Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 47

Inland Empire Chapter

PO Box 4277, Riverside, CA 92514-4277 - 951-781-6137

Welcome To VVA 47 - Inland Empire California - San Bernardino, Riverside Counties

We Welcome All Vietnam Era Veterans and Their Families
Throughout The Inland Empire
Riverside - San Bernardino Counties And Beyond

In Honor of Michael "Bat" Masterson - MIA October 13, 1968
2011 Chapter 47 POW/MIA Recognition Day Ceremony - click here

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 47 General Membership meets at 10 a.m. on the third Saturday of each month at the Chapter meeting location - VFW Post 10267 in Jurupa, 8607 Mission Blvd Riverside, CA 92509 <-click for map.

The Board meets on the second Wednesday each month at 10 a.m. at Coco's Restaurant at 1304 University Ave. @ Iowa, Riverside <- click for map.

Everyone is welcome at all our meetings, please feel free to join us, bring your family members. If you know of a Vietnam veteran, bring them along. We'd like to give them a "Welcome Home!" - and get to know them and share.

Refreshments at our General Meetings are provided for your enjoyment provided by Chapter 47 - water, coffee, pastries, cookies, etc. (donations welcomed)

Chapter contact information below <-- click here

Meeting Dates & Info

The next Board Meeting is set for May 14, 2014, 8 a.m. at VFW Post 10267 (map/directions above).

The next General Membership Meeting is set for April 12, 2014, 10 a.m., at VFW Post 10267 (map & directions above).

A Salute To Veterans Parade - Inland Empire

All, Chapter 47 members have been involved in this parade from its beginning. We have participated in every parade and a number of chapter members are on the parade committee.

Come out and participate in the parade. The chapter will have its jeep and trailer along with Mike Kennedy's pick up for those who need to ride in the parade. A number of chapter members still walk in the parade so if you feel like it come out and walk the route with other chapter members.



WHAT: 9th Annual Salute to Veterans Parade

WHEN: Saturday April 19, 2014 10:00 am - 12 noon

WHY: The Salute to Veterans Parade honors veterans of all ages and eras. This FREE fun, family parade anticipates over 130 entries including marching bands, fly- overs, equestrian units, color guards, marching units, antique cars, military vehicles, floats, and of course, Veterans.

WHO: The Salute To Veterans Parade Committee is honored to announce that the Grand Marshal for the 2014 parade will be Henry Coil Jr., Scout, Seabee, engineer, builder, philanthropist, Community Leader, Riverside resident.

WHERE: Riverside, CA Parade Route is from Riverside Community College at Magnolia and Ramona to Market St, right on 10th St., right on Main St. ending at the Historic Riverside County Courthouse on Main at 12th St.

Join the Parade! Visit our website for photos, parade route, spectator parking and other information at: or call (951) 687-1175

Click Here To Download High Resolution Flyer

Veterans Serving Veterans

County of Riverside – Adopt a Road Program

Seeking Interested Volunteers

“Veterans Serving Veterans” is an organization of volunteers who has adopted a 3.0 mile stretch of the “Veterans Memorial Highway,” also known as Van Buren Boulevard, between Barton Street and the frontage of Highway 215, located in the Orangecrest area of Riverside. The goal is to honor our military services by ensuring community pride to this dedicated portion of the highway.

In cooperation with the Riverside County Transportation Department, volunteers will assist in removing litter, trash and discarded items for pick-up once every 90-days under the supervision of the volunteer coordinator. Specific dates will be announced requesting a minimum of 2.0 hours, or less, of dedicated time in helping. Youths are encouraged with adult or guardian participation.

You need not be a veteran to volunteer, but love and respect our military heritage by instilling community pride in the management of this dedicated roadway, which pays tribute to our military.

Dear Fellow Volunteers:

The date is set for Saturday, March 22, 2014 for the next roadside clean-up. I hope you will be able to participate as we will begin promptly at 08:00 a.m. There has been considerable construction activity along the highway and it make cut down on our involvement.

Thank you for all you do and I will send another reminder as the day drawers close.

Thank you for your consideration.


Glenn Waggoner Jr.
Volunteer Coordinator
(951) 990-1873
(Glenn is a Chapter 47 member)


The Unclaimed Veterans Ceremony is on Wednesday March 19, 2014, at Riverside National Cemetery at 9:00 am. Will again be at Shelter "G" now that construction is done. PLEASE NOTE: The Freeway ramps are all open at this point. Below is a map to Shelter "G". Hope to see everyone there.

Click Image To Download/View Larger Map

Support S.1602, the Toxic Exposure Research and Military Family Support Act of 2013

Contact your Senator Today and Ask them to Support S.1602, the Toxic Exposure Research and Military Family Support Act of 2013. Senator Richard Blumenthal, (CT) has introduced S.1602, the Toxic Exposure Research and Military Family Support of 2013, VVA strongly supports this bill, which reflects positively on one of our foremost legislative goals. Not only would it help achieve a measure of justice for the innocent victims of the use of toxic substances in times of war, but it offers unlimited possibilities for scientific research into the effects of these toxic chemicals. VVA needs your help in gaining support for S.1602 by going to and click on Take Action and send the prepared letter of support to your Senators.

The Feed the Dawgs Project

The Feed the Dawgs Project (aka The Dawgs Project) was launched in the spring 2008 by two old Nam Vet dog handlers and a DaNang parachute packer. It all started at the PMO/IMEF Military Working Dog Kennels at Camp Pendleton' (now Camp Cann).

The mission of the project is threefold; to provide STEAK barbecues to America's Front Line Defenders, to preserve the heritage that is "K9," and to support the Military Working Dog Community at home and off shore. If you'd like to participate, contribute, or just stay in touch, contact Jon Hemp (Chapter 47 member) at

Please check our Dawgs' Calendar for events in your area (

Chapter 47 Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day March 2013 Motorcycle Ride and Ceremonies

Chapter 47's Jeep/Trailer Led The Motorcycle Ride to Riverside National Cemetery

Help Chapter 47 Raise Funds!

Cars 4 Causes
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Car Donation


Household Goods Donations Program
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Donate your un-needed clothing items and other "yard sale" type items to VVA's Clothing Donations Program. From the site you can find out more about what items are acceptable, how the program works, etc.

VVA accepts donations of all kinds, but we especially need clothing.
Clothing of all types & sizes
(men’s, ladies, children’s, baby’s)
Clothing accessories
Shoes (all kinds)
Baby items
House and glassware
Books, toys, bikes
Stereos, radios, portable TVs
All bedding, draperies, curtains
Usable small furniture & rugs
Small appliances
Tools (all kinds)
Jewelry and cosmetics

Chapter 47 receives funds from the program.

Schedule a pick up: 888-628-8387

Or you can go to: to find out more information. Thank you for considering assisting Chapter 47!

You can donate a tax deductible donation to Chapter 47 easily, use the PayPal logo below to use a secure credit card transaction. Our 501 (c)(19) [FYI: a (c)(19) is essentially the same as a (c)(3) except a (19) is a "War Veterans Organization"] - IRS ID is: 52-1850325. Our Secretary of State, Attorney General registered charity documentation is available from the Secretary of State, or Attorney General web sites (search - Vietnam Veterans of America then look for Chapter 47).


Contact VVA 47: 951-781-6137 or E-mail Steve Mackey, President (cell - 951-231-7268)

Page down and click on the newsletter icon for the latest newsletter.

Officers for 2013-2015 are: President - Steve Mackey; Vice President - Mike Kennedy; Treasurer/Secretary - Tom Hohmann. Directors - Ed Ryan, Walter Mendoza, Jim Valdez, Gary Kuderman, Dave Hooper, Alex Candelaria, Zack Earp, Jess Gomez, and Pat Kelly. CA State Council Chapter Representative Ken Porizek

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Mail: Chapter 47, PO Box 4277, Riverside, CA 92514-4277 - or Steve Mackey ( - or 951-781-6137 (chapter phone)

Chapter 47 publishes a newsletter each quarter, for a sample copy, CLICK HERE.

You will need at least Adobe Acrobat 4.0 to view it, it is in a PDF format. Acrobat is available free at: Adobe Systems.

In Remembrance of Chapter 47's Family Who Have Passed On
And Those Who Are Ill And Need Your Prayers

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