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The Vietnam War in Poetry

President of VVA Ken Schweitzer Given Award


From all of us vets.... thank you Ken! VVA 436 is poud of you!

 

 

 

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Dec. 9- Lawrence Davidson will speak about his mission as Chester Country's Veterans ! Liaison, and how he will assist all Veterans with their needs

Buzz Miller, Founder/President of PACT addressed our November meeting. PACT’s mission is to find homes for pets of deployed military members. In the past, there was no one to care for these animals. The end result then was to surrender the pets to a shelter hoping to retrieve them after the assignment. Buzz told us about the video “War Dogs”. It tells the fate of most of the 4,000 magnificent service dogs who served in Vietnam. At the end, only 200 returned to America. These dogs, who saved an estimated 10,000 lives, were mostly destroyed because it was too dangerous to send them home. PACT have pets in 125 foster homes in Delaware Valley. They have 150 additional applications for this year. The dogs come in from across the USA with up to 70% of the requests coming from the military. The balance is for youngsters in hospitals. PACT works with veterinarians and pet supply stores who provide goods or services for free or at low costs. The chapter contributed to PACT’s continued success.

President Ken, the officers and directors offer to you and your families the best of the season. They hope your Christmas and Hanukkah are joyful

It’s the time of the year when we look back on what we’ve done and prepare for what we’ll do. One thing we are usually not prepared for is the death of a parent. No matter how long our loved ones may suffer their deaths hit us hard. In these times, we learn how truly thoughtful our friends are. At the November meeting, your editor received the word his Mom passed away after battling Alzheimer’s for over eleven years. It has been years since she had any means to communicate. She was her own life support system. I am grateful for the love shown to me by the chapter. I knew how caring we are, because it was there all the time. I know why I’m a life member of 436

Newsletter: vva436@gmail.com John Morris, Writer/Editor & Jim Doedderlein, Fulfillment Director. ! If you are not computer savvy and want information about an article, call 484 947-3437.

Honor Guard: No scheduled outings.

If you’re on FaceBook or Twitter, send a post directing other Veterans to our website and ultimately to our numbers.

Membership: Vietnam Veterans of America #436 = 134 members. Associates of VVA 436 = 5 members.

Agent Orange: There are more areas being designated as AO hotspots. It seems wherever the barrels of dioxin landed, there was exposure. The latest area is Korea. If you know someone with ! ! mysterious illnesses and the served in Korea, get him/her some help

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Our newest members are Jim Haga and Bill Stillfox. Welcome home, Jim & Bill.

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"Doug Forsythe presented a plaque to the chapter for sponsoring a golf outing benefitting amputees.

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"Scholarship: John Maher reported we need to decide how to work with school coordinators to introduce and develop our scholarships. A report on the scholarship requirements will be provided at a later date.

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" Jim Haga of Liberty War Birds presented us with certificate for our donation.

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Our new contact with VVA National is Rita Stern. ! 484 678-4535

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Our assembly reviewed the list of organizations targeted for end-of-year donations. The motion to accept was made by Bob Stone, seconded by John Maher and passed by acclimation.

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!President Ken invited the VVA State President, Thomas Haberkorn to our April Induction Banquet. ! We are discussing having a joint banquet with the Pottstown VVA.

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!We sent a check to Keystone Wounded Warrior, Inc* for donations made at Boscov’s and American Helicopter Museum. * Not associated with Wounded Warriors Project.

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Bob Stone made a motion to rescind a previous motion to delay voting on spending matters until after “For the good of the chapter”. The motion passed by acclimation.

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Newsletter: Staples requires a new method for newsletter payments. The chapter will use a pre-paid card.

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Barry Amole gave an update on the concrete walkway at Coatesville VAMC’s Building 6 Hospice. It is completed. VVA 436 contributed to and raised the necessary funding from other organizations. The Marine Corps League is providing a plaque for the site. Our chapter plans another Luau and Pig Roast for our friends at Coatesville VAMC in June and is now planning another event in January.

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Bob Stone made a motion to adopt a platoon to receive new socks. The Motion passed by acclimation.

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Membership: 50 Life, 84 regular for a 134 total. We have 5 AVVA members.

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The American Helicopter Museum is changing our contact. We thank Sharon for her help in the past.

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Veteran breakfasts at Bistro 24 are scheduled on Dec. 23 and Jan. 13. Chow time is 7:00 a.m.

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Search your home for Sixties treasures to loan -again - loan to the Chester County Historical Society for a 2015 event. Let’s bring the “Nam” to the party. Call Ellen Endslow at 610 692-4800.

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www.vva436.org: for updates & meetings minutes

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Think you had a tough level of discipline? Check out what it takes to guard the Tomb of the Unknowns. How about “can not drink any alcohol on or off duty for the rest of their lives?” Yowl.

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For our internet savvy members, there is a site where you can hot link to many patriotic webpages.

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VVA 436 didn’t attend the recent VVA State meeting.

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State newsletter: “Jerry Ney reports an official state historical marker was placed on the site of the ! original Thomas Edison High School in honor of 64 former students who died during the Vietnam War.” ! New story: “Survivors of Veterans, whose deaths can be traced to a service connected condition, may be eligible for a VA benefit called Dependent’s Indemnity Compensation (DIC). DIC claims can be awarded in some cases even though the Veteran did not file a claim while he/she was alive. VSO’s can also assist dependents of Veterans in such claims.”

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VA News release: “The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it began mailing Veterans Choice Cards on November 17 to Veterans currently waiting more than 30 days from their preferred date or the date medically determined by their physician for an appointment at a VA facility.”

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Stars & Stripes: A Veteran-in-need was rescued by a cadre of Veteran organizations. Maybe you know a fellow Vet who could use a boost.

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Daily Local News: Kennett Square man awarded Purple Heart after over 44 years. Do you know Michael Tuscano? Get him an application.

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

 

 

 

 

 

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