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

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

April Annual Meeting Info - April 18, 2015 <------Click here

Meeting Dates For April 2015

The nex Board Meeting is set for April 8, 2015, 10 a.m. at VFW Post 10267 (map & directions above).

The next General Membership Meeting is set for April 17, 2015, 5 p.m. at VFW 10267 - Annual Meeting & Elections - Dinner to follow.

The April Annual Meeting and Elections will be held on Friday, April 17 at 5 p.m. at the VFW, due to the Salute To Veterans Parade on the 18th (our normal meeting day - 3rd Saturday). Also there is the fact that the VFW has a dinner in the evening (7 p.m.) on that Friday. Dinner will be after the meeting, put on by the VFW after our Annual Meeting, It is a Fish & Chips dinner, to be provided free by the chapter for all members - no exceptions without prior approval by President Mackey.

Election Information: All Board of Director positions are open, as always (President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer or Secretary, Treasurer separately, and 8 Directors or 9 if the Secretary/Treasurer position is elected - no more that 12 total Board of Directors).

If you are interested in running for office complete the Letter of Intent and send it to: Chapter 47 Election Committee, PO Box 4277, Riverside, CA 92514, by April 1.

“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;

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.

Can you commit to a roadside clean-up on Saturday, May 9th?

The 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" ( 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.

Let me know if you can help. I will send out reminders as the date approaches.

Thank you for all you do and thank you for your assistance.


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 April 15, 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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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 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

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
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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
Usable small furniture & rugs
Small appliances
Tools (all kinds)
Jewelry and cosmetics

Chapter 47 receives funds from the program.

Schedule a pick up: 888-628-8387

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 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, and Jess Gomez. The CA State Council Chapter Representative Ken Porizek

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Mail: Chapter 47, PO Box 4277, Riverside, CA 92514-4277 - or 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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