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Sierra Nevada Chapter 989 meets the 3rd Thursday of each Month at 1800 hours, inside VFW Post 9211, 255 VFW Historic Lane (formerly Burris Lane) in Reno. (Just off of Moana & Baker Lane)
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Our recent accomplishments:
• March 8th Members assisted “Filling the Boot” at the Atlantis Resort fund raising for the Veterans Guest House.
• March 20th Members participated in Veterans Day at the State Legislature in Carson City.
• March 30th Chapter 989 hosted Vietnam War Veterans Remembrance Day ceremonies at the Reno Event Center honoring Vietnam Veterans in the morning and “All Veterans of All Eras” with a luncheon and program in the afternoon. The morning ceremony honored the 149 Nevadans killed among the 58,318 killed in Vietnam during the war. The Chapter, working with Nevada Department of Veterans Services, hosted over 600 visitors to the indoor Vietnam Museum and Huey Helicopter Static Display and hosted over 25 “Outreach” tables where Veterans Service Organizations (VSO) could provide information to veterans about services and benefits available to them.
• May 25th Chapter 989 participated in the “Summer Salute” honoring Veterans, and providing information for veterans about benefits and programs available to them in the area.
• May 27th Chapter 989 members attended the 2019 Memorial Day program at the Northern Nevada State Veterans Cemetery in Fernley. The Chapter Flag Trailer was a beautiful and effective “static display” for visitors attending the service.
• June 1st. Chapter 989 Color Guard and members of the Chapter participated in the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) Region 8/9 meeting in Sparks at the Nugget.
• June 15th Chapter 989 Co-Hosted a military picnic at Bartley Ranch with the Association of the US Army, the Military Officers of America Assoc. and the United States Navy League, offering inter-military organization opportunities to assist members of all groups camaraderie and exposure to opportunities within all organizations. The picnic also offered fund raising opportunities for all four organizations.
• June 22nd Chapter 989 members and the Flag Trailer participated in the Reno Rodeo Parade. Members handed out G.I. “P-38” (can openers) to veterans along the parade route.
• July 4th Chapter 989 members and the Chapter Flag Trailer participated in the Virginia City Independence Day Parade and handed out G.I. “P-38” (can openers) to veterans along the parade route.
• July 12th Chapter 989 members served over 400 lunches at the Spartan Pledge hosted at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA Hospital) in Reno. The Spartan Pledge is a powerful outreach into the veteran community, urging members to “pledge” to one another not to take their own life by their own hand without contacting that person who they are pledged not to committee suicide to. In addition to serving meals, many members of the Chapter took the pledge that day.
• July 15th – 20th. Chapter President, Past President, Board Chair and Associates of Vietnam Veterans (AVVA) attending the National Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) convention in
Spokane, WA. The summer convention was geared toward the future of the VVA, and possible changes in an exit strategy which may not be necessary in 2028.
• August 3rd. Chapter 989 and the Reno Aces dedicated a POW/MIA Chair of Honor at Greater Nevada Field. The chair is a permanent reminder of the 82,000 possible Prisoners of War / Missing in Action since WWII. It will remain every vacant until the time when our Comrades are returned to our ranks. Chapter members, Bill Elander (former POW at the Hanoi Hilton) and Andy LePeilbet, DSC, SS, PH, CIB participated in the ceremony held during Military Appreciation Night at the Aces Ballpark.
• August 9th Chapter 989 members were invited to visit Harrah’s Military Vehicle Museum in Sparks. Members were treated to vintage military vehicles dating back to 1914, all right here in our own back yard.
• August 10th The Chapter’s Color Guard provided “colors” for the closing night of “Hot August Nights” in Sparks, NV.
• August 26th Members of the Chapter said Good-bye to longtime Chapter member and Chapter Board Member, Gary Meckler at the Northern Nevada Veterans Cemetery. Sgt. Meckler, US Army, succumbed to a long battle with Agent Orange.
• September 6th Members traveled to Carson City to see Governor Steve Sisolak present past Chapter 989 President, Linda Dickinson with Nevada’s Veteran of the Month Award. Past President Dickinson was lauded for her four years at the helm of Chapter 989 and it’s many achievements under her leadership.
• September 13th Members of the Chapter took the Flag Trailer and outreach materials to the Reno Air Race (military appreciation day), and took part in the opening ceremonies and throughout the day. Members provided outreach materials to Air Race attendees, and veterans of other organizations also attending.
• September 20th 21 Members of the Chapter served approximately 550 breakfasts and lunches at the annual Homeless Veterans Stand Down in Reno. Beginning days prior, members shopped, cooked and transported and served meals to homeless vets and staff. This effort is made possible by a grant from Walmart who has support our efforts to feed veterans over the years.
• September 21st Members of the Color Guard provided “Colors” for the opening of the Walk for Alzheimer’s at the Sparks Marina.
• October 3rd Chapter 989 Color Guard presented the “Colors” for the Northern Nevada State Veterans Home “Open House” at 36 Battle Born Way in Sparks. This opening was a celebration of the passing of all permits and “paperwork” clearing the way for additional admissions of eligible veterans.
• October 26th Members of Chapter 989 and the Chapter Flag Trailer (with newly minted banners) participated in the Nevada Day Paraded in Carson City. Members walked the parade route along Carson Street and handed out G.I. “P-38” (can openers) to veterans along the way.
• VVA 989 received the Veteran Supporter of the Month award on April 24th at the Capital Building.Approximately 30 of our members were able to attend and be honored by Governor Sandoval and NDVS Director Kat Miller.
• We participated in Carson City, at Chapter 388’s Vietnam Veteran Remembrance Day Ceremonies on March 31.
• Several of our members provided assistance to the Moving Wall on Minden, Nevada in late May and early June. Members provided 24 hour security, aide and assistance to organizers, and served as docents providing assistance to visitors seeking information about the Wall, or finding the names of the fallen.
• We co-sponsered a Summer Picnic with several other veteran organizations:MOAA, AUSA and the Navy League.
• We have participated in several parades that included the Nevada Day Parade in Carson City, Reno Veterans Day Parade, and Sparks Hometowne Christmas Parade.
• We also participated in an Agent Orange awareness program at the Veterans Guest House on VeteransDay, and Wreaths Across America.
• Our Color Guard did the opening presentation for Reaching for Zero, suicide awareness brunch at the Governor’s Mansion at the State Capital.
• We provided Holiday Baskets of food and presents for several local National Guard families in need.
• We were able to have two delegates at this VVA National Convention in New Orleans.
• We received 1000 mens dress ties donated to the chapter which we were able to distribute to two college vet clubs, two veteran resource groups and two veteran assistance groupsfor veterans going to job interviews or needing them for their work.
• We participated in the annual VA Homeless Veteran Stand Down on September 22nd.Our chapter prepared breakfast for 260 attendees.Breakfast consisted of breakfast burritos (eggs, sausage and beans) hash browns, juice and fruit.All this was done over outside grills by 12 members and 3 supporters.
• On September 28, 29, and 30 we partnered with the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno to host the Take Me Home Huey Project.We had an outreach table outside with information about our chapter and VVA national as well as handing out DOD commemorative pins and literature.
• We have been promoting Suicide Prevention Month in September.One of our members has been named as a liaison to the Suicide Prevention committee at the Reno VA.
• Chapter 989 has become a commemorative partner with Department of Defense to recognize Vietnam Veterans.
• Several of our members have been participating in the Veterans In Care (VIC) program, partnering with Nevada Department of Veterans Service (NDVS) to recognize veterans in assisted or long term care settings with our color guard presenting colors.The most recent ceremony helped honor the oldest Nevada veteran, a WWII WAC.
• Several of our members have registered as unpaid veteran lobbyists for this legislative session. On March 15th we participated in the VAMDAL (Veteran and Military Day at the Legislature).
• We participated in the Reno Rodeo Parade in June and the Virginia City 4th of July Parade, with our memberspassing out Vietnam Poppies.
• Our Color Guard presented colors at the opening parade for Hot August Nights in Sparks, on Friday and Saturday. We are becoming a crowd favorite, according to the master of ceremonies.We performed an Agent Orange ceremony on Veterans Day at the Veterans Guest House.
• We have also donated to Adopt a Vet dental program, Veterans’ Guest House as well as several non-profits that feed the homeless.
• The Chapter has just completed its third year of providing local colleges with student scholarships for veterans returning to college.This year we gave out eight scholarships of $500 each.
• Our Vice-Chair Dee Garder and our President Linda Dickinson have been active on a committee to create a Women Veterans Memorial Garden at the VA hospital in Reno. The garden will be at the emergency room entrance, next to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Garden.