Vietnam Veterans of America

Chapter 862

Beaver County, Pa.

Now over 71,000 members in the United States

The "Largest" VVA Chapter in Pennsylvania.

 Now 3rd "Largest Chapter in the United States"

VVA 637  -   LIFE Members  - 444

AVVA  - 138 Members





Election Results

Officers for 2014 to 2016

President - Skip Haswell                                                                                                                               

Exec Vice Pres – Bill Laughner

1st VP – Rich Kamzelski

2nd VP – Cliff Hawes

Secretary – Lee Corfield

Treasurer – Larry Googins

Board of Director for (3 Years)

Philip Morris

Jake Barsottini

Michelle Wilcox

Auditing Comm – Stayed the same –Wayne Cumer, Joe Mavero, Bill Winkle

Nominating Comm – Stayed the same – Bart Farzati, Lon Hogue, Ken Pingatore


Skip Haswell                                       Jake Barsottini

Bill Laughner                                      Pat Rapp

Lee Corfield                                       Michelle Wilcox

Larry Googins                                    Nick Pavkovich – 1st Alt

Rich Kamzelski

Philp Morris

Rich Tindell

Chuck Inman

Terri Carr

Pete Herman


VVA 862 Weekly Update for April 11, 2014


Saturday, May 3, 2014

Rochester VFW Banquet Hall

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM - Happy Hour

7:00 PM to 8:15 PM - Dinner

8:15 PM - Program

Sign up at the VVA/AVVA upcoming meeting

TOMORROW NIGHT  - Wed. April 16

Cost $15.00 Per Person at the door.

RSVP to Donna Corfield ASAP at 724-775-3027

or Email at

“If you make a Reservation and don’t show up for the Dinner,

You must still have to pay for your Dinners you made the reservations for”.


Deadline Date is April 23rd

Don’t Delay - Do it Today!

All members, family & friends invited


Main Speaker for Spring Banquet

 VVA National Vice President - Marsha Four served in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps for three years. During her 1968-70 tour of duty in the Vietnam War, she was a registered nurse at the 18th Surgical Hospital at Camp Events and Quang Tri, and was awarded the Bronze Star. Her list of achievements goes on & on.


Important VVA/AVVA 862 Spring Banquet  - Get your reservations in soon!


Roses for Mothers Day - Bobbie Morris is looking or a Chair Person for this event. Once again AVVA will be selling Mothers Day Roses. Contact Bobbie Morris if you want to volunteer.



Members At Large For those who were at the last meeting, you remember I mentioned about going after 50 more Members At Large from around our area. So far out of those 50, we now have 12 of them they transferred to our chapter. Those members will be listed on our Website.  

Please Welcome the following Transfers

Dave Blose  -  Washington, Pa.

Tim Duffy  -  McCandess Twp. Pa.

Ken Holliday  -  Moon Twp, Pa.

Ron Justi  -  NewCastle, Pa.

Tom Kress  -  West View, Pa.

Bill Mulvey  -  West View, Pa

Tim  Nolan  - McKees Rocks, Pa.

John Pavkovich  - Beaver Falls, Pa.

Larry Pusateri  -  Alison Park, Pa.

Robert Ramming  - West View, Pa.

Joe Shutak  - Cranberry Twp, Pa.

Rich Vukovcan  - Ambridge, Pa.

Just Received on Friday 04-04-2014

Harry Beam  - Canonsburg, Pa.

Alan Klacik  - Verona, Pa.

If you know any of these people, Welcome them to our chapter!

Just added 04-07-2014

James McCauley  -  Gibsonia, Pa.

Just added 04 - 08 - 2014

Dan Marasco  - Baden, Pa.

Tom Coe  - South Park, Pa.

Just added 04-12-2014

Allan Jones  -  Zelienople, Pa.


Golf League starts tomorrow on April 14th at Stonecrest. Contact Cliff Hawes 724-728-5065 if you'd like to join them.

Golf League – The VVA 862 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


Subject: AARP Saving Money in the Marketplace program



AARP and Senator Vogel are hosting a free program on saving money in the marketplace and how to lower monthly utility costs,  on

Thursday May 8, 2014.

Center at the Mall- Beaver Valley Mall- Monaca

1:00 pm-3:00 pm

Light refreshments served.



Next "FREE" WWII  & Korean War Veteran's Bus Trip

 has been changed to May 22nd. 2014   

Please contact Jerry or Lydia Fisher to register at 724-709-3614

They are trying to get as many of these Veteran's down to Washington DC  so they can see their Memorials.

If you know of any of these Veteran's who have not seen them yet, Let them know this trip is available.

Bus leaves the Parking Garage in Beaver at 6:00 AM and returns at 9:00 PM


Here's Something a Little Different:

Click on this New Link  -  Military.Com  Tons of Information!





You saw the information in the Newsletter about the trip to the United States Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio next year. June 6th & 7th 2014 was the “Majority” vote. After the meeting there was conversation and most said that in August, we will be getting ready to put the final touches on the “Wall That Heals” which is coming in September plus we have the Kokomo Vietnam Veterans Reunion, in there too. So far, we have approx 40 people which equal 20 rooms. So far, I’ve Blocked 20 rooms. 


 If you were unable to make the meetings and would like to be added to the list, please send me an email at and I will add you to the list. Details were in the December Newsletter on Page 10. Which you can read on our Website.

Be sure to use the Group Name (VVA 862) when you make your reservations.




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 April 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 16, 2012, the "Total Names" on the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington DC is now


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




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