About Chapter 862

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 Shafferbfairforce@gmail.com
SecretaryMichelle Wilcoxdoc8416@comcast.net
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 Horner (1) – bobhorn46@yahoo.com

Al Martin (1) – cyclops_al@hotmail.com

Don Villella (1) – sgmdmvret@comcast.net

862 Standing Committees

Agent Orange/DioxinMike Coligure
Community ServicesRich Kamzelski
FinanceCorkey Romeo
Government AffairsBart Farzati
Membership AffairsGary Shaffer
Minority AffairsLinwood Alford
POW/MIABart Farzati
PTSD & Substance AbuseMichelle Wilcox
Public AffairsDick Pegg
Veteran BenefitsKathy Nairn (Advisor)
Veteran HealthcareCarl Curtis
Veterans in the Justice SystemKen Pingatore
Women VeteransMichelle Wilcox

862 Special Committees

ElectionLon Hogue
Gold Star FamiliesMichelle Wilcox
Highway CleanupCharles Ray
Homeless VeteransBill Porupsky
Hospitalized VeteransMichelle Wilcox
NewsletterSusan Fudurich
Exchange StoreRoss Prinkey
ScholarshipLon Hogue
Veteran AssistanceCarl Curtis
Veteran MemorialRich Tindell
Memorial BricksRon Heitzenrater
WebsiteLee Corfield

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 StramellaRaymond 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 CruzWilliam 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