VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA INC., CHAPTER 862  - Southwestern, Pa.

Now over 75,000 members in the United States

The PA State Council has just been refurbished.

Check it out at www.vva-pa.org

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

  3rd "Largest Chapter in the United States"

As of the
June 10th 2015  VVA 862 BOD Meeting

  VVA  708  -   LIFE Members  - 514

AVVA  - 141   LIFE Members - 55

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WELCOME to the  VVA 862 WEBSITE

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

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All VVA and AVVA Members

Duck Race Tickets will be sold at the Chippewa WalMart on Saturday, July 11th from 10 AM to 4 PM. We need your help. A sign up sheet will be at our meeting next week. Come out and share in the fun. The next sales event will be on Sunday July 19th at the Center Township WalMart.

If you are interested in helping at these 2 events Please

 

send me an email (hawes131@comcast.net) or a phone call (724-888-6272) to let me know.

 

When we get closer to the dates, I will contact you to check your interest and availability.

 

Thank you,

 

Cliff Hawes   -  "Duck Race Chairman"

 

 

The VVA 862 Honor Cart was used last week when the remains from Marine Sgt John McLaughlin was returned home after 64 years. According to John Wakeley, who spoke with Marine 1st Sgt Marion Castaneda who escorted Sgt McLaughlin home. He stated that "You know what, Atlanta has a really nice Honor Guard but they have nothing like this". 

Special Thanks to the Trib Review for this Picture.

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BCCI Tickets are now on sale!

 Contact Bill Laughner or Larry Googins at the upcoming meeting

this coming Wednesday, June 17th

Sample of the Ticket is in your June issue of the Vietnam Vet Gazette.

Stop up and Pick one up. It's for a very worthy cause!

BCCI Logo

Recently we have hooked up with this group of very dedicated people. Please take the time to check out this website and see what all they do.

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"June"  Newsletter is now up!

Click Below on the "White" Icon that says NEWSLETTERS!

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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

or you can

email him at:  jbarsottini@gmail.com

 


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
doc8416@comcast.net . 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:  -  http://www.pawomenvets.org

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 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 Cemetery of the Alleghenies.

For more Information about Cemetery of the Alleghenies,

Please contact:

Ron Worstell, Bill Laughner or Lee Corfield.  

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This is very important Folks!

Are you a "VETERAN WHO IS DISTRAUGHT"?

Have you "CONTEMPLATED SUICIDE"?

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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  What's new at VVA.ORG   "June 26th, 2015"

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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.
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bullet To promote physical and cultural improvement, growth and development, self-respect, self-confidence, and usefulness of Vietnam-era veterans and others.
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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.
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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.
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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 affectthe social, economic, educational, or physical welfare of the Vietnam-era veteran or others.
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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.

 

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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

 

Vietnam POW MIA's missing as of  April - 10 - 2015  is now at

  1627

Korean POW / MIA's missing as of June 8, 2015 is now at

7,852

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Click on your "Branch of Service" for "Updated News"

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Together Then!!!, Together Now!!!

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WHAT IS THE "TET OFFENSIVE"

The preliminary phase of the offensive actually began with the North Vietnamese attack on the Marine base at Khe Sanh, South Vietnam, on January 21st, 1968. Nine (9) days later, in the early morning hours of January 30, the North Vietnamese forces launched as a coordinated surprise attack against South Vietnamese cities, US Forces, and their allies.

The offensive was countrywide in scope, with more than 80,000 communist troops striking more than 100 town & cities. It is referred to as the "Tet Offensive" because there was a prior agreement to "Cease Fire" during the TET festivities (Lunar New Year Celebrations). Both North and South Vietnam had announced on national radio that there would be a two day cease-fire during the holiday. But the North Vietnamese broke the agreement. The purpose was to employ the element of surprise and strike military and civilian command & control centers throughout South Vietnam during a period when no attacks were supposed to take place It was the largest military operation yet conducted by either side up to that point of the war.

The attacks initially stunned the US and South Vietnamese forces taking them by surprise, however most were quickly contained and beaten back, inflicting massive casualties on communist forces. During the two month Tet Offensive, the North Vietnamese lost 37,000 soldiers while the US lost 3,900 men.

although the offensive was a huge military defeat for North Vietnamese forces, it had a profound effect on the US government and shocked the US public, which had been led to believe by its political and military leaders that the communists were incapable of launching such a massive effort. It was a major turning point of the Vietnam War.

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A New C-123 Site has been added.

Be Advised: Air Heritage, at the Beaver County Airport

 has the only C - 123 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!

 

VVA : Is the only National Vietnam Veterans Organization Congressionally Chartered and exclusively

dedicated to Vietnam Veterans and their families.

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Last updated  July 2nd, 2015

Webmaster - "Lee" Corfield


Contact: Lee at
n3ial@comcast.net

VVA Household Goods Collection and Donation

(click below)

You may also call:

1-800-775-VETS (8387)

 

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