VVA 862



  Southwestern, Pa.

Now over 80,000 members in the United States

Total PA VVA Veterans - 4227

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

as of the December 31st, 2017 Roster

VVA  778  total w/ LIFE Members  - 691

  3rd "Largest Chapter in the United States"


"Special Announcements (Below)






Every Little Bit Helps!   Did you ever hear that before?


We need more VVA 862 members to step up and "Help Out" on different Committies. Pick one committee and Volunteer. Some of our members are getting "Burned Out" and can use some help. Please consider .


8 Things to Know about Trump’s VA Secretary Nominee Dr. David Shulkin
By VNN on January 11, 2017 by Emily Rappleye
"I think you'll be very impressed with the job he does," Mr. Trump said
David J. Shulkin, M.D.
President-elect Donald Trump said he plans to nominate David Shulkin, MD, to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs.

“I think you’ll be very impressed with the job he does,” Mr. Trump said Wednesday at his first formal press conference since July. “We looked long and hard — we interviewed at least 100 people, some good, some not so good. But we had a lot of talent. And we think this selection will be something that will, with time, straighten it [the VA] out and straighten it out for good.”
Here are eight things to know about Dr. Shulkin.

1. Dr. Shulkin already has experience leading the VA’s medical operations. He currently serves as under secretary for health at the VA. He was appointed to this position by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate in June 2015, amid
the ongoing challenge to address major wait time issues within the agency’s health system. In this role, Dr. Shulkin is chief of the Veterans Health Administration and oversees a $60 billion organization that employs more than 300,000 people and provides care to roughly 9 million veterans each year. Dr. Shulkin also still practices medicine at the VA center in Manhattan.

2. During his time at the VA, Dr. Shulkin has made moves to cut down wait times and make same-day appointments a reality across the organization. In April 2016, he led the launch of MyVA Access, an initiative that aims to give veterans more control of how and when they receive healthcare. This included the launch of a smartphone app for veterans to view, schedule and cancel appointments, which was set to roll out systemwide this month. It also included a pilot website that allows veterans to see wait times at centers in real time. The initiative is part of a larger effort called MyVA, which was introduced in 2014 to transform the VA into a patient-centered organization. The VA pledged to offer same day appointments for primary care and mental health at all medical centers by the end of 2016. The VA has not announced if this goal has been met.

3. He supports integrating the VA system with private-sector providers. Writing for The New England Journal of Medicine last March, Dr. Shulkin outlined this potential model of healthcare delivery. “Partnerships with federal and community healthcare providers may result in better access and broader capabilities than simply relying on the VA’s internal capabilities and current infrastructure — especially given that we expect the need for ambulatory services to increase in the future, while the need for acute inpatient medical, surgical and rehabilitation services decreases,” he wrote.

4. Dr. Shulkin also wants to update the VA’s IT system and move to the cloud. Last June, he told the Senate the agency is looking for a commercial, off-the-shelf replacement for its VistA EHR. At that time a VA spokesperson told Politico the agency plans to keep its EHR until 2018 and then start moving to a cloud-based platform. In August, the VA issued a request for information seeking feedback and guidance on transitioning to a commercial, off-the-shelf EHR platform.

5. Dr. Shulkin also has experience in leading health system turnarounds in the private sector. He was president and CEO of New York City-based Beth Israel Medical Center from 2005 to 2009, where he is credited with leading a $1.3 billion financial turnaround and rebuild of the organization. Before that, he was president of Morristown (N.J.) Medical Center and its Goryeb Children’s Hospital and Atlantic Rehabilitation Institute, all of which are part of Morristown, N.J.-based Atlantic Health System. At this time, Dr. Shulkin also served as president of the system’s ACO.

6. Dr. Shulkin is board-certified in internal medicine. He earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania, now part of Philadelphia-based Drexel University College of Medicine. He completed his internship at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn., and his residency and fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Shulkin completed advanced training at theUniversity of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where he studied outcomes research and economics as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar. He is also a fellow of the American College of Physicians.

7. Dr. Shulkin does not have a military background. Though this is not required of VA secretaries, Dr. Shulkin, if confirmed, will be the first non-veteran to lead the department, according to the Military Times. Dr. Shulkin did have a military upbringing, however. He was born on an Army base and his father was an Army psychiatrist, according to the Military Times.

8. Dr. Shulkin’s nomination has garnered early praise, despite his lack of military experience. Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America founder and CEO Paul Rieckhoff said in a statement, “Our membership overwhelmingly supported the selection of a veteran for this critical leadership position.” However, he added, “Dr. Shulkin’s service as under secretary is respected by the entire veterans community. He is a committed leader and is our best hope among candidates reported in the media to maintain the momentum created by Secretary McDonald to reform the VA.”
House VA Chairman Phil Roe, R-Tenn., also praised the choice Wednesday. “I am pleased President-elect Trump has chosen a physician to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, especially one familiar with the integrating of private practitioners into the VA’s network of healthcare providers,” Rep. Roe said, according to Politico.


********  Upcoming TET Reunion Information   ********

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Vietnam Veterans of America
Chapter 862 - Southwestern PA

18th Annual
Tet Party
Saturday, February 18, 2017
The Fez
2312 Brodhead Road - Hopewell Township, PA
Doors open at 4:30 PM—Program starts at 6:00 PM—Dinner follows

Program Features
Memorial Ceremony for Beaver County Veterans Lost in Action
VVA Chapter 862 Color Guard & Marine JROTC Color Guard

Call for tickets NOW: 724-843-6828 (tickets sell out early)

Price includes Buffet Dinner, Draft Beer, Soft Drinks, Coffee & Dessert * Cash Bar available
Music & Dancing by Rudy Zetz

To order tickets by mail, send check with a self-addressed stamped envelope to:
VVA Chapter 862,

19 Jonathan Drive

Darlington PA 16115

Tickets only $25 - Tables of 10 may be reserved for $250


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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

November - 2016

Michael Butera

Eugene Corbett

Philip Cotter

Robert Cribbs

Thomas Czerpak

Bernard Gamble

Joseph Grisola

William Guitteau

Samual Harrison

Peter Herman

Mark Johnson

Ronald Johnson

Alan Klacik

Curtis Knox

Charles Komara

Chestyer Kozlowski

Charles Melnik

Dennis Melnik

Oliver Mihm

Joseph Nakoa

William Olenik

Ronald Ondrejko

Michael Rudolph

John Wargo

Joseph White


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.