VVA’s goals are to promote and support the full range of issues important to Vietnam veterans, to create a new identity for this generation of veterans, and to change public perception of Vietnam veterans. VVA strives to achieve the following:

  • Aggressively advocate on issues important to veterans
  • Seek full access to quality health care for veterans
  • Identify the full range of disabling injuries and illnesses incurred during military service
  • Hold government agencies accountable for following laws mandating veterans health care
  • Create a positive public perception of Vietnam veterans
  • Seek the fullest possible accounting of America’s POWs and MIAs
  • Support the next generation of America’s war veterans
  • Serve our communities

862 Officers

PresidentLarry Googinsljgoogins.vva862@comcast.net
Executive VPCorkey Romeocorkeyr@email.com
First VPRon Heitzenraterronheitzen@gmail.com
Second VPGary Shafferbfairforce1963@gmail.com
SecretaryTom O’Neilltgoqv68@aol.com
TreasurerJake Barsottinijbarsottini@gmail.com

862 Board of Directors ( ) Yrs to Serve

Ron Ippolito (3) – theduke748@comcast.net

Ray Litzinger (3) – raymondalglitz@gmail.com

Rich Tindell (3) – shortrnd@hotmail.com

Lee Corfield (2) – n3ial@comcast.net

Rich Kamzelski (2) – richkamm@hotmail.com

Bill Russo (2) – billjrusso@aim.com

Bob Weismantle (1) – weismantle908@comcast.net

Al Martin (1) – cyclops_al@hotmail.com

Don Villella (1) – sgmdmvret@comcast.net

862 Standing Committees

Agent Orange/DioxinMike Coligure 724-942-4337
Community ServicesRich Kamzelski 724-494-5752
FinanceCorkey Romeo 724-774-47111
Government AffairsBart Farzati 724-777-2193
Membership Affairs – For Application Click on “Resourses” TabGary Shaffer 724-643-8941
Minority AffairsBill Russo 412-916-5609
POW/MIABart Farzati 724-777-2193
PTSD & Substance AbuseRon Heitzenrater 724-452-7483
Public AffairsDick Pegg 412-974-9178
Veteran BenefitsBart Farzati 724-777-2193
Veteran HealthcareBart Farzati 724-777-2193
Veterans in the Justice SystemLarry Googins 724-869-7090
Women VeteransMichelle Wilcox 724-847 3463

862 Special Committees

ElectionLon Hogue 724-846-8857
Gold Star FamiliesBill Russo – 412-916-5609
Highway CleanupCharles Ray 724-513-7804
Homeless Veterans“OPEN”
Hospitalized VeteransMichelle Wilcox 724-847-3463
Newsletter“OPEN”
Exchange StoreRoss Prinkey 412-720-6347
ScholarshipLon Hogue 724-846-8857
Suicide PreventionRon Heitzenrater 724-452-7483
Veteran AssistanceCarl Curtis 724-869-0294
Veteran MemorialRich Tindell 724-336-5457
Memorial BricksRon Ippolito 724-869-5234
WebsiteLee Corfield 724-775-3027

862 Honor/Color Guard

CommanderBob Weismantle – Home – 724-869-4942 or
Cell – 724-900-5628
Assistant CommanderLee Corfield – Home – 724-775-3027 or
Cell – 412-974-8586
Assistant CommanderRay Litzinger- Home – 724-378-5855 or
Cell – 412-974-9192

862 Charter Members

Lloyd “Skip” HaswellRon Patterson (Dec)Tony YannachioneWilliam J McCartney
William Laughner (Dec)Frank “Lee” CorfieldGerald C. FisherRoy J. Barlett
Barry S. CampbellWilliam Bischak (Dec)Nick Pavkovich (Dec)Robert Eiler
John PapasoderoDonald T. WolfeTracey A. KingWilmer “Blaine” Allinder Jr.  (Dec)
Anthony R. SquadritoWilliam T. MunsWilliam WinkleDaniel M. Brynczak
JoAnna W. WilliamsonMichael A. MikulichWilliam L. WeissCharles E. Smith Jr.
George HaughtDon E. PickeringRonald J. DeSalle F. James Crytzer
David Sonnett (Dec)Peter  A. Petrosky (Dec)Steve GavuraThomas E. Harper (Dec)
Ken MeleskyAaron R. JohnsonRobert D. Doughty (Dec)Cameron Adamson
Danny L. Lipscomb Sr.James Patrick MontgomeryJim PattonGeorge A. Caffro (Dec)
Don VillellaRalph A. HagueSteve Stramella – Dec)Raymond L. Kosto
Chuck BedisonJames A. YeagerLarry R. PhillipsGary B. Shaffer
John Namath (Dec)John Helbling (Dec)Richard Baker (Dec)George R. Willy
Alex De La Cruz (Dec)William D. BeckWilliam HarlowDavid Bollman
Reuben J. FullerJon Neely (Dec)Harold Gallagher Anthony Pietrandrea

VVA 862 PA State Delegates

Jake Barsottini

Ed Blank – Alt

Lee Corfield

Larry Googins

Skip Haskell

Ron Heitzenrater

Pete Herman

Rich Kamzelski

Ray Litzinger – Alt

Dave Marchetti – Alt

Rich Pegg

Rich Raich

Ray Rapp

Corkey Romeo

Bill Russo

Gary Shaffer

John Szatkiewicz

Dave Walker

Bob Weismantle

Michelle Wilcox