In June, the U.S. Supreme Court made a historic ruling that legalized gay marriage in all 50 states.
But more than half of them, including Pennsylvania, are failing to introduce legislation that protects lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals, according to a report by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).
Workers in the oil and gas industry are routinely exposed to colorless and odorless poisons that put them at risk for sudden cardiac arrest, according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Pennsylvania’s statewide unemployment rates fell just below the national average of 5 percent to 4.8 percent, according to a seasonally adjusted monthly report by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.
Ways for veterans to file disability claims
Veterans who register online can track the progress of their claims and ask questions. https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits-portal/ebenefits.portal
VA Benefits Information and Claims Assistance. There are eight call centers across the country. 1-800-827-1000
The following organizations help veterans submit disability claims. Their offices are in the federal building, downtown Pittsburgh, which also houses the Veterans Benefits Administration. American Legion: 412-395-6230
American Veterans: 412-395-6248
Disabled American Veterans: 412-395-6241
Military Order of the Purple Heart: 412-395-6252
Paralyzed Veterans of America: 412-395-6255
Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs: 1-866-754-8636
Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs: 412-395-6225
Veterans of Foreign Wars: 412-395-6259
Source: Veterans Administration
The Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs offers many benefits to veterans and their families.
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.
Female cops are statistically less likely to discharge their weapons and receive far less complaints than their fellow male officers. Studies have shown that they are better at communication and trust-building and employ those tactics more often than using physical force during an arrest.
Despite these qualities, an Al Jazeera America news analysis shows that women still make up only a small percentage of the police force.