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    Memorial Day May 27th

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    On Memorial Day, we honor all those who have served and given their lives for our great Nation. At this time we should also honor those who served and have passed from our

    ranks here at Chapter 20. “They are our brothers forever”

    VVA CHAPTER 20 MEMORIAL

    ~Honoring our brothers who have passed~ Lest we forget

    ___________________________________

    Bob Behnke Gregory D. Carter John M. Hrankowski

    Donald B. Maclean John Arthur Ralph A. Handley

    Larry P. Davenport Ted Ives Jeremiah L. Peck

    David T. Hilkert Richard E. Cummings Robert A. Cenzi

    Don Murrell Garren Sparks David E. Hooker

    Jim Cass Charles E. Rupert Thomas E. Ragland

    Clyde Saxon James A. Lester Albert S. Marciano Jr.

    Ronald F. Popowich Raymond P. Lincourt Robert L. Novgrod

    Peter G. Lambert William G. Cahill Wayne N. Sparks

    William Maxim John Lennox Gary L. Schojan

    Howard Lewczyk Fred Ostrom Ronald A. Michalski

    Ervin J. Lewis Jack Battaglia Robert Anderson

    Steve Hess Wally Gekoski Richard L. Holton

    Peter J. Bendig Jerald T. Denny David G. Eng

    John Claypoole Gerald C. Fuchs Charles M. Helberg

    Paul Plaisted Gerhard McBride Norbert (Zeke) D. Evans

    Timothy M. Heffer Pat Marianetti

    David L. Wooding Gregory J. Smith

    Jerry Popen Raymond D. Campbell

    Gerald J. Pruonto William (Bud) Hemmerick

    David E. Johns Solomon A. Sherman

    Richard Beeley J. Max Lill Jr.

    Roger W. Gaede Stephen J. Lingl

    Dominic Bianchi Robert W. Livingstone

    Don W. Webber James Maartense

    Respectfully presented by: Joe Peck (names are in the order in which they passed away) Please contact me at [email protected] to record the passing of our past and current members of Chapter 20

    mailto:[email protected]

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    Vietnamization, 1969–1972

    Nixon Doctrine

    Severe communist losses during the Tet Offensive allowed U.S. President Richard Nixon to begin troop

    withdrawals. His plan, called the Nixon Doctrine, was to build up the ARVN, so that they could take over the

    defense of South Vietnam. The policy became known as "Vietnamization". Vietnamization had much in

    common with the policies of the Kennedy administration. One important difference, however, remained. While

    Kennedy insisted that the South Vietnamese fight the war themselves, he attempted to limit the scope of the

    conflict.

    Nixon said in an announcement, "I am tonight announcing plans for the withdrawal of an additional

    150,000 American troops to be completed during the spring of next year. This will bring a total reduction of

    265,500 men in our armed forces in Vietnam below the level that existed when we took office 15 months ago."

    On 10 October 1969, Nixon ordered a squadron of 18 B-52s loaded with nuclear weapons to race to the

    border of Soviet airspace to convince the Soviet Union that he was capable of anything to end the Vietnam War.

    Nixon also pursued negotiations. Theater commander Creighton Abrams shifted to smaller operations,

    aimed at communist logistics, with better use of firepower and more cooperation with the ARVN. Nixon also

    began to pursue détente with the Soviet Union and rapprochement with the People's Republic of China. This

    policy helped to decrease global tensions. Détente led to nuclear arms reduction on the part of both

    superpowers. But Nixon was disappointed that the PRC and the Soviet Union continued to supply the North

    Vietnamese with aid. In September 1969, Ho Chi Minh died at age seventy-nine.

    The anti-war movement was gaining strength in the United States. Nixon appealed to the "silent

    majority" of Americans to support the war. But revelations of the My Lai Massacre, in which a U.S. Army

    platoon raped and killed civilians, and the 1969 "Green Beret Affair" where eight Special Forces soldiers,

    including the 5th Special Forces Group Commander were arrested for the murder[218]

    of a suspected double

    agent[219]

    provoked national and international outrage.

    Beginning in 1970, American troops were being taken away from border areas where much more killing

    took place, and instead put along the coast and interior, which is one reason why casualties in 1970 were less

    than half of 1969's totals.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Nixonhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nixon_Doctrinehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnamizationhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boeing_B-52_Stratofortresshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Giant_Lancehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Giant_Lancehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creighton_Abramshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D%C3%A9tentehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sino-American_relations#Rapprochementhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silent_majorityhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silent_majorityhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Lai_Massacrehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Lai_Massacre#1st_Platoonhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Beret_Affairhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnam_War#cite_note-221http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnam_War#cite_note-222

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    Results: Mike General

    Lynn Gursslin Dick Oleksyn Stan Patykiewicz

    Mike Sanfilippo

    Nominating Committee 2014: Hank Wallace, Pat Pudetti, Dan Corona,

    Chuck Macaluso

    Memorial Day Schedule: Downtown Parade – Starts at 10:30 AM

    Vietnam Veteran Memorial Day Ceremony Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Highland Park – 1:00 PM

    SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT TO FEMALE VETERANS FROM THE VIETNAM ERA A letter was received by Rosemary Rossi-Williams from Pat Shaul, Parade & Float Committee Member for Female Veterans. Her committee would like to build a float commemorating female vets and obtain antique cars for women vets to ride in. If there are any female veterans in Chapter 20 who are interested in participating in this event, please contact Pat Shaul. Also, it is their wish to get support by borrowing service flags, donation of money for supplies and materials for the float and for magnetic signs. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated. Pat may be reached at 585-657-7224 or 585-880-9622.

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    I am sure that everyone is glad that spring is finally here (I THINK) and we can look forward to all the events that we have planned for the summer. I would like to thank all our volunteers for all their hard work. I am sure many of you do not realize the time, talent, and energy our volunteers put forth. The Marching Unit participated in the St. Patrick Parade, what a difference in the weather, 60 degree difference. The guys were loyal and did a fantastic job.

    JIM COLLINS made this remark—“for the 35 minutes I was able to last at the St. Patrick Day Parade in Rochester, I was so proud to see VVA 20 go past. Everyone around my family gave your guys a standing ovation.” Thank You... This is one of many parades and events that our Marching Unit will participate in during the summer. On April 6, 2013 I, Ron Trovato and Jerry McDermott attended the New York State Council Meeting in Owego, NY. Among other discussions, I was given the great news that Chapter 20 is the largest Chapter in NY State with 558 members surpassing Chapter 77 in Buffalo, NY. Thank You members!!!

    VIETNAM VETERANS HONORED! On March 29, 2013, for the second year, Monroe County proclaimed that day

    to be Vietnam Veterans Day.

    We were honored for the sacrifice to ourselves and our families. We did it for our country and we are damn proud of it.

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    GOLD STAR MOTHERS’

    DEPARTMENT CONVENTION

    Memorial Service – April 12th

    Honoring Moms & Dads

    Honor Guard – Posting Colors

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    Escorting Gold Star Mothers in Candle Lighting Ceremony

    Flag Folding Presentation

    GOLD STAR MOTHERS ‘ Department Convention (continued)

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    MEMORIAL REPORT Website http://rochestervietnammemorial.org/

    Remembering our Fallen Heroes – May

    Thomas David Neidermeier 5/1/1947

    Thomas Petramalo 5/6/1936

    Ronald Gene Quinn 5/6/1943

    Carl R. McCarthy Jr. 5/6/1950

    James Edward Pringle 5/8/1949

    George Joseph Parker Jr. 5/10/1941

    Rex Martin Daniels 5/10/1950

    Frank Joseph Beltran 5/11/1948

    Lawrence C. Kleinhans 5/14/1947

    Larry George Ludwig 5/15/1947

    Alexander Anthony Roczen 5/16/1947

    Robert Caufeld Henderson 5/17/1947

    Jeffrey David Schumacher 5/17/1950

    Thomas Clark Cartwright 5/18/1943

    David N. Reed 5/28/1951

    Walter Lee Redding 5/30/1949

    Memorial Tours & Presentations Persons interested in onsite tours or presentations at schools or organizations, contact: Chuck Macaluso

    (H) 585-225-8288 [email protected]

    Memorial Spring Cleanup - Day of Caring, May 9th

    .

    Start time: 8:00 AM

    What to bring: Gloves, safety glasses, rakes, shovels,

    something to kneel on, tools to scrape weeds between bricks.

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    POW/MIA Joe Peck, Chairman

    The new reports from the Defense Prisoner of War* Missing Personnel Office (DPMO), the Joint Prisoners of War, Missing in Action (JPAC) and the National League of Families indicate that a missing Air Force pilot has been recovered and recently accounted for. The total number of Americans still missing and unaccounted for from the Vietnam War is now at 1650. Major Larry James Hanley, U.S. Air Force from Walla Walla, Washington was a pilot of a F105D Aircraft assigned to the 357th Tac fighter squadron of the 355th Tac fighter wing in the 7th Air Force. On November 4, 1969 during his 2nd tour in Vietnam, Major Hanley’s aircraft No.1734, while on a bombing mission in North Vietnam, was shot down by enemy ground fire near Khammouan Province in Laos. No other information concerning this case has been released by the DOD or JPAC. His remains were located and returned to the U.S. and he was accounted for on March 20, 2013. He will be buried with full military honors in the summer of 2013 in his hometown of Walla Walla, Washington There are also reports of the recoveries and identifications of individuals from the following wars:

    1st. Lt. John E. Terpning, US Army Air Corps was reported missing May 7, 1944 in Papua, New Guinea. His remains were recovered and in April 2008. He was accounted for on March 28, 2013 and will be laid to rest in Arlington Cemetery April 3, 2013.

    Staff Sgt. James McKain, US Army Air Corps was reported missing May 7, 1944 in Papua, New Guinea. His was accounted for on March 2, 2013. He will be laid to rest in Arlington Cemetery in the spring of 2013.

    Cpl. Billy M. Mcintryre, US Army was lost Dec. 7, 1950 near the Chosen Reservoir, North Korea. He was accounted for Feb. 7, 2013 and will be buried in Carter, Oklahoma in the summer of 2013.

    Master Sgt. Ernest W, Grainger, US Army was lost on July 11, 1950 near Chochiwon, North Korea. He was accounted for on Feb. 28, 2013 and will be buried in Conway, South Carolina in April 2013.

    1st. Lt. Douglas H. Haag, US Army was lost about July 10th 1950 near Chochiwon, North Korea. He was accounted for on Feb. 28, 2013 and will be buried in Louisville, Kentucky in the spring of 2013.

    Sgt. Bernard J. Fisher, US Army was lost Jan. 1, 1951 near Seoul, South Korea. He was accounted for on March 14, 2013 and will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery on July 9, 2013.

    These families now have the peace of mind as to where their loved ones now rest. Not in foreign lands or foreign seas but here on American soil. We welcome you home brothers.

    “Rest in peace and let it be known that you were never forgotten.”

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    New benefits available for Agent Orange illnesses

    Added to the list of presumptive conditions from exposure to Agent Orange-- the diseases include B-cell leukemias such as hairy-cell leukemia, Parkinson's disease and ischemic heart disease, bringing a total of 14 conditions assumed to be associated with Agent Orange.

    SHOW YOUR PRIDE Vietnam Veterans of America

    3” Car Window (Outside) Decals

    $3.00 each Available at all membership meetings Or contact Joe Peck at ~ [email protected]

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    Health Affairs Committeee Chairperson, Jerry McDermott

    The WINNERS for year five of our Fit Vet Challenge are the Air Force. That’s right one more year in the

    books, one more chance to brag about being a BIG LOSER for good health! One more chance to

    demonstrate to yourself that good habits undertaken can lead to some very good, positive and healthy

    outcomes. Just take what you have been doing these past several months, and keep on keeping on. Since our

    very first Fit Vet Challenge, we have advocated for your better health through doing the little things, getting

    more exercise of any type (gardening, yard work, walking, taking the stairs, a favorite hobby, etc) anything

    that would get you moving more than your status quo coach potato activity. Plus we advocated eating a little

    less too! Not super sizing, but minimizing your portions. Nothing was said about “can’t, don’t, restricted,

    no touchy, no extras,” this was not about denying anything, this was about doing with just a little less

    consumption! So there was no harm no foul if you went off the food reservation so to speak, and got back

    behind the wire later to work on your healthy habits. The point to all of this is simply awareness. No more

    no less, kind of like move more, eat less. Let me extend my congratulations to all the winners, and to all who

    participated in the Fit Vet Challenge year Five event. Before you know it, our 6th

    Annual Fit Vet Challenge

    will be here soon.

    TOTAL WEIGHT GAIN/LOSS - ALL PARTICIPANTS

    BRANCH

    # OF PARTICIPANTS

    TOTAL GAIN/LOS

    S

    AVG. GAIN/LOSS

    AIR FORCE 3 -23.2 -7.7 ARMY 29 -46.3 -1.6 NAVY 6 -22.9 -3.8 MARINES 7 -11.8 -1.7 COAST TOTAL 45 -104.2 -2.3

    NOTE: Pounds gained/loss represent only those vets who were present for at least two weigh-ins.

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    BIGGEST LOSERS BY BRANCH

    BRANCH VET

    POUNDS LOST

    USAF CHUCK PHILLIPS -24.0

    ARMY BILL WICKUM -9.0

    NAVY BILL MACDONALD -13.8

    MARINES ROSE ROSSI-WILLIAMS -8.2

    The summary below is for the total of four years for the Fit Vet Challenge. Suffice it to say that overall, Chapter 20 has a much fitter group of veterans. I think we can pronounce this Annual Challenge a resounding SUCCESS!!

    FOUR-YEAR SUMMARY

    AVERAGE ENDING WEIGHT

    2010 2011 2012 2013 4-YR +/-

    ARMY 221.7 211.2 214.7 208.3 (13.4)

    NAVY 218.3 216.5 213.6 189.3 (29.0)

    USAF 220.6 209.4 211.8 212.0 (8.6)

    USMC 199.7 181.6 182.6 188.5 (11.2)

    NYS Council report/recap of meeting held Saturday, April 6, 2013, Owego, NY

    Now hear this…as of 02/28/2013 VVA Chapter # 20 has the largest membership of any NYS

    Chapter! That’s right, we have more members than our good friends on the western end of the NYS Thruway

    in Buffalo, NY VVA Chapter #77. So kudos and congratulations to Mike General, Chapter # 20 Membership

    Chairman, and all those who have spread the word and encouraged our fellow brother and sisters to become

    Chapter # 20 members. In the month of February alone we gained 16 new members, and year to year (Feb.

    2012 – Feb. 2013) we gained 55 new members. Our membership total as of February 28, 2013 stands at

    558. Yep, exactly ONE, more than our brothers and sisters at Chapter # 77, (557 members) but one more is

    all we need to be NUMBER 1, right! We all can be proud of that. So, now that we are the largest in NYS,

    why stop at 558, let’s see what we can do by February 28, 2014 and keep the ranking at Number 1 in the

    state.

    After some routine business, NYS Council President, Ned Foote introduced candidates in attendance for

    National Office positions running in the upcoming national election held in August 2013. John Rowan,

    current VVA National President running as incumbent for President. Marsha Four, current Chair, Women

    Veterans Committee, running as VP, (against our very own Chapter #20 member National VP Fred

    Elliott). Herb Worthington, current Region # 2 Director, and Chair of the Agent Orange Committee, running

    as Region # 2 Director. Pat Toro, current At-Large National Delegate, running as same for the 2013 election

    in Jacksonville, FL.

    Health Affairs Committee (continued)

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    VETERANS’ INCARCERATED ARTICLE – MAY, 2013 Ron Trovato, Chair, Incarcerated Chapters

    Greetings from - it can’t make its’ mind up whether it’s spring or winter- Rochester, NY. Thank you to Craig McLaren for keeping in touch and for sending Chapter 190’s newsletter, The Eagle Speaks. Craig also enclosed a front page article from the “Montgomery Advertiser” showing women at the Montgomery Women’s Facility crocheting hats, scarves and blankets. The women there made over 400 individual items and many of the hats went to the Montgomery Cancer Center to be used by patients there. Alabama prisons are significantly over capacity and there have been outbreaks of staph infections and the flu there. On a more positive note, on May 27th a Memorial Day event will be held at Holman prison there at Atmore, Alabama and Chapter 190 will participate. Craig, thanks for always sending the Eagle Speaks and it was with great interest and a smile that I read your rebuttal letter to VVA officials that have not answered your chapter’s correspondence. Recently I received information from long-time Chapter 205 Officer Lawrence Wilson, who served with distinction in the U.S. Army Infantry in Vietnam. Suicides in the military are up 18% since 2005 due to over deployment, over medication of troops, and difficulties in transitioning to civilian life. Hopefully, Veterans’ Courts can make a difference. “When hard choices are pondered, bad decisions are made”, according to Mr. Wilson’s document. Per U.S. Department of Justice statistics, one in ten defendants is a U.S. Military veteran and it stands to reason that the Department of Veterans’ Affairs treatment capacity should be a significant resource for the criminal justice system. As an aside, many thanks to the crochet squad at the Auburn Correctional Facility for the continued diligent work making hats and scarves for New York’s needy. Thanks to Phil Glazer and the Attica Active Veterans’ Group (formerly known as Chapter 489) for their $250 donation to the Tonawanda, NY Food Pantry, which helps needy veterans and their families. VVA Chapter 77 matched the donation and a “tip of the hat” to those two chapters. The Attica veterans are hosting a veterans’ picnic on Sunday, June 9th, and I’ll be going down there to meet with the guys. Chapter 20 sent in a small donation to assist with the group’s expenses there. Finally, along with Chapter 20’s Jerry McDermott, I’m on a new State Council Committee dealing with issues pertaining to the aging Vietnam Veterans population. Unfortunately, I don’t remember much anymore, I’m on a million meds, and I’ve got one foot on a banana peel and the other in a VA Nursing Home for wayward veterans. Fortunately, Jerry is doing the bulk of the work and the important thing is….he’s making me look good. The AVVA Election was held on April 11, 2013 during the monthly meeting of Chapter 20. Dick and Suzanne Oleksyn coordinated the election process in which Marie Davias was elected to be Chapter 20’s AVVA representative at the VVA Convention in August, 2013 to be held in Jacksonville, FL. She will make a formal report to the AVVA members regarding the VVA Convention at the September Meeting of Chapter 20.

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    MEMBERSHIP – Mike General, Membership Chair Chapter 20 membership currently is at 551 members and AVVA is at 44 members as of 03/31/13. At one point this last month Chapter 20 Membership was at 558 members, # 1 in the State. Thanks to all who made this possible by recruiting new members. Chapter 20 Coin: One coin is given to each new member. If you lose the coin there is a $5.00 charge for a new one. Chapter 20 Membership is open to U.S. Veterans who served active duty (other than training purposes) in the Republic of Vietnam between February 28, 1961 and May 07, 1975, or any duty location between August 05, 1964 and May 07, 1975. Associate Membership is open to anyone, you do not need to be a Veteran. I am asking all members of Chapter 20 and AVVA to keep in mind, when you meet people to ask them to join us. Membership Applications are available on our Website or by contacting me. Thank-You for your support in this matter!

    If you do not receive your emailed copy of the BTL by the end of the first week (each month) go to Chapter 20 website vva20.org and download from that site.

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    The men and women of the VVA Pennsylvania State Council and the Pennsylvania AVVA members are making a quilt to help raise awareness about the Vietnam Veterans’ exposure to Agent Orange (Dioxin) and what that exposure has done to their families. One of the squares (upper right hand corner) in the quilt has been made/donated by former Chapter 20 member Marlin Plymette and his wife

    Jean. The bottom picture is an enlargement of Marlin’s square.

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    IN MEMORY PROGRAM

    The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund's In Memory program honors those who died as a result of the Vietnam War, but whose deaths do not fit the Department of Defense criteria for inclusion upon the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

    The Vietnam War was the most controversial and longest conflict in American history. From 1959 to 1975, many American soldiers and nurses lost their lives in Southeast Asia. As these brave service men and women began returning home they were met with anger and indifference on the part of the American public. Many of these veterans tried to forget about their experience in Vietnam, while they and their families struggled with the emotional and physical toll of the war. It was not until 1982, when The Wall was dedicated, that the veterans and their families were able to begin a healing process that was long overdue. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, the organization that funded the construction of The Wall, wanted to have a place where veterans who had been ignored or embarrassed by their service could stand proud and where the public could embrace the sacrifices these soldiers made.

    While The Wall shows the names of those soldiers who died in the war, veterans who suffered from medical issues caused by their service in Vietnam – exposure to defoliant spray and psychological wounds – absent from The Wall. VVMF believes that all those who serve should be honored in a similar way. Therefore, the In Memory program began in an effort to acknowledge the hardships these veterans and their families went through and the strengths they possessed after the war ended. The In Memory program honors the sacrifices these veterans and their families made. The In Memory Day ceremony has become a place where families who faced similar hardships gather and help each other begin or continue their healing processes.

    HOW TO APPLY

    To apply for the In Memory 2013 Program please click here to fill out an application online.

    OR

    Download the In Memory application.

    OR

    Contact VVMF at (202) 393-0090 or via e-mail at [email protected]

    To have a loved one considered for the In Memory program in 2013, you must submit your application to VVMF by April 12th, 2013. Instructions for what to include and where to send the completed application are outlined on the application form.

    http://vvmf.org/Inmemory_applyhttp://www.vvmf.org/userFiles/file/In%20Memory%20APPLICATION(1).pdfmailto:[email protected]://www.vvmf.org/

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    This article appeared in the May issue of Veterans’ Wellness.

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    MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 20

    Name: ______________________________________

    Address: ____________________________________

    City: ________________________________________

    Zip: ________ County _______________________

    I am not a Vietnam Vet, but I want to help Vietnam Veterans and their families. Please accept my donation: ____________________

    ( ) $10 ( ) $20 ( ) $50 ( ) Other ($__________)

    Eligibility: Vietnam and Vietnam-era veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Military (for other than training purposes) between February 28, 1961 and May 7, 1975 (in-country Vietnam), or between August 5, 1964 and May 7, 1975 (for Vietnam-era veterans)

    Term: ( ) 1 year: $20 ( ) 3 years $50 ( ) Life Membership: $200 (ages 56-60), $175 (ages 61-65), $150 (ages 66 -71) $100 (ages 72+)

    Date of Birth: ____________________ Sex ( ) M ( ) F

    Home Phone: ( ) _____________________________

    Work Phone: ( ) _____________________________

    Email Address: __________________________________

    Sponsor: _______________________________________

    Payment Options: ( ) Check ( ) Money Order

    Return this application, along with a copy of your DD214 to:

    Chapter 20, Vietnam Veterans of America P.O. Box 12580, Rochester, NY 14612 Attn: Membership

    VVA is a non-profit service organization. Programs and services are funded by member dues and public donations.

    BETWEEN THE LINES:

    Between the Lines is published monthly by Chapter 20, Vietnam Veterans of America. The views and opinions expressed are not necessarily those of Chapter 20 or the Vietnam Veterans of America, its’ officers, board of directors or the general membership. Between the Lines can be viewed on the Chapter 20 website at www.vva20.org. We welcome letters to the editor, poetry, original articles and suggestions. Submissions should include name and phone number and can be sent to Between the Lines, P.O. Box 12580, Rochester, NY 14612 or emailed to [email protected] We reserve the right to edit for space and clarity and to not use materials we think inappropriate for the publication. Deadline for submissions for each issue is the 10th of the preceding month. Exceptions may be granted by contacting the editor.

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    Italian American Sports Club 1250 Buffalo Rd. Rochester, NY 14624 (585)464-9160

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    BOARD MEETINGS MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS

    May 7, 2013 May 9, 2013 June 4, 2013 June 13, 2013 July 2, 2013 July 11, 2013 August 6, 2013 August 8, 2013 September 10, 2013 September 12, 2013 October 1, 2013 October 10, 2013 November 5, 2013 November 14, 2013 December 3, 2013 December 12, 2013

    UPCOMING EVENTS

    Day-of-Caring May 9, 2013 Lilac Festival May 10-19, 2013

    Memorial Day Parade May 27, 2013

    Friends of the Memorial To be placed on Volunteer Contact List Contact: Chuck Macaluso (h) 585-225-8288 [email protected]

    Monthly Membership Meetings start at 6:30 pm At the Italian American Sports Club, 1250 Buffalo Road, Rochester Driving Directions to the Italian American Sports Club: The Club is located at 1250 Buffalo Road close to the intersection of Howard Road, directly across from the stone quarry, next to the Eagles Club and the Catholic Diocese of Rochester. From the East: Heading west on 490, exit Mt. Read Blvd. and turn left; south on Mt. Read to Buffalo Road circle, turn right, west on Buffalo Road, 1.4 miles, the Italian-American Sports Club is on the right side. From the West: Heading east on 490, exit 33 east, Buffalo Road (Gates Center); head east on Buffalo Road; continue past Howard Road; the Italian-American Sports Club will be on the left side in about .5 mile.

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    CONTACT INFORMATION - P.O. Box 12580 ~ www.vva20.org ~ (585) 482-7396

    EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE VETERANS ORGANIZATIONS AND INFORMATIONPresident Valentino Gatto………..………[email protected]…………. 227-2741 h Greater Rochester Vietnam Veterans Memorial……. 753-7275V. President Chuck Macaluso…………[email protected]………… 225-8288 hSecretary Joe Peck………...………………[email protected]…………. 734-9046 c Ira Jacobsen American Legion Post #474………...…….… 663-7030Treasurer Alan Frisa………..…………………[email protected]…………………… No Phone VA Outpatient Clinic……….. 465 Westfall Rd………………… 463-2600

    Veterans Outreach Center 546-1081

    DIRECTORS VA Vet Center…………………………...…………………………….. 232-5040Dan Corona…………….…………………………[email protected]……………….… 406-6108 c Veterans Administration………………………………………………. 800-827-1000Mike General………..…………………………[email protected]………………… 227-4383 h Monroe County Veterans Service Agency………………………………753-6040Lynn Gursslin……………………………...…………………………………………………………….352-0578 h e-mail: [email protected] McDermott……...…………………….… VA Veterans Benefits Hotline…………………………………………………800-827-1000

    313-8188 c VA Veterans Bill of Rights………………………………………………………………………………….800-342-3358Don Nealon…………...…………………………[email protected]…….. 392-6052 h VA Medical Center in Batavia…………………………………………………………….297-1000Dick Oleksyn………...……………………………[email protected]……………….. 663-5255 h VA Hospital in Buffalo………………………………………………………………..716-834-9200Stan Patykiewicz…………………..……………………………………………………………..247-4830 h VA Medical Center in Canandaigua………………………………….. 394-2000Rosemary Rossi-Williams……………. [email protected]………….. 738-6138 c VA Medical Center in Bath………………………………………………….607-664-4000Mike Sanfilippo………………………. [email protected]………………… 594-2649 h Vietnam Veterans of America National Office……………………………….800-882-1316Ron Trovato………………………………… [email protected]……………… 544-8470 h Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund "The Wall"………………………………202-393-0090Hank Wallace……………………………… [email protected]……………………….. 334-5352 h National League of Families

    MIA/POW Updates………………………………………………………………………………..202-223-6846STATE COUNCIL Richards House at VOC………………………………………………………………………….506-9060Nick Deleo………………………………… [email protected]……………… 334-7043 h The Resource Center at VOC………………………………………………………….546-4250Fred Elliott………………………………… [email protected]………… 288-5756 h Stars & Stripes The Flag Store……………………………………………………………………546-3524Valentino Gatto………………………… [email protected]…………. 227-2741 h Persian Gulf Vets, Inc…………………………………………………………………………………….385-4097Chuck Macaluso………………………… [email protected]…………. 225-8288 h Operation Welcome Home……………………………………………………………………………………..234-4694Ken Moore………………………………… [email protected]…………. 392-0269 h National Caregivers Support Line………………………………………………………………………855-260-3274Jerry McDermott………………………..

    313-8188 c Homeless Hotline…………………………………………………………………………………………..877-424-3838Joe Peck…………………………………….. [email protected]…………. 734-9046 c Suicide Hotline…………………………………………………………………………………………………800-273-8255Pat Pudetti………………………………… [email protected]……….. 753-6040 w

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    Upcoming Events (2013): May 9 Day of Caring May 10-19 Lilac Festival May 18/19 Honor Flight Mission 28 May 27 Memorial Day June 15 NYS Council Meeting June 15/16 Honor Flight Mission 29 August 14-17 National Convention in Jacksonville, FL. September 14 Agent Orange Townhall Meeting Chapter 77 (Details to follow) September 21 NYS Council Meeting