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The "Largest" VVA Chapter in Pennsylvania.

  3rd "Largest Chapter in the United States"

  VVA 680  -   LIFE Members  - 458

AVVA  - 91   LIFE Members - 51





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


Our name has been changed, due to the fact that we have over 250 members in our chapter who are outside Beaver County. Many are from Pittsburgh and surrounding counties.


VVA 862 "Weekly Updates" for August 29th, 2014


Please “look at the dates close people”. We have a lot going on this month! “All Dates are in Blue”

All these items pertain to VVA 862 Events only  "As they are completed, they will be removed"


Lee, would you please include the following items in the Weekly Update:

 #1  Alzheimer's Walk , September 6th 2014 -  Brady’s Run Park, 9:00 AM, Pavilion #3 , The tent will be set up for informational reasons and all are

 invited to attend. There are lots of baskets for

 raffle, coffee, water, donuts, etc etc. We actually have a bunch of bananas. You don't have to walk, just come down. The #3 pavilion is behind the horse

 track just past the ice arena. Hope you can come.


2  September 11th,2014 - “Never Forget” gathering at Quay Park, 6:00PM

 till clean-up. Free to come and enjoy music by local bands, hot dogs and the fixings, cup cakes, how could you pass this up !

Again the VVA tent will be set up for informational reasons and all are welcome.

Help for this event would be greatly appreciated: Wednesday the 10th at 5:00 PM setting up tents, Thursday the 11th at 12:00 noon, set up for event and then

 tear down after the conclusion of the event, there's a lot of work.



#3  Please! don't forget the Gold Star Mothers Luncheon on September 25, 2014 at 1:00 PM yes this is during the week of the “Wall That Heals” being here, but those not working the Wall,  just let me know your coming.

The price is $25.00 each and your choice of Pork or Chicken. Vegetarians can be accommodated if requested. We need to know how many are coming no

 later than September 15th, the Wooden Angel is the location and its always a great time for the Gold Star Mothers. They appreciate the time of fellowship

 with us and the smiles make it a great time.




Sept 10th, 2014 – AVVA Meeting at 6:00 PM, Regular VVA Meeting at 7:00 PM

VVA Meeting will be held on Sept 10th this month due to the majority of our members will be at 32nd  Kokomo Vietnam Veterans Reunion in Kokomo

 Indiana. Please don’t show up on Sept 17th for a meeting because no one will be there. Don’t Say you haven’t been warned.


September 11th, 2014 - Veterans Recognition Breakfast hosted by State Rep Jim Christiana

Thursday Sept 11th 2014, at the Monaca Tuners @ 9:00 AM – Old Brodhead Rd.  Across from Penn State entrance



September 12th, 2014Honor Guard Practice @ Midland VFW Park 6:00 PM


September 17th thru Sept 21st - 32nd Annual Kokomo Vietnam Veterans Reunion


Sept 24th thru 28th - “WALL THAT HEALS” Will be on display. See Front Page of your Newsletter for details.

Sept 27th, 2014 - POW/MIA Ride to the “Wall” – Leaves Rochester VFW at 3:00 PM and ends up at the “Wall That Heals” for a short ceremony.

 See Flyer on Page 11 of the Newsletter!


Please Note:  While the “WALL THAT HEALS” is here!!!!

We will need a couple guys with “Pickup Trucks” to pick up about 50 chairs for the Wall programs...

.If you can do this please give me a call at 724 4959612     -      THANKS, Skip


Non – VVA 862 Events

September 6th, 2014 Hopewell Car Cruise Event


Please Note: In past months, I’ve received phone calls from members that have stuff to give to needy Veterans. If you have something, you type it up the

 way you want it to look and what you want it to say. Send it to me, Ready to Copy & Paste. Don’t call me and leave a message saying, Lee, Here’s what I

 have! You will never see it posted.  You send it to me the way you want it. If you don’t have a computer, Find someone that does!



Veterans Breakfast Club Fall Schedule!

We have a lot planned this fall. Please plan to join us at an event listed below. You should receive a copy of our new newsletter in the mail soon! 

RSVP for all events to or 412-623-9029

RSVP for all breakfasts to or 412-623-9029
Breakfasts begin at 8:30am. Prices are for breakfast buffets only. Events are free without breakfast.

Sept. 3: Robert Morris University (Sewall Center, 6001 University Blvd, Moon 15108) $10

Sept. 9: NEW LOCATION Christ United Methodist Church (C.U.M.C.) (44 Highland Rd, Bethel Park, 15102) $12
Sept. 24: Seven Oaks Country Club (132 Lisbon Road, Beaver, 15009) $10
Sept. 26: Comfort Inn & Conference Center (699 Rodi Rd., Penn Hills, 15235) $12

Oct. 1: Robert Morris $10
Oct. 8: Grazie (Oxford Athletic Club, 100 Village Run Road, Wexford, PA 15090 $10
Oct. 14: Salvatore’s (5001 Curry Rd, Baldwin 15236)
Oct. 24: Comfort Inn, Penn Hills $12

Nov. 4: C.U.M.C.. Bethel Park $12
Nov. 11: Veterans Day Breakfast, Duquesne University! (see newsletter in the mail for more info)
Nov. 22: NEW LOCATION Fayette County (100 Spring Valley Road, Farmington, PA 15437) FREE! (see newsletter in the mail for more info)

Dec. 3: Seven Oaks Country Club (132 Lisbon Road, Beaver, 15009) $10
Dec. 6 (SATURDAY): Robert Morris $10
Dec. 10: Grazie! Wexford $10
Dec. 13 (SATURDAY): Comfort Inn, Penn Hills $12
Dec. 20 (SATURDAY): C.U.M.C. Bethel Park $12

Come hear our stories. Everyone is welcome. Just call 412-623-9029 to RSVP.
Todd DePastino, Executive Director


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 AUGUST  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 13 in 2014 - 58,299


POW MIA's as of July 31st, 2014 is now down to




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Please Note: New Vietnam War History Resources Site has been recently added.


A New C-123 Site has been added. That's the Aircraft that Sprayed the Defolient that's now called

"Agent Orange"


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