Rocky Bleier

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On today's program: The U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs wants to cut wait times and improve mental health care for veterans; unionized cleaners in Pittsburgh have a new and improved contract; Pirates management is cleaning house; and the annual Pittsburgh Shorts Film Festival returns with more than 100 stories, including that of Steelers great Rocky Bleier. 

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Less than a year after being drafted by the Steelers in 1968, Rocky Bleier was drafted again, this time into the U.S. Army to fight in Vietnam. During a Viet Cong ambush, he was wounded in both legs.

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Next month at Heinz Hall, former Steeler and decorated Vietnam veteran Rocky Bleier will perform a one man show about his life. It is described as an intimate portrait featuring highlights of Rocky's multi-faceted life as a four-time Super Bowl Champion, wounded warrior, family man and community activist. Rocky Bleier joins us in studio along with the man who wrote the play Gene Collier.

Former Steelers player Rocky Bleier and UPMC neurosurgeon Dr. Joseph Maroon will be the honorary chairmen of a strenuous hike in the Laurel Mountains in May.

The hike, dubbed “The Crucible,” is a 70-mile, three-day, two-night hike. The hike raises money for The Checkpoint, a nonprofit that provides supports and services for Pittsburgh-area veterans and military families.

Bleier, a four-time Super Bowl champion is also a veteran, who served in Vietnam and received both a Purple Heart and Bronze Star.