VVA 862



  Southwestern, Pa.

Now 85,469 members in the United States as of October 2019

(Includes) 1,349 Women

Total PA VVA Veterans - 4,395

We are located in the Region  II = 14,566 members


VVA 862 is the "Largest" VVA Chapter in Pennsylvania.

  3rd "Largest Chapter in the United States"


As of the August 31, 2019 VVA 862 Monthly report

VVA 862 - 829   "ALL LIFE"  



Tet Reunion Party Meeting

6:00 PM  Rochester VFW (Board Room)




Wanted to let you guys know that Mike is in the Pittsburgh area.

He is at:

Manor Care Whitehall Boro.

Room 400

505 Weyman Rd.

Pittsburgh, PA 15236


Today Nov. 10th is his 76th birthday

Gave him a visit today and he appears to be in good spirits

His left side is paralyzed and has no movement there

His speech is good and carries a conversation well.

His wife asked that visitations be after 3:30 pm due to his daily therapy schedules.

Any questions please give me a call.



Joe Yonek

103 Brandy Lane

Leechburg, PA 15656

724-845-7355  House

724-448-4786  Cell



RED - Remember






T - Shirts


Now Available @ $20.00 Each


Contact Barb Googins - 724-869-7090






"Click Here" to see the New VVA "Updated" Application

If you use this application, Be sure to mail it to Gary's address listed below.


There is only One type of Membership.

The cost is $50.00

You send a check made out to VVA 862 for $20.00 to Gary, Our Chapter will Pay the remaining $30.00 towards your Life Membership.


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VVA WEB WEEKLY - Up to date items from VVA National every week!

Lastest Updated Version  -  December 4th 2019


Do you need a Computer or Laptop?


"Tech for Vets" - Team Children

Click on Link below:



Attached is information on the above group. 

 PASC donated $500 to them last year through our Veterans Trust Fund Grant.   Chapter 862 also donated $500 and I personally donated $150 to them.   

They are the real deal and have more than 18,000 computers to repair and give away. 

They also work with the University of Pennsylvania and others to help at risk Veterans and their families. 

They do not require any proof of need or income.   

After I made my donation, Robert Toporek, President called me and asked if I had any family in need.   I explained that my daughter in VA who is wheel chair bound needs a new laptop to help her get some work from home.   She is currently on SSDI.  She is a Penn State Graduate and was a NeoNatal Nurse for 24 years.  She lost her job when she developed MS.  The next day he overnighted her a HP laptop fully reconditioned with a separate keyboard.  I didn't even formally request this.   

Since then Robert stays in touch and frequently asks if I know anyone else who can use one of these computers.   

He has PC's and laptops available and he is not finding enough Veterans asking for them.   

I suggest we put this information in our PASC news letter, Chapter newsletters and possibly on our web site to get the message out.   

Thank You!

Jacob (Jake) Barsottini, SMSgt, USAF Retired



When mailing items for Membership,

Please use our Membership Chairman's address who is:

Gary Shaffer

709 Ohio Ave.

       Midland, Pa. 15059-1415


Official Chapter 862 Mailing Address

VVA Chapter 862

PO Box 26

Rochester, Pa. 15074


Our meetings are currently held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at the:


179 Virginia Ave

Rochester, PA. 15074


We are one of very few, "Board of Directors" that meet monthly! 

 The Board of Directors meets in the "Board Room"

every 2nd Wednesday of every month at 7:00 PM.


VVA Chapter 862 is located in Southwest Pennsylvania.

Our membership includes all of Beaver County as well as the following surrounding counties.Allegheny,

Armstrong, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Lawrence, Washington & Westmoreland Counties. 

We also have many members scattered out all over the United States. 



(Brief History)

When did it all start? We needed 25 to sign a charter,

 Our first meeting was organized by Lloyd "Skip" Haswell and held on Wednesday, March 15, 2000 at Boscov's

Department Store in the Beaver Valley Mall in Monaca, PA.  We only had 17 attend.

We waited for 3 months, Skip put an ad in the Beaver County Times and tried again!

The next meeting was held at the Monaca American Legion on Wednesday, July 19, 2000 where we had 53 attend,

therefore, we signed the charter that night and we have met every month since then.

An "Election of Officers" was

held that evening, and we were on our way

(Pic) - Note: Old Pic has been found.

President - Lloyd "Skip" Haswell

Vice President - Michael Mikulich

2nd Vice President - Jon Neely (Dec)

Secretary - Frank "Lee" Corfield

Treasurer - William T. Muns

Delegate - Tracy King


This chapter was organized under the Law of 1988 and filed Articles of Incorporation with

the Pennsylvania Department of State on the 2nd day on November, 2000.



VVA PA State President Jeff White presenting us our New Charter!

(L - R) Jeff White, Skip Haswell, Jon Neely, Tracey King & Bill Muns


Our Executive Board  2016 - 2018

Larry Googins

President & Chairman of the BOD

Corkey Romeo

Executive Vice President

Ron Heitzenrater

Gary Shaffer

1st  Vice President

2nd Vice President

Michelle Wilcox


Jake Barsottini




Our Board of Directors

 (  ) Time left to serve

Rich Tindell (3)      Ron Ippolito (3)  Ray Litzinger (3)

Lee Corfield (2)     Rich Raich (2)     Bill Russo (2)

Bob Horner (1)     Don Villella (1)     Al Martin (1) 


Our VVA 862 Delegates  (17)


     Larry Googins    Michelle Wilcox     Jake Barsottini

Lee Corfield     Ron Heitzenrater    Pete Herman

Rich Kamzelski      Dick Pegg

            Rich Raich          Ray Rapp           Corkey Romeo

    Gary Shaffer     John Szatkiewicz     Dave Walker

      Terri Carr           Bob Weismantle      Ray Litzinger  

     (Alt)      Skip Haskell      (Alt)  Bill Russo



Our Nominating Committee

                Lon Hogue - Chairman     Rich Kamzelski     Ken Pingatore






Our Trustees

Bill Winkle     Joe Mavero     Wayne Cumer






Hague’s Automotive Products (Ralph Hague) Beaver Falls, Pa. 1-877-377-7392

Fred’s Auto Shop (Fred Fattore) 1400 Airport Rd. Aliquippa, Pa. - 375-3812

Uneeda Tire Co (Tim Mulhollen) - 624 8th Ave Beaver Falls, Pa. 843-3208

Brown’s Auto Shop - (Les Brown) Aliquippa, Pa. 724-495-2699



TEC Electric (Tom Cekovich) Electrical Work Beaver Falls, Pa. 846-9864

General Contractor A. Michael Galbraith, Baden, Pa. 869-2093

Flooring Wynn Starr - “All Types” - Aliquippa, Pa. 724-643-6207

Abraham’s Outdoor Power Equipment (Mitchell Abraham) - North Apollo Pa- 567-7671

Dump & Back Hoe Wm O’Brien 141 Beaver St Fallston, Pa. 846-7332





Brighton Hot Dog Shoppes (Frank Papa) 300 S. Walnut Ln Beaver Suite 400 Beaver, Pa. - 775-9070

Kelly’s Riverside Saloon, (Lisa Kelly) Bridgewater, Pa. 728-0222

McCormack's Bee Farm (Tom McCormack) Aliquippa, Pa. 724-495-6310

Wooden Angel/Wooden Indian (Alex Sebastian) Bridgewater, Pa. 774-7880

Punk's Ice Cream Shoppe "Now CLOSED for the season" (Mariellen Ketterer) Rt. 65, Baden, Pa. 869-1967



Beaver Valley Nursing & Rehab (John Papasodero) Beaver Falls, Pa. 846-8200

MD, Ear Nose Throat Surgery/Allergy (John Straka), 1099 Ohio River Blvd Sewickley, Pa. 412-741-5670

Atcheson Oral Surgery (David Atcheson) 255 3rd Street Beaver, Pa 724-728-1700


Misc Services

PA Guardianship Services, LLC - (Drew/Doris Grivna) 724-601-4696 Co-ordinator

Detective Agency/Security Charlie Herdt, Beaver Falls, Pa. 891-6244

Huntsman's Funeral Home (James Huntsman) Rochester, Pa. 775-0655

Attorney (Gene Martucci), 190 W. Washington, Rochester, Pa. 728-3000

Voices - Digital Music For All Occasions - (Rudy Zetz) - 724-622-0069

Beaver County Veterans Affairs Director (Kathy Nairn) Beaver, Pa. 728-5700 Court House

Inkstar Printing Sue & Rich Fudurich - Beaver Falls, Pa. - 847-2940 print@myinkstar.com"

Haircuts Tony Pietrandrea, Koppel, Pa. 843-0649

Fig Tree Travel (Dan & Kathy Varna) - Freedom, Pa. www.figtreetravel.com/" or 724-728-4624

Specializing in Disney, Princess, Carnival Cruise & Apple Vacations

Darlington Lawn Service (Charles Ray Jr.) - Darlington, Pa. 724-513-7804

Keep It Short Landscaping & Lawn Care (Corey Allinder) - Aliquippa, Pa. 724-630-3453

Oxford Realty (Rudy Zetz) - 1289 Brodhead Rd Monaca Pa 724-774-7373

Howard Hanna Realtor - (John Sergeant) 412-252-5500 Ext 253 johnsergeant@howardhanna.com"

Northwood Reality Services - Lee Vega - Realitor & Certified Military Specialist - Office 724-775-1000 Ext 8161, Cell - 412-721-3750

Rochester VFW Hall Rental (Bill Newtz) 724-774-4378 Where we hold our VVA Meetings  5000 Sq Ft.

Ambit Energy - (Phil Talbott) 330-303-5934 Turn Your Energy Into Income

E.M. Jewelers (Eddie Marx) 517 Locust Place, Sewickley , Pa. 412-741-1111

Rose Mary’s Corner (Dan Murdoch) Rochester, Pa. Fine Antiques, Architectural & Accessories 728-1558

Jamison Taxidermy (Jack Jamison) - Rochester, Pa. 724-581-8518


If you need my Information:

Lee Corfield

140 Knob Vue Drive

Freedom, Pa. 15042

Home - 724-775-3027

Cell   -  412-974-8586

Email - n3ial@comcast.net