989 Friends

3 DEC 21 Home Depot “Operation Surprise”

Peggy Koniack (l) and David Slater (r) of the Home Depot stores in Carson City and South Reno, present the actual “Home Depot Foundation” check to J. R. & Brigitte Stafford for VVA 989’s “From CAMOS to Classrooms” scholarship fund for 2021.  VVA 989 has been giving scholarships to veteran students at UNR and TMCC since 2013 and Home Depot’s contribution this year goes a long way to perpetuating our scholarships into the future. 

The Home Depot

Carson City
Reno – Summit Ridge

3185 Market Street, Carson City, NV 89706

(775) 886-4455

Home Depot – 5125 Summit Ridge Court, Reno, NV 89523

(775) 787-9690

The Home Depot Store in Carson City is a very strong supporter of VVA Chapter 989.  During 2020-21 Home Depot has supported us financially when our “outreach” activities were totally curtailed due to the COVID-19 pandemic restricting public contact.  They also took the lead in providing over $6,500 in materials to construct six specially designed planter boxes for the Northern Nevada State Veterans Home in Sparks, NV. The Home Depot Store on Summit Ridge also supported the planter box project with plants, gardening equipment, soils and safety equipment for the residents of the State Veterans Home.Chapter 989 is indeed fortunate to have friends who are veteran friendly and support our efforts to continue in service to the community.  We know you will find to be friendly and helpful for your projects too.

The Flag Store Sign & Banner

155 Glendale Avenue Suite #9, Sparks, NV 89431

( 775 ) 355-0506

Veteran friendly and always supportive of VVA Chapter 989 they have helped by loaning huge American Flags for our events.  The largest was seen at our 2019 Vietnam Veterans Remembrance Day in the Reno Event Center as a backdrop for ceremony honoring Nevada’s fallen from the Vietnam War.  The Flag Store has also assisted us with maintaining the flags and flag poles for our “signature” VVA Flag Trailer seen in parades and patriotic events in Northern Nevada.  We certainly recommend your patronage for your patriotic, military and Nevada flag and accessories needs.

Patriot Guard Riders 

VVA 989 enjoys the firm and continuous support of the Northern Nevada Branch of the Patriot Guard Riders (PGR).  This organization has as it’s motto: “Standing For Those Who Stood For Us!”

We have called upon the PGR to pick-up and deliver ceremonial wreaths for our National Vietnam Veterans Day celebrations and remembrances over the past several years and often see them at the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Fernley, NV.  Some of our VVA 989 members are also Patriot Guard Riders and the organization has have been a big part of VVA 989’s public activities over the years.

We can’t recommend this group of patriotic men and women highly enough and we laud them for their continued reverence, respect and dedication to our veterans and first responders.  BZ

Signs By Tomorrow

3595 Airway Drive, Suite 403, Reno, NV 89511

(775) 853-6990

Veteran owned, Signs By Tomorrow (SBT) has been a friend and strong supporter of VVA Chapter 989 since 2019.  Their impeccable work is on display every time we display our Nevada State Flag with the names of fallen Vietnam Veterans displayed on it.  They also have provided the banners that adorn our “signature” Flag Trailer seen in parades and patriotic events in Northern Nevada.  SBT also provided the directional signage for our recent National Vietnam Veterans Day event at the Bartley Ranch Amphitheater.  Magnetic signage seen on Chapter vehicles is also SBT work.  We can’t speak highly enough of the owners and staff of Signs By Tomorrow and highly recommend your patronage.

Moana Nursery

1190 West Moana Lane, Reno, NV 89509
(And other locations throughout the area)
(775) 825-0602
Veteran owned, Moana Nursery has supported Chapter 989 since 2019 providing wreaths and remembrances flowers for our annual Vietnam Veterans Remembrance Ceremonies. These wreaths are then delivered by the Patriot Guard Riders to the podium during our program and grace the area. In 2019 the wreath was then take to Mills Park in Carson City as part of the ceremony at the State Vietnam Veterans Memorial event. In 2021 the wreath was delivered to the site of the Nevada State Veterans Memorial in Sparks when ceremonies in Reno were concluded. Moana Nursery also helps with flowers and expertise for the Northern Nevada State Veterans Home in Sparks, NV. Chapter 989 looks to our friends at Moana Nursery for our floral needs and suggest you should too.

The Reno Aces

Greater Nevada Field – 250 Evans Ave, Reno (775) 334-4700

VVA 989 is pleased to have found friends and patriots with the Reno Aces Ball Club.  We first met when we approached the Aces about providing space for a POW/MIA Chair of Honor in Greater Nevada Field during the 2019 baseball season.  The Aces were very receptive to the proposal and arranged for a formal dedication of the Chair by VVA 989 during Military Appreciation Night on August 3rd 2019.  Since then, we have worked with the Aces to ensure that our POW/MIA are not forgotten. 

After the total loss of the 2020 baseball season due to the COVID pandemic, we look forward working with the Aces again on Military Appreciation Night, Saturday, August 28th 2021 and once again honoring our POW/MIAs and ensuring they are not forgotten

Reno Aces kick off “Military Monday” at the Greater Nevada Field. Every Monday home game all Military and Veteran personal, will receive buy one get one half off deals for tickets.

Reno Aces says “Military Monday” is their way of saying thank you for everything our military does.

Devil Pups

Reno/Sparks  Head LR: Karl Rodriguez emailkarl89441@gmail.com

We first met The Devil Pups Youth Program for America in November of 2018 when they helped seating and serving our older guests at our Giving Thanks Dinner.  They also assisted us as ushers and food runners for VVA 989 at the Reno Event Center and our Vietnam War Remembrance Program and Luncheon which followed.  Over the past years the Devil Pups have helped usher, seat and cater to our older guests at our public functions and the Chapter’s annual Giving Thanks Dinner.  Our Chapter President once said, “These young men and women are the type of youth that you would be proud to have as a Grandson or Granddaughter. “ …They are helpful, courteous, kind, patriotic and respectful which some may find rare in today’s world. 

Chapter 989 supports these young people in their participation in what is a demanding physical and academic good citizenship program for teenagers.  It is also important to mention that the program is more mental than physical, reflecting the ‘whole person’ concept. The program foundations are intellectual, spiritual, social, and physical.  Many of the “Pups” also go on into military service and are presently serving our country today.  We certainly intend to call on these dedicated young people for our future Chapter events and know that they, “deliver” when called

Allegra Marketing Print Mail

5301 Longly Lane #47,Reno, NV 89511

(775) 501-6264

Since 2019, VVA Chapter 989 has found Allegra Printing to be extremely helpful with our various printing needs.  Since finding Allegra Printing, their staff there have helped us printing updated Chapter 989 brochures and specialty event programs.  Orders are always clean, clear and well produced and often finished earlier than the promised date.  We find the finished product with Allegra Printing to be something we are enormously proud to hand out or have as a program for one of our events.  We highly recommend this local business and know you will be happy with their work too. 

The Write Type

We first met “The Write Type” owner, Candice Kiel, in early 2019 and she has since created and fulfilled all our VVA 989 graphics and design needs.  Often working and editing on short notice and asked to sometimes “do the impossible,” this graphic design and layout company does it anyway.  Veteran friendly and a Blue Star family mom, The Write Type has never failed to deliver on logo creation, newspaper ads, brochures, fliers and even business cards.  If rated on a Five Star scale, VVA 989 would rate The Write Type a SIX!  We highly recommend your patronage. 

Nevada Woodchucks Reno NV    

Woodchucks membership is comprised of women and men doing woodworking. Hand tools, power tools, and digital tools all are in our tool belts. We create toys, furniture, turning, carving . The shop has most tools used in woodworking, power and manual – saws, lathes, sanders, planers, scroll saws and we have a 60 watt CO2 CNC laser. Normally, we have classes and group projects helping one another learn and promote the art and enjoyment of this craft. We are moving back into full operation with scheduled classes. Also, we will hold individual classes, when asked. Individual and family membership are available. Some Woodchucks program/project are supported, in part, by the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

The Katie Grace Foundation

We were introduced to the Katie Grace Foundation earlier in 2021 during the COVID Pandemic.  We then assisted foundation founder, Kimberly Weingartner, with distribution of hundreds of bottles of “hand sanitizer” to the Northern Nevada State Veterans Home in Sparks and to the Veterans Guest House in Reno.  This first meeting has grown into distribution of gardening soils, seeds and seedlings, and gardening supplies for the State Veterans Home and adult hygiene products for a local church’s outreach project. 

While not an actual “Veteran Service Organization,” The Katie Grace Foundation is a 501-(C) 3 non-profit who’s mission is to provide education on traffic safety for students, delivers care packages for Northern Nevada/California communities, offers educational and athletic scholarships and is currently building Katie’s Gardens to provide children an opportunity to grow fruits and vegetables to feed their families.  The organization is also in line to assist VVA 989 with our outreach efforts on behalf of the Family Support Center for Nevada Army and Air Guard families.  We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with the Katie Grace Foundation.