PO Box 4277, Riverside, CA 92514-4277 - 951-781-6137
In Honor of Michael "Bat" Masterson - MIA October 13, 1968
2011 Chapter 47 POW/MIA Recognition Day Ceremony - click here
The next Board Meeting is set for March 12, 2014, 10 a.m. at Coco's (info/directions above).
The next General Membership Meeting is set for March 15, 2014, 10 a.m., the Military Museum in San Bernardino (click for map ->1394 N. E Street, San Bernardino CA 92405) 909-885-3058). We will be celebrating Board Director Jim Valdez's birthday and having a luncheon of Juan Polo Loco chicken provided by Jim at no expense to the members. Please mark your calendars for March 15, 2014, 10 a.m. We look forward to celebrating Jim's 83rd birthday and sharing a meal with our chapter family.
Medal of Honor Recepient Ismael Villegas 90th Birthday Ceremony
Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day, March 29, 2014
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Motorcycle Run Registration Form
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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. The only problem is the on ramp to the I-215 north. You have to cross over the freeway then make a u-turn to to 215 north. You might want to allow a little extra time for this detour. Below is a map to Shelter "G". Hope to see everyone there. We will be having a WWII widow receive the flag for her husband who was interred without receiving a ceremony.
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 http://capwiz.com/vva/home 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 email@example.com.
Please check our Dawgs' Calendar for events in your area (www.thedawgsproject.com)
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
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!
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.
(Glenn is a Chapter 47 member)
Contact VVA 47: 951-781-6137 or E-mail Steve Mackey, President (cell - 951-231-7268)
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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
Mail: Chapter 47, PO Box 4277, Riverside, CA 92514-4277 - or Steve Mackey (firstname.lastname@example.org) - 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
Chapter 47's beginnings - Click Here
Chapter 47 By Laws - Click Here
OCC Motorcycle Raffle Winners - Click here
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
Kirk Ferguson Interview