Now over 71,000 members in the United States

The "Largest" VVA Chapter in Pennsylvania.

  3rd "Largest Chapter in the United States"

As of the December 10th,

  VVA 702  -   LIFE Members  - 476

AVVA  - 144   LIFE Members - 51





Vietnam Veterans of America Inc., Chapter 862 - Southwestern, Pa.



from Bill Laughner
    As many of you know our Chapter was asked by the National  V V A office in Silver Springs , MD to work with The Children's Museum in Pittsburgh on their annual sweater drive for the needy . We were targeting " The Veterans Place " in Pittsburgh that has housing for homeless veterans , the Pittsburgh VA homeless program and all Veterans in Beaver County nursing homes . Rich Kamzelski and myself went to Pittsburgh Monday to pick up the sweaters and when we got there, they had the sweaters in bags for us . We proceeded to go to "The Veterans Place" in Pittsburgh who needed 44 man's sweaters . We started to open the bags and there were only 34 men's sweaters . I had spoke to the lady at The Children's Museum twice in the last two weeks keeping her informed of how many male and female sweaters we needed . We received 7 or 8 large bags of sweaters as she had them packed and ready . We realized on our first delivery 90% of the sweaters were female . We stopped at the Red White and Blue store in Bellevue, Pa. and spoke to the manager and she gave us 100 male sweaters . This is the store we get quarterly checks from national as they are a V V A sponsored store .
We now have approximately 125 male sweaters. I need about (8) eight members to come to the Rochester V F W  around 4 PM today to help pack sweaters for Beaver County nursing homes . Also I need a like number of volunteers to help deliver to nursing homes on Monday . If you are willing to help either day please leave a message on my home phone 724-843-6828 or shoot me an email  .
As always "THANK YOU " in advance for your service to your fellow veterans .
Bill Laughner  -



VVA 862 Reminders for this coming "TONIGHTS"  meeting.
(2) Two Things
(1)  Just a short note to remind all VVA & AVVA members to bring your favorite dessert for Wednesday Meeting. Soon as the VVA meeting is over, we will have a small gathering with food and refreshments as we do every year at Christmas. This will be for guests and VVA & AVVA Members Only!!!!
(2)  As we did at Novemberís meeting, this will be the last month to bring in items for the Food Drive for the U P Church of Darlington, Pa. Please bring in your non perishable goods to Wednesday nights meeting.
Charles Ray has mentioned that they are very appreciative for these donations.


Lifetime Membership Drive is underway

Lifetime membership is now available for half the cost.  The board has voted to pay half of the lifetime membership.  The board has allocated a certain dollar amount to go toward this drive. We now have $3,000 to use for the Drive.  Once that amount has been reached, the drive will end.  Contact person:  Gary Shaffer 724.643.8941 or
Thank You  - Gary   


Print out Your Newsletters
    Last week I visited the Center at the Mall up at the Beaver Valley Mall.
I found their Computer room which has 10 computers.
I spoke with the lady that runs the place and told her about some of our VVA 862 members donít know how to print out their newsletters.
I asked her about having our members come up there and she said No Problem. She said to go ahead and have you come up.
They will show you how easy it is to print out your newsletters for the first few times. After that you should know what your doing by then.
They do charge 15 cents a piece for both sides.
So if you have a 14 page newsletter, that will cost you a whole $1.05. That s a fair price to keep your newsletter.
Plus it will get people up there that donít even know what the Center at the Mall does. They are vey helpful for the Senior Citizens.
Next time your up at the Mall, Stop up and check them out and see what all they do. There might be something that interests you.

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.


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

Contact: Jake Barsottini @ 724-601-7293

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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:  -



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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.  




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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 13 in 2014 - 58,299


POW MIA's as of November 1st, 2014 is now down to




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Please Note: New Vietnam War History Resources Site has been recently added.


A New C-123 Site has been added.

Be Advised: Air Heritage, at the Beaver County Airport

 has the only one that's still flying.

Yes, Its safe to be around, It never saw duty in Vietnam!

Nicknamed "Thunder Pig"

That's the Aircraft that Sprayed the Defolient that's now called

"Agent Orange"

It was not given the name Agent Orange until 1984!


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