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

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 October 16, meeting

  VVA 693  -   LIFE Members  - 463

AVVA  - 141   LIFE Members - 51

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WELCOME to the  VVA 862 WEBSITE

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

"New Commissary details below"  Now Open!!!!

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VVA 862 October 2014 Newsletter  "Now Online" Click on "White Tab" below!

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Attn: VVA 62 Members  - Gary Winks needs more people to Speak at the New Brighton Middle School on November 10th.

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VVA 862 Weekly Updates for October 31, 2014

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*Anyone that has anything for the November newsletter, get it in now!*

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DARLINGTON FOOD PANTRY

 

 We would like to ask our members to  bring can goods to our next two meetings (November & December) for the Darlington Food Bank . This food bank is helping a number of veterans or veterans families . They hold a food bank each month. Please be sure to look up Charles Ray at the meeting and give him your donation for the Pantry.

Thank You

Charles “Homer” Ray

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CHRISTMAS TREE VIGIL   -  We’ll be looking for a new Charman
I'm looking for someone to Stand-Up and
take over and Chair the Christmas Vigil, if No one does than I'm the Vigil will have to be Cancelled. I've done it for the last 6 years and can't do it anymore, I'll come down and spend time with the Group.

Thanks, for all Past Help.

            Kamm

                VVA 862
   
 http://www.vva862.org

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HIGHWAY  - CLEAN UP    -   We’ll be looking for a new Chairman

 

Well! we had a total of 10 men showed up last Saturday morning for the highway and we managed to get it all done.

 

I want to thank the men that showed up for project.

 

Frank Petz, Larry Tanner, Charles (snakedog) Smith Bruce Maratta, Chuck Szabo, Chuck Jenkins, Randy Tallon, Carl Curtis, Jake Palm, Skip Haskell ( the good skip).

 

They along with myself did the whole length of the highway from Beaver Falls to Koppel.

 

I think this is going to be my farewell performance, I can`t do this anymore.

 Begging people to come out to take care of OUR HIGHWAY and only ten people showed up.

 

Thank You

Dave Kane

Highlights = Pgh Area Commissary “Now Open”

Break out the sparkling cider! On Tuesday, Oct.. 21, we`re opening your new store, the Pittsburgh Area Commissary at 79 Soldiers Lane, Coraopolis, conveniently located near the airport. Following a 10a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony, both the commissary and the Exchange will open.


Your new Pittsburgh Area Commissary is more than twice the size of your C.E. Kelly Commissary, and its features produce, meat and grocery departments--a stock assortment of 18,000 items. You`ll want to check out our new features: an international delicatessen and bakery, rotisserie chicken and custom-made sandwiches. The store has five regular and four self-checkouts and more than 200 parking spaces, all on the same level as the store.

Our days of operation and store hours will remain the same. The new store is located along the major thoroughfare near the Pittsburgh Airport. Starting Oct. 21 you can find us on
www.commissaries.com under the locations tab as the Pittsburgh Area Commissary.

ATTENTION: We Are Looking For Baggers For The New Pittsburgh Area Commissary.
Please Contact Valerie Metz -
412-375-6310.

Special Orders
Do you have a special occasion, BBQ, Family Picnic, holiday gathering or official function coming up? If so, you can place your special orders for your entertaining needs by calling any of the phone numbers listed below.

The Pittsburgh Area Commissary phone number is as follows;

Main Line
(412) 375-6310

Pittsburgh Area Commissary hours are as follows;

Sunday & Monday  = Closed

Tuesday thru Friday = 8:30 AM to 6:30 PM

Saturday 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

 

Thank you for shopping your commissary " It`s Worth Your Trip"

While VISITORS are always welcome and allowed to accompany the ID cardholder, please remember they are NOT AUTHORIZED to make purchases. Only Valid ID Card Holders Are Authorized To Make Purchases. It's your Benefit, You Earned It, Help Us Protect It!

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NOVEMBER  

VETERANS HONOR DINNER  - There will be a Veterans Honor Dinner on November 7th at the Pathway Church  239 Braun Rd. Beaver Falls, Pa. 15010.  This is a Free Dinner for Veterans but you must RSVP to 724-336-5927, so they have an idea how many people are coming.

 

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Speaking at New Brighton Schools   - Nov 10th - Contact Gary now! Need Speakers!

LEE:

 I TALKED WITH MATT WAGNER AT NEW BRIGHTON MIDDLE SCHOOL.  THE VETERAN’S DAY PROGRAM IS GOING TO BE ON THE 10TH OF NOVEMBER AT THE MIDDLE SCHOOL, STARTING AT 0800.

 WE NEED AT LEAST 5 PEOPLE AND HOPEFULLY, 10, TO SPEAK WITH THE 8th GRADE CLASS.  JUST IN THE MORNING.  LUNCH IS PROVIDED, AND THERE IS A PROGRAM IN THE AFTERNOON, IF WE WANT TO STAY. 

 

IF YOU COULD PUT THIS IN THE WEEKLY UPDATES, I WOULD APPRECIATE IT.  MY EMAIL IS HACBGW@COMCAST.NET OR VFWPOST1821@GMAIL.COM 

 

MY TELEPHONE IS 724-728-2810

                                                                                                            GARY WINK

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FYI – The Veterans Day Parade which will be in (BEAVER) - November 11th!!!!!!!

 is being sponsored by the Midland  American Legion.  

 The luncheon afterwards will be held at the Monaca American Legion. Please keep this in mind when the parade is over.

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 Veterans Appreciation Event - Will be held at the “Center at the Mall” on Friday November 14th at 10:00 AM. We will be having a Agent Orange Outreach table. Please come out and help. A “Free Lunch” will be served.

Thank you in advance - Mike Coligure

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VETERANS SALUTE BREAKFAST - November 15th, 2014 at 9:00 AM

CCBC Athletic& Events Center. Please join us for Breakfast & Resource Fair. The event is “Free” and open to all past and present military members.  Your guests can attend for $5.00 per person. To reserve your spot, contact:

amy.mckissic@ccbc.edu or call 724-480-3557 by November 7th.

We hope to see you there!     Hosted by CCBC & Sen Elder Vogel Jr.

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"FESTIVAL of TREES"

Lee, We have been given the opportunity  to "Decorate A Tree" for this years "Festival of Tree's" being held in the lodge at Brady's Run Park. This will be our first year so we would really like to make a good effort.
  The theme of our tree will be Patriotic , red white blue etc
The decorations are supplied by us, they give us a 10' lighted tree.
We can have a table set up with our information and banner
We must be responsible for our tree at all show dates, so we will need help.
All the particulars can be found at   www.beavercountyfestivalof trees. org
 What I am interested in now is getting enough decorations for a 10' tree !
We will be decorating November 10,11,12 ,13,14,15th.
Light up celebration November 25th, 7-9pm
Other dates and times will be scheduled once I know who wants to help.
  We do not get any money for doing this but, we can fly our Colors, get a
 big add and Logo in the program
that will be given everyone that enters, estimated to be 8,000 people. 
This should be a good time plus we are letting the community know we're active.
Let me know what you might be able to donate in ornaments and interest in work time.
  Thanks a lot, Chuck/ Coast Guard.
 
Lee, Please keep the Wreaths Across America info I sent in the weekly and news letter. Thank you.

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Everyone have a Great weekend.

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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 To view our VVA 862 October  2014 Newsletter

Please Scroll down to the (WHITE) Newsletter Tab below

 

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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

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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
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 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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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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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 affect the 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

 

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

  1641

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

Also

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!

 

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

dedicated to Vietnam Veterans and their families.


Last updated  - October 31st,  2014

Webmaster - "Lee" Corfield


Contact: Lee at
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