She is joining us in lieu of a national service officer in either the Philadelphia or Pittsburgh offices.  (HOWEVER: Darlene Mead in the Pittsburgh office and Violet Graham in the Philadelphia office are doing wonderful jobs of serving our paralyzed vets!  Thanks to both!)

The sites are the Heinz Campus of the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, 1010 Delafield Road, Pittsburgh PA 15215; the Erie VA Medical Center, 135 E. 38th Street, Erie PA 16504; and the Lebanon VAMC, 100 S. Lincoln Avenue, Lebanon PA 17042.

Members earn three health and recreation points each for attending at any of these sites, which qualifies them for additional support to keep active and healthy.

Call the chapter office, 412-781-2474 or 800-775-9323, to register for the meeting.  We need to know how much food to have for each site.  Also, in the event we have to change the meeting site (as we did last December), we need to contact those who registered.  If you didn’t register and you show up at a different location from where the meeting is going on . . .

Was hospital liaison program leader

Gary M. Orlando Sr., chapter stalwart, dies at 63

Gary Orlando Sr. (shown with medals won at the National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Tampa, Florida, in 2013), passed away on 25 October 2015 at the Erie VA Medical Center in Erie, Pa.

Gary wore many hats for the Keystone chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans: director on the Board, VA Voluntary Service representative, and site leader for the chapter’s members in the Erie region.  But he made his biggest impact as the coordinator of the chapter’s Hospital Liaison Officer program, which monitors the health care paralyzed veterans receive, especially at VA medical centers, and provides that data for the Paralyzed Veterans of America’s nationwide work in improving veterans’ health care.

Gary Orlando with medals at the 2013 National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Tampa, Florida.
Gary Orlando with medals at the 2013 National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Tampa, Florida.



“Gary was a very good friend who weathered his physical challenges with determination and his unique personality,” said the chapter’s executive director, Joe Dornbrock.  “We have a better veterans’ organization thanks to his long, diligent service.”

More about Gary’s life and accomplishments, including his U. S. Army service, are in the November-December issue of the chapter newsletter, The Parascope, which will be posted on this web site soon.  In the meantime, you can have it sent to you by mail by calling the chapter office, 800-775-9323 or 412-781-2474.

Erie VA Medical Center
Erie VA Medical Center



Recognized representatives
The VA recognizes 87 veterans service organizations–37 nationally, and one in each state. If you would like to know who has been authorized to represent veterans in matters of benefits, contact us by
Phone 800-775-9323 or 412-781-2474
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