Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 47

Inland Empire Chapter

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


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 Winter 2014-15 <------Click Here


 

All, Chapter 47 member

Gunny Sgt., Leon Burns, Navy Cross Recipient, Vietnam Veteran, has passed away. Services are pending, possibly Dec 20th.

His Navy Cross Citation is located at: http://projects.militarytimes.com/citations-medals-awards/recipient.php?recipientid=4052

I talked to his son this morning and as you can imagine the family is devastated. Please keep them in your prayers.

A few years back the chapter honored Lee at the Riverside Salute to Veterans Parade when we had him as one of our four special guest riding on the chapter float. He was so honored to think that we would have him riding on the float.

Lee was quite the man. A very humble man. Lee received the Navy Cross for his heroic actions in Vietnam. I never once heard him tell anyone he that he was a recipient of the Navy Cross. It was always someone else mentioning his Navy Cross, never Lee.

A few years back we were at the Arcadia Memorial Day event when Lee stopped by to say hi. The Marines had a booth set up across the aisle from us. I told Lee I wanted him to meet someone and to come with me. I took him to the Marine booth where there were 4 young Iraqi Veteran Marines. I introduce Lee to them and let them know he was a Navy Cross recipient. Everyone of these Marines shook Lee's hand more than once. They stood there and talked to him for a long time. Lee, he was just as humble as ever. What a man. He will be missed.

I will keep everyone informed on the services for Lee, they will be at Riverside National Cemetery.

Steve


Happy Holidays! To all our chapter members. May the new year be your best ever!

Meeting Dates For January 2015

The next Board Meeting is set for January 14, 2015, 10 a.m. at VFW Post 10267 (map & directions above).

The next General Membership Meeting is set for January 17, 10 a.m., VFW Post 10267 (map & directions above)

Note: There will be a luncheon at the Sizzler either in January or February, as we have done in the past. We will let you know as soon as we've got a date locked in. As in the past, a donation of $10 per person for the meal will be appreciated. Hopefully we'll have one of the famous raffles we've enjoyed in the past. More information to come


“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.

For more information, please contact:

Glenn Waggoner Jr.
Volunteer Coordinator
1buffalolvr@gmail.com
(951) 990-1873

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.

Fellow Volunteers;

Just a reminder to set aside Saturday, January 3, 2015 for our next scheduled clean-up event. I hope and pray we have the same successful turn-out as our last event. This certainly made it a lot easier for everyone.

I will send other reminders as the date drawers nearer.

This is a great service to our community. Please consider bringing someone with you, youth's are welcomed and goes toward earned community service credits with their local schools.

I look forward to working with you all again.

Gratefully,

Glenn Waggoner Jr.
Volunteer Coordinator
Veterans Serving Veterans
(951) 990-1873
1buffalolvr@gmail.com
(Glenn is a Chapter 47 member)


Upcoming:

The monthly Unclaimed Veterans Ceremony is on Wednesday November 19, 2014, at Riverside National Cemetery at 9:00 am. Will again be at Shelter "G" now that construction is done. Please come to honor these veterans

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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 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 jonhemp@thedawgsproject.com.

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


Help Chapter 47 Raise Funds!

 
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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
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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
Kitchenware
Usable small furniture & rugs
Small appliances
Tools (all kinds)
Jewelry and cosmetics
ALMOST ANYTHING!

Chapter 47 receives funds from the program.


Schedule a pick up: 888-628-8387

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)


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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

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Mail: Chapter 47, PO Box 4277, Riverside, CA 92514-4277 - or Steve Mackey (nebhuskfan@aol.com) - 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.


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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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