Education Department assesses opportunities for low-income students

A new report released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Education emphasizes the gaps between low-income college students and their more affluent peers.

The report highlighted both public and private colleges and universities throughout the country by comparing the institutions’ percentage of Pell grant recipients and analyzing strategies used to retain these students.

Report finds Southwest PA veterans needs mostly satisfied

Southwest Pennsylvania has one of the densest populations of veterans in the United States.

And the region’s 235,000 former service members tend to fare well at finding work or school opportunities and participating in their communities after leaving the military, according to a new report by the Center for a New American Security [CNAS].

However, the issue of unemployment for veterans remains a persistent hurdle for veterans in the region and throughout the country, the authors wrote.

Veterans Day event showcases housing and healthcare problems

Hope is a U.S. Coast Guard veteran who served from 1997 to 2000. She has been homeless on and off since then and is taking medication for post-traumatic stress disorder.

For a research project at VA Pittsburgh on Monday, she took a photo of her dog, Mattie, who she says keeps her stable and helps her cope with PTSD.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) estimates that 12 percent of the adult homeless population are veterans, and VA Pittsburgh officials estimate about 180 homeless veterans live in the city.