Now over 74,700 members in the United States

Pennsylvania is 5th largest in US.

The PA State Council has just been refurbished.

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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





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



VVA 862 Weekly Update!




Memorial Day Parade Monday in Beaver.

 Monday May 25th, 2015

Just got an email from Rich Raich pertaining to the Parade on Monday.

Attn: All VVA & AVVA 862 members, if you’d like to come and march with us, come to the intersection of 3rd Street & Beaver starting at 9:00 AM The Banner, Flags and Rifles will be issued at that location.

 (Might take awhile to find a Parking Spot)

If you have the Tiger Stripe Uniform, It is sugged that you wear it, Otherwise, Wear whatever you have.

According to the Times, the parade will be starting at 10:30 AM



We always have a great time.   



VVA  862 “Duck Race” Tickets  “Now Available”

Thank you to all of those who signed the Great Duck Race "HAVING SOME INTEREST" sign up sheet at our meeting on Wednesday.


We are still in need of more potential help. If you missed the “Sign Up Sheet, as it went around, or you were not at last night's meeting and are "interested" in helping with Duck Ticket sales, race course clean up, or helping at the race, please send me an email ( or a phone call (724-888-6272) to let me know.


When we get closer to the dates, I will contact you to check your interest and availability.

Thank you,

Cliff Hawes 



Support The Troops Rally

The next “Support the Troops Rally” meeting will be held on Monday June 1st at 7 p.m. at the Rochester VFW.

Also, we are very happy to say that the rally is now going to be at the Gazebo in Beaver.

 We secured the Gazebo this week.

Please attend….we need your help and your opinions are valued.                    Dave Kane


VVA National President testifed before Joint Session of the House/Senate Veterans Affairs Committee


Vietnam Veterans of America -- Legislative Update

May 20, 2015

Today, National President John Rowan presented Vietnam Veterans of America Legislative Agenda and Policy Initiatives before a joint session of the 114th House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. In his opening statement before the committees, President Rowan thanked Congressman Dan Benishek (MI-1) and Senator Richard Blumenthal (CT) for their introduction of H.R. 1769 and S.901, the Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015. VVA's testimony was well received by both committees and provided insight into issues within the Department of Veterans Affairs that may require legislative or policy changes to better serve our Nation's Veterans.

VVA National Treasurer Dr. Wayne Reynolds attended the hearing as well as VVA staff members.

Representatives from PVA, AMVETS,MOAA, MOPH, IAVA, BVA and NCOA also presented their legislative priorities.

Read National President John Rowan's full statement:

Watch National President Rowan's full testimony at:

Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) is the only national Vietnam veterans organization congressionally chartered and exclusively dedicated to Vietnam-era veterans and their families.



Everyone have a great weekend.

Come down and "March" with us on Monday.

Check out this New Link.


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.


"May"  Newsletter is now up!

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


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   "May 22nd 2015"


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 affectthe 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  April - 10 - 2015  is now at




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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 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.


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.

Last updated  - May 23rd, 2015

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