Image Allegheny County Council Honors Service Dogs with Proclamation

The highly trained dogs can “perform tasks, improve mobility, and provide unconditional love and companionship, helping veterans to lives of greater independence and fulfillment.”

Click above to read Linda Wilson Fuoco’s article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Photo Credits due to Nate Guidry (Post-Gazette)

Thanks from the Ohio Department of Veteran Services

On January 12th the Ohio Department of Veteran Services formally thanked Veterans Cable Systems for its efforts to successfully employ Veterans into the telecommunications field.

In attendance were company President and co-founder Tony Accamando, Senior Vice President Allan Roberts, Director of Operations Chad Waseman, and Berea Operations Manager Rick Ochenkowski.

Tony and John were awarded Vietnam Veterans Pins by Mark Cappone, Ohio Department of Veterans Services Assistant Director in recognition of their service during The Vietnam War.

Veterans Management was awarded an Ohio Veterans Challenge Coin for our work to seek out, hire, and retain Ohio Veterans.

During the visit, we were able to develop a relationship to aid in finding more Veterans and other useful resources. Tony shared our collaborative efforts with Guardian Angel’s Life Changing Service Dogs.

Left to Right: Berea, Ohio Operations Manager Rick Ochenkowski, Director of Operations Chad Waseman, Senior Vice President Allan Roberts, Ohio Department of Veterans Assistant Director Mark Cappone, and Veterans Cable Systems President and co-founder Tony Accamando.

Thank you, Allegheny County!

If you’re an Allegheny County licensed dog owner, you may have noticed a Life Changing Service Dogs for Veterans (LCSDFV) flyer included with your renewal form in the mail.

Actually, lots of you took notice and sent an amazing amount of donations to our project that Veterans Cable Services President Tony Accamando founded and leads.

We sincerely thank you for the hundreds of contributions sent to us. Your donations help advance the cause of stricken Pennsylvanian Veterans who are in dire need of trained and loving service dogs.

…and our sincere gratitude to the Allegheny County Treasurer’s Office for providing and enclosing these flyers at no cost to LCSDFV!


COMCAST Philadelphia Passes Quarter 4 City Inspection

Congratulations to our team in the Philadelphia Freedom COMCAST market! 

COMCAST has passed their fourth quarter city inspection with an overall score of 97%!  Call it a case of Philadelphia Freedom Finesse if you will…

This unprecedented success is the direct result of our dedicated and talented team of management and over 30 Quality Assurance Control Inspectors that have been working on this major project with COMCAST and its Business Partners since early this year.

Our team relentlessly “pounds the streets” to ensure the utmost quality in every aspect of this complex upgrade project.

Veterans’ Day Breakfast at Duquesne University

On Veterans Day 2016, the Veterans Leadership Program hosted its annual Veterans Day Breakfast in Duquesne University’s Union Ballroom. It is considered to be the largest Veterans Day breakfast in the Pennsylvania. Veterans Cable Services President Tony Accamando and fellow Vietnam Veteran (and friend) George D’Angelo started this breakfast in 1988 with 32 attendees as a fundraiser to build a school in the seaport city of Danang, Vietnam.

This year over 600 people attended; many of them are Veterans. In the 18 years that have passed, this has continued to grow in size and scope to also raise funds to provide service dogs for Veterans with PTSD, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), and a host of other physical and emotional needs.

This year’s keynote speaker was Carol Borden, Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, Incorporated. Carol and Tony have tirelessly worked on our company’s initiative to pair 22 Southwest Pennsylvania Veterans with these highly skilled and loveable dogs.

Afghanistan Veteran John Kelly (CAPT., Army) also spoke movingly about his journey that led him to be paired with service dog Ranger, his “miracle” and “battle buddy, advocate, and friend” to the audience that found itself in tears. He is committed to “putting a face” on the problem of active duty veterans with PTSD.

Duquesne University President Ken Gormley with Leo Plunkett, age 100, Duquesne Prep Class of ’34 and World War II Veteran.




COMCAST wins our Veteran Employer of the Year award

Congratulations to COMCAST’s Ed Marchetti, the winner of Veterans Cable Systems’ Veteran Employer of the Year award is in appreciation COMCAST’s commitment to help veterans find employment throughout the telecommunications industry.

It is our company’s sincerest hope that other cable executives will follow their lead and be so honored in the years to come.


Armstrong Announces the Healing Heroes Program

Armstrong has partnered with Veterans Cable Systems and Life Changing Service Dogs for the Healing Heroes Initiative.

They’ll donate five service dogs to Veterans in the communities they serve in 2017. Armstrong will match all funds raised through various fundraising activities and opportunities.