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Team River Runner (TRR)


TRR provides health and healing for military injured, active duty and recovering veterans through therapeutic kayaking and other forms of adventure paddling.
We are supported through donations, local organizations and volunteer effort to provide boats,
equipment and kayak instruction without cost to veterans.

Aside from the physical and mental benefits of spending a day of outdoor adventure on a creek or river,
many veterans find the supportive team atmosphere socially beneficial.

To learn more about what Team River Runner - Southeast PA does, please visit our website:




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Aug. 9: Southeast Veteran Center CAR & BIKE SHOW. Your help is needed. Ken Schweitzer at

Sept. 9: Chera Wertz, of Bayada Hospice Veteran-to-Veteran Program. She'll touch on helping Veterans at the end-of-life to have comfort, independence, and dignity.

Oct. 14: Michael P. Caimi, VP, Liberty War Bird Association. His group is working with West Chester University on the Helicopter program to be held in November.


The saying goes, “Fame chases those who flee from it.” With this said, there is a remedy to honor folks who do the right things in life just because they should be done. The Chapel of the Four Chaplains offers their Legion of Merit award to honor Americans who do the right things in life without regard for notice or acclaim. It is the award that can be given anytime and often without notice. It is truly the way to go when no other awards apply. As difficult as it is to get, many of our members have received this award. Many others are worthy. We all should keep our eyes open for anyone who seems to live a life always finding time to make our chapter, county and country better places. These folks are America’s real movers and shakers. It’s always a good time to let them know we’ve noticed what they’re doing.

American are an especially generous group. When tragedies strike, we rise up and lend a hand. When hats are passed, we dig deep. Sadly, others see this as a weakness and look to cash in. These wolves in the forests are waiting to run our dollars through their “expenses grinder” and then give pennies to the people they use to pry open our vaults. Some organizations have massive fund raising expenses (85%). Others also have a top heavy structures where $250K+ salaries proliferate. All these expenses are satisfied before any real help is given. Before reaching for wallets and checkbooks, we need to vet those organizations we plan to honor. Ask simple questions to learn if your money is really going to help. •What percentage of contributions gets to the Veterans in need? •Does the organization act as a clearing house for other groups or give money to the target Veterans?

Newsletter: John Morris, Writer/Editor -- Jim Doedderlein, Fulfillment Director. Your articles are always welcomed. Email your article NLT the last Sunday of the month.

Honor Guard: Our Honor Guard is having a new revival with the introduction of several new members. This usually brings an energy to benefit all. ! Our Honor Guard is the image the public see and they make us look good. Phil Prinzi keeps our website fresh, informative and vibrant. Go there for updates and chapter information. If you’re on FaceBook or Twitter, send a post directing other Veterans to our website and ultimately to our numbers.

Membership: We welcome our two newest members: Bill Stellfox and Jerry Banks. Welcome home

 No general membership meeting in August.


For updates and minutes of previous meetings, go to


Our officers and directors are working on the new scholarship program. Its launch date is 2015.


Summer time is ripe for our Los Gourmanderos outings. If you’ve not been to one of these just-forfun events, think about coming the next time. You too can be the “jefe gourmandero” by selecting an eatery to visit with VVA 436; pick a date and inform the newsletter guys. Simplicity is the key.


American Helicopter Museum’s upcoming events ! ROTORFEST: Oct. 11 & 12, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Vietnam War Helicopter Commemorative: Nov. 12- time: tbd Bob Gallagher is our go-to guy for these events, and he needs help.


Chester County Marine Corps League is staging an annual golf classic in memory of Brandon Hardy. Signup and breakfast is 9:00 a.m. on August 11. A buffet dinner follows the golf play. Golfers and sponsors wanted. Proceeds benefit Disabled Veterans and Veteran Amputee Golfers. ! Information: Bob Campagna 610 363-7174.


Stars and Stripes magazine is running a series called Vietnam at 50. There’s a section where you can add your own Vietnam story. Worth a look.


Our newsletters from September 1995 through 2004 contained a feature called “Editor Notes”. A project to collect these stories is underway. Many months are missing (years 2000 through 2004). If you have any of these editions, please contact John Morris 484 947-3437. When finished, these articles will be given to anyone interested.


Chester County’s senior centers are good places for age appropriate information. Go get some.
Coatesville SC: 22 N. 5th St.
Downingtown SC: 938 E. Lancaster Ave.
Kennett Square SC: 427 S. Wayne St.
Oxford SC: 12 E. Locust Ave.
Phoenixville SC: 153 Church St.
West Chester SC: 530 E. Union St.

From President Ken:
Upcoming events: August 9: !Southeast Veteran Center CAR & BIKE SHOW Need your help
Second call: Southeast Veteran Center has items to donate to Veteran organizations for their use:
1. Full sized slate pool table in great condition
2. Shuffle board 3. Large tube TV with stand: It works.
Note: all items can be viewed at the center and must be removed by the new owners. Information: April Harley @ SEVC - 610 948.2418.
These items must be moved quickly as the space they are in is to be utilized for other projects. ! Please spread the word to other Veterans’ groups about this opportunity.


!Boscov’s Friends helping Friends is Oct. 1. Your tickets can be secured from Chris Pitt at the September meetings. VVA 436 gets $5 for each ticket sold plus a percentage of resulting sales.


Veteran breakfasts at Bistro 24 are scheduled on August 19 and September 9. ! Chow time is 7:00 a.m.


State Council: PASC plan to raise $25,000 for a Veteran memorial in Bedford County. ! State VVA membership is 3,835. ! State AVVA membership is 544.


Search your home for Sixties items to loan to the Chester County Historical Society’s 2015 event. Call 610 692-4800 and ask for Ellen Endslow.


August and September newsletters can’t rely on a membership meeting for articles. There is often space for your articles. Please email them to by the end of the month.


"Having Medicare at age 65+ offers other benefits. Flashing your card on Krapf & SEPTA busses means a free ride. Your card and $1 will get you to the Philadelphia train stops. Rover Transport will get you to appointments for as little as $0.75



“Never again will one generation of Veterans turn its back on another.”