Vietnam Veterans of America

Chapter 862

Beaver County, Pa.

Now over 71,000 members in the United States

The "Largest" VVA Chapter in Pennsylvania.

  3rd "Largest Chapter in the United States"

  VVA 677  -   LIFE Members  - 458

AVVA  - 91   LIFE Members - 51





VVA 862 Weekly Update as of July 25, 2014

August 2nd, 2014

Received this from Bill Laughner   “Get Your Tickets Now Folks”

Subject: 2014 BCCI Sportsman's Bash




Hello and thank you for your interest in our event this year.   We are very thankful for your service to our country, your volunteer time to be our color guard, and thankful to be able to team up for this year’s event.

I’m writing this message so that it can be cut and pasted or just forwarded out to your network. 

As you know, for the past 5 years I have been one of the Chairman for the BCCI Sportsman’s Bash.   Our sixth annual BCCI Sportsman’s Bash will be held next Saturday, Aug 2nd, at Wally World in South Beaver Twp.  This year’s event features 4 bands and over $50,000.00 in prizes.  We anticipate between 2,500 and 3,000 in attendance. 


In past years, our event has raised money to support youth athletics.  This year, we are extending an offer to the Vietnam Veterans of America.  For every ticket sold through the Vietnam Veterans network, a percentage of our proceeds will be donated back to the your organization.


Tickets can be purchased by two means.  The first is, by have the tickets that I gave you for sales and distribution.  The second way to reach out to your organizations, is through internet sales.  Tickets can be purchased on-line at our website


When purchasing on line, you can use pay pal or a credit card.  When making the purchase, please note “Vietnam Veterans of America” in the comments section.  This will ensure your organization gets credit for the sold ticket. 


It’s really that easy.  Send a mass e-mail, notify the Vietnam Vets network about on-line ticket purchases, and the Vets will receive a percentage of our proceeds.


Winners do not need to be present to win.  All winners will be notified.


Any questions, please call me at any time at (724) 650-4005.


Thanks and good luck!!!!


John Dudo

BCCI Chairman


If anyone wants to purchase a ticket they can call me at 724-601-3597. I have 30 tickets available.    Thanks,  Bill Laughner


VVA 862 Honor Guard will be doing the Presentation of Colors

UoD – will be “Tiger Stripes”

Honor Guard be there at 5:00 PM

Contact Rich Raich if you’re coming @ 412-974-6282


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VVA 862 PICNIC will be August 20th, 2014

After the meeting was over we had a Volunteer come up and take Chairman of the upcoming Picnic.

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 question’s, you may contact Chairman Philip Morris at 724-643-5725 or his email at 


August 3rd 2014

VVA 862 LIFE member Bernie Strauss, of Coraopolis, Pa. 

 Passed away on Sunday July 6th, 2014

Bernie was owner of Built Rite Construction in Aliquippa. Bernie was a Life Member of VVA 862 and served in Vietnam with the US Army

Bernie's family will be holding a Memorial service on Aug 3rd, 2014 at 11: 30 AM at the:

 Beaver Valley Golf Course

725 Sixth Ave.

Patterson Hts, Beaver Falls, Pa.15010

VVA 862 Honor Guard will be doing Honors during this service.

UoD – will be Black & Whites

Honor Guard be there at 11:00 AM

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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 NOW!

Please turn them in at the upcoming VVA Picnic on Aug 20th.

Otherwise, you will be responsible for all of them.


Contact: Marylyn Piccirilli at

August 4th, 2014

Military & Veterans’ Appreciation Event,

Hosted By Congressman Keith Rothfus


Subject: Military and Veterans Appreciation Event - August 4th

Military and Veterans Advisory Board –

Attached is the flyer for the Military and Veterans Appreciation Event on August 4thPlease let us know if you can join us.    

Can you please forward this the information below and the attachment to those that would be interested? 

Congressman Keith Rothfus [PA-12] invites service members, veterans, military families, and all constituents to a Military and Veterans’ Appreciation Event on Monday, August 4, 2014.

“We want to recognize the service and sacrifice of those who have bravely fought for our country,” said Rothfus.  “I encourage you to attend this event to join me in honoring our service members, veterans, and military families, and to share your thoughts on how I can continue to serve you.”

The Military & Veterans’ Appreciation Event

August 4, 2014   6:00PM to 8:00PM

North Park

Point Grove on Lakeshore Drive

Allison Park, PA.

The Congressman’s staff will be on hand and available to assist any service members and veterans who need help with the federal government.  There will also be fun activities for children, so be sure to bring the whole family!

Constituents planning to attend are asked to RSVP to



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          Would you please put reminders that we will be looking for "FOOD" for the volunteers working the “Wall That Heals” when it’s here. We will have food 24/7 while the wall is here. Please contact Chuck Inman at the numbers below.


The Gold Star Mothers Luncheon on Sept. 25 at 1:00 PM, Please let Coastguard know if you can attend.

The Luncheon is $25.00 per person, selection of Chicken or Pork Chop and Salad for those who don't care for meat.

Chuck / Coastguard phone numbers = 724-709-7747 or 724-581-3836.


Please everyone consider attending, it’s a nice tribute to the Gold Star Mothers.


Chuck Inman



Message from former VVA 862 member Guy Hendrickson, now with VVA 530


Here is some information I'm passing on from VVA 530, Durham NC. One of our members is Bill Dixon.  He has a talk show on, called, "Lessons of Vietnam”.  He interviews Vietnam veterans and takes listeners calls.  The first of this year he had Bill Tschudy on his program.  He was with Adm. Denton when they were shot down and held prisoners.  He also interviewed USAF Gen. Norman Gaddis, who was the first AF pilot to be shot down and one of the longest POWs. Gen Gaddis has a farm in Henderson NC. and will host members from the local MOAA chapter there for picnics. At 93 he still attends most of the veterans meetings and shares many interesting stories dating back to WWII, when he first became a pilot. 


 I am still sending out the VVA 862 newsletter to our members here in hopes they may come across someone they may have served with.      Guy Hendrickson  VVA 530


Well That it for this week folks

Everyone have a great weekend


VVA 862 “Duck Tickets”

There are still a lot of duck tickets left to sell so, contact me at if you would like me to mail 10, 20, or 30 tickets. Remember this is Chapter 862 Duck Race and has raised over $95,000.00 since we started.  We need your help!

 Bill Laughner   -   724-601-3597


  Death of VVA 862 Life Member Bernie Strauss.

Bernie Strauss of Coraopolis, Pa.  passed away on Sunday July 6th, 2014

Bernie was owner of Built Rite Construction in Aliquippa. Bernie was a Life Member of VVA 862 and served in Vietnam with the US Army

Bernie's family will be holding  a Memorial service on Aug 3rd, 2014 at 11: 30 AM at the:

 Beaver Valley Golf Course

725 Sixth Ave.

Patterson Hts , Beaver Falls, Pa.15010

Donations may be made to:

 Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 862

140 Knob Vue Drive

Freedom, Pa. 15042


911 Rally   - September 11th, 2014 at the Gazebo in Beaver

All Proceeds will go to the “Beaver County Emergency Fund”

More details to follow!


September 11th, 2014

Subject: Rep. Jim Christiana's Veterans Breakfast


Here are the details we have so far for our Veterans Breakfast


·         Being held on Thursday, September 11th at Monaca Turners.  Starts at 9:00am

·         All Veterans in attendance will receive a certificate of appreciation and pin

·         The Mobile Veterans Outreach Van will be set up in the parking lot to provide information and assistance to Veterans and family members who may be eligible for benefits though the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

·         Hoping to have a performance by the Mancini All-Stars

·         Guest Speaker

·         RSVPs will be required by calling 724-728-7655


I really appreciate your help with getting the word out about this!  As soon as we have flyers for the event, I will be sure to send you that as well. Thanks, Bart!


Monica Babir | District Director to

State Representative Jim Christiana
15th Legislative District
Phone: 724-728-7655 | Fax: 724-773-7802 




KOKOMO 2014    September 18th thru the 21st


If “YOU” are going... Please “Sign Up” ASAP as rooms are going fast. 

Skip said at the last meeting, he only had 5 rooms left. Better call him ASAP

 Contact Skip Haswell at 724-495-9612

or you can email him at


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 JULY 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:




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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 14 in 2014 - 58,299


POW MIA's as of March 20th, 2014 is now down to




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