VFW McMurry Pennsylvania
Pittsburg August 8th - Chairman/Founder Robert DeLucia Sr. of VETaxi along with Star Transportation Corporation attended the Welcome Home for Sgt. Doug Vitale at the VFW Post in McMurry Pennsylvania. Vitale who, while serving on a foot patrol in Afghanistan, stepped on an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) causing the loss of both his legs and severe brain injury.
The Welcome home for Doug was held at the VFW Post whereChairman/Founder VETaxi Robert DeLucia Sr. met with a the Vitale family including Doug's father Dale Vitale who toured the Vetaxi outside the VFW in McMurry with Mr. Delucia. Also at the event was Pittsburgh Pirate great Brant Jackson, who posed with Doug who is wearing Mr. Jackson's World Series ring from 1979.
Doug his wife and family will be enjoying an exciting ride to the event performed by Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band provided by VETaxi with Star Transportation Company at stage AE in Pittsburgh today.
A Veteran of the Army himself, Chairman/Founder Robert DeLucia Sr. owns and operates VETaxi, a company that provides other Veterans the ability to own and operate their own transportation business. He is donating all of the transportation for the event, along with Star Transportation Corporation, including the one and only accessible limousine which will transport the Vitale family for today's event. VETaxi is Proud to Serve you Again.
VETaxi supplied the accessible Limousine to Keynote Speaker Karen Tamely, Disability Commissioner to the City of Chiciago at the Three Rivers Center for Independent Livings Event in Pittsburgh on August 18, 2013.
Chairman/Founder Robert DeLucia Sr along with Consumer Advocate/ TRCIL Board Member Madonna Long attended the event on behalf of VETaxi and Star Transportation Group.
TRCIL serves thousands of people throughout Western Pennsylvania. As a Center for Independent Living (CIL), the CIL service area is Allegheny, Armstrong, and Westmoreland Counties. VETaxi a supporter of the event was proud to provide transportation to Mrs. Tamely to the event in the limousine and to the airport with Classy Cab and the accessible MV1.
Updated: Sunday, August 18, 2013
“I see independent living as a movement. This is fighting to have a quality of life that everyone else has,” shared Three Rivers Center for Independent Living prez Stanley Holbrook.
On Aug. 14, a crowd of 135 celebrated the Disability Pride Dinner at the Westin Convention Center hotel, where the focus was not only on overcoming adversity, but also on empowering the next generation.
“These guys need a hand up, not a hand out,” said board prez John Clark.
Honorary chairwoman Mary Anne Papale, Michael Gandy Jr., emcee Christopher Moore, Dr. Kate Seelman, Bob Foley, Joan Siebart, Ralph Manning and keynote Karen Tamley were among those making their voices heard.
“There's still much work to do. The biggest thing is, we want people living in the community, not the nursing home,” shared John Tague, who has been involved with the Center for Independent Living for 18 years.
“Awareness is the biggest part. There are a lot of ways to make a difference,” added Bryan McCormick, who encouraged people to volunteer and lobby their local representatives and legislators for support.
Pittsburgh has been revitalized and with that comes great opportunities for those who live and work here. The city is now a center for growth in renewable energy and is the home of choice for oil and gas companies producing the Marcellus Shale. The nuclear industry is strong, with Westinghouse leading the way.
Pittsburgh also continues to be the center for the coal industry in the East. YPE Pittsburgh will provide a blend of cross-discipline networking, career development, and service opportunities to the coal, renewable, and oil and gas industries that has never been experienced in the area.
VETaxi Chairman/Founder Robert DeLucia Sr and Madonna Long Public Relations attended the YEP Veteran Event that showcased and acknowledged Veterans from Pittsburgh Area. Congressman Keith Rothfus staff attended with Allison Beresnyak featuring a video by the Congressman.