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Note: No general membership meeting in July & August



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Upcomming evnets

July 4-" Downingtown Good Neighbor Day at Kerr Park from 8:00 a.m. until fireworks at " 9:30 p.m. We will join the memorial folks over at the Veterans Memorial Triangle " and hope to meet as many Veterans as we did last year.
July 25- Baseball & BBQ at Reading Fightin’s Phils. Free tickets available from Barry " " Amole or by calling 484 947-3437.


Here’s a plan for fighting the summer heat for seniors (like us):
1. Get out of the sun and into a cool place.
2. Take fluids like water, fruit and vegetable juices, but avoid alcohol and caffeine.
3. Shower, bathe or sponge off with cool water.
4. Apply a cold, wet cloth to the wrists and/or neck where arterial blood passes close to the surface and the cold cloths can help cool the blood.
5. Lie down and rest, preferably in a cool place.
Source: www.caringnews .com


If you’re ready for Medicare Parts A, B, C & D, apply at least a month before you want your benefits to kick in. The Social Security folks need this time to process your request for these Medicare supplemental insurance. You can search the medical insurance companies for the plans you’ll want but nothing takes effect until Social Security processes your request

The search for POW-MIAs continues unabated. Our government is committed to finding our lost comrades and returning them home. However, our government is known for duplication of effort by creating segments dedicated to the same ends and then placing them at loggerheads. In a reorganizing move to improve the accounting mission”, the government has combined three like organizations: the Joint POWMIA Accounting Command, the Defense POW-Missing Personnel and the the Air Force Life Sciences Equipment Laboratory. This unnamed new super-group will have complete oversight of recovery operations. Chief among the new improvements is a centralized database. Improved transparency with families is also expected from this change. Source: VFW magazine, June/July 2014, page 12


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 enjoying a renewal of purpose with the introduction of several new members. It is the goal to represent our chapter publicly. New members bring an energy to bnefit all. Phil Prinzi keeps our website fresh 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 to our numbers.

Membership: We welcome our two newest members: Bill Stellfox and Jerry Banks. Welcome home. " " Vietnam Veterans of America#436 = 129 members. Associates of VVA 436 = 8 members.


At our June meeting, the speaker was John Lukowski, Jr., a Scout leader from Boy Scout Troop 85. His young charge was resplendent bearing a sash with more merit badges than free space. " Lukowski defined how boys become eligible to join Cubs, Scouts and Ventures. Dedicated boys can go from ages 6 to 20.5 years. The Scouts work together and run troop meetings. They are presented with challenges as individuals and teams. BSA 85 is teaching young men to learn. " Their members come from all walks of life including homeless. Their area covers five parishes. " Some of their troop have climbed America’s three highest peaks. How many can say that?


For updates and minutes of previous meetings, go to


Barry Amole - 610-933-5152- has set July 25th for our annual outing to the Reading Fightin’s baseball game. The FREE tickets include a barbecue style dinner. Adult beverages are extra.


Our officers and directors are still tweaking the new scholarship program. Its launch date is 2015.


Our recent Los Gourmanderos outing was successfully held at Green Street Grille. Fifteen members and mates/joined point-man, Phil Prinzi for food, drink and spirited chat. If you’ve not been to one of these just-for-fun events, think about coming the next time. Select an eatery you’d like to visit with VVA 436; pick a date and inform the newsletter guys. Simplicity is the key.


FatherFest: Working the Veterans’ table with Bob Gallagher was Mike DiPuppo, Bud McCullough, Jim Dodderlien, Barry Amole, Ken Schweitzer, with an appearance by Chris Pitts. They collected $69 for WWP.


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.


From President Ken: Thanks to Bob Gallagher for an outstanding job on VVA 436’s display at FatherFest . We had a good turnout of members to man the table, and the Bikes & Cars displayed were remarkable. It was also a beautiful day for flying. All who attended had a great time.


SEVC Upcoming events: " July 22: " BINGO @ 6:30 p.m.

July 25: Reading Fightin's Phillies outing "

August 9: Southeast Veteran Center CAR & BIKE SHOW Need manpower

Southeast Veteran Center has these items to donate to other 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. " For more information, contact: 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. KS

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


Veteran breakfasts at Bistro 24 are scheduled on July 8 & 29 Chow time is 7:00 a.m.

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


David’s Drive is hosting a golf outing at 9:30 a.m. on July 26 at Ingleside Golf Course.


Searching your home for Sixties items for the 2015 Chester County Historical Society event.


These motions were made, seconded & passed.
1. Donation to Boy Scouts of America Troop 85
2. Donation to VFW 845‘s golf outing

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