Now over 74,700 members in the United States

Pennsylvania is 5th largest in US.

The "Largest" VVA Chapter in Pennsylvania.

  3rd "Largest Chapter in the United States"

As of the February 2015 Roster

  VVA  699  -   LIFE Members  - 500

AVVA  - 141   LIFE Members - 53





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



Support The Troops Rally Meeting Ė Notice

 Monday, March 30th @ 7:00 PM at the Rochester VFW Boardroom?


For those who were on the committee last year and those who want to be on it this year, Please come to this meeting as we will be starting to get things lined up.

Thank You

Dave Kane


VVA 862 Weekly Update for Friday March 27, 2015


Sending these out tonight as I will be "Out of my Office Tomorrow"


Maple Syrup Festival -  March 28 - 29

     Donít forget, Not this weekend but next weekend is the Maple Syrup Festival down at Bradyís Run Lodge. We will be needing help. They have



asked that we stay the full time from 8:00 PM till 5:00 PM on Saturday & Sunday both days. The other thing is, this stuff does not set up and tear



down by itself. If youíre interested in helping out,


Please contact Rich Kamzelski at 724-494-5752  




Membership Drive  -   Reminder

      We are now over 700 members. Gary Shaffer mentioned at the meeting that we still have approx $250.00 left to use towards the ongoing


membership Drive. We pay Ĺ and you pay Ĺ.


If you know anyone interested, Please contact Gary Shaffer at 724-643-8941 or his email which is



Veterans Breakfast Club   Wed April 1st     "NEXT WEDNESDAY"

     Once again, Todd Depastino will be bringing the Veterans Breakfast Club to the Seven Oaks Country Club. Donít forget, you must RSVP Todd by

calling 412-623-9029 to let him know youíre coming. This way they can adjust so they know how much to cook.  Always a great time. Soon as the


breakfast is over, Todd gets a few of the Veterans to tell their story. Some of these stories are amazing to hear.  



VVA Spring Banquet  -  May 2nd 2015


   Happy Hour =  5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Cost = $15.00


Reservations can be made at the April 15th VVA meeting.


Payment must be made with the Reservation.


You may also email Donna Corfield at or call 724-775-3027.


If you make a reservation by phone or email, Please mail your check to:

Donna Corfield

140 Knob Vue Drive

Freedom, Pa. 15042







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 canít 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 doesnít really


take that long if we have a nice group of people. Besides that, ďYou get to keep whatever you findĒ Oops, Iím 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!





VA Butler Healthcare is assembling a quilt to honor Women Veterans in recognition of National Womenís History Month. The quilt will be made up of individually designed squares; each one devoted to a woman Veteran. One quilt square is designed and dedicated to each Veteranís memory and may mention the dates served, rank, branch of service, and the name of the woman. To be honored and remembered on the women Veterans quilt, the only requirement is that the woman must have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Deadline to receive quilt squares is April 30, 2015.


 For further information and submission form, go to


Special Thanks to Michelle Wilcox for this information.




Good morning all


I just received an email about an arrears in toll charges. Donít be surprised if you donít get one also. It is a scam. PA EZ Pass knows about it. Itís explained at this site


Hopefully no one else gets one. Fortunately, I knew it had to be fake, so I didnít open the attachment.


Got your six. . .


Michelle ďDocĒ Wilcox



Military Report - VA Changes Health Care Eligibility

Got this from Jake Barsottini


Everyone have a great weekend!


MARCH Newsletter is now up!

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


Lifetime Membership Drive is underway

Lifetime membership is now available for half the cost.  The board has voted to pay half of the lifetime membership.  The board has allocated a certain dollar amount to go toward this drive. We now have $3,000 to use for the Drive.  We only have $250.00 left. Better take advantage of it now.
Once that amount has been reached, the drive will end. 
Contact person:  Gary Shaffer 724.643.8941 or
Thank You  - Gary   


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.



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 Cemetery 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 13 in 2014 - 58,299


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




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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 amd 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.


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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