PITTSBURGH, Aug. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- BNY Mellon, the global leader in investment management and investment services, is joining forces with Veterans Leadership Program (VLP) of Western Pennsylvania to help place Veterans and their families onto a path of financial self-sufficiency through critical services and support. Vince Sands, Chairman of BNY Mellon of Pennsylvania, today announced an additional $100,000 charitable investment in VLP, along with a call to action to "Never Forget Vets" to special guests and several hundred employees gathered together on BNY Mellon's Pittsburgh campus. " Western Pennsylvania is home to a significant and growing number of Veterans, Reservists and Guard members, and some Veterans struggle in the transition from military service to a successful and sufficient civilian life," said Al Mercer, Executive Director, Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania. "We work in the trenches with homeless, poor, and middle class Veterans and their families who are doing the difficult work of rebuilding their lives after military service. Through VLP and with the extraordinary support of organizations such as BNY Mellon, we are committed to helping our Veterans find homes, jobs, and essential services that they need, particularly when experiencing a crisis." "We understand that re-entry to civilian life for many of our service men and women can be challenging and we can make a difference in helping to ease that transition as both an employer and a socially responsible business," Sands said. "Let's never forget our Vets, whether that is through volunteer service, financial support or a cup of coffee and a simple 'thank you' to active service members you see wearing their fatigues or Veterans you may meet." Founded in 1982, the Veterans Leadership Program (VLP) of Western Pennsylvania is a not-for-profit social service agency that provides essential housing, employment, and vital support services to eligible Veterans, service members and their families to improve self-sufficiency, sustainability, and quality of life. VLP is the largest provider of subsidized transitional- and permanent-housing to Veterans and their families in Western Pennsylvania. Each year, VLP serves more than 2,100 Veterans and their families, makes 5,000 referrals for essential services and operates one of the nation's most effective homeless Veteran employment programs that place Veterans in meaningful jobs. BNY Mellon's support for local veterans included volunteer service and employee-donated back-to-school care packages filled with stuffed animals, books and other kid-friendly items for local homeless Veterans and their families. VLP and BNY Mellon employees plan to distribute the care packages the following day to approximately 600 local homeless Veterans and their families at VLP's annual "Stand Down" event in the Hill District.