Welcome to Vietnam Veterans of America Major Louis F. Guillermin Chapter 436
Our Meetings are held at the VFW Post 845, 4601 West Lincoln Highway, Downingtown, PA 19335. (610 269-8818)
Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month except July and August.
Bad weather cancellations are sent by email or you can call the VFW post for updates.
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It was with great pride that VVA 436 announced scholarships in the amount of $1000.00 to Mathew Crawford and Bethany Light at our June membership meeting
Crawford, from B. Reed Henderson High School, will be attending The Pennsylvania State University this fall, pursuing a business/ finance degree.
Light, from Phoenixville High School, will be attending Liberty University this fall, pursuing a nursing degree.
The Vietnam Veterans chose Bethany and Matthew, among a number of applications for their exemplary essay on the effects of being raised as part of a military family.
Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 436, is honored to award these scholarships to Bethany and Matthew and wish them success in their endeavors.
Below, VVA436 President Dr. John Maher, MD and Scholarship Chairman Jed Burns present Bethany with a check for $1000.00 and one of our Chapter's Challenge Coins. Proud members of her family participated. Our other scholarship winner, Mathew, was unable to attend because it conflicted with his graduation ceremony. Jed provided a check to be presented the graduation ceremony. Congratulations to both!
Also at our June meeting.....
Below, the evening's speaker, Ms Chanel Santiago, of the MontCo Veterans Outreach Program, accepts a Challenge Coin from VVA436 Director Bud McCullough and VVA336 President John Maher.
On July 12th the Chester County Historical Society's invited members of VV 436 to see their display on "The '60s. Below are members of VVA436 near the Vietnam exhibit.
Recognizing that all Vietnam Veterans and Vietnam Era Veterans are growing older, our national and state officials are trying to address the legacy of our organization. We are unlike some veterans organizations such as the American Legion or VFW in that our organization was created and focused on just that one war. Accordingly, they have asked us to poll our members to better understand our preferences.
There are three major options:
1. Last Man Standing Option the organization would be disbanded when the membership level reaches a low, non-sustainable level.
2. Continued Legacy Option by opening up the membership to other veterans, the VVA's legacy of "Never Again Will One Generation of Veterans Abandon Another" be continued into the future.
3. Seek to merge the VVA with some other Veterans organization (e.g. VFW, Legion, etc.)
You can and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
(please save the file as Ballot (your name).pdf)
or it can be printed, filled out and mailed it to VVA 436, PO Box 189, Phoenixville, PA 19460.
Copies of the printed form will also be available at our meeting in September
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