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  - 141   LIFE Members - 50






  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: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


VVA 862 Weekly Update as of July 18, 2014


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



AVVA Tickets (This is the Fund Raiser for the “Wall That Heals”) Please Turn in all tickets, Sold or Unsold, All Stubs and Money to next week’s “Wall” meeting  on Monday if possible. We need all unsold tickets as we have some events coming up where we can sell them. They want them turned in NOW!

Contact: Marylyn Piccirilli at



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


Recovering VVA 862 Members with Health Issues

It was brought to my attention after last week’s meeting that we have several VVA 862 members who have already been in the hospitals and are at home recovering. They are not back to 100% yet.

 Let’s give them a boost.

You know our motto: “Never again Will One Generations of Veterans Abandon Another” I think it would be nice if we sent them cards even if it’s already done and over.

If no one lets me know, then I can’t send out the information in the Weekly Updates.

Please dig out the Get Well Cards folks.

Ronald Robes - is Tom Robes brother. He is one of our members living in Florida. His condition was too bad that he was unable to make the trip to Pittsburgh for Tom’s Funeral last week.  

Ronald Robes

1375 Roulette Street

Sebastian, Fl. 32958-6003


Dan Murdoch  - I understand Dan just had open Heart surgery. Is home recovering.

282 Vermont Ave.

Rochester, Pa. 15074


Al Whitehill  - Al just recently had surgery for a Brain Tumor. Is home recovering

224 Whitehill Rd

Georgetown, Pa. 15043


Wesley Hill Just recently had Back Surgery. Is home recovering

38 Deer Lane

Rochester, Pa. 15074


Hank LabikJust recently had Heart Surgery. I understand he is home and doing fine.

893 4th Street

Baden, Pa. 15005-1408


Raymond Rapp  - Hes one of our Delegates for the State but was unable to make the last PA State meeting do to several health Issues.

610 Stanton Ave.  Box 170

Mars, Pa. 16046


Harry Suttelle  - Has been in and out of the hospitals several times. Is home recovering on Oxygen.

117 Clearview Rd.

Aliquippa, Pa. 15001-5767

Donnie Miller was previously listed but he informed me that he did not want any Cards or Phone Calls so Don't send him anything.





If anyone has any pictures from our recent trip to the U S Air Force Museum, Please send them to me so I can add them to our Website.

Thanks  - Lee


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:




  What's new at VVA.ORG   "Updated Weekly"


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 - 58,300


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




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