PO Box 4277, Riverside, CA 92514-4277 - 951-781-6137
In Honor of Michael "Bat" Masterson - MIA October 13, 1968
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“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 May 20, 2015, 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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(Washington, DC) -- "It's bad enough that veterans have had to bear the cross of exposure to toxic agents during our military service," said Vietnam Veterans of America National President John Rowan. "It is worse to see our children and grandchildren afflicted with health conditions we suspect have derived from our exposure, and to think we are the cause of their hurt and pain. Today, however, we see real light at the end of a long, grim tunnel with the introduction of the 'Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015.' This legislation, when enacted, will establish within the Department of Veterans Affairs a national center for research on the diagnosis and treatment of health conditions of the descendants of veterans exposed to toxic substances during their service," Rowan said
"VVA is gratified that this is a bipartisan effort in both houses of Congress," Rowan emphasized. "We applaud Senators Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Dick Blumenthal (D-CT), and Representatives Dan Benishek (R-MI) and Mike Honda (D-CA) -- and their energetic and committed staffs -- for introducing S. 901 and H.R. 1769. We will pull out all the stops to work with them in seeking additional co-sponsors for this very necessary legislation. And we will work with our fellow veterans service organizations, military organizations and associations, and others to move these bills through the legislative process and into black-letter law."
"This bill isn't only about the herbicide Agent Orange and other chemicals used in South Vietnam," Rowan pointed out, "It's about exposures to chemical agents for all who have served in our Armed Forces, including those exposed to the toxic fumes released by the U.S. Demolition Operations at the Khamisiyah Pit and those exposed to the toxic fires from burn pits across Afghanistan and Iraq during Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn."
Rowan noted that a key part of this legislation is the establishment of an advisory board that will oversee and assess the work of the center, to determine health conditions in a veteran's offspring that likely result from the veteran's exposure, and to study and evaluate cases of exposure.
WATCH PRESS CONFERENCE AT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kvvz1_Gr0pQ
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 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)
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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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)(cell: 951-231-7268) or 951-781-6137 (chapter phone messaging)
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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