Benjamin M. Williams

Member, Board of Directors; Chairman, Building Committee I was inducted into the Army in 1953 and served in the Korean War. I served as a tank commander and was released from active service in 1955. Under the universal military training act I was in the Army Reserve for another eight Read more…

Tom Strang

Member, Board of Directors Site Leader: Hospital Liaison, and VAVS Representative (VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System) I am 73 years old and married to Agnes Strang, the Volunteer Coordinator of Keystone PVA. We have two children, Loren and Tom; both married. They have blessed us with seven beautiful grandchildren – one Read more…

James E. Riemer

Immediate Past President; President; National Director; Site Leader, Hospital Liaison, and VAVS Representative (Butler VA Medical Center) Residence: Jefferson Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania I was in the final draft in 1972 so I decided to enlist in the U.S. Navy Reserves. I attended Storekeeper “A” School in San Diego, California Read more…

The Benefits Box

THE BENEFITS BOX A service of PVA’s National Service Officers This Benefits Box has been provided by PVA Health and Benefits Specialist II Charles Tocci, based in PVA’s Syracuse, N.Y. Regional Office. The ReWalk Exoskeleton System As we all fight with technology on a daily basis, the company ReWalk Robotics Read more…

George “Murph” Neelan

Vice President Residence: West Deer Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania I served in the U. S. Air Force. I continue to serve on the Keystone Chapter’s Board of Directors with a special interest in serving and treating veterans with multiple sclerosis. I serve on committees and task forces at the pleasure Read more…

William D. Lightner

Secretary Residence: Hollidaysburg, Blair County, Pennsylvania I joined the Air Force at age 18. After basic training I was stationed at Edwards Air Force Base, where I served as an aircraft machinist starting in 1983. In 1986 I was involved in an automobile accident that broke my neck, resulting in Read more…

William D. Jakovac

Treasurer Residence: Shaler Township,  Allegheny County Pennsylvania            I have retired from a U.S. Navy career that ran from March 31, 1970 to October 31, 1990. My first day of boot camp was on April Fools Day and I retired on Halloween. As an Electrician’s Mate, I was usually assigned to Read more…