Now over 71,000 members in the United States

The "Largest" VVA Chapter in Pennsylvania.

  3rd "Largest Chapter in the United States"

As of the January 21st, 2015, Meeting

  VVA 702  -   LIFE Members  - 487

AVVA  - 141   LIFE Members - 53





Vietnam Veterans of America Inc. Chapter 862 - Southwestern, Pa.


Death of Mary Dishler Carr (Gold Star Mother)

It is with deep regret we announce the Death of Mary Dishler Carr 91 of Pulaski Twp, New Brighton Pa.

Mary was one of our remaining Vietnam Gold Star Moms, losing her son Bobby H. Carr Jr. in 1966. She was one sweet lady, always giving our VVA 862 members a  kiss when she would see us.


Viewing will be Saturday Jan 31st, 2015 from 12:00 to 3:00 PM at:

Murphy’s Funeral Home

349 Adams St.

Rochester, Pa. 15074


There was  one John E. Carr listed in the phone book and I assumed he was it, but he wasn't.

The following address is unlisted!

The Correct Address is:

John E. Carr

917 Highland Ave.

Beaver Falls, Pa. 15010-2849


With the TET Party coming up, on Feb 21st, a question has come up?

What is the "TET OFFENSIVE"

Scroll down below and read what the TET Offensive is!


This is where you will find the Weekly Updates from now on.

Below are the ones listed for today Jan 30th, 2015


   AVVA Tet Raffle Tickets

I have the list and the $6,000 raffle tickets to be distributed to the VVA members. 

These are sold for the TET party to raise money from what I understand. 

Could you please put in your updates or on the web site my name and telephone number if they would like to contact me for additional tickets to sell. 

These are the $10 raffle tickets. 

We have a lot of tickets left to pass out so hopefully this will help.


Also, could you add if they have sold tickets to bring the stubs and money to Rita ASAP.


Rita Swesey




Winter Women's Wellness Event


Friday, February 06, 2015


3:00 PM- 5:30 PM (EST) 


VA Butler Healthcare Auditorium (Building 1); 325 New Castle Road;


Butler, PA 16001

Web Site:

VA Butler’s Women’s Health & Health Promotion/Disease Prevention Programs are pleased to invite


 all women Veterans to the second annual Winter Women’s Wellness Event on Friday, February 6,


2014 from 3-5:30 pm in VA Butler’s Auditorium. Join us to learn more about VA programs and


services, and enjoy an afternoon of relaxation and wellness! All attendees are encouraged to wear


RED for National Wear Red Day® —a special day to bring attention to the No. 1 killer of women, heart disease.

Please RSVP by Friday, January 30, 2015 to the Women Veteran’s Program Manager at




 Valentines Dance  -  February 7th 2015   -   IAWF  -  Its About the Warrior Foundation

East Liverpool American Legion  -  Post 374

$25.00 Per Couple  - Doors Open @ 5:00 PM

Includes: Buffet dinner, 4 hours Dancing with the Ben Flint Band  who appeared at  Buffalo Hollow in 2014

Cash Bar.

For your GPS – If Needed

American Legion Post 374

1824 Parkway

E. Liverpool, Oh. 43920


John Wakeley

724-709-1738  Cell


Coraopolis VFW - Fund Raising "Dinner Dance"


Date:  on Feb. 28, 2015. 



Keith-Holmes VFW Post

 402 Fifth and Mulberry Streets

 Coraopolis, PA. 15108


Doors Open and Dinner at 6:00 PM. Dance to follow.


The Band is "Occasional Reign". Excellent “Oldies Group”

I do believe, that they are from Glenwillard, PA.

Cost will be $15.00 Per Person,


Any Questions: you can all VVA 862 Member Dave Marchetti @412-264-1009 or email him at:


Lifetime Membership Drive is underway

Lifetime membership is now available for half the cost.  The board has voted to pay half of the lifetime membership.  The board has allocated a certain dollar amount to go toward this drive. We now have $3,000 to use for the Drive.  We only have $1,000 left. Better take advantage of it now.
Once that amount has been reached, the drive will end. 
Contact person:  Gary Shaffer 724.643.8941 or
Thank You  - Gary   
End of Updates for this week!
Everyone have a great weekend!


VVA 862's Recent Acheivement  See Pictures Section

"Special Thanks" to AVVA 862 member John Wakeley for coming up with this idea and to

VVA 862 Members Rich Kamzelski & Rich Tindell for taking this project on.


 To view our VVA 862 January 2015  Newsletter

Please Scroll down to the (WHITE) Newsletter Tab below




For any Information on Filling out your "Last Will" & "Testament"

Contact: Jake Barsottini @ 724-601-7293

or you can

email him at:


Please watch the Website for any upcoming activities!

Are you a Women Vietnam Veteran from Beaver County?
Are you a member of our chapter yet? If not, Please contact Michelle Wilcox, our VVA
 862 Women's Veteran Chairwomen at
724-847-3463 or you can email her at . We have an upcoming event where we are going to be honoring all women veterans of Beaver county and we'd like you to be a part of it.

Women's Veterans Website:  -



 Enjoy the changes to our Website

VVA 862 Memorial Stone at Cem of Alleghenies

Our VVA 862 "Memorial Stone" at Cemetery of the Alleghenies 

Are you a Veteran with No Where to go for your Funeral?

You already have a Place at the Cemetery of the Alleghenies.

For more Information about Cemetery of the Alleghenies,

Please contact:

Ron Worstell, Bill Laughner or Lee Corfield.  




There are "Friends" to talk to at the "Veterans Crisis Line"  - RIGHT NOW!

Please Click on the Link Below for more information:




  What's new at VVA.ORG   "Updated Weekly"


Vietnam Veterans of America

The purposes of Vietnam Veterans of America's national organization, its state councils, and its chapters are:

bullet To help foster, encourage, and promote the improvement of the condition of the Vietnam-era veteran.
bullet To promote physical and cultural improvement, growth and development, self-respect, self-confidence, and usefulness of Vietnam-era veterans and others.

To eliminate discrimination suffered by Vietnam-era veterans and to develop channels of communication which will assist Vietnam-era veterans to maximize self-realization and enrichment of their lives and enhance life-fulfillment.
bullet To study, on a non-partisan basis, proposed legislation, rules, or regulations introduced in any federal, state, or local legislative or administrative body which may affect the social, economic, educational, or physical welfare of the Vietnam-era veteran or others; and to develop public-policy proposals designed to improve the quality of life of the Vietnam-era veteran and others, especially in the areas of employment, education, training, and health.
bullet To conduct and publish research, on a non-partisan basis, pertaining to the relationship between Vietnam-era veterans and the American society, the Vietnam War experience, the role of the United States in securing peaceful co-existence for the world community, and other matters which affect the social, economic, educational, or physical welfare of the Vietnam-era veteran or others.

bullet To assist disabled and needy military veterans including, but not limited to, Vietnam-era veterans and their dependents, and the widows and orphans of deceased veterans.



As of May 31, 2014, the "Total Names" on the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington DC is now

Added 12 in 2012 - 58,272 

Added 14 in 2013 - 58,286

Added 13 in 2014 - 58,299


POW MIA's as of  January 17, 2015 is now down to




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The preliminary phase of the offensive actually began with the North Vietnamese attack on the Marine base at Khe Sanh, South Vietnam, on January 21st, 1968. Nine (9) days later, in the early morning hours of January 30, the North Vietnamese forces launched as a coordinated surprise attack against South Vietnamese cities, US Forces, and their allies.

The offensive was countrywide in scope, with more than 80,000 communist troops striking more than 100 town & cities. It is referred to as the "Tet Offensive" because there was a prior agreement to "Cease Fire" during the TET festivities (Lunar New Year Celebrations). Both North amd South Vietnam had announced on national radio that there would be a two day cease-fire during the holiday. But the North Vietnamese broke the agreement. The purpose was to employ the element of surprise and strike military and civilian command & control centers throughout South Vietnam during a period when no attacks were supposed to take place It was the largest military operation yet conducted by either side up to that point of the war.

The attacks initially stunned the US and South Vietnamese forces taking them by surprise, however most were quickly contained and beaten back, inflicting massive casualties on communist forces. During the two month Tet Offensive, the North Vietnamese lost 37,000 soldiers while the US lost 3,900 men.

although the offensive was a huge military defeat for North Vietnamese forces, it had a profound effect on the US government and shocked the US public, which had been led to believe by its political and military leaders that the communists were incapable of launching such a massive effort. It was a major turning point of the Vietnam War.


A New C-123 Site has been added.

Be Advised: Air Heritage, at the Beaver County Airport

 has the only C - 123 that's still flying.

Yes, Its safe to be around, It never saw duty in Vietnam!

Nicknamed "Thunder Pig"

That's the Aircraft that Sprayed the Defolient that's now called

"Agent Orange"

It was not given the name Agent Orange until 1984!


VVA : Is the only National Vietnam Veterans Organization Congressionally Chartered and exclusively

dedicated to Vietnam Veterans and their families.

Last updated  - January 31st,  2015

Webmaster - "Lee" Corfield

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