VVA 862



  Southwestern, Pa.

Now over 75,000 members in the United States

VVA 862 is the "Largest" VVA Chapter in Pennsylvania.

as of the July 31st, 2016 Roster

VVA  768  total w/ LIFE Members  - 668

  3rd "Largest Chapter in the United States"


"Special Announcements (Below)


"Short Note" from your Webmaster

FYI - Effective "Tomorrow" August 29th, The VVA 862 office will be closed. That means "No One" and I mean 'No One" is allowed to pass away or anything like that because I have may not have a way of sending out the Funeral Notice. I am leaving tomorrow for the Air Force Academy for "Parents Weekend" next Labor Day Weekend to visit my grandson. I understand I may have a "Full Schedule" when I get there of things to do with my grandson so the last thing I will be worrying about is our chapter. Don't know if I'll be able to access our business portion of the emails,

If something does comew up, your probably going to have to contact President Larry Googins. He knows who to call if he has to,  Lets hope everyone stays healthy. 

I'm also not going to be able to update the Website while I'm gone. I should be back home around the 9th of Sept for a few days then we leave again for the huge Kokomo Vietnam Vet Reunion. Then the end of the month we will be leaving for Clarion as our VVA 862 Color Guard will be marching in the Clarion Applefest.  September is a very busy month for me as I'm also getting my stuff ready for the October VVA Pa State Meeting for the end of October. 

We should be back home for the Regular Monthly meeting on September 21st. We'll see you then.   Lee  "Go Air Force"




The "Thanks" goes to the new Editor, Susan Fudurich from Inkstar who are the people who have been printing our newsletters since I took it over. Now you can see the difference between an Amateur and a Professional.  What a "Tremendous Change"! I think it looks awesome. I told her it needed some kind of change and I felt what I had set up was getting old.

If you want to Thank her, Her Contact information is in the Newsletter (Last Page)


BE SURE  to Check the Events Page this month as we have a very busy few weeks coming up.

VVA WEB WEEKLY - Up to date items from VVA National every week! 


You may now obtain a Life Membership for $75.00!

VVA 862 has agreed to continue to pay the $25.00 discount for life membership applications for  our chapter?  Even if all remaining Chapter 862 “non-life” members take advantage of this, we will still receive more money in life membership rebates than the cost of this discount. 

When mailing items for Membership Please use our Membership Chairman's address who is:

Gary Shaffer

709 Ohio Ave.

       Midland, Pa. 15059-1415


Official Chapter 862 Mailing Address


We now have a new PO BOX address to be used for VVA 862 Mail

VVA Chapter 862

PO Box 26

Rochester, Pa. 15074


Please Welcome Our Newest "LIFE"  VVA 862 Members:


As of

July - 2016

Peter Bau

David Blotzer

George Brunnitt

James Eakles

Patrick Frazier

David Graver

Drew Grivna

James Hodge

Victor Horvath

David Jones

Edward McAllister

Robert Reott

Chaarles Rittle

Alfred Rodrigues

John Smith (Renfrew, Pa.

Wynn Starr

Louis Steff


Our meetings are currently held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at the:



179 Virginia Ave

Rochester, PA. 15074


We are one of very few, "Board of Directors" that meet monthly!
 The Board of Directors meets in the "Board Room"

every 2nd Wednesday of every month at 7:00 PM. 

VVA Chapter 862 is located in Southwest Pennsylvania.

Our membership includes all of Beaver County as well as the following surrounding counties. Allegheny, Armstrong, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Lawrence, Washington & Westmoreland Counties. 
 We also have many members scattered out all over the United States. 


(Brief History)

When did it all start? We needed 25 to sign a charter,
 Our first meeting was organized by Lloyd "Skip" Haswell and held on Wednesday, March 15, 2000 at Boscov's Department Store in the Beaver Valley Mall in Monaca, PA.  We only had 17 attend.

We waited for 3 months, Skip put an ad in the Beaver County Times and tried again!
The next meeting was held at the Monaca American Legion on Wednesday, July 19, 2000 where we had 53 attend, therefore, we signed the charter that night and we have met every month since then. An "Election of Officers" was held that evening, and we were on our way

President - Lloyd "Skip" Haswell

Vice President - Michael Mikulich

2nd Vice President - Jon Neely (Dec)

Secretary - Frank "Lee" Corfield

Treasurer - William T. Muns

Delegate - Tracy King

This chapter was organized under the Law of 1988 and filed Articles of Incorporation with

the Pennsylvania Department of State on the 2nd day on November, 2000.