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

Fran Masterson, wife of Michael "Bat" Masterson - MIA October 13, 1968, passes 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 October 13, 2015 - see below.
John Pagel POW/MIA Committee Chair, VVA 47, Inland Empire Chapter

2015 poster coming soon

People Are Watching VVA <------Click Here for the YouTube Video (very good, worth your time)

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. There are some changes to these locations/dates/times so please check here or watch for your newsletter for information.

The Board meets on the second Wednesday each month at 10 a.m. at VFW 10267 (use link above 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

Forward Observer Spring 2015 <------Click Here

Meeting Dates For September 2015

The next Board Meeting is set for September 9, 2015, 10 a.m. at VFW Post 10267 (map & directions above).

The next General Membership Meeting is set for September 26, 2015, 10 a.m. at the Military Museum in San Bernardino for our POW/MIA Recogniation Ceremony & meeting afterwards and a complimentary lunch following. Located at 1394 N E St., San Bernardino, CA 92405 (click here for map)

Fran Mastersons Celebration of Life

You are invited to Celebrate Fran Masterson's life October 13th, 2015 at 1PM. The Celebration will take place at the March Field Air Museum in Riverside, CA. Directions to the museum can be found on the museum web page. Please RSVP by email to with name and number attending.
This invitation is extended to you with the permission of Fran's daughters Sheri and Sue

“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.

Veterans Serving Veterans

County of Riverside – Adopt a Road Program - Next Clean Up Date Info & Recap of March

Seeking Interested Volunteers

Fellow Volunteers;

Rumor has it foreign species has invaded our area of domain and a reactionary force is required to address and conquer these conditions! Pretty dramatic, but hopefully gets the attention needed to plan a roadside cleanup. Are you with me?

So if you are available and can lend a couple of hours to help clean-up the "Veterans Memorial Highway" your services would be appreciated. If not, please spread the word and bring along a new friend.

The next scheduled clean-up will be Saturday, October 3rd, starting at 08:00 a.m. We meet at the intersections of Van Buren Blvd. and Village West Drive (just west of the Riverside National Cemetery). We start promptly and if interested arrive by no later than 07:45 a.m. The more people the less the work!

Your grunt in service and very grateful for it....

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


The monthly Unclaimed Veterans Ceremony is on Wednesday September 16, 2015, at Riverside National Cemetery at 9:00 am. Will again be at Shelter "G" - Please come to honor these veterans

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Co-sponsors added to H.R. 1769 the Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015



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 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

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

Chapter 47 Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day 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


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).

Household Goods Donations Program
<---- Click on the truck.

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: 909-888-7786

Or you can go to: 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 ( 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.

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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

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