Vietnam Veterans of America

Chapter 862 of Southwestern Pa

Now over 71,000 members in the United States

The "Largest" VVA Chapter in Pennsylvania.

  3rd "Largest Chapter in the United States"

  VVA 680  -   LIFE Members  - 458

AVVA  - 91   LIFE Members - 51





VVA 862 Picnic Today!

We will be mostly under shelter.

Location of the Picnic is Industry Park down by the Willows.

Coming from Rochester, go thru Beaver towards Midland.

Before you go past the Willows, there will be a road on your right,.

Soon as you turn right, you will see the Park on your right hand side.! 


Death of Duillo”Sarge” J. Bonaza
    It is with deep regret we announce the Death of former VVA 862 member Duillo Bonazza 67 from White Twp. Duillo passed on August 16th, 2014.
Duillo served with the US ARMY while in Vietnam
Viewing will be on:
 Tuesday from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM and Wednesday from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
at the
Gabaurer Matter Funeral Home
350 Third Ave.
Koppel, Pa. 16136
Cards my be sent to:
Duillo Bonazza
2701 13th Ave
Beaver Falls, Pa. 15010-2447
VVA 862 Honor Guard will be performing the Military Honors at 9:15 AM at the Funeral Home on Thursday morning.
Honor Guard to be there at 8:45 AM
UOD will be Black & Whites


Bridgewater Regatta  - "Special Thanks" to all those who came down and helped this weekend.

It was greatly appreciated.



VVA 862 Weekly Update as of August 15th, 2014 for the

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 862 of Southwestern Pa


Our name has been changed, due to the fact that we have over 250 members in our chapter who are outside Beaver County. Many are from Pittsburgh and surrounding counties.


Weekly Updates were sent out last Thursday.


VVA 862 PICNIC will be “ TODAY”

 August 20th, 2014

There will be



We will need clean-up before & after.   We will need your favorite covered dishes, corn on the cob, deserts, that favorite Crock Pot meal you like to cook. Basically it will be the same as all other yes. Liquid refreshments will be provided by VVA. For the FNG’s, (Fresh New Guys) Have your wife make her favorite covered dish.

VVA /AVVA 862 Picnic will start at 1:00 PM. We will be eating at 5:00 PM

If you have any questions, you may contact Chairman Philip Morris at 724-643-5725 or his email at 



AVVA Tickets (This is the Fund Raiser for the “Wall That Heals”) Please Turn in all tickets, Sold or Unsold.  We need all unsold tickets as we have some events coming up where we can sell them. They want them turned in ASAP

You may turn them in next week at the upcoming VVA Picnic on Aug 20th.

Otherwise, “you will be responsible for all of them”.

 Contact: Marylyn Piccirilli at


Hookstown Fair “Coming Up "TODAY”

the “Hookstown Fair” started yesterday. We will be needing people to work the booth,

 plus help with the famous “Duck Race on Saturday the 24th. @ 6:00 PM

Race Course has been Cut in ½!

Which brings up the subject of “Duck Tickets”

VVA 862 “Duck Tickets”

There are still a lot of duck tickets left to sell so, contact me at Remember this is Chapter 862 Duck Race and has raised over $95,000.00 since we started.  We need your help!  You can’t make it to the Hookstown Fair next week. You may also turn these Duck Tickets & Stubs w/money at the upcoming VVA Picnic next week.  Please give them to Lee Corfield and he will see that the “Duckman” gets them. If they aren’t turned in, before the race starts, those numbers will become property of VVA 862.

 Bill Laughner   -   724-601-3597


Aug 26               “Wall That Heals” Meeting 7:00 PM for Committee members @ Rochester VFW

Aug 30           4th  Annual Blaine Allinder “Golf Outing” $100 Per Golfer / $400.00 per Foursome


Next Month - SEPTEMBER

September 6th 2014


Would you please remind everyone of the "Walk to End Alzheimer's" being held on Saturday at 9:00am, September 6 at pavilion # 3 at Brady's Run

Park. There are only 6 walkers registered on our team so far, Please contact Coastguard if you’re able to walk with us.


Sept 10         VVA 862 - BOD Meeting - 5:00 PM    -   AVVA Meeting - 6:00 PM

VVA 862 – Regular Meeting 7:00 PM

Sept 12         Honor Guard Practice - 7:00 PM Midland VFW Park

Sept 18 – 21 - Kokomo - 32nd Vietnam Vets Reunion        Kokomo, In.

Sept 23 - 28 - The “Wall That Heals” coming to Beaver, Pa.

Sept 24 - Welcoming & Opening Ceremony – 7:00 PM = Reading of the 73 KIA’s from Beaver County

Sept 25 - "Gold Star Mothers Luncheon" on Thursday September 25th at the Wooden Angel, Beaver. Cost is $ 25.00 per person, Chicken or Pork

RSVP by September 15th Coastguard. 724 - 709 - 7747

    Thank you, Chuck Inman (Coastguard)


Sept 27 - POW / MIA Ride to the Wall Registration 12:00 Noon - Leaves Rochester VFW 3:00 PM 

Arrives at our Vietnam Memorial between 6 & 7 PM

Sept 28          “Gold Star Mothers” Day


That’s it for this week

Everyone have a good Weekend. See you at the Regatta!

Taking tomorrow off!



VVA 862 Golf League has started! The VVA Golf League will be teeing off at 3:30 on Monday and Thursday. Since most of us are retired, this time enables us to be home for the evening. If you would advise members in your weekly update and in the May newsletter would be appreciated.

 Thanks    Lon Hogue - Golf League – Chairman 724-846-8857 or Don Villella at 724-843-7401


VVA 862's Recent Acheivement  See Pictures Section

"Special Thanks" to AVVA 862 member John Wakeley for coming up with this idea and to

VVA 862 Members Rich Kamzelski & Rich Tindell for taking this project on.


JUST ADDED for 2014

To view our VVA 862 Newsletters Page , including the AUGUST  2014 Newsletter

Click Here



For any Information on Filling out your "Last Will" & "Testament"

Contact: Jake Barsottini @ 724-601-7293

or you can

email him at:


Please watch the Website for any upcoming activities!

Are you a Women Vietnam Veteran from Beaver County?
Are you a member of our chapter yet? If not, Please contact Michelle Wilcox, our VVA
 862 Women's Veteran Chairwomen at
724-847-3463 or you can email her at . We have an upcoming event where we are going to be honoring all women veterans of Beaver county and we'd like you to be a part of it.

Women's Veterans Website:  -



 Enjoy the changes to our Website

VVA 862 Memorial Stone at Cem of Alleghenies

Our VVA 862 "Memorial Stone" at Cemetery of the Alleghenies 

Are you a Veteran with No Where to go for your Funeral?

You already have a Place at the Cem of the Alleghenies.

For more Information about Cemetery of the Alleghenies,

Please contact:

Ron Worstell, Bill Laughner or Lee Corfield.  




There are "Friends" to talk to at the "Veterans Crisis Line"  - RIGHT NOW!

Please Click on the Link Below for more information:




  What's new at VVA.ORG   "Updated Weekly"


Vietnam Veterans of America

The purposes of Vietnam Veterans of America's national organization, its state councils, and its chapters are:

bullet To help foster, encourage, and promote the improvement of the condition of the Vietnam-era veteran.
bullet To promote physical and cultural improvement, growth and development, self-respect, self-confidence, and usefulness of Vietnam-era veterans and others.
To eliminate discrimination suffered by Vietnam-era veterans and to develop channels of communication which will assist Vietnam-era veterans to maximize self-realization and enrichment of their lives and enhance life-fulfillment.
bullet To study, on a non-partisan basis, proposed legislation, rules, or regulations introduced in any federal, state, or local legislative or administrative body which may affect the social, economic, educational, or physical welfare of the Vietnam-era veteran or others; and to develop public-policy proposals designed to improve the quality of life of the Vietnam-era veteran and others, especially in the areas of employment, education, training, and health.
bullet To conduct and publish research, on a non-partisan basis, pertaining to the relationship between Vietnam-era veterans and the American society, the Vietnam War experience, the role of the United States in securing peaceful co-existence for the world community, and other matters which affect the social, economic, educational, or physical welfare of the Vietnam-era veteran or others.
bullet To assist disabled and needy military veterans including, but not limited to, Vietnam-era veterans and their dependents, and the widows and orphans of deceased veterans.



As of May 31, 2014, the "Total Names" on the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington DC is now

Added 12 in 2012 - 58,272 

Added 14 in 2013 - 58,286

Added 14 in 2014 - 58,299


POW MIA's as of July 31st, 2014 is now down to




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A New C-123 Site has been added. That's the Aircraft that Sprayed the Defolient that's now called

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