Veterans of Graterford, VVA 466 25th Anniversary



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The following Email was sent to President Ken from Donna Stoyko (the Major's Widow)

> Subject: Funeral for Maj. Louis Fulda Guillermin
> From:
> Date: Sat, 8 Mar 2014 15:50:32 -0800
> To:
> I do apologize for my late response. As time has passed and I now review the videos & press on the Internet I realize the amount of effort your organization put into Lou's (Maj. Louis F. Guillermin) return. I was surprised & somewhat overwhelmed by the reception afforded him & I realize that it was a result of your VVA chapter. Thank-you & all the vets who volunteered their time.
> Sent from my iPhone:


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In the 1970s, the percentage of Veterans serving in our nation's congress stood at a hefty 75%. Today the number has sagged to 20%. We can lay parts of this dramatic decline to the fact there are fewer Veterans in our population. Let’s see: at its zenith of the 70s, our overall Veteran population was 14%. Today it is holding around 7%. Our combined totals have decreased 50%, but our numbers in the House and Senate have dropped by 350%. We can factor in all the changes of the past 50 years including the sharp rise in women now serving in congress. Take this and all the other changes our national profile has made in five decades and still not have all the puzzle's pieces. In today's "thank you for your service" society having served prior to running for high public offices is more help than hinderance. So that’s not a factor. Maybe this is the tipping point. The occupations of those in congress show a heavy balance of the professions of, Lawyers, Engineers and politicians (yes, a real category). The military has a limited need for these MOSs compared to the massive numbers of lesser functionaries. Maybe the pool of Veterans from these occupations is shallow enough not to cause the percentage of congress members with military service to tick upward. VVA 436 members are no longer getting old. Nope, we are officially there. The bulk of our chapter is dragging 60 and pushing 70. This fact carries some bad and some good news. It’s true we can no longer do what we once did but at least we have lots of time for any activity we engage. For the most part, our month to month work is done by the President, Vice Presidents, Treasurer, Secretary and Directors. They color inside the lines legally and in lockstep with VVA National. Our chapter puts out a quality product year after year due to the hard work of a small number of members. April is a good time to thank them.

VA plans to swap out existing old ID cards for new ones. The VA is providing these cards to new enrollees. This month, the VA will automatically mail new cards to enrolled Veterans. It will take them some time to send six million cards. Registered Veterans will not need to go to the VAMC for a new photo unless you no longer look like your photo.


May 15- Veterans Expo will be held by State Senator John Rafferty located at 144 West Schuylkill ! Rd., Pottstown. Times are 10 a.m. to Noon. We are offered a chance to set up a table and ! pass information to prospects. Register at

Newsletter: Staff: John Morris, Writer/Editor -- Jim Doedderlein, Fulfillment Director. ! Your articles are always welcomed and often used. Send your article by email NLT the last Sunday of the month. Suggestions for making the newsletter more useful for members without internet access are welcomed. Please remember the mailed version is currently limited to a double sided 8.5” x 14” page.

Honor Guard:

We have been invited to participate in the following Memorial Day parades: Kennett on May 26th @ 1000; Malvern on June 1 @ 1330 and Downingtown on May 26 @ 10:000 a.m. We need volunteers to keep up with the demand. The chapter will supply the uniforms. When our honor guard marches, the public gets a positive opinion of who and what VVA 436 are.

Website: Phil Prinzi updates our website continually. If you’re on FaceBook or Twitter, send a post directing other Veterans to our website and to our numbers.


Vietnam Veterans of America #436 = 127 members. Associates of VVA 436 = 8 members.

Vietnam Veteran, Steve Irving visited our March meeting. He did his share with the US Army. ! Welcome home, Steve.


"Mike DiPuppo has again provided the meeting minutes. Without his help, this edition wouldn’t work.


Officers and Directors for the Veteran Year 2014-15

President: Ken Schweitzer
1st V-President: Doug Forsythe
2nd V-President: Barry Amole
Secretary: Michael DiPuppo
Treasurer: Dave McTavish
Directors: (6 total) John Maher, MD; Chris Pitt; Jim Doedderlein, Bud McCullough, Bob Gallagher, Phil Prinzi
National Representatives: Ken Schweitzer
State Representatives: Ken Schweitzer, Jeb Burns, Doug Forsythe, Dave McTavish, Barry Amole, Tony Cantone


Banquet information

Date: April 12, 2014
Location: VFW Post 106, 837 Lincoln Avenue., West Chester, PA 19380
Cocktails: 6:00 p.m. Dinner: 7:00 p.m. Program: 8:00 p.m.
Cost: $25/person or $40/couple
A catered meal will be served to our tables.
To make reservations, contact
Doug Forsythe and Jeb Burns are steering the banquet committee.
Let’s pitch in and make it a grand event.


Take your DD214 to the Social Security office as you retire to get the maximum Veteran allowance.
Donna Stoyko, Major Louis Guillermin’s widow emailed a message filled with warm words and compliments for our part in his burial and keeping Louis’ memory alive.
The Helicopter Museum’s annual events are scheduled. FATHERFEST: June 15, 10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m ROTORFEST: October 11 & 12, ! 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Bob Gallagher is our go-to guy for these events, and he needs help.
Thanks to Bob Stone and CoVVHA for this hotlink about recent Agent Orange discoveries in Vietnam. ●●●●
Southeast Veteran Center and VVA 565 will host a car show in summer or fall 2014.
"PA State Council: Dave McTavish and Ken Schweitzer attended the meeting on March 22nd. PASC is blaming retirement as the reason they are having a big turnover. Their elections will be held in June. ●●●●●
The SPC Liam Nevens Memorial Trap Shoot hosted by the West Chester Gun Club will be held on April 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. There is a maximum of 200 shooters, and the cost per person is $50.00. ●●●
VVA 565 ‘s 9th Annual Poker Run is May 4, 2014.
Dave McTavish informed us that Opportunities Industrial Center has a homeless Veterans program.
Oct. 2 Agent Orange Town hall meeting’s video here.
LAST CALL: children of chapter members may apply for college/trade school scholarships. Jim Milliken has more information at or call 610-692-3359. Deadline is April 15, 2014.
Our good friends at West Chester University are planning a Fall event focusing on the helicopter in warfare. Our role will be in support of their efforts. We will be represented on their planning committee. Send your notice to help out to
Chester County Historical Society is planning a Fall display focused on the Sixties. They have asked for our help with our strong suit: the Vietnam War and its Veterans. Again
Cleanup for the Medal of Honor Grove is Sunday, April 13th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Website ●●●●●
The role of a VVA chaplain is to supply spiritual support, and our chapter has a good one. It’s our turn to support him while he goes through some health issues. Your prayers and cards of support will go a long way. ! Joe Crescenz, 10 Juanita Drive, ! ! ! Coatesville, PA 19320-4215
If you’re looking for a low priced vacation, try http:// . Try here for a list of three companies offering Veteran discounts. Retired and current military do better.
On March 28, US Senator John Walsh, D, MN introduced a bill aimed at reducing the rate of suicides by Veteran now running around 22 per day,
Motions were made/seconded/passed for donations:
1. Children of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance
2. Vets for Vets
3. Special Operators Warrior Foundation

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