PO Box 4277, Riverside, CA 92514-4277 - 951-781-6137
Fran Masterson, wife of Michael "Bat" Masterson - MIA October 13, 1968, passed at about 3:30PM Friday the 12th of June, 2015.
Her daughters said she just went to sleep surrounded by loved ones.
Sue and Sherri will be putting together plans for a memorial service maybe in the next month, will keep you advised.
John Pagel POW/MIA Committee Chair, VVA 47, Inland Empire Chapter
2015 poster coming soon
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Forward Observer Spring 2015 <------Click Here
“Veterans Serving Veterans” is an organization of volunteers who have adopted a 3.0 mile stretch of the “Veterans Memorial Highway,” also know 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 branches by ensuring community pride to this dedicated portion of the roadway.
In cooperation with the Riverside County Transportation Department and the City of Riverside Beautification Program, volunteers will assist in removing litter, trash and discarded items for pick-up once every 60 to 90 days (based upon demand) under the supervision of the volunteer coordinator. Specific dates will be announced requesting a minimum of 2.0 hours, or less, of your time in helping. Youths are encouraged with adult or guardian participation.
You need not be a veteran to volunteer, only love and respect our military heritage, our city and county, by instilling community pride in the management of this dedicated roadway honoring our military.
Seeking Interested Volunteers
What great servants and volunteers you are!!!
We had twelve (12) people participate in today's clean-up that only took 1 hour and 15 minutes +/-. Overall 32 trash bags were collected, two tires, one mattress, large sheet of plywood and some signs.
I don't want to say it was the coffee and donuts that brought everyone out this day, but if it works we will try it again, if our generous donor will oblige.
A special thank you to Gary Kuderman for the coffee and donuts, along with Ed Ryan who renders support and appreciation toward our efforts.
You are some awesome people. Wayne mentioned in passing that with this many people the fellowship spent in working together and getting to know each other was a joyful experience.
Memorial Day is Monday, May 25th and would help improve the highway for the many visitors to the Riverside National Cemetery.
I leave May 13th for the 26th annual "Run for the Wall" (rftw.org). I am not certain of my return date. When I do return home, I realize there are several contractual commitments that would impose on my weekends. Therefore, I do not know for certain when I can schedule a clean-up for June, that is why I am seeking help for May 9th clean-up.
This will coincide with the "Great American Clean-up" and volunteers will be provided shirts. I will be picking the shirts up this Wednesday from our sponsor. Also, a generous volunteer has agreed to provide coffee and donuts.
We will meet at 08:00 a.m. at the corners of Van Buren Blvd. and Village West Drive to pass out tools, gloves, bags, water and assignments. We hope that not more than 1 - 2 hours will be needed, so I am grateful for your participation.
Thank you for all that you do.
Let me know if you can help.
Thank you for all you do and thank you for your assistance.
Glenn Waggoner Jr.
Veterans Serving Veterans
(Glenn is a Chapter 47 member)
The monthly Unclaimed Veterans Ceremony is on Wednesday June 17, 2015, at Riverside National Cemetery at 9:00 am. Will again be at Shelter "G" - Please come to honor these veterans
Co-sponsors added to H.R. 1769 the Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015
VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA
June 5, 2015
Congressman Dan Benishek, (MI-1) has introduced H.R.1769 the Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015 co-sponsored by Congressman Mike Honda (CA-17th). This legislation when passed into law would establish within the Department of Veterans Affairs a national center for the diagnosis and treatment of the health conditions of the descendants of veterans exposed to toxic substances during service in the Armed Forces.
The following members of Congress are co-sponsors in support of H.R. 1769:
Rep. Raul Grijalva (AZ-3) - 6/1/2015
Rep. Krysten Sinema (AZ-9) 6/3/2015
Rep. Paul Cook (CA-8)- 4/30/2015
Rep. Barbara Lee (CA-13) -- 6/2/2015
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (CA-19) - 6/3/2015
Rep. Adam Schiff (CA-28) -- 6/1/2015
Rep. Ted Lieu (CA-33) -- 6/1/2015
Rep. Jared Polis (CO-2) -- 6/2/2015
Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-7) 6/3/2015
Rep. Elizabeth H. Esty (CT-5) - 4/14/2015
Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) -- 4/21/2015
Rep. David Jolly (FL-13) -- 4/29/2015
Rep. Dennis Ross (FL-15) -- 4/29/2015
Rep. Theodore Deutch (FL-21) -- 6/2/2015
Rep. Lois Frankel (FL-22) -- 5/12/2015
Rep. Sanford Bishop (GA-2) -- 4/30/2015
Rep. Madeleine Bordallo (GU-AL) -- 5/20/2015
Rep. Mike Quigley (IL-5) -- 4/21/2015
Rep. Tammy Duckworth (IL-8) -- 4/22/2015
Rep. Cheri Bustos (IL-17) -- 4/28/2015
Rep. Kevin Yoder (KS-3) -- 4/21/2015
Rep. Chellie Pingree (ME-1) -- 4/21/2015
Rep. James P. McGovern (MA-2) -- 4/22/2015
Rep. John Conyers (MI-13) -- 4/21/2015
Rep. Keith Ellison (MN-5) -- 5/20/2015
Rep. Ann Kuster (NH-2) -- 4/28/2015
Rep. Lee M. Zeldin (NY-1) -- 4/21/2015
Rep. Peter King (NY-2) -- 5/19/2015
Rep. Steve Israel (NY-3) -- 4/28/2015
Rep. Charles Rangel (NY-13) -- 5/13/2015
Rep. Joseph Crowley (NY-14) -- 5/12/2015
Rep. John Katko (NY-24) -- 5/19/2015
Rep. Chris Collins (NY-27) -- 6/2/2015
Rep. Robert E. Latta (OH-5) -- 4/22/2015
Rep. Bill Johnson (OH-6) -- 4/28/2015
Rep. Ryan Costello (PA-6) -- 4/29/2015
Rep. Keith Rothfus (PA-12) -- 5/12/2015
Rep. David Cicilline (RI-1) -- 5/12/2015
Rep. Beto O'Rourke (TX-16) -- 5/13/2015
Rep. Gerald Connolly (VA-11) -- 4/29/2015
If your member is not on the list VVA urges you to take action now! Go to our Legislative Action site at http://capwiz.com/vva/home/ and enter your Zip Code and send the prepared letter to your Representative asking them to join their colleagues and co-sponsor H.R. 1769 the Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015.
Please follow-up your letter with a call or visit to their offices.
Thank you for your support.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please check our Dawgs' Calendar for events in your area (www.thedawgsproject.com)
Chapter 47 Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day Motorcycle Ride and Ceremonies
Chapter 47's Jeep/Trailer Led The Motorcycle Ride to Riverside National Cemetery
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)
Shoes (all kinds)
House and glassware
Books, toys, bikes
Stereos, radios, portable TVs
All bedding, draperies, curtains
Usable small furniture & rugs
Tools (all kinds)
Jewelry and cosmetics
Chapter 47 receives funds from the program.
Or you can go to: http://www.vvadonations.org to find out more information. Thank you for considering assisting 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 2015 - 2016 are: President - Steve Mackey; Vice President - Mike Kennedy; Treasurer/Secretary - Tom Hohmann. Directors - Ed Ryan, Walter Mendoza, Jim Valdez, Gary Kuderman, Jess Gomez and Ruben Rasso. The CA State Council Chapter Representative Ken Porizek
Mail: Chapter 47, PO Box 4277, Riverside, CA 92514-4277 - Phone: Steve Mackey (email@example.com)(cell: 951-231-7268) or 951-781-6137 (chapter phone messaging)
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.
The Moving Wall was at Riverside National Cemetery 28 May through 3 June 1998. We were very proud to have hosted the Wall. Photos are available by clicking below.
The Moving Wall in 1998 at Riverside National Cemetery
The Moving Wall was presented at the California Speedway in 2010.
2010 Moving Wall Presentation - Click Here