VIETNAM VET “GAZETTE”
Issue 94 Together Then ..... Together Now April 2010
2nd Wednesday of the Month
3rd Wednesday of Month
At our “New Home”
Be Sure To
Important Dates to Remember
Upcoming Events— Page 17
Vietnam Veterans of America
Beaver County Chapter 862
VVA/AVVA = “Spring Banquet”
Where: Rochester VFW
When: May 8th 2010
Price: $15.00 Per/Person
To make your RSVP Reservations, Please Contact:
Barb Googins @ 724-869-7090 or Marty Sinclair @
Happy Hour - 6 :00 PM Dinner -7:00 PM Program -8:00 PM
Guest Speaker: Fred Elliott
National VVA Region 2 Director from New York
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Vietnam Vet Gazette April 2010
Chapter 862 Officers & Committees
COMMITTEES POW / MIA News
Executive BoardArea724 Area Codes
(All 724 All Codes)
"REMEMBER OUR POW/MIA'S"
L. Skip Haswell - -President -843-6930
Mike Mikulich - - 1st V.P.—266-6663 When one American is not worth the effort to be found,
L. Skip Haswell -- -2nd V.P.—891-2089
Jon Neely - - - - -President - 843-6930 We as Americans have lost.
Jon Neely - ---- - -Secretary —775-3027
Lee Corfield - -1st V.P. - -891-2089
PeteMuns - - - ---Treasurer-—643-9169
Bill Petrosky - - -2nd VP - - 643-8999
Lee Corfield - - - - Secretary - - 775-3027 AMERICANS ACCOUNTED FOR: There are approximately 1,720
Board of Directors
Larry Googins- - - Treasurer- -- 869-7090
Blaine Allinder——————375-4168 U.S. Personnel listed by the Defense POW/MIA Office as missing and unac-
Bob Eiler———————— 457-8234 counted for from the Vietnam War. There are also over 78,000 U.S. Personnel
Board of Directors
Bill Harlow——————-—378-0984 missing from WWII and over 8,000 still missing from Korea. There are sev-
Bill Hawes - - - - - -1- - - - -- 728-5065
James Allinder - - - - 1 - - - - - -375-4168
eral missing from the present conflict in Afghanistan.
John Pavkovich - - - -1- - - - - - 847-0592
NickLaughner - - - - -2 - - - - - -843-6828
Bill Pavkovich——————847-0592 HICKAM AIR FORCE BASE, Hawaii-The Joint POW/MIA Account-
Don Robes - - - - - - 2- - - - - - 728-4334 ing Command conducted an Arrival Ceremony Friday, April 2nd. There will
Bill Villella - - - - - - 2- - - - - - 843-7401 be two flag-draped transfer cases. The first transfer case is associated with
Rich Kamzelski Delegates- - - - -728-2479
- - - - 3-
Gary Shaffer - - - - -1st3-—— - -643-8941 losses from World War II recovered from the Independent State of Papua New
JoAnna Williamson - - - - 847-9389
Rich Tindell ———————513-0389
Tracey King - - - - - - -3 - - - - - 336-5457 Guinea. The second transfer case was recovered from the Lao People's Democ-
Reuben Fuller ——————-378-4990 ratic Republic and is associated with Vietnam War losses.
Skip Haswell Denotes -Chairman
* - - - - - - - - - - - - 843-6930
Jon Neely - - - -*- - - - - - - - - - 891-2089
Bill Bischak - - - - - - - - - - 774-4198
Associated Press, March 29th, 2010, PHNOM PENH, Cambodia-Forensic tests
Bill Laughner - - - - - - - - - - -847-9389
JoAnna Wiilliamson -843-6828 will be conducted on what two searches believe are the remains of photogra-
Nick Pavkovich - -- -- --------------643-1714
Tony Squadrito 847-0592 pher Sean Flynn, son of Hollywood star Errol Flynn, who disappeared during
Lon Hogue - Agent - - - - - - - - 846-8857
- - - - Orange
the Cambodian War 40 years ago.
Lee Neely- - *- - - - - - - - - - - - -775-3027
Jon Corfield - - - - - - - - - - --891-2089
Pete Petrosky --------------- -------843-0706
John Helbing - 643-8999
Edward Bernstein - -- - - -- -- -- -- --770-2267
Tony Yannachione - - 774-7154 Wreckage of a WWII Curtiss SB2C Helldiver single-engine dive bomber has
Jack Webb Associate - - - -330-385-2513
- - - - - - - Liaison been discovered in privately owned woods near Rockaway Beach, Oregon, but
Cheri Pickering - - * - - Chairman
• - - Denotes - - - 643-4397
its origins and crew remain to be identified. The team has sought input for
Dave Tucker - - - -•- - - - - - - 774-4074
John Wakeley - - - - - - - - - - -378-6938
Agent Orange JPAC.
Jon Neely- - *- - - - - - - Guards
Color/Honor - - - - - -891-2089 During the Senate Select Committee for POW/MIA's in 1993, Colonel Philip
James Montgomery - Liaison 827-2782
AVVA - * - - - Corso, who had been an advisor to President Eisenhower during the Korean
Linda Pavkovich- - - - -----------643-5267
Don Pickering - * - -847-0592
War testified that he knew about over 600 American POW's being shipped into
Ray Litzinger - - - -----------------847-9296
John Namath - * - - 378-5855 Russia during the Korean War. They were written off as dead because
Don Villella - - - - - - - - Affairs
Community - - - - 843-7401 Eisenhower did not want a war with Russia. Senator Bob Smith pushed for the
Dan Sinclair - - * - -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -847-9389
JoAnna Williamson -846-7475 truth while Kerry and McCain and others tried to make Corso out as a liar.
Constitution & By-Laws
WilliamFuller - -- * -- -- -- -- -- -- -- - 827-2460
Reuben Weiss * 378-4990
Bill Muns - - - -Newsletter- - -643-9169
Lee Corfield * -Editor* --------643-1714
Tony Squadrito - - - - - 775-3027 (During the author's extensive research, this has always been the case. Anyone
JoAnna Williamson - - - - - - - 847-9389 with embarrassing information was discredited.)
Bill Muns - - * - - - - - * - - - - 643-9169
Larry Googins - - -869-7090
In January 2010, the North Korean government announced it would resume
Bill Bischak - - Legislative - - 774-4198
Bart Hogue - - -*- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -846-8857
Lon Farzati - -777-2193 talks on its nuclear program if the United States signed a peace treaty officially
Bill Laughner Membership- - 843-6828
--------- ending the Korean War. The reason the Korean War never officially ended
Gary Shaffer - Legislative - - - -643-8941
- -* - - - - - was because one last issue could not be resolved during peace negotiations in
Pete Petroskey - - * - - - - - - - 643-8999
Panmunjom in 1953. That issue was the exchange of POW's. North Korea
Mike Mikulich----------*- - - - - 266-6663
Bill Laughner - 843-6828
Membership threatened to hold back American POW's and fulfilled that threat when the
Lee Corfield - - * - - - - - - - - - 775-3027
Reuben Fuller * - 378-4990 POW repatriation issue could not be agreed upon.
Bill Harlow - Vet’s for-Vet’s- -378-0984
Rich Bischak - - - - - - - - - - - -- 336-5457
Bill Tindell 774-4198 POW News (cont on Page 3)
Tracy King - - - - - - - - - - - - - 375-4046
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VVA 862 POW News (cont from Page 2)
EVEN THOUGH THE OFFICIAL U.S. RESPONSE WAS LUKEWARM
Gary Wink - - * - - - - - - - - - - 728-2810 TO THE TREATY, IT IS VERY LIKELY THAT A PEACE TREATY
PTSD WILL INDEED BE SIGNED DURING PRESIDENT OBAMA 'S CUR-
Jon Neely - - - - * - - - - - - - - - 891-2089 RENT TERM IN OFFICE.
Lon Hogue - - - - * - - - - - - - - 846-8857
Sgt of Arms !!!!!URGENT!!!!!URGENT!!!!!URGENT!!!!!
Roy Barlett - - - * - - - - - - - - -378-0272
Veterans Affairs Please pass this word at your meetings of the VFW, Legion, VVA, AMVETS
Jon Neely - - - - * - - - - - - - - - 891-2089
Hospital Committee and all other organizations to which you belong. There is crucial information
Blaine Allinder - - - - - - - - - - - 375-4168 that applies to all POW/MIA and KIA/BNR family members form all past wars
and conflicts. It deals with the need for and use of Family Reference Samples
Auditing Committee (FRS). Voluntary provision of FRS by eligible Next-of-Kin is crucial and will
Bill Wright * - - - - - - - - - -- - -775-0738
Wayne Cumer - - - - - - - - - - - -947-3859 save time and effort required for genealogical research and tracking.
Joe Mavero - - - - - - - - - - - - - 494-1505
Very importantly, if all FRS from every Southeast Asian and Korean War case
Webmaster were available, JPAC/CILHI would be able to identify every set of Korean War
Lee Corfield - - - - - - - - - - - - - 775-3027
and Southeast Asian remains currently in the laboratory. There are currently
Nominating Committee 428 remains from the Korean War and approximately 50 from Southeast Asia
(Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos).
Lon Hogue -*- - - - - -- - - - - - -846-8857
Dan Sinclair - - - - - - - - - - - - -846-7475
William Weiss - - - - - - - - - - - 827-2460 Again, please pass the word.
Please Note, Next Edition Gary Wink - POW Chairman
VIETNAM VET "THIS IS OUR SOLEMN PLEDGE"
GAZETTE ***UNTIL THEY ARE HOME***
DEADLINE "WHATEVER IT TAKES"
May 5th, 2010 "HOWEVER LONG IT TAKES"
"WHATEVER THE COST"
VVA 862 WEBSITE
HOW MANY REALLY READ THERE NEWSLETTERS???
It could be worth $100.00
If you’ve been reading your newsletters, starting this past Janu-
Do we have any VVA Musicians? ary, you are aware that we’ve been hiding VVA 862 members ID # num-
bers in the newsletter. If you find your number, You receive a check for
If you play an instrument and $100.00. You are to contact Lee Corfield by 7:00 PM on our regular meet-
haven’t played for awhile, and ing night. You are allowed to call him by his home phone (724-775-3027) or
would like to get together for email him (email@example.com). You may also contact him via Cell phone
(412-974-8586) up to the start of the Regular Meeting.
Please Contact: So far we’ve only given away $100.00 to (1) Winner Nick Vucetich
Chet Kozlowski @ HEY!!! We can all use an extra $100.00 “Can’t We?”
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Minutes from March 17th, 2010 Meeting
Meeting called to order by President Skip Haswell at 7:00 PM with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag and
an opening prayer by Chaplain Don Villella with 116 in attendance.
Veterans Sick or in Distress – Linda Pavkovich,
Guests and/or Prospective Members – Don Krupp, Marie Krupp, Harry Lang, Chet Kozlowski,
Roll Call of Officers - 13 members present, 0 absent, 1 excused
Minutes were accepted as read in recent Newsletter.
Treasurers Report: Read by Treasurer Larry Googins to be accepted as read. Pending audit.
Special Guests - Dan Murdoch & Jan spoke about the upcoming Spousal Forum to be held here at the Roch-
ester VFW coming up on May 20th. 7:00 PM
Nomination Committee : Read the slate of Officers who are willing to run again. Nominations and Elections
will be held at the upcoming April Meeting.
BOD needs motions to accept the following items -
1. Motion made by Bill Harlow 2nd by Reuben Fuller to donate $100.00 to the (Sew Much Comfort Organi-
zation) Motion Carried.
2. Motion was made by Bill Winkle 2nd by Gary Myers to make our regular donation of $250.00 each of the
2 ROTC organizations plus the $70.00 for the Beaver Ball to total $570.00 Motion Carried
3. Motion was made by Pete Petrosky 2nd by Phillip Morris to donate $50.00 to the Beaver Falls American
Legion Golf Outing. Motion Carried.
4. Motion was made by Gary Shaffer 2nd by Sam Giordano to donate $100.00 to the upcoming Bridgewater
“Night at the Races”. Motion Carried
5. Motion was made by Gary Myers 2nd by Milan Cokrlic to donate $250.00 to the new York County VVA
Chapter for Start Up money. Motion Carried
6. Motion was made by Sam Giordano 2nd by Gary Myers to donate $20.00 to VVA Chapter 974 for their
Raffle tickets that will have our Chapter name on the tickets. Motion Carried.
7. Motion made by Blaine Allinder 2nd by Reuben Fuller to donate $50.00 for the purchase of Duck Race tick-
ets for the VVA 948 Chapter. Motion Carried
8. Motion was made by Gary Myers 2nd by Tee Patillo to donate $100.00 to the funeral of the girl that was
murdered in Washington Co whose dad is a Vietnam Veteran and a friend of Mike Coligure. Motion Carried.
After a discussion this motion was withdrawn by Gary Myers. Changed motion to give $500 to the funeral of
the girl who was murdered in Washington Co. 2nd by Mike Galbreath. Motion Carried.
9. Motion was made by Bill Harlow 2nd by Don Villella to donate $100.00 to the Vets for the Mission Trip to
Vietnam for Mike Galbreath. A hand vote was taken, (3) opposed. Motion Carried.
10. Motion was made by Dennis McFee 2nd by John Albright to donate $100.00 to the Upper Beaver Valley
Veterans Service Center for Start Up money for their upcoming “Night at the Races.” Motion Carried
11. Motion was made by Blaine Allinder 2nd by Gary Shaffer that we submit a letter to the PA State Council
that we will continue to keep our percentage at 50% for the Household Goods Program. Motion Carried.
12. Motion was made by Gary Shaffer 2nd by Rich Orsen that VVA Chapter 862 march in the upcoming
Rochester Memorial Day Parade. Motion Carried.
Membership - VVA - 456 LIFE - 270 / AVVA - 84 LIFE - 34
Legislative - Bart Farzati spoke about the new Veterans Court System and the Veterans Justice Coordinator.
He also spoke about the Agent Orange Equity Act and the Bluewater Vets. VVA 862 member Ed Frankovich
is one of our New Van Drivers. Mike Coligure spoke about Allegheny County needing Mentors for this new
Veterans Court System.
Minutes (cont on Page 5)
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Minutes (cont from Page 4)
Old Business- Barb Googins spoke about the upcoming Spring Banquet. Barb also spoke about at the AVVA
meeting tonight voted to incorporate the our AVVA. Price for the Spring Banquet will be $15.00 each. Skip
spoke about the VVA License Plate Applications and the issues with the State. He also spoke about the cards
you received in the mail pertaining to insurance. You don’t have to fill them out. VA Office in the court house
is going out side the court house to hire more help in the VA Office.
New Business - Nick Pavkovich spoke about the new Summer Uniforms. A list will be passed around to fill
out for those who want uniforms. Lee spoke about the upcoming Memorial Day weekend Ride to the Wall.
We have a name on the list that does not belong to our group. Motel will be contacted to have them removed.
DAV van is coming to Center Twp VFW April 16th 9 to 5.
May 7th Cranberry Twp VA Clinic is holding an Open House. Stop out and pay them a visit. They need more
Tom Robes spoke about Relay for Life and how much it has cost us the last few years to put our stand up for
VVA 862 member Tom McCormack spoke about how he has made trips to Panama to help with Medical sup-
plies. He gave an excellent explanation on how he helps the people in Panama. He is one of our members and
can be contacted if anyone has any supplies they’d like to donate.
Good of the Chapter: Skip spoke about John Barber who has offered to “Stand” at the Casket of a fallen
member’s funeral. Note: All members, Speak to your next of kin now and let them know if you would like
Pete Petrosky spoke about the article about his family that will be in next month’s newsletter.
Larry Googins spoke about AVVA becoming Incorporated.
Closing Prayer by Chaplain Don Villella.
Lee Corfield - VVA 862 Secretary
BEAVER COUNTY “SPECIAL UNIT” Says “THANKS”
To the members of Chapter 862,
We, the members of the Beaver County Special Unit, would like to say “Thank You” for the do-
nation of Ammo.
We have done 216 funerals for the year of 2009 and appreciate your help in our time of need.
Special Unit Members
Ralph Bohon, Andy Zabrucky, Carl T Hunter Jr, Jim Harrington, George Patrick, Mark Wilson,
Sal Bobott, B.C. Kenny, Bill Krowchyt, Edward Franz & Ron Arent
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Lee’s Tid Bits
When I send out our newsletters to all the surrounding VFW’s and American Legions, I always high-
light the words “Please Post” on the Address label. Perhaps some don’t understand exactly what that means. It
means I’m asking your VFW or your American Legion to Please Post this Newsletter on your Bulletin Board
for your members to read. It actually works both ways. Maybe we can obtain new members and maybe we can
send new members to your local VFW or American Legion.
When I went around last month to post the Blood Drive Flyers for Jon Neely’s Blood Drive, I saw
about 4 posted on the Bulletin Boards. Those people told me they can’t wait to get it in the mail. Some of
them almost fight over who gets to read it first. If you are a member of a VFW Post or an American Legion,
Please ask your Commander if you’re allowed to hang up our Newsletter they received in the mail. “Hey” I
was told that it makes for good reading and conversation around the Canteen areas, if you know what I mean.
We do try to keep up on all the Veteran activities in the Beaver Valley. Thank You
Looking forward to another trip to Florida this month. Heading down to meet up with Bill Muns
and Jim Janicki at the Florida Vietnam Veterans Reunion in Melbourne Fl. I haven’t got to hook up with any-
body I was in Nam with at the Kokomo Reunion, maybe this one, it will happen who knows. Can’t hurt to try.
Don’t forget Highway Clean-Up on April 24th 2010. That is always a fun time. We eat breakfast at
McDonalds at 9:00 AM and then at 10:00 AM we separate and the fun begins. Sometimes it’s amazing what
people throw out their windows while driving down Rt 65. Best part is, You get to keep what you find.
When you get to Pages 9 & 10 - You will see a very special story of one of our own members. Pete
Petrosky and his beautiful family. This is the kind of word that we have to get out to other Vietnam Veterans
all over the world. How many Vietnam Veterans have stories like this. With out a doubt, probably thousands.
This story could have happened to a lot of us, but at the time when we were first starting our families, we
never even thought of the words “Agent Orange.” You’ll see what I mean after reading this fantastic story.
RTTW 2010 - Well, All 20 rooms have been taken. Now all we do is wait. Lets make sure this Ride To The
Wall goes 100% perfect. Please make sure for those that are going that you go over your bike and get it ready
for the trip like we do every year. Remember the key word.
T-CLOCK = T-Tires & Wheels, C - Controls, L - Lights, O - Oil, C– Chassis, K– Kickstand
Guess that’s it for this month, Everyone have a good one. Lee
The views and opinions are solely that of the writer and
do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions or poli-
cies of the Vietnam Veterans of America, (National, State Edward B Kolosvary - 67 of Salem Ohio Passed
or Local). away on March 6th 2010 . Ed had been a VVA 862
members for the past 4 years.. Ed also worked for Don
All articles written by the editor unless otherwise stated. Villella at CONTACT Beaver County. Ed served 22
years with the US Army.
Submissions will be gladly accepted by the editor.
Lee Corfield - Editor VVA 862 Beaver County, Pa Norma Russell - 93 of E. Liverpool Ohio. Passed
140 Knob Vue Drive away March 22, 2010. Norma was the mother of VVA
Freedom, Pa. 15042 862 member Joe Russell from Industry, Pa
We reserve the right to edit submissions as space allows.
“MAY THEY REST IN PEACE”
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VVA 862 10th ANNIVERSERY - Yes, 10 years and we will celebrate at our annual VVA/AVVA Spring
Banquet. May 8th. Sat. at the new Rochester VFW banquet hall. I really hope you will attend and have a beau-
tiful evening. This banquet is very important and I would be very happy with a nice turnout. The cost is $15.00
per person and remember, if you tell us you will attend, you are obligated to pay whether you show or not.
Give Barb Googins a call at 724-869-7090 with your RSVP
KOKOMO 2010 – Sept. 16 Thursday to Sunday Sept. 19. I have 38 rooms blocked so mark it down on your
calendar and a sign-up sheet will be passed around at a meeting in the near future.
HIGHWAY CLEAN-UP – Sat. April 24, Meet at McDonalds in Baden, Rt.65 9:00 AM. We start clean-up at
10:00 AM sharp. We had a great turn-out at our last pick-up and I would be very happy to have just as many
show up this time. VVA, AVVA members and family are welcome. Remember, if each member would get
involved in one event, that’s all I can ask.
Lowe’s – Last month I told you about the 10% discount for active military, National Guard & Reserve. Today
I have been told that one of our members, Nam Vet made a purchase of about $700.00 and ask if they gave
Veterans discount and they said yes and she gave him 10% off……So, what’s it hurt, ask “Do you give Veter-
ans discount,” If they say yes, great ! If they say no, don’t cause a fuss, just move on. Remember, you must
show a veterans I D and this Vet used his VA - I.D. card.
April 21st Meeting - will be our floor nominations and elections for the next two years. Three Board of Di-
rectors and all other positions are open. So if you want to run for office, have another member nominate you.
At the April meeting after the nominations are closed, each candidate may if they wish address the member-
ship and state their reasons on why they should be elected for a position and with so many new members we
will know who and why we are voting for that member. If you are running for an office, understand you are
expected to attend meetings. If you are running for a delegate position, understand you are expected to attend
meetings of the Penna. State Council of VVA in State College, Pa. three times a year. If you have questions,
please see one of the officers.
VETERANS OUTREACH & HEALTH FAIR – Before our May 19 meeting, at 5:30 pm The Butler VA
will set up for a Veterans Health Outreach. Come early!!! Many Vets do not know what healthcare services the
VA offers to them. This will be a good time to ask questions.
A nice note from Emmy Huffman who works for Senator Luger’s office in Ind. – Emmy says “I just read
your President’s message in the chapter’s March newsletter. Very touching – You guys have done a remark-
able job, and by far, one of the best Veterans’ Organizations I’ve seen.”
You NEED to read this and understand what I am saying. I have received many questions and phone calls
concerning the accidental life insurance that you now have at no cost to you and you have this because you are
a member of the VVA and/or AVVA. You are going to receive a phone call from this insurance company ask-
ing if they can drop off the policy at your home…..LISTEN UP…. If you want this insurance agent to come to
your home, fine.. no problem, If you don’t want them to come to your home, just tell them that and if you pass
from an accident the funds will go into your estate. This is not a scam and it is up to you how you handle this.
Any questions please bring it up at our next meeting.
Twenty years ago, A group of 40 year old’s, members of Vietnam Veterans of America discuss where they
should meet for dinner. Finally they agree to meet at Kelly’s in Bridgewater because they have great looking
waitresses…. 10 years later at age 50, this group again agrees to meet at Kelly’s because the food is good and
the wine selection is excellent, with ice cold beer and it is owned by Jim Kelly, Life Member of VVA…….. 10
years later at age 60, the group agrees to meet at Kelly’s because they can eat in peace & quiet and it is smoke
free….10 years later at the age of 70, the group again agrees to meet at Kelly’s because it is wheel chair acces-
sible………… 10 years later at age 80, the group agrees to meet at Kelly’s because they have never been
there before…….Now, this is what we have to look forward to!!!!!
ShortRounds (cont on Page 8)
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SHORTROUNDS (cont from Page 7)
The Military may consider PTSD worth a purple heart. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said “I think it is clearly
something that needs to be looked at.” My opinion, I do not agree but I do want to hear from members in our chapter
who have earned purple hearts. If our government gives out Purple Hearts for PTSD what other illness (some call PTSD
a wound) will they give it out in the future??
We are thinking about doing this in a T-Shirt –
The Senior T- Shirt
We are Valuable
We are more valuable than any of the younger generations:
We have silver in our hair,
We have gold in our teeth,
We have stones in our kidneys.
And, We are loaded with natural gas !!!
As you have just filed your income tax, did you ever notice, When you put the two words “The” and “IRS” together, It
In my 65 years, I have learned to never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night. I
have been told that 4 out of 5 people suffer from diarrhea. Does that mean that 1 out of 5 enjoy it?? I have also learned,
never lick a steak knife !!!! As you can see, old people become very wise.
Recently a federal appeals court (2-1) in San Francisco upheld the use of the words “Under God” in the Pledge Of Al-
legiance and “In God We Trust” on U S currency rejecting arguments that the phrases violate the separation of church
and state challenges by an atheist Michael Newdow who claimed the references to God disrespect his religious beliefs.
Can you believe it, in Ca. of all places….maybe we can still have some hope in this world…I say to Newdow, “If you
don’t like it….LEAVE AMERICA!
Rochester VFW Banquet Hall – If you would like to rent this hall, contact Marty Sinclair @ 724-846-7475 or Don Vil-
lella @ 724-774-4378. This hall will seat several hundred people and perfect for a wedding reception.
Navy Corpsman – The Corpsman’s relationship with the Marine Corps, (FMF) Fleet Marine Force goes back over 110
years. Many Corpsmen have paid the price for Brother Marines. 18 Corpsmen have earned the Medal Of Honor and up
until the present war, 2,494 have died in combat. Most of these Brothers were KIA taking care of “their” Marines.
Corpsman will tell you “ The Marines in his unit are HIS Marines” And Marines take care of the “Doc’s” as one of our
Marine/Dress Blues – I know this is a tough subject, but something to think about and share with your spouse. We will
all pass away someday. They say the good die young so looks like I will live to be 104 !!! IF you would like a combat
Marine John Barber (VVA Member) to stand guard at your casket, we have a member who has purchased his dress blues
just to show you respect and thank you for your service at your funeral. You don’t have to be a Marine,,,, I have said
before, talk to your spouse, let him/her know what your wishes are….We of course also have our honor guard for full
Military Honors. Understand, if you are Army, Navy or whatever, you can do this also, spend the $$$ and take the time,
John will honor you no matter what military service you were in.
It’s been said, that you can sail past it, fly or drive over it, but the ground will never belong to you until an infan-
tryman/grunt stands firm and digs a hole in it. (unknown)
Without going to the kitchen to look….The can of pure ground black pepper that we have all seen many times, What
color is it and what brand name is on it?? Give up? The brand name is “Big Mc McCormick and the color of the small
can is red & white. OK, I know many of you are saying, “Who gives a dang?” I was at the super market the other day,
where I am like a fish out of water and the ladies look at me and I guess feel sorry for me because I look lost and they
say “Young man, can I help you find something?” Okay, maybe they don’t say “young man” but it makes me feel better
thinking that’s what I heard.
Brothers and Sisters, I hope to see you at our next meeting, April 21, 7:00 pm Come and join us for a nice evening,
bring a Nam Vet, let him/her decide if they want to become a member. We would be honored to have them.
WELCOME HOME - Skip
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Ohio Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park
July 24th, 2010
This is a Very SpecialMotorcycle Ride in Honor of the
3,095 Ohio Vietnam Veterans who paid the ultimate price!
Canal Fulton, Ohio
Staging will be from 10:00 AM to 1:00 AM
We will be leaving here early Saturday Morning
VETERANS TOWN HALL MEETING
With Congressman—Jason Altmire
Monday - May 10th, 2010
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
179 Virginia Ave Rochester Pa 15074
VIETNAM VETERANS GOLF LEAGUE 2010
MONDAY STONECREST GOLF COURSE TEE TIME = 5:15 PM
THURSDAY BLACKHAWK GOLF COURSE TEE TIME = 5:00 PM
PRACATICE WEEKS, APRIL 12, 19, AND 26 LEAGUE BEGINS WEEK OF MAY 3RD. SCORES
AND AVERAGES WILL BE MAINTAINED PLANS ARE FOR LEAGUE TO TRAVEL TO OTHER
COURSES ON ONE WEDNESDAY DURING JUNE, JULY AND AUGUST. MEET FOR BREAKFAST,
GOLF 18 HOLES AT SOME OF THE FOLLOWING COURSES. BEAVER CREEK, FIRESTONE,
MOHAWK TRAILS, STRAWBERRY RIDGE, AND OTHER COURSES SELECTED BY LEAGUE
Thanks, Lon Hogue
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VVA CHAPTER 862 IS
ACCEPTING ORDERS for
memorial walkway bricks to be
placed at the Vietnam
Memorial in Beaver. You may
honor Veterans of the armed
services, loved ones and
friends (both living and
deceased) with an “In Memory
of” brick. You may also want to
honor your American Legion
post, your Veterans of Foreign
Wars post and/or all Veterans
Service Organizations. Orders
are accepted year round, with
placement every spring and
fall. Engraving is donated by
Rome Monument in honor of
Mail completed forms to:
119 Jonathan Drive
Darlington, PA 16115
SATURDAY, April 24th 2010
We want to Thank “All” of
Meet at you for your many Cards, Phone
McDonalds in Baden on Rt 65 Calls and especially, your prayers.
We still have a ways to go but
Pick Up starts at 10 AM “Sharp”
it’s getting better.
We need all the help we can get, bring There were times when I was
family members. really feeling low, I would receive
This is the Saturday, after our April a card from one of my 862 family
meeting saying just the right thing to pick
“You get to keep what you find” “We Love our 862 family”
“Come out and have some fun” Jon & Linda Neely
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MEMBERS Greetings Lee Corfield & VVA 862
May Recently, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) informed
you of the deteriorating state of the Three Servicemen statue at the Vietnam
Leon Edmiston .............. May 1 Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. We asked for your help and you
Tom Ondo ..................... May 1 responded. I offer my heartfelt thanks to those of you who contributed your
Bill Laughner................. May 3 hard-earned money toward helping VVMF restore the statue to its original
Tom Decker …………...May 4 luster.
Don Weyand .………….May 6
Ruhlin Gregory ………..May 7 But, we still have a ways to go! We need to raise $100,000 by Memorial Day
Sam Samangy………….May 8 2010. In the one week since we e-mailed you last, almost 100 donors have
Charles Ray Jr………….May 8 given nearly $6,000 in support of this incredibly important project. It is my
Tom Barnabi…………...May 9
hope that our friends around the country will continue to support us in the
Vince Ionta…………....May 11
Tracey King…………...May 12
John Lesnak…………...May 12
Paul Hauke………….....May 13 I promise to keep you posted on our progress. Keep watching your e-
Vince Orend………..….May 13 mail for updates concerning the statue and special gift offers and announce-
Dan Leyda………..……May 14 ments.
Norman Conn…..……...May 15
Barry Campbell……..…May 16 Thank you again for your help in preserving the legacy of the Vietnam Vet-
James Graham……..…..May 16 erans Memorial. I hope to see you on Veterans Day!
Charles Komara…..……May 17
Jim Piccirilli……..……..May 20 Jan Craig Scruggs
Rich Kamzelski……..… May 21 Founder and President
John Feragotti……..……May 22 Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund
Anthony Korbor…..……May 22
Peter Herman………..….May 23
Dan Landfried Jr…..……May 25
William Gayheart……....May 26
Jim Quinn……………....May 26
Charles Howe………..…May 27
Gerrie Tudor………..…..May 27
Ron Boyd…………..…...May 28
Joseph Sudol………..…..May 28
Steve Tagenhorst…..…...May 30
Allan Kitts……….……..May 31 A Touch of Humor
Carmen Romeo….……...May 31
Three small kids were bragging about how tough they
Please Welcome these New were. “I’m so tough,” said the first little boy, “that I can wear
out a pair of shoes in a week.”
VVA The second little boy said, “I’m so tough, I can wear out a
pair of jeans in a day.”
Dan Varna “That’s nothing”, said the third child.
Larry McGrown “When my parents take me to see my Grandma and
Grandpa, I can wear them out in an hour."
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VIETNAM VET GAZETTE
VIETNAM VET GAZETTE December 2009
Vietnam Veterans Day in Pennsylvania
May 7th, 2003
Eight members of VVA 862 loaded into a 15 passenger van headed for Harrisburg, to the PA State Capital.
They left Rochester at 6:00 AM . There we were being recognized in front of all the PA State Legislators (House of Rep-
resentatives). They were introduced as guests in recognition of this Special Day. This will be a day the VVA 862 mem-
bers below will remember forever.
Two years ago I received a Proclamation from the (House of Representatives) dated Feb 12th 2008 that March 30th 2008
was going to be recognized as “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day “ in Pennsylvania.
Now you’ll see where they want to make March 29th for “All States” to recognize Vietnam Veterans Day.
What this boils down to, May 7th 1975 was the day the final troops left Vietnam. March 29th 1973 was the day the
final Combat Troops left Vietnam .
Those VVA 862 members who were in attendance were during the reading of the Proclamation were:
Left to Right Cliff Hawes, Dan Sinclair, Bill Porupsky, Bill Muns, Skip Haswell, Sam Giordano, Gary
Shaffer & Aaron Johnson. At that time 2003, Rep Mike Veon assisted us in getting this accomplished.
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AVVA Minutes March 17th, 2010
At the March 17th 2010, meeting of the AVVA, there were 9 members present that voted unanimously
Also, Mary Alice Bernstein reported that there was a lot of illnesses up at friendship ridge and that we would
not be scheduling a visit until the illnesses have been cleared up.
VA STUDY OF WOMEN VIETNAM VETS from Military.com -
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is launching a comprehensive study of women vet-
erans who served in the military during the Vietnam War to explore the effects of their military ser-
vice upon their mental and physical health. The study will contact approximately 10,000 women. In-
formation will be gathered by a mail survey, a telephone interview and a review of medical records
for a selected sample of women. VA will study female Vietnam Veterans who may have had direct
exposure to traumatic events. For more information on the study, visit the U.S. Department of Veter-
ans Affairs (VA) website. For information on how to participate in the study, call (888) 831-3325.
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Health Care for Veterans and Retiree
Both Medicare and Tricare For Life are deemed as qualifying coverage under legislation already passed
by both the House and Senate
The new legislation states that care rendered under title 38 of the US Code (VA care) is also qualifying
Under the new legislation, people who don’t have qualifying coverage will have to pay a financial penalty.
Since TRICARE For Life and VA coverage will be qualifying coverage, those beneficiaries won’t be subject
to the penalty. Adapted from MOAA "Impacts of national health care reform " 2010/03/23
Three additional bills are being considered to clarify that all Tricare, DOD, NAF and VA care programs are
considered exempt from action under the new Health care law. These bills use the term "Minimal Essential
Health Care Coverage" to ensure exemption from effects of the new health care law.
S. Res. 89 (Senator Burr ) and H. Res. 203 (Rep. Sanchez) have both passed unanimously making March
30, 2009, "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day".
On May 5th the House Veterans Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on the status of the National Vietnam
Veterans Longitudinal study. This study has long been a priority of many veterans advocacy groups.
Although VA maintains that Blue Water Navy veterans must prove they actually set foot on ground in Viet-
nam in order to be afforded the presumption of exposure, it has relaxed restrictions in two instances. So
called "Brown Water" Navy veterans, those veterans whose vessels traveled upriver into the inland water-
ways of Vietnam, are eligible for this presumption. The VA is compiling a database of all vessels which
meet this qualification.
Furthermore, Blue Water Navy veterans whose vessels actually tied up to a dock in Vietnam no longer
need to prove that they disembarked from the ships, such as for shore leave. The simple act of docking in
Vietnam is enough to entitle a veteran to this presumption. "American Legion, Agent Orange, Answering
the questions 1 Apr 2010"
We are awaiting passage of the Agent Orange Equity Act HR 2254 with 253 cosponsors and the senate
companion S1939 with 16 cosponsors. No hearings are scheduled on either bill.
In October 2009, VA Secretary Eric Shinseki made a decision to add three illnesses to the current list of
diseases for which service connection for Vietnam Veterans is presumed. The illnesses are B cell leuke-
mia’s, such as hairy cell leukemia, Parkinson's disease and ischemic heart disease. On March 25, 2010,
VA published a proposed regulation providing for the implementation of the addition of these diseases on
the presumptive list.
Representative Tim Murphy has received word that DECA has officially designated the McGarrity Army Reserve Facil-
ity (formerly the 99th RSC) in Moon township as the site for the new commissary facility. Much work has yet to be done
and there is still no commitment from AAFES on their facility. Groundbreaking is not expected any time soon so please
support the current facility with your business
Leg Rep - Bart Farzati
PAGE 12 Calendar of VET GAZETTE
VIETNAM Events for 2006 January 2006
‘TOGETHER Calendar of Events for 2010 “TOGETHER NOW”
Apr 4 “Happy Easter” Aug 4 Newsletter Deadline . US Coast Guard Birthday 1790
Apr 7 Newsletter Deadline Aug 10 - Aug 15 National VVA Conference Orlando Fl
Apr 10 - 11 Maple Syrup Festival - Brady’s Run Park Aug 11 VVA BOD Meeting Rochester VFW 7 PM
Rich Kamzelski - Chairman 8:30 PM to 4:30 PM Aug 13 - 15 Regatta - Bridgewater (Booth will be set up)
Apr 14 VVA BOD Meeting—Rochester VFW 7 PM Chairmen will be Rich Kamzelski
Apr 21 VVA Regular Meeting Rochester VFW 7 PM Aug 18 VVA Picnic - Industry Park
AVVA meets @ 6:00 PM “Elections” Aug 24 - 28 “Hookstown Fair” Booth set up all week
Apr 22, 23, 24,25 Florida’s 23rd Viet & All Vets Reunion Aug 27 VVA “Duck Race” 6:00 PM @ Hookstown Fair
Apr 24 Hi -Way Clean Up - Meet @ Baden McDonalds September
9:AM Sept 1 Newsletter Deadline
Clean up detail starts at 10:00 AM Sept 6 “Labor Day”
Sept 8 VVA BOD Meeting Rochester VFW 7 PM
Sept 11 POW / MIA Run & Memorial Program
Sept 15 VVA Regular Meeting Rochester VFW 7 PM
May Sept 16 - 19 Kokomo, In. Vietnam Vet Reunion
May 3 VVA Golf League starts Sept 18 US Air Force Birthday 1947
May 5 Newsletter Deadline Sept 26 “Gold Star Mothers Day”
May 7 “Vietnam Veterans Day” in Pennsylvania (2003)
May 8 VVA / AVVA Spring Banquet—Rochester VFW October
May 9 “Happy Mothers Day” Oct 6
May 12 VVA BOD Meeting - Rochester VFW 7 PM Oct 13U. S. Navy Birthday
May 19 VVA Regular Meeting Rochester VFW 7 PM Oct 13VVA BOD Meeting Rochester VFW 7 PM
AVVA meets @ 6:00 PM Oct 16
- 17 PASC Meeting State College Pa
May 27 Memorial Day Eve Candlelight Service Beaver Pa Oct 20VVA Regular Meeting Rochester VFW 7 PM
& Flags on Graves Sylvania Hills Cemetery AVVA meets @ 6:00 PM
May 28 Ride to the Wall - Washington DC Oct 23 Hi-Way Clean Up Meet @ Baden McDonald’s 9:AM
Leaves Vanport Hot Dog Shoppe @ 7:30 AM Clean Up detail starts at 10:00 AM
May 30 Rolling Thunder Ride in Washington D.C. Oct ?? Agent Orange Poppy Days
May 31 Memorial Day - VVA 862 will be marching in
Rochester Parade - Meet at VFW @ 9:00 AM
Nov 2 “Election Day” Be Sure to Vote’
June Nov 3 Newsletter Deadline
June 2 Newsletter Deadline Nov 7 Daylight Savings Time Ends
June 5 & 6 VVA PA State Council Meeting State College Pa Nov 10 US Marine Corp Birthday
June 9 VVA BOD Meeting - Rochester VFW 7 PM Nov 10 VVA BOD Meeting Rochester VFW 7 PM
June 13 U S Army Birthday 1775 Nov 11 Veterans Day Parade in ???????? Pa
June 13 Support the Troops Rally - 1:00 PM Nov 17 VVA Regular Meeting Rochester VFW 7 PM
Gazebo in Beaver Nov 25 “Happy Thanksgiving “
June 14 Flag Day “Fly them Flags”
June 16 VVA Regular Meeting Rochester VFW 7 PM
June 20 “Happy Fathers Day” December
Dec 1 Newsletter Deadline
Dec 7 “Pearl Harbor Day”
July Dec 8 VVA BOD Meeting Rochester VFW PM
July 4 Independence Day * Parade in Midland* Dec 15 VVA Regular Meeting Rochester Elks 7 PM
July 7 Newsletter Deadline Dec 25 “Merry Christmas”
July 14 VVA BOD Meeting Rochester VFW 7 PM Dec 31 New Years Eve
July 21 VVA Regular Meeting Rochester VFW 7 PM
AVVA meets @ 6:00 PM
VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA MEMBERSHIP
IS OPEN TO ANY VETERAN WHO SERVED
ANYWHERE DURING THE VIETNAM WAR ERA
____I served in the US military (for other than training purposes) between 8/5/64 & 5/7/75
____I served in the US military in Vietnam between 2/28/61 and 5/7/75
____DD-214 enclosed (Applications without DD-214 will be processed as Associate Memberships)
____Renewal Membership Card #_________________New Member:_____________
____I wish to join the (AVVA) - Associates of the Vietnam Veterans of America $20.00 P/Year
__ 1 Year Individual Member- $20.00 __ 3 Year- $50.00
__ Life Member Optional Time Payment $50 down/ $25/mth
__ $250.00 (Ages 49 and under)
__ $225.00 (Ages 50-55)
__ $200.00 (Ages 56-60)
__ $175.00 (Ages 61-65)
__ $150.00 (Ages 66 + )
Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc
Beaver County Chapter 862 NONPROFIT
Lee Corfield, Editor U.S. POSTAGE
140 Knob Vue Drive PAID
PERMIT NO. 862
Freedom, PA. 15042 ROCHESTER PA. 15074