Todd DePastino, Executive Director of Veterans Breakfast Club
Todd DePastino is founder and executive director of the Veterans Breakfast Club, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to sharing veterans’ stories with the public. Over 30,000 different people have participated in the Veterans Breakfast Club’s programs and activities over the past ten years. Todd is the author of the award winning BILL MAULDIN: A LIFE UP FRONT (W.W. Norton) and six other books. He has a Ph.D. in American History from Yale University and has taught at several places, including Waynesburg University where he won the Lucas-Hathaway Award for Teaching Excellence. He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife and two daughters.
“War Stories from Pittsburgh’s WWII Veterans": Todd DePastino knows how to tell a good story. As an award-winning historian, that’s his job. But for the past six years, he's been focused on listening. And the stories he's heard—some beautiful and heartbreaking, others gut-wrenching—are largely about war. Todd is co-founder and director of the Veterans Breakfast Club, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to gathering veterans of all eras and generations together to share their stories of service. Using photographs of the veterans he’s met and interviewed, Todd will tell the extraordinary WWII stories he’s heard from veterans living in the region and will also discuss his quest to preserve and celebrate them.