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

Now over 74,700 members in the United States

Pennsylvania is 5th largest in US.

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 April 15th 2015 Meeting

  VVA  705  -   LIFE Members  - 514

AVVA  - 143   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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Anyone have anything for this weeks updates, Get them to me so I can add it to this weeks updates.

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Coming up this Saturday  - "Highway Clean Up"*

Highway Clean Up  - April 25th   -   (Rain Date May 9th)

       Charles Ray has taken over the Highway Clean up on Rt 18. This is a major project. He can’t just do it with a

 

hand full of people. The more people

 

that volunteer, the faster it gets done. Remember, Our name is on that Highway Vietnam Veterans of America Memorial Highway. It doesn’t really

 

take that long if we have a nice group of people. Besides that, “You get to keep whatever you find” Oops, I’m wrong! Back, when we used to clean up

 

Rt 65 between Conway and Baden, Bill Muns found a Credit Card and we had to make sure it got back to its rightful owner. We will need Volunteers!

 

There will be a sheet passed around at the next meeting for you to sign up.

 

Otherwise Contact Charles Ray at 724-827-8310 Lets get that list started now!

 

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VVA Spring Banquet  -  May 2nd 2015  "Next Weekend"

 

   Happy Hour 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

All Reservations have been turned in. Looking forward to a nice evening.

 

"HOPE TO SEE EVERYONE THERE"

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  Cranberry VA Clinic is looking for Volunteers. Right now it looks like Wednesday and Fridays are open in the mornings. They could always use some in the afternoons too. You would have to take a course up at the Butler VA and get an ID Cards. The course is a must as you have to learn the Privacy Rights.  It really does not take that long. They have to check and make sure you don’t have any kind of previous record.  1st they do Fingerprints, then after a couple weeks they call you back and Take your Pictures. While you run down to the Café and get a bite to eat, by the time you come back up, Your card should be ready. If anyone has any questions you may contact me as I have been there every Tuesday morning from 8:00 to 12:00 since it opened. In fact, I sang the National Anthem for the Opening Ceremony.

You may also contact the Cranberry VA Administrator Rachel Harrington by

Calling - 724-741-3131

 

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Check out this New Link.

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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"April"  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

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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 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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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   "April 16, 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

 

POW MIA's as of  Mar - 14 - 2015  is now at

  1629

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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  - April 24th, 2015

Webmaster - "Lee" Corfield


Contact: Lee at
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