Awards and Honors

2OCT21 IH Sierra Fall Rallye Grass Valley, CA Winner

At the International Harvester Sierra Fall Rallye Grass Valley, CA. the 989 Mascot Scout II shined again. Congratulations to 989 Color Guard Captain Ray Scow for bringing home the 1st Place Trophy for Stock 71-75 Scout II. Rays Scout II has the honor of pulling the 989 Flag Trailer at many events representing VVA 989. Well done!

Veteran of the Month for April 2021 Raymond Scow Sr.

Note: Due to the pandemic, the VOM ceremonies have been postponed. NDVS will provide information on re-scheduling once this unprecedented health crisis is over.

Photos of the ceremony will be posted when available.

Scow is an Army veteran who has been an incredibly active and supportive member of the veteran community in northern Nevada. A member of Vietnam Veterans Chapter 989 since 2015, Scow has served as the Chapter’s parade coordinator. The Chapter participates in as many as five to six parades per year. In support of this, he personalized his Harvester and Trailer to become the Chapter’s “signature” at events throughout Northern Nevada symbolizing that VVA 989 is present and supportive. Scow is also the Chapter’s Homeless Prevention Coordinator and leads the chapter’s efforts in supporting the Homeless Veterans Stand Down in Reno. He cooks hot meals for veterans in need and during the pandemic, handing out $1,500 of baggies with prewrapped snacks for them to have at least something to eat that day. He is also a member of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Post #1. As a DAV member, he is an avid volunteer of the Post’s fundraising efforts in support of Honor Flight Nevada. He is often the top ticket seller for the Post’s raffle, which supports Honor Flight. For those who know Scow, he can often be found volunteering at one event or another or preparing for the larger events in the community.

Veteran of the Month for February 2021 Robert Edwards

Note: Due to the pandemic, the VOM ceremonies have been postponed. NDVS will provide information on re-scheduling once this unprecedented health crisis is over.

Photos of the ceremony will be posted when available.

We congratulate Robert Edwards of Reno for being named Veteran of the Month for February. Edwards Is a Marine Corps veteran who began supporting the veteran community by joining the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 744 in Winnemucca in 2003. While living in Winnemucca, he would often volunteer to serve as relief driver for the van that transported veterans from Winnemucca to the Reno VA Hospital. This activity lasted eight years. During his time with VVA 744, he was also able to work with the county to negotiate a no charge lease for a permanent veterans hall in a county-owned facility. When he moved to Reno in 2012, he joined VVA Chapter 989 and VFW 3819 where has been active with both. In his new home, he has served in a variety of roles from being his chapter’s chair for their Assistance Fund, to serving on the board of directors and vice president of the chapter in 2019. His involvement in the community is not limited to only Veterans, as he also has worked to support the National Guard’s 422th Signal Battalion’s annual family Holiday Party.

Veteran of the Month for October 2020 Norman Allen

Note: Due to the pandemic, the VOM ceremonies have been postponed. NDVS will provide information on re-scheduling once this unprecedented health crisis is over.

Photos of the ceremony will be posted when available.

We congratulate Norman Allen for being named Veteran of the Month October 2020. Allen is a Vietnam Veteran who served in a weapons platoon with the 3rd Marine Division.Allen has been a committed and supportive member of the veteran community in northern Nevada. He is an active member of the Vietnam Veterans of America, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Nevada Honor Flight, and United Veterans Legislative Council. As an active member of the veteran community, he has held leadership positions with VFW Chapter 9211 and VVA Chapter 989. In his roles with the VVA, he supported his Chapter’s efforts with the Veterans Guest House, Northern Nevada Veterans Home, and the Chapter’s, veteran scholarship.

Veteran of the Month for March 2020 Monk Mann

Note: Due to the pandemic, the VOM ceremonies have been postponed. NDVS will provide information on re-scheduling once this unprecedented health crisis is over. Photos of the ceremony will be posted when available.

US Marine Corps Vietnam Veteran, Marion (Monk) Mann has been named Veteran of the Month. Mann was selected for this honor and recognition due to his volunteer work at the VA hospital and Veterans Guest House. He has also served on the Board of Directors for the Veterans Guest House, including currently serving as President where he helped oversee the recently dedicated $4.5 million-dollar expansion of the facility. Mann has served as a guardian for Nevada’s Honor Flight, he is a life member of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 989, Reno and is also a member of the Sierra Nevada Chapter of the Military Officers of America Association.

Veteran of the Month for December 2019 Andy LePeilbet

During the special ceremony held inside the Old Assembly Chamber in Carson City U.S. Army veteran Andy LePeilbet received two special honors and recognition last month. LePeilbet was named Veteran of the Month (VOM), and he also received a second Silver Star for gallantry in action in the Vietnam War. Governor Steve Sisolak noted the many affiliations and work of LePeilbet to benefit Nevada’s veterans and military members.

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Veteran of the Month for September 2019 Linda Dickinson

In a ceremony inside Carson City’s Old Assembly Chambers, Linda Dickinson was honored as Veteran of the Month during a special ceremony on September 6, 2019. Governor Steve Sisolak and NDVS Director Kat Miller presented Dickinson with a certificate and a custom Veteran of the Month pin. Linda is the immediate Past President of the Sierra Nevada Chapter 989 of the Vietnam Veterans of America. She recently completed four terms as Chapter President (April 2015 – April 2019).

Veteran Supporter of the Month for April 2018

Vietnam Veterans of America Sierra Nevada Chapter 989

Vietnam Veterans of America Sierra Nevada Chapter 989 receives Veteran Supporter of the Month Recognition and Honor. Most of the seats were full inside the Old Assembly Chambers, located on the second floor of the Capitol Building, above the Governor’s Office.Members of the Vietnam Veterans of America Sierra Nevada Chapter 989 had to save the Governor a front row seat. He slid into his chair just as Nevada Department of Nevada Services Director Kat Miller began joking about having to adjust the podium before the ceremony could begin. Her smiles and jokes quickly took a serious turn when she began highlighting just a few of the reasons this Reno VVA Chapter was selected to receive Veteran Supporter of the Month.“This group shares a bond and a commitment that never again will one generation of veterans abandon another,” Miller said. Before introducing Governor Sandoval, she read a lengthy list of ways this group provides support to the veteran community ranging from assisting those with PTSD, to supporting non-profits like the Veterans Guest House or championing veteran-friendly legislation during the Nevada Legislature. The Governor told the group how much he respects their military service, explaining his father served in WWII. He spoke about his visits while serving as Governor to Nevada military members serving overseas and what a lasting impression that made on him. In closing, he motioned to a giant circular seal in the middle of the chamber that features the head of former President Abraham Lincoln. Sandoval said, “In the shadow of Abraham Lincoln I want to paraphrase one of his famous quotes; I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives, so that his place is proud of him.” VVA Chapter 989 President, Linda Dickinson noted the group was relatively new, having formed in 2006. She said, “We started with just 25 members and have grown to more than 150 members in the Reno and Sparks area.” ( By Terri Hendry )

28SEP17 Recognition Senator Heller