Wednesday, April 24, 2013

FPA Honors Western PA Veterans, Rocky Bleier

Public Contact Information: Reservations for free admission and details at:  E-mail: Call 412-653-1054.

NEWS from Financial Planning Association of Pittsburgh

SALUTING SERVICE features Rocky Bleier on May 21 when FPA of Pittsburgh honors Western Pennsylvania Veterans during Free Pre-Memorial Day Celebration

Financial Planning Association of Pittsburgh presents First Class Patriot Achievement Award honoring vets making a difference in their communities at historic Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum

Editors: Nominees, speaker, special guests, entertainment and award recipient photos and details will be provided on request prior to or following the event. Nominees will be announced by early May.

PITTSBURGH, PA  (4/22/2013) – Giving back, fighting back and coming home will be celebrated at Saluting Service when a veteran who is making a difference in his or her Western Pennsylvania community is honored by the Financial Planning Association of Pittsburgh with the First Class Patriot Achievement Award on Tuesday, May 21.

Rocky Bleier
Rocky Bleier, Vietnam veteran and four-time Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl Champion running back, is the special guest at Saluting Service. He will congratulate award nominees and veterans of the U.S. service branches during the free pre-Memorial Day celebration for the community, Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 7 pm, Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum, 4141 Fifth Ave., Oakland, Pittsburgh, PA (15213).

Admission is free, but reservations are required at or call 412-653-1054.Remaining tickets will be provided at the door. An outdoor picnic and entertainment will be provided to all guests, 6-7 pm. Self-guided tours of Soldiers & Sailors’ Hall of Valor may be taken prior to the indoor program.
Bleier will provide inspirational words on attributes of courage, stamina and fighting back in the face of diversity as all veterans and military families in attendances are recognized.

Saluting Service showcases:
•         Honoring of all nominees for the First Class Patriot Achievement Award.
•         Awarding of the First Class Patriot Achievement Award to a nominee contributing to the community in which he/she lives in Western Pennsylvania.
•         Presentation of a $10,000 donation to Veterans Place of Washington Boulevard from FPA of Pittsburgh in honor of the top award winner.
•         Adam Brock, American Idol 2012 semi-finalist and Washington, PA, native, featured vocalist in the 20-piece Trinity Jazz Orchestra’s “God and Country,” a patriotic and inspirational set.
The First Class Patriot Achievement Award was created by Financial Planning Association of Pittsburgh to honor past and/or present community service by veterans of any U.S. military branch, including reservists and National Guard, who reside in Western Pennsylvania. Nominations were solicited throughout 27 counties and the awardee will be announced prior to the event.
Contact Financial Planning Association of Pittsburgh at or via FPA of Pittsburgh, Saluting Service on Facebook.

About Financial Planning Association of Pittsburgh

The Financial Planning Association® (FPA®) is the leadership and advocacy organization representing the financial planning community.  FPA is the largest membership organization for personal financial planning experts in the U.S. and includes professionals from all backgrounds and business models.              FPA helps connect thousands of consumers to competent and ethical planners who uphold the highest standards – FPA’s Standard of Care.

The Financial Planning Association of Pittsburgh has more than 300 members. The Pittsburgh chapter is comprised of experienced financial planners who are energized by member events and community service initiatives such as Saluting Service.

To find a planner near you or to learn more about the Code of Ethics adhered to by members, go to and click on “Planner Search”.

About Veterans Place of Washington Boulevard

Veterans Place of Washington Boulevard provides homeless veterans with an array of facilities and services that build long-term residential stability, employment, sobriety, and self-determination. Through the agency’s services and those delivered through a variety of community partnerships, Veterans Place strive to be a full-service agency for all homeless veterans.

Bio for Rocky Bleier

Seriously wounded during his active duty with the U.S. Army in Vietnam during 1969, Rocky Bleier was decorated with the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his courageous service. Bleier, a Notre Dame business graduate, was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1968, then by the U.S. Army by the end of that year. Upon returning from service, Bleier fought back through rehabilitation and perseverance to gain a spot on the Steeler active roster by 1972. During his NFL career, the running back became a four-time Super Bowl champion with the Steelers before retiring in 1980. Founder of Rocky Bleier, Inc., the popular inspirational speaker is the author of Fighting Back, a bestseller inspiring an ABC movie-of-the-week.  Bleier supports Veteran causes and events in the Pittsburgh region and beyond.

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