BNY Mellon donates $100K to Western Pa. veterans group

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Just in time for Stand Down, an annual event by the Veterans Leadership Project of Western Pennsylvania that aids local homeless veterans and their families, BNY Mellon has awarded a $100,000 grant to the organization.

"BNY Mellon's investment is a tremendous testament to corporate involvement in the very important issue of helping veterans transition successfully," said Michele Margittai, director of development and community relations at VLP.

The grant coincides with VLP's annual event Stand Down, which offers food, medical care and other free services to homeless veterans. About 600 homeless veterans and their families are expected to attend the event from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. today in the Hill District.

Twenty percent of VLP's budget comes from private donors, which helps fund programming for veterans, including housing, food and employment, Ms. Margittai said.

"Investments like this are the right thing for us to do," said Lane Cigna, a spokeswoman for BNY Mellon. "We are investing in VLP because we want to see them continue their great work."

Ms. Margittai hopes that BNY Mellon's grant will bring increased awareness of issues affecting Pittsburgh's homeless veterans.

"Many veterans transition extremely well after service. But there are those who return and might be suffering from [post-traumatic stress disorder] or traumatic brain injury. ... They're still figuring out what it's like being home," Ms. Margittai said. "It's our duty as civilians to assist these veterans."

VLP partnered with BNY Mellon, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System and other public and nonprofit organizations to host this year's event. "Stand Down is a wonderful example of how private, nonprofit and public sector organizations can partner together to help veterans," Ms. Margittai said.

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