2022 Scholarship GALA

Start the All Military Service Branch Medley

The setup begins –

Shaping Up !

Looking GOOD !!

1730 Doors Open – No Host Social – Silent Auction

The Retro Radio Dolls provided the evening’s entertainment

Retro Radio Dolls is an all singing, all dancing female close harmony trio showcasing a delightful mix of classic hits from the bygone years and popular modern songs with a unique twist. A mix of the Andrew Sisters and Post Modern Jukebox, Retro Radio Dolls put their own spin on hits from Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy to All about that Bass. Beautiful girls in matching costumes take you from 1940 to 2016 and everywhere in between.

Record Donations for our Silent Auction – Thank YOU

You understand I can’t guarantee you’ll win, but you’ll have fun!
Photo station is open for business- Ready to say “Cheeze “

Smiles from our Guests who generously support VVA 989 !!

Dave Johnson & Daughter Meredith and friends.
The NDVS, Home Depot and Northern Nevada State Veterans Home Ladies!
Blake Jensen & Felipe Gutierrez of TMCC
Mr. & Mrs. Blake Jensen
Air Force Veteran Tony Grady 
Devil Pups permission to Smile!
Western Nevada College in the House!
The Dolls Smile for the Camera
One of our continuing sponsors: All Hours Air
US Army Colonels (ret.) K. & Scott Hooper
VVA 989 Members looking sharp for the Camera- SMILE !
Mary and Marty Meckler
Jennifer Baker and Andy LePeilbet
Mr. 989 Secretary Hugh with Pamela Ricci
CW5 (Ret.) Mike Billow and Leslie
VVA 989 New Member Rick Terrin and Karen
Time to Enjoy the Camaraderie of the Gala

1840 Pipe Evening Meal & Mess Call


President’s Welcome– On behalf of the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) – Sierra Nevada Chapter 989, we welcome you to our 2022 Scholarship Gala, “From CAMOS to Classrooms.” Since VVA’s founding in 1978, its members and supporters have conducted the mission of camaraderie, compassion, and integrity with the charitable support of proud Americans who care about veterans and believe in the importance of VVA’s work. We are happy to take time this evening to recognize our veterans who are pursuing their studies at the University of Nevada Reno, Truckee Meadows Community College and (new this year), Western Nevada College.  These outstanding scholarship recipients are the future of our nation and are the faces of today’s veteran community.  We have no doubt that their efforts in the classroom today will make a positive deference in our communities of tomorrow and we welcome you this evening as we salute them! This evening is also an opportunity to thank many of our Chapter’s friends and supporters for their faith in us and our efforts to serve the veteran community here in Northern Nevada over the past year. Thank you to our friends, sponsors and donors who made this evening possible in your support for our Chapter and our scholarship funding of, “From CAMOS to Classrooms” now and in the future.

Sincerely, J. R. Stafford, President VVA Chapter 989

VFW Post 8071, Virginia City Nevada

Presentation of Colors by The Nevada Veterans Coalition

Nevada Veterans Coalition– Mission- We create Honor In Perpetuity by providing the best interment experience for our Veterans and their families. – NVC, PO BOX 415, FERNLEY, NEVADA 89408

VVA 989’s own, Kimberley Dickson with our National Anthem
Madam Vice President and VVA 989 Chaplain Susan Malone gives the Invocation
Chaplain Jerome Washington of the DAV Reno Chapter! reads the POW/MIA Table of Honor

Devil Pups Introduced

Our Guest Speaker was, Colonel Ronald Storer, USMC, Commanding Officer of the US Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center, Bridgeport, CA.

Standing in for the Nevada Adjutantgent General, Major General Ondra Berry, was the Chief of Staff for the Nevada Army National Guard, Colonel John Krueger.  The Colonel helped award some of the scholarships during the evening.

Colonel Ronald Storer, USMC receives his “Speaker’s Gift” from VVA Chapter 989 President J. R. Stafford

Joining us at the Gala was Capt. Shane Tanner, Commanding Officer of Naval Air Station Fallon, NV. Capt. Shane Tanner, a 24-year military veteran, became Naval Air Station Fallon’s 34th commander during a change of command ceremony 23MAR22.

UNR’s Veterans Coordinator Ms. Chai Glenn-Cook receives her 989 “Behind the Scenes Award” from J. R. Stafford

VVA 989 2022 Scholarships Awarded

Roger Gahan, US Army Veteran – University of Nevada, Reno Master’s Degree in Social Work

Blake Jensen, US Air Force Veteran -Truckee Meadows Community College Radiologic Technology Program   

Aaron Altamirano, US Army Veteran -Western Nevada College Career as a Physical Therapist

UNR’s Scholarship Recipient, Roger Gahan, receives his “Award” from BG Zack Dozer, Nevada NG (Ret)
Felipe Gutierzzez, TMCC Veterans Program Coordinator looks on as NV Nat. Guard Chief of Staff, Colonel John Krueger presents Blake Jensen with his Scholarship
Western Nevada College Veterans Coordinator, John Jacobson introduces the WNC Winner, Aaron Altamirano
WNC’s Scholarship Winner, Aaron Altamirano, receives his Award from NV Nat. Guard Chief of Staff, Colonel John Krueger
Silent Auction and Raffle Prizes Delivered
LtCol Steve Ranson received a Raffle prizes from a one of the Devil Pup !

Ever the party animal, Brigitte Stafford, AVVA State Vice President, and VVA Chapter 989 Event Coordinator enjoys a moment between “coordinating” the many facets of the Scholarship Gala.  

Representatives stood while their service song it was played during the All US Military Branch Medley was heard. Please, A big round of applause for all Future, Active and Veterans in the United States Military Forces. Bravo Zulu

US Army Veterans and supporters stand during the “The Caissons Go Rolling Along.” 

A few old sailors jumped up when “Anchors Aweigh” started. “Anchors Aweigh” is the fight song of the United States Naval Academy and song of the United States Navy.

The “Marines’ Hymn” is the official hymn of the US Marine Corps, introduced by the first director of the USMC Band.

Chapter Chairman of the Board, John Ostrander and Chapter 989 Event Coordinator, Brigitte Stafford, are two of the few who stood for Semper Paratus the Coast Guard Song during the Service Medley.

Air Force Veterans and supporters, Time to Stand !”The U.S. Air Force” is the official song of the United States Air Force, adopted in the late 1940s, and is often referred to as “Wild Blue Yonder“.

Devil Pup Coordinator, former US Navy LT Karl Rodriguez, chats with Brigitte Stafford about more Devil Pup opportunities to assist VVA 989 in 2023


Bill Pearce Courtesy Honda – Builders Association Charity – Stafford Family Trust


All Hours Air – Dustin & Marisa Somers – The Glass Menagerie – The Grey & Bohannon Family Trusts – The Ostrander Family – DAV Reno Post #1 – Veterans Guest House – Nevadans4Vets – VFW Post 8071, Virginia City, NV – Nevada Veterans Memorial Plaza Sparks, NV


 Q & D Construction – Washoe Wealth Advisors – Moana Nursery – Goodin Family Trust – Cummins Properties – James & Judy Harrop


Allegra Printing & Marketing, Reno – Alpha Beta Kappa, Sorority

The Devil Pups Youth Program – The Flag Store in Sparks

The Home Depot – Carson City and Reno

The Katie Grace Foundation – Candice & Jeff Kiel

Dan Mason, KKOH Radio – The Nevada Veterans Coalition

The Nevada Woodchucks of Reno – The Patriot Guard Riders

Lt Col. Steve Ranson, US Army Ret., Nevada Appeal

The Reno Aces Baseball Club – The Reno Elks Lodge 597

Signs by Tomorrow, Reno

Thank you to our previous & Continuous Sponsors

Special thanks to the Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America (AVVA) – Chapter 989 who made this evening possible. VVA 989’s Event Coordinator, Brigitte Stafford, and AVVA members are responsible for the planning and execution of all you see here tonight. As with other tasks they perform throughout the year, the results speak for themselves.  VVA Chapter 989 is grateful for their partnership and perpetual support in all our efforts throughout the year.