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20 NOV 21 U.S. Army Brigadier General Michael LePeilbet (Retired) Succumbed to Illness

Our Brother Michael LePeilbet, (Andy’s younger brother) passed away on Saturday.  He was a member of VVA Chapter 989 and often attended our VVA 989 functions in Reno.  He was a strong supporter of our Chapter and retired Brigadier General with the California Army National Guard. Please take a moment to remember the entire LePeilbet family in your prayers. RIP Brother Michael.

13NOV21 VVA Sierra Nevada Chapter 989 Scholarship Gala

At long last, the Vietnam Veterans of America – Sierra Nevada Chapter 989 Scholarship Gala opened to cocktails and anticipation of the fun to come.  Attendees took part in a raffle and silent auction. President Stafford opened the program by thanking all for coming and being part of a very significant milestone in the evolution of the VVA 989 Scholarship Program for veterans at UNR & TMCC.  This included the auction and raffle prize contributors and those who’d purchased Diamond and Gold tables.

Please follow the link for complete story and photos of this smashing successful event.

11 NOV 21 1111 Veterans Day Parade Virginia City

A great number of VVA AVVA 989 Members turned out for The Virginia City Veterans Day Parade. VVA 989er Army 1st Lt. Andy LePeilbet continued his Veterans Day duties as the Grand Marshal for the parade. The Scout was up for the task of pulling our signature flag trailer through the downtown. Upfront Nancy and Bill marched with the 989 Banner accompanied by several folks handing out P-38 Can Openers to Veterans spotted in the crowd. Horns were honking from 4 classic vehicles that followed the trailer which all displayed 989 markings. The patriotism displayed by the spectators in Virginia City was great to see. Thanks to all who participated with organizing and setting up our Energetic 989 Caravan.

11 NOV 21 1000 Virginia City Dedication Veterans Memorial Monument

VVA 989er Army 1st Lt. Andy LePeilbet, a Vietnam Veteran, delivered the remarks at the dedication the new Veterans Memorial Monument in Virginia City.  1st Lt. LePeilbet is one of the most decorated Veterans in Nevada history. LePeilbet has been awarded the Silver Star, Distinguished Service Cross, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Air Medal and the Department of the Army Commendation medal. The 6-foot tall monolith monument is in the shape of the state of Nevada, Also the monument marks the land that will be used to build a new VFW Post.

LePeilbet Said,” Nevada and the Virginia City people should think about the history of this monument” LePeilbet also recognized the cooperation between ECV and VFW to create the memorial. LePeilbet ended his remarks by reading the Veterans Creed. He said about five to six years ago, the major Veterans Organizations in the United States met and devised the creed. Many VVA & AVVA 898 members were seen in the crowd supporting the dedication and Andy.

10 NOV 21 Board of Directors Meeting

Brigitte Stafford, AVVA President-989 was caught off guard which is not easy to do at our November Board meeting for Chapter 989. Brigitte was presented a special edition AVVA pin by Linda Dickinson recognizing her contributions to AVVA-Chapter 989. These special edition pins are a limited production and the number Brigitte’s pin is number 79.

07 NOV 21 Welcome Home Honor Flight !!

VVA 989er Bill and Bob are Back Home !
Welcome Home Bill !!
Nancy and Bill with The Quilt of Valor.
05NOV21 First Friday Brunch Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest
Nice Smile J. R. !
It’s a Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest Sitdown- Your OUT !

We may have a Tie !

1 NOV 21 Brigitte Stafford Veteran Supporter of the Month (VSM)NDVS
1 NOV 21 J. R. Stafford Veteran of the Month ( VOM ) NDVS

30 OCT 21 2021 Nevada Day Parade

The 2021 Nevada Day Parade thru central Carson City comprised of 145 entries.  Entry 101 was our VVA989 Flag Trailer. Color Guard Captain Ray oversaw the arranging flags, banners and chairs for the trailer in the staging area before the departure on the 3 mile parade route. The weather was perfect, we were treated to flyovers by hot air balloons, helicopters and vintage airplanes. Looking sharp and leading the trailer was the 989 Banner carried by Nancy and Bill. It was reported that over 25,000 spectators lined the route.   Many families and veterans turned out for this very patriotic event.  Entry 101 was well received with many shouts directed at us thanking VVA members for our service.  Ray was at the wheel of the Scout – riding shotgun was Buddy. The Duty Wavers in the Flag Trailer were Mel, Bill and potential new member Marty. Bringing up the rear was old member Marty in his 05 Chevy SSr.  The Nevada Day Parade continues to be a well-executed event and I definitely enjoyed my participation.  I will plan on doing it next year and hope to see more 989 Members joining in.

13 OCT 21 989 Visits CG Station Lake Tahoe

Members of VVA 989 spent a beautiful autumn day at Coast Guard Station Lake Tahoe. Upon arrival, 989 was welcomed by Executive Petty Officer Bowles who gave a summary of the duties and responsibility of the station crew. He pointed out Station Lake Tahoe during the boating season is one of the most active in the Coast Guard. Search and Rescue (SAR), Law Enforcement (LE) keeps their crews busy from before sunrise to after sunset. During the winter season the Coast Guard SAR boats are the only resource available to Boaters on the lake. The small crew is responsible for cooking station meals, snow removal and occasionally chasing away the Bears. Following a question-and-answer session we were given a Station tour followed by sharing lunch with the crew. After lunch a presentation was made by two 989 Members who are both CG Veterans. Retired Command Master Chief J. R. Stafford and CG Vet Rick Kaufmann presented the crew with a Commemorative Hat rack as a thank you. That hat rack displays a representation of a life ring for Motor Lifeboat 36500. MLB 36500 is a historic, 36-foot wooden motor lifeboat, which is famous for saving 36 lives in the 1952 SS Pendleton rescue, one of the most daring such events recorded in the history of the United States Coast Guard. The 36500 crew characterized the unofficial motto of SAR “So others may live- You have to go out- you don’t have to come back”. The crew immediately placed the hat rack in the station foyer. The challenges for the crew at this unique duty station are never the same from day to day.  The crew at Station Lake Tahoe takes pride in being able to get the job done. Bravo Zulu

A Message from the President of VVA Sierra Nevada Chapter 989

As President of the Vietnam Veterans of America – VVA Sierra Nevada Chapter 989, Reno, I am honored to represent more than 240 Members and Associates living in the area and some scattered throughout the country. There are wildly different political views and opinions within the membership and personal politics have no place in this message. To that end, I’m sure we are all deeply saddened by recent events in Afghanistan and pray for all those left behind.  

To our brothers and sisters in arms, and who grieve the loss of friends, comrades, innocence and youth…Know that we grieve with you. Know that your sacrifice was not in vain and your service was honorable. “Politics almost always gets in the way of the military mission as many of us found out 50 years ago. Know too, that you come home with honor and your service was not in vain.”


Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8265, press 1

Veterans, If any of you need to reach out to talk, don’t hesitate to call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8265, press 1.

 And yes, be patient as the line is being overwhelmed.  Apparently, many of our younger brothers and sisters having been on the ground in Afghanistan are now experiencing feelings that many of us felt long ago.

Image Posted with Permission from “Art by Karla “ Facebook site.

Name Search Vietnam War (Tap on Ion)

This year, there were two additions to The Wall, bringing the total number of names on The Wall to 58,281. There were also two service members who were repatriated in 2020 and those service members had their status symbols changed on The Wall. The number of Americans still listed as missing and unaccounted for from the Vietnam War stands at 1,584.

Chapter 989 Color Guard and Flag Trailer

POW/MIA Recognition Day was designated by Congress in 1979 to be the third Friday in September. The day honors the sacrifice made by America’s prisoners of war, those who are still missing in action and their families. While many prisoners of war returned home, thousands still remain missing or unaccounted for.

Event Flyers
Veterans Guest House
National Automobile Museum
1100 17 DEC Vet Center

Freedom and security are precious gifts that we, as Americans, should never take for granted. We must do all we can to extend our hand in times of need to those who willingly sacrifice each day to provide that freedom and security. While we can never do enough to show gratitude to our nation’s defenders, we can always do a little more. – Gary Sinise
8DEC Tamarack Junction

On Going Support

Northern Nevada State Veterans Home (NDVS)

Nevada Veterans Memorial Plaza Sparks Marina

Wreaths Across America

Scholarships for Veterans at TMCC and UNR

Homeless Veteran Stand Down

Nevada Veterans Coalition (NVC)

“Adopt a Vet” Dental Program

Military & Family Support Service- Army & Air National Guard

18 DEC 21


Donations to VVA 989 are accepted through our website or mail and are tax deductible. All donations received by VVA 989 are spent locally to help local veterans. The Vietnam Veterans of America is a non-profit, veteran services
organization (Tax ID #52-18500908). Donations are tax deductible under IRS regulation 501(c)19 group exemption 3202 for veterans organizations.
Under this group exemption, donations to the VVA, VVA State Councils and VVA Chapters are deductible as provided by Section 170 of the IRS Code.

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Vietnam Veterans of America

Sierra Nevada Chapter 989

P.O. Box 20921

Reno, NV. 89515

989 Chapter Meetings

989 Chapter Meeting is on the Third Thursday of each month, 1800 hours at VFW Post 9211, 255 VFW Historic Lane, Reno, NV

First Friday Brunch Bunch

Meet for brunch at the Gold and Silver Inn, 4th and Vine, Reno NV, the first Friday of each month at 1000 hours for coffee, conversation and comradeship. Presently Group size is limited to 40 customers. Please RSVP Red at E mail Redkittell@gmail.com for a reservation.