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8 DEC 22   Captain Raymond Waters, US Army Air Corps

VVA 989 sends our condolences to the Waters Family on Captain Waters passing.  The Memorial Service will be 20 MAR 23 at 1000 – Veterans Cemetery Fernley, NV.

7 DEC 22 Veterans Guest House, Reno

AVVA-VVA 989 crew was busy again, this time at the Veterans Guest House just north of the VA Hospital. The Guest House Residents and Staff received the Christmas spirit with beautiful Christmas decorations. Several trees were decorated with care. Bravo Zulu to all the Volunteers !!

5 DEC 22 Northern Nevada State Veterans Home

Monday was a special day for the 989ers and the Staff and Residents of the Northern Nevada State Veterans Home(NNSVH) in Sparks.  It was that time of year to “decorate” the Veterans Home! This year’s decoration party has grown from the simple idea while sitting in the Veterans Home as the Holidays approached, “We need to decorate this place!”   The decoration party has become a “tradition” and 989ers from both VVA and AVVA, with help from volunteers from our friends at various Home Depot Stores here in the Reno and Carson City simply rolled up their sleeves and decorated the NNSVH! 

Others participating are friends from the Nevada Army and Air Guard and even Red Kittell’s daughter, Katrina was there to help spread the Holiday Cheer. This decorating party is “No Small Undertaking.”  For those who know the facility, picture a minimum of one Christmas Tree in each of six residential units, and two trees in the “Town Hall” area. Walls, mantles, tables, cabinets, and common areas were not spared the application of Stars, Wreaths, Flags, Stockings, Bells, Colored lights, and a myriad of Santa Clauses. 

Over lunch plans for the eventual “take down” of all the decorations were discussed and ways to continually improve our delivery and “Veteran Time” with the residents were topic of discussion.  The Chapter thanks all who participated, and our friends from the other organizations and volunteers who make it happen every year.  Great Job everyone and Merry Christmas to ALL !

2 DEC 22 VVA989 “First Friday” Holiday Breakfast Buffet

A few photos of the 38 folks who enjoyed the VVA 989 December “First Friday” Holiday Breakfast Buffet.

The draw was (of course) the Ugly Christmas Sweater contest. Old timers will remember that the Ugly Christmas Sweater contest goes back several years, and is a “spin off” from our summertime Ugly Hawaiian Shirt contest.    This was won by Mary Meckler (pictured with the owl).  Mary took home a fine poinsettia for her win and for her holiday decorations. A raffle featured an “Air Fryer, a fine new Step Ladder and a $150 carry on Luggage Bag.”  Happy winners took these home along with the table decorations as everyone who came to breakfast automatically had a raffle ticket.

A Great Time was had by All and we’ll be back in January 2023.  See everyone then.

11NOV22 Veterans Day Parade Reno

The City of Reno will held the annual Veterans Day Parade on Friday, November 11, 2022 at 11:11 a.m. Members of AVVA/VVA 989 dressed in warm clothing set up the flag trailer and prepared for the patriotic spectators. A few classic vehicles join the VVA 989 flag trailer. Thank you all for your efforts. The Parade Honors all those who served and continue to serve. The parade theme was “Honor,” reflecting the military value and tradition of answering the Call to Duty.

10NOV22 Nevada State Veterans Home celebrated the 247th U.S. Marine Corps Birthday

The Marines celebrated the 247th Marine Birthday at the Northern Nevada State Veterans Home in Sparks, NV.   Hosts were Susan (retired USMC Lt. Col) and George (retired USMC Col) Malone, members of VVA 989 as well as members of the Reno Marine Corps League. The cake was cut in the traditional manner:  with a saber! Today every resident at the home was an honorary Marine.  Semper Fi

7 NOV 22 Color Guard Event – National Security Forum

The VVA 989 Color Guard responded to a “short fuse” request for support of the National Security Forum and the 20th Anniversary of Colonel Ty Cobb’s founding and forming the Forum. Putting together the Team on short notice was a challenge, but Color Guard Captain, Ray Scow, “Made it happen”. VVA 989 Color Guard did look sharp. With Anthem Complete and Colors Posted – VVA 989 Color Guard Marched out of the room Smartly then returned to join the Banquet.

The guest speaker for the event was Nevada’s Adjutant General, Major General Ondra Berry.  MG Berry’s remarks about NV Guard Readiness. Lt Col. Tony Grady delivered Congressman Mark Amodi’s Recognition of Col. Ty Cobb. Jennifer Baker presents Col. Cobb with his Congressional Recognition.

Has ALL Ways VVA 989 Color Guard Captain Ray Scow with the help Past President Gary Fink – loaded flags and stands at the end of the Event. Ray will have everything ready for next time VVA989 is requested to supply a team for a Color Guard Event. Thank you to Color Guard Volunteers! Bravo Zulu!!

04NOV22 Nevada Veterans Memorial Plaza

Sparks Marina –Vietnam Veterans of America – Chapter 989 once again shows it colors during the Nevada Veterans Memorial Plaza (NVMP) official ribbon cutting ceremony. The Memorial Plaza was completed after YEARS of fund raising and no public funding was used for the project.  Years of private fund raising put this memorial on the map and VVA 989 has been with the NVMP since inception.  VVA 989 Chapter members contributed funds to the “fledgling” organization which had brought forth a beautiful Memorial Plaza honor over 850 Nevadans who have given their lives as a part of the price of our freedom.  Names on the Memorial Wall include some from the Civil War, both World Wars, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq & Afghanistan.

Official ceremonies began at 1500 hours and spectators listened to some history of the MVMP and kudos for Ron Smith (Vietnam Veteran, former Mayor of Sparks,) who was the driving force behind the new Memorial prior to his death.  NVMP President and Sparks City Councilman, Kristopher Dahir, and the “NVMP Foundation” have completed the project started years ago. The pictures you see are of 989ers present at the “Ribbon Cutting,” and of our VVA 989 paver and of the beautiful monument like stone installed in the Vietnam section of the NVMP.  Some of the pictures were also taken later in the evening when the ceremony was over, and the lights of the memorial cast a soft glow to the names on the pavers in the plaza and in the Vietnam section of the NVMP.

Lastly, Chapter 989 has officially requested the use of the new Nevada Veterans Memorial Plaza for our annual Vietnam Veterans Remembrance Day ceremony in March 2023.  We have received an enthusiastic yes from the NVMP and we will begin working toward the Veterans Remembrance Event early next year.

29 OCT 22 VVA 989 Nevada Day Parade

The weather was a bit crisp early on and although the sun had come up behind some light clouds, as the morning wore on those clouds increased and were enough to block the sun and chill more than a few of us for short periods of time.  But “Who Cared?”  Where were we? We were staged on Park Street west of N. Carson Street in Carson City and about to take part in the annual Nevada Day Parade! 

989ers: Ray & Buddy Scow, Ralph & Sandy Theiss, Bill & Nancy Grey, Matt & Lupita Mahoney, Jim & Kathy Richards, Marty & Mary Meckler, Mike Billow, Mel Grotberg, Mike Miller, Brigitte Stafford and “Your President” were about to represent the Chapter in this HUGE (at least seven (7) reviewing stands along the parade route) parade and having a great time as we waited our turn to cruise (or walk) the parade route which surged south on N. Carson Street past the Capital and Red’s 395 club and thousands of spectators.

The Douglas High School marching band performs in the Nevada Day Parade in Carson City on Oct. 29, 2022. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)

The accompanying pictures were taken at “staging” prior to stepping off.  It is important to note that the parade began promptly at 1000 hours with a flyover by two military jet fighters (I have no idea what they were or where they came from, but they were certainly loud and most impressive.  Two hours later as entry #138, we got on to N. Carson Street down the way and through the cheers and “Welcome Homes” from spectators along the way.

New to the parade this year, Mike Billow, US Army W-5 Ret., Cobra Pilot was absolutely “blown away” by the outpouring of an adoring and grateful crowd.  “Mike said this reception (at the parade) was unexpected (fifty year later) and very moving.  Those of us who have been in this Nevada Day Parade before knew that 989ers new to the parade would be impressed with the shouts of “Welcome Home”, “Thank you for your service” or just plain, “Thank You!” from the crowd.  Salutes rendered and returned!

 Matt & Lupita Mahoney made their first trip down the parade route on the Flag Trailer and Matt said he was absolutely, “Blown Away” by the warm reception.  …This reception was of course completely opposite from the reception he had received over fifty years ago when returning from Vietnam.  His thoughts are the “If you’ve not done it, you need to do the parade at least once.”  Lupita Mahoney, said she had felt a bit strange riding the flag trailer because she not a Vietnam Veteran, but Matt had assured her that those riding in the trailer were also in SUPPORT of Chapter 989 and veterans.

Hats off to Ralph & Sandy Theiss who always “arrive early” and help Ray and Buddy set up the flags and banners, and Bill & Nancy Grey who WALK the parade route carrying our banner ahead of the Scout and accompanying vehicles.  …One of the reviewing stand announcers was heard complementing the vehicle following the Flag Trailer.  “Those guys have some beautiful rigs in that Chapter!”  was the pretty much the comment.

The pictures you see were taken in “Parade Staging” prior to rolling out into the parade itself.  And, of course, taken at lunch at Famous Dave’s BBQ back in Reno after the parade.  This stop after the parade has also become a tradition.  Saturday some folks had other commitments and had to depart after the parade but eleven if us 989er parade participants still made a late lunch.  Smiles and reminiscing about the events of the day over “ribs” “baked potatoes” and so many other delicious offerings were a great end to a long and rewarding day too. -Semper Paratus, J. R.

21OCT22 19th Annual Veterans Guest House Radiothon

Can You Feed My Boot ?

For years now, the Veterans Guest House in Reno has ensured that veterans and their families from out of the area do not have to sleep in their cars prior to medical appointments at the VA’s Sierra Nevada Medical System and other medical facilities in the area.  This year’s Radiothon raised over $45K in support of a Reno Institution now serving veterans from outside the area with services and thirty four beds.

Again, this year, Chapter 989’s participation in the Veterans Guest House Radiothon (and “fill the boot” collection in the west parking lot of the Atlantis Resort) was outstanding with almost 20 of us working at times during the afternoon and was much appreciated.

This year in addition to our signature flag trailer parked in the parking lot, we also had a new focal point at the collection point.  We rallied under our newly donated (bright yellow) 10’X15’ Pop-up shelter to keep us in the shade.  Many thanks to Ralph and Sandy Theiss for the new and bright pop-up as it certainly stands out.  THANK YOU! As with an event with “lots going on,” often we fail to get photos of the event.  Not yesterday.  Thanks to Susan Malone and Jimmy Mapp for photos of 989ers doing “fill the boot” duties during the day and providing support for our friends at the Veterans Guest House. By my count (strictly unofficial) 989ers were responsible for collecting upwards of $6K at the Radiothon.  Thanks to all that participated!

07 OCT 22 VVA 989 First Friday Brunch

Our 989 Brother, Dale Pappas, is an artist and very generous Ceramics Wizard.  Dale recently brought a sample of ceramic urns he throws and fires at his studio to our First Friday Brunch.  The great news is that Dale offers these urns FREE to those who have a loved one in need of a final resting place.  If you have any questions or are in need of an urn, contact Dale or go to with your request.  Thanks again Dale.  What a great contribution to our organization.

23 SEP 22 Nevada Homeless Veteran Stand Down

Members of VVA-AVVA 989 at the Reno Elks Lodge served Port of Subs sandwiches, sodas and water to just over 100 veterans in attendance during the VA Sierra Nevada Homeless Veteran Stand Down 2022. 

We were also able to help feed the volunteers and the remaining food was given to Catholic Charities. Present was Ray Scow, Jeff Gunderson, Mel Grotberg, Mike Miller, Linda Bartosik, Jody Morris, Annette White, Donna Logan, Donna Dorcich, Nancy Benson, Becky Degn, and Carmen Price. It does the heart good when you know you have been in service to others VVA 989 Color Guard Captain Ray Scow gives many thanks to those that helped.

16SEP22 Military Appreciation Day at the Reno Air Races

VVA Chapter 989 members once again participated in Military Appreciation Day at the Reno Air Races(Stead Field, Nevada).  This year was a bit different because the Air Quality Index (AQI) continued at Stage-3 “unhealthy” and we didn’t set up an outreach table for the day. 

Kudos to Chapter Members who came out to ride the flag trailer during the opening ceremonies: Susan Malone; Mike Billow; Marty Meckler; Steve Heinzen; Darrell Upton; and Bob Homann with Ray and Buddy Scow in the Scout and J. R. riding “shotgun” while cruising along the flight line. 

As always, the Air Races Board of Directors were most cordial and thanked us for our participation in the opening ceremonies.  Today, being POW/MIA Day, race spectators were informed and reminded of our Missing in Action and possible Prisoners of War to this day and were appreciative that Freedom isn’t Free.

Opening ceremonies also included the swearing in of a group of young men and women who recited The Oath of Enlistment in the US Army while standing on the tarmac in front of admiring spectators.  During that time, J. R. swears he also heard several 989ers in the Flag Trailer repeating their oaths of enlistment from years ago. Also seen at the Air Races were:  Rusty Bolton, Bill Ganz, Mike Miller and Dave Carroll who were unable to ride in the trailer due to previous or pressing commitments when we were participating in the opening ceremonies. The hope is that NEXT Year, there will be no smoke from California fires and the races are unobstructed and the air healthy and clean.  Until then, visions of Sopwith Camels and F-35s dance in 989ers heads…

02SEP22 Memories of Red Kittell Brunch

Farewell to Red

September’s “First Friday” Brunch was bittersweet for those who attended.  This rendition of the monthly gathering of 989ers was less than a month after our “Brunchmeister” had passed on to the staff of the Supreme Commander.  This was our regular opportunity for camaraderie and laughs, but it also offered an opportunity to pay our final respects to Red and his legacy of “Gentlemanly behavior and good humor.”

We opened the Brunch with our regular Pledge of Allegiance and remembering our POW/MIA and those who are standing duty at freedom’s gate around the world.  This was followed by an outstanding eulogy and prayer by our Chaplain, Susan Malone. As she spoke and read, we learned more about Red, and his legacy and this theme continued later in the morning with “Memories of Red” and (of course) the traditional “Ugly Hawaiian Shirt” contest which Red often won.  (For the record, he also won the Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest last December too!)

For those who knew Red, know this Brunch too was a rousing success laced with laughter and fond memories of previous brunches.  We were also honored to have Red’s daughter, Katrina (Kittell) Olsen join us and judge the traditional “Ugly Hawaiian Shirt Contest.”  The winner Friday was our very own Past President, Linda Dickinson

18AUG22  VVA 989 Chapter Meeting

Susan and Geoge Malone with the New Coat

Thursday’s monthly Chapter meeting was an enormous success with highlights being the auction of two warm “Vietnam Veterans” jackets which had been generously donated by The Veterans Transition Resource Center – North.  Both jackets went for $130 each and proceeds for the sales will go into our Veterans Assistance Account.  Thank you, Mike Miller, and Susan Malone, for your purchases.

18AUG22 Comstock Lode Quilters and VVA 989 at NNSVH

 Thursday, was a busy day for some 989ers.  The morning was spent with members of the Comstock Lode Quilters as they presented “Quilts of Valor” to various recipients at the Northern Nevada State Veterans Home (NNSVH) in Sparks.  Some of the quilts went to veterans residing at the Home and others (in the afternoon) went to members of the extended Nevada Department of Veterans Services (NDVS) including friends of the home, staff at the home, and volunteers who had “served.”

Members of the Chapter, Past President Linda Dickinson, new members, Matt Mahoney (who’s wife is also a “quilter”), and David Johnson (a new transfer from Chapter 536 in Nevada City, CA) and your President took turns presenting recipients with the DOD 50 Year Commemorative Pin for their service to our Nation during the period from 01NOV55 to 15MAY75.

Some of our “Brothers and Sisters” at the home were quite emotional upon receiving their quilts and pin and all were very grateful.  (It was a good morning.)

After a great “Port of Subs Lunch” the teams went back to work for an afternoon session presenting quilts to Eduardo Martinez of NDVS, Past Chairman of the State’s Veterans Services Committee (VSC) Mr. Bill Baumann, US Air Force Veteran and veterans advocate for over 20 years.

Chaplain Jerome Washington and his wife Charise were also honored for their collective service to Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Reno Chapter 1.

One of our Scholarship Partners at Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC), Mr. Felipe Gutierrez, was also honored for his service.

A host of other recipients in the NNSVH “family” were also honored with Quilts of Valor and (as appropriate) with a DoD 50th Commemorative Pin.  Also noted in the afternoon session was the presentation of a quilt to VVA & AVVA member, Linda Bartosik who volunteers at the Silver State Store located in the NNSVH. 

Your VVA 989 president was honored to Emcee the afternoon session and AVVA Area Rep. Brigitte Stafford provided cupcakes and coffee at the conclusion of the event. 

This now familiar event has been supported by VVA 989 in the past and it appears that it will become a bi-annual event in August and March each year.

06 AUG 22 100th Birthday of Captain James (Jim) Johnson, NDVS Reno

Several generations of family from as far away as Colorado, were joined by members of the Vietnam Veterans of America – Sierra Nevada Chapter 989 (VVA 989), The Comstock Lode Quilters and their Quilt of Valor, and Honor Flight Nevada who all helped celebrate the 100th Birthday of Captain James (Jim) Johnson at the Five Star Premium Residences of Reno.  A crowd of about eighty friends and family were on hand to wish Captain Johnson “Happy Birthday!”

Earlier in July, Captain Johnson’s son-in-law, Glenn Robinson (of Minden) contacted Nevada Department of Veterans Services (NDVS), Eduardo Martinez asking if they could help find local veterans’ organizations who might be able to help with a celebration for his father-in-law.  NDVS was booked with a “outreach and road show” so, VVA 989 was honored to take the lead on this one and provided ten willing members of VVA and the “Associates” of Vietnam Veterans (AVVA) for the occasion.

Mr. Robinson and Chapter President J. R. Stafford, served as Co-Emcees for the event and provided commentary on Captain Johnson’s life, military career with the 979th Engineer Company, and presented congratulatory messages from Jim’s Alma Mater (the University of Nebraska), from NDVS Director Fred Wager, and Nevada Governor, Steve Sisolak. 

Chapter member and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors, Bill Grey, 1st Cavalry, Vietnam, was honored to pin NDVS’s Nevada’s Hero pin on Captain Johnson during the ceremony.  MS Marsha Strand and the Quilts of Valor team presented Captain Johnson with his Quilt of Valor commemorating his time with the Army of the United States in WWII, both in Europe and the Pacific Theater.  Mr. John Yuspa, and Jim & Dawn Forbus of Honor Flight Nevada presented Jim with coins, a “Red” WWII Cap, and an Honor Flight Tee Shirt.  These gifts were presented with an “Open Invitation” to travel with other veterans to Washington, D.C. when he was ready to go.  Captain Johnson was considering the trip at this printing.

Members of VVA 989 & AVVA then served birthday cake and ice cream to friends, family and guests.  As the party wound down, and 989ers departed, family members stayed behind “catching up” and reveling in what an occasion it had been.  …Not many of us have a member of the family reach 100 hundred years of age, and this family and Captain James Johnson, now have another, “Story to tell!”

06 AUG 22 Hot August Nights Parade

Flags were flying and hands were waving from VVA 989 Flag Trailer Friday Night at the Hot August Nights Parade in downtown Sparks. VVA 989 members were dressed in red shirts in support of our uniformed troops deployed all over the world. The crowd showed their appreciation with applause as the trailer went by.  Bravo Zulu to everybody who pitched in for VVA 989 Flag Trailer participation in this showcase event.

AVVA/VVA 989 Susan Malone Honored by FBI

04 JUL 22    4 th of July on the Comstock VC Parade

AVVA/VVA 989 members participated in one of most patriotic events of the Summer, the 4 of July Parade in Virginia City. Members joined in by setting up the flag trailer with the service flags. At the staging area, there is a festive atmosphere where folks from all the groups having a chance to visit. The 989 trailer was visited by representatives of the Union Army, Confederate Army and a number of “Ladies of the Night” thanks to Buddy. The parade started about noon then we were all treated to an impressive flyby from an Air National Guard C-130J Super Hercules right over Main St. The streets were lined a wonderful crowd made up of family members of all ages to enjoy the car clubs, first responders, ROTC, military and veteran groups. I personally think each member of 989 needs to experience waving from the trailer at least once. Then don’t be surprised if you want to do it again.  Please enjoy the 30 picture slideshow.

23 JUN 22 Nevada Veterans Memorial Plaza Gala

Members of Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA & AVVA) Sierra Nevada Chapter 989 attended the long-awaited return of the Nevada Veterans Memorial Plaza (NVMP)’s Gala fundraiser at the Grand Sierra Resort.  The dinner was the first in several years as COVID had (predictably) restricted large gatherings such as this one was.

Happy 989ers gathered early and placed bids on many silent auction items and purchased raffle tickets for a chance for $500 in SOUTHWEST Airlines Tickets before the night was over.  Mr. Dan Mason of KOH Radio fame and Sparks Councilman, Kristopher Dahir emceed proceedings and were instrumental in keeping the evening light and informational. 

During dinner, Kristopher Dahir, presented several awards to organizations who have been significant in the development of the NVMP.  Councilman Dahir also to surprised members of the Chapter by asking them to come forward and he presented attendees with a beautiful plaque thanking Chapter 989 for our support of the Memorial Plaza over the years. 

Chapter 989 President J. R. Stafford accepted the plaque on behalf of the Chapter thanking the NVMP foundation and the City of Sparks for their diligence and continued work on this very worthwhile project.  Stafford suggested that one of the first things he is looking forward to upon completion of the plaza was an outdoor movie night, suggesting that “Good morning, Vietnam!” might be a good premier feature for the Plaza.

Eight 989er couples ponied up over $2,200. In sufficient funds to purchase two tables on behalf of Chapter 989 and were equally pleased to present NVMP officials with an additional $1,000 check from 989’s treasury.  These funds will be used to complete the actual NVMP construction over the next 4-5 months, and further funding is need for ongoing maintenance on the Plaza.  The plan is that “Veterans Organizations” in the area will not pay to use the plaza, and as hosts for the evening they said, “veterans have paid enough!” 

As some of you know, Chapter 989 also purchased a $1,000 brick paver for the Memorial Plaza last March which will soon be laid in the plaza.

The evening ended as it began, patriotically, with the Pledge of Allegiance to our Flag.  Just a guess, but next year’s NVMP Gala participation by 989ers may even be more once word gets out that it was a wonderful time had by all.

18 JUN 22 VVA 989 ACES Military Appreciation Night

Our efforts to bring in more “military” activities and static displays during Military Appreciation Night which seemed to be well received all around.

Thanks to:  the Aces Staff for giving us the opportunity to “partner” with the Aces. The Staff at Northern Nevada State Veterans Home for their transport and care of Captain Raymond Waters as this evening’s POW Honoree. The various recruiters who came representing the various services. The Army Recruit Command for their on field “Oath of Enlistment” for five new soldiers. The Army Guard and vintage Military vehicle owners for their static display out front of the ballpark.

Kimberly Ahrens-Dixon for her always wonderful renditions of both the National Anthem and God Bless America! John & Linda Dickinson who were the face of our “outreach” efforts at the Outreach Table. Ray Scow, our Color Guard Captain and Flag Display Master for his always impressive flag displays for the public. Mel Grotberg, Rick Kaufmann and Frank O’Boyle for work with Flag Display and relief duty at Outreach Table. Brigitte Stafford for being the “Go To” person with questions about any and all aspects of the Event.  All things considered, I think we can give ourselves better than a “Passing Grade” on our efforts.  THANK YOU ALL for a Great Night!!

MCMC (Master Chief / Master of Ceremonies) J.R. Stafford President Vietnam Veterans of America, Sierra Nevada Chapter 989

30MAY22  State Veterans Home Car Cruise and Taps

For AVVA- VVA 989 Memorial Day continued with the second event. After the Memorial Day services ended in a Fernley, members coordinated a Car Cruise at the Nevada State’s Veterans Home on Battle Born Way, Sparks. Cars started lining up at 1400.  The veterans and participants paused at 1500 for the nationwide “TAPS ACROSS AMERICA“ Tribute. Echo Taps was performed which added a meaningful moment to the Event.

Shortly after the command was given “Start your Engines” and the Cruise began. Residents and flags waved, truly a beautiful and appreciated event for our veterans. A Patriotic Shout- Out to everyone who made this possible. Service to our fellow Veterans at the Veteran Home, what a great way to end the Memorial Day Weekend. Well done!!

28MAY22 OutReach “Summer Salute” Car Show and Shine

Buddy is Ready for the Show !!

2022 Summer Salute Car Show was at beautiful and a very windy Rancho San Rafael Park today. Classic Chevys Plus Car Club with The Veterans Guest House, Honor Flight Nevada, and KKOH AM 780 team up for this charity-focused Memorial Day weekend event. AVVA-VVA 989 members operated our Outreach Booth through it all. J.R. reported over a dozen applications were handed out as well as Vietnam War 50th Anniversary pins. Ducks flew off the table from donations. A few members had double duties with other outreach booths; VVA 989er Monk was seen in the Veterans Guest House booth, Andy LePeilbet was selling raffle tickets for DAV. Many members also had cars displayed.  Ray’s 1964 Scout was in “Full Dress” for the occasion. Recent new member retired Navy QMC Robert Planeta’s 1950 Studebaker looked “Great on the Grass”. Well Done!! for all members that help with the setup, crewing and takedown of the Booth.

26MAY22 VVA 989 15th Anniversary Dinner

21MAY22 Armed Forces Day Celebration in Fallon

Armed Forces Day at the Churchill County Fairgrounds, Sierra Nevada Chapter 989 explored new ground today.  Members of the Chapter were honored to help with the Armed Forces Day program at the Fairgrounds. Special thanks to all that helped make this outreach very meaningful for at least 25 Vietnam Veterans who had never received or even heard of the DoD’s 50-year Commemorative Pin.  Firm handshakes and sometimes even some somber reflection accompanied our encounters with Vietnam Veterans at the Fairgrounds.  Organizers loved our Flag Trailer, Pop-up display and just hearing that they were once again being “Welcomed Home” by some of their own.  Organizers also provided a free lunch which was also enjoyed by many veterans of all eras who attend the event.

Kudos to Ray & Buddy Scow for rising pretty darn early and bringing the Flag Trailer to the Fairgrounds.  Brigitte and I arrived in line just behind the Flag Trailer and helped with trailer and displays set-up.  We were later joined by:  Susan & George Malone; Sandy & Ralph Theiss; Dan McGee; Norman Allen; and John Ostrander & Kathy Menhan. Thanks to everybody gave up all, or large chunks, of their Saturday to make our first venture into Churchill County a very successful and enjoyable operation.

21MAY22 Armed Forces Day Celebration in Fallon

Armed Forces Day at the Churchill County Fairgrounds, Sierra Nevada Chapter 989 explored new ground today.  Members of the Chapter were honored to help with the Armed Forces Day program at the Fairgrounds. Special thanks to all that helped make this outreach very meaningful for at least 25 Vietnam Veterans who had never received or even heard of the DoD’s 50-year Commemorative Pin.  Firm handshakes and sometimes even some somber reflection accompanied our encounters with Vietnam Veterans at the Fairgrounds.  Organizers loved our Flag Trailer, Pop-up display and just hearing that they were once again being “Welcomed Home” by some of their own.  Organizers also provided a free lunch which was also enjoyed by many veterans of all eras who attend the event.

Kudos to Ray & Buddy Scow for rising pretty darn early and bringing the Flag Trailer to the Fairgrounds.  Brigitte and I arrived in line just behind the Flag Trailer and helped with trailer and displays set-up.  We were later joined by:  Susan & George Malone; Sandy & Ralph Theiss; Dan McGee; Norman Allen; and John Ostrander & Kathy Menhan. Thanks to everybody gave up all, or large chunks, of their Saturday to make our first venture into Churchill County a very successful and enjoyable operation.

19MAY22 VVA 989 Chapter Meeting with Nibbles and a Prize

AVVA-VVA 989 members were treated to sandwiches and finger food before the May General Chapter Meeting. A special speaker, City of Sparks Council member Paul Anderson spoke about the status of the Nevada Veterans Memorial Plaza under construction at The Sparks Marina. Nevada Veterans Memorial Plaza will honor all fallen military members from the state of Nevada since 1864. The goal is to have the Memorial open this July. VVA 989 as donated a plaque that memorializes all Vietnam Veterans. Further details can be found on the VVA website under Veterans Resource. Many items were discussed to improve recruitment and participation. Recently elected Vice Pres. O’Boyle initiated a door prize at the meeting. Randomly a VVA member went home with a $ 25 gift certificate from Olive Garden. The chapter looks forward to strengthening participation of present and future members.

18MAY22 Rolling Thunder “Ride For Freedom” Visits VAMC Reno

Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Group made a stop in Reno today to visit with patients at VA Reno. The group started in Sacramento and will arrive in Washington DC for a ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Wall. The group was escorted by Reno PD motorcycle officers and Reno Patriot Guard joined in. The riders were treated to a barbecue at the VA Guesthouse. Great group of comrades to visit with and appreciate their beautiful motorcycles. VA patients had an opportunity to view the bikes and discuss veteran issues with them.

The major function of Rolling Thunder®, Inc. is to publicize the POW-MIA issue: To educate the public that many American Prisoners of War were left behind after all previous wars and to help correct the past and to protect future Veterans from being left behind should they become Prisoners of War-Missing In Action. We are also committed to helping American Veterans from all wars. To find out more information about this patriotic group of veterans, please go to their website

17MAY22 NNSVH Veteran Residents Getaway to Scheels

Northern Nevada State Veterans Home Veterans, with the assistance from NNSVH staff and members of VVA 989, enjoyed a getaway to Scheels today. Each resident was teamed up with a volunteer for their visit. After viewing the aquarium arches the Veterans enjoyed lunch at Ginnas Café. Ginnas staff was very helpful with assisting with lunch selections. After lunch there was time to explore all the displays at Scheels. War stories were exchanged between us all. Smiles were the uniform of the day! Definitely a few new friendships were made. NNSVH staff appreciated all the assistance during the excursion. Staff is looking forward to more excursions in the future. For me, it was time well spent. I was thanked many times by the veterans for the opportunity to shop and explore. Once again VVA 989 volunteers showed up for the veterans who definitely appreciate our involvement. Reporting for Duty today our President J.R., Darrell, Hugh, Jay, and Ray, Well Done 989!!

21 APR 22 Chapter Meeting and Annual Elections

21 APR 22 at the Chapter meeting at the Bunker, members of VVA 989 voted on candidates for the 2022-2023 Chapter year.  The Chapter welcomes a new Vice President, Frank O’Boyle, and returned our Secretary, Hugh Ricci and our Treasurer, John Dickinson for a one year term.  The election also provided us with four new Board of Directors positions for a two year term; seated for this new term will be John Ostrander, Norman Allen, Dale Bohannan (a new candidate to the board) and Bill Grey who was reelected.

This evening the four new Board Members join four existing Board members, whose terms will expire in 2023.  They are:  David Levine, (Current Board Chair) Red Kittell (our Brunch Meister), Susan Malone (our Chaplain), and Rick Kaufmann Also serving an additional one year term on the Board is our immediate Past President, Linda Dickinson as prescribed in the By-Laws, and Brigitte Stafford as the AVVA Area Representative.  Brigitte’s position is “advisory only” and she is a non-voting member of the Board.

We also very much appreciate the past work of Ray Scow as an outgoing Board Member and Secretary to the Board.  He will remain on the Parade Committee and our Color Guard Captain and serve us as Sgt.-at-Arms.  Thank you Ray.  Your time and talents will be missed, but you’ve earned some time off, Good Sir! A whopping thank you to the 33 members who came to the Bunker for the election this evening.  With the memberships support for this board the future is bright !

29 MAR 22 Nevada State Veterans Home AVVA – VVA 989

Vietnam War 50 Year Anniversary Pinning and Quilts of Valor Celebration

Tuesday, 29MAR21 was a banner day for Vietnam Veterans as it’s the date of the National Holiday in Remembrance of Vietnam Veterans and in this case it was particularly good for those Vietnam Veterans residing in the Northern Nevada State Veterans Home (NNSVH) in Sparks. VVA 989 had been trying since before COVID protocols were in place to recognize Vietnam Veterans residing in the NNSVH with their 50th Anniversary Pin recognizing their service.   After several postponements and a cancellation or two due to active cases of COVID among the residents and staff, the Chapter was finally able to recognize these marvelous men and women in residence.  The ceremony took place in the “Town Hall” and residents from all three wings of the home attended.  Those veterans unable to attend the Town Hall presentation(s) were presented with their 50 year commemorative pin in their rooms after the official ceremony was concluded.   Earlier in the day, our good friends from the Comstock Lode Quilters presented “Quilts of Valor” to several residents who were not present during the last, “Quilts of Valor” resentations earlier in the year.  The Quilts of Valor are quite often give to veterans returning from an Honor Flight as they arrive at the Reno International Airport.  As NNSVH residents are unable to fly and do the strenuous itinerary of an Honor Flight, the quilters graciously presented the quilts to deserving residents in their rooms.  Chapter Past President Linda Dickinson, and current President J. R. Stafford were present for the 50 year “Pinning” ceremony and were surprised with their own Quilt of Valor early on in the ceremony.  Also, presented with their quilts were NDVS Director Kat Miller, LtCol. Bill Long, US Army, (ret.), and MS Amy Garland, a Deputy Director at NDVS, and US Navy veteran.

27 MAR 22 Vietnam Remembrance Day

The annual Vietnam Veterans Remembrance Day Ceremony held at the Reno Elks Lodge 597 on Sunday, March 27, 2022, and presented by the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 989, bridged the strength of camaraderie and understanding across generations. Vietnam veterans and many of those who enlisted after them deployed overseas; others, like their brothers and sisters before them, paid the ultimate sacrifice, dying in a foreign land thousands of miles from the shores of the United States. Both Army Col. Jerome Guerrero and Capt. Samuel Brown each experienced the life of a combat officer in Iraq and Afghanistan, respectively, while retired 1st Lt. Andy LePeilbet one of the most decorated soldiers in Nevada, offered his perspective on Vietnam, and Steven Ward shed light on being a Gold Star father.

“Why are we here?” asked J.R. Stafford, master of ceremonies and president of VVA 989. “Many of these veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan served their country with honor.” Stafford said the aim is not to allow decades to pass for the current group of veterans like the years forgot about the Vietnam vets.

“We welcome them home today and honor our Gold Star families,” added Stafford, who, along with his wife Brigitte, organized the event. Hugh Ricci of Reno said Vietnam veterans returning in the 1960s and early 70s didn’t receive much of a homecoming. According to Ricci, his family was there to support him. Now, he said many veterans are receiving the help they need.

LePeilbet served in Vietnam in 1969 as a young 22-year-old Army lieutenant. By the time he returned home, the Placerville, Calif., native had earned two Silver Stars, a Bronze Star a Purple Heart and a Distinguished Service Cross for displaying extraordinary heroism.  “Until that first firefight, we really didn’t know how we would be or how we would react,” LePeilbet said. In less than an hour, LePeilbet said about 50% of the platoon was wounded. On March 3, 1969, his men faced hostile fire from the North Vietnamese Army. Pinned down by grenade and small arms fire and butted against a river, this platoon couldn’t escape or maneuver to avoid the firefight. “I saw the greatness of your soldiers in my soldiers 57 years ago,” LePeilbet said.

After 50 years Vietnam War Veterans were WELCOMED HOME at the Remembrance Day Ceremony.

By Steve Ranson, Nevada News Group

more Photos 2022 Vietnam Remembrance Day ( Tap )

19 MAR 22 VVA Nevada State Council Meeting Las Vegas

18 MAR 22 RIP Chaplain Rev. Crabtree NNSVC Fernley

17 MAR 22 General 989 Chapter Meeting

17 FEB 22 General 989 Chapter Meeting

The Guest Speaker at the meeting was Katie Pace from Rebuilding Together Northern Nevada.  The Mission of [RE]Build is Repairing homes, Revitalizing communities, Rebuilding lives to assist Seniors, Veterans and Active Duty Military Families to stay in safe homes. Katie explained the resources that are provided for Veterans and the need for volunteers. She offered contact information for anyone who may know a veteran who could use their services. Call (775)395-9808


29 JAN 22 Wreaths Across America Part 2 Veterans Memorial Cemetery

Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery a group of 50 volunteers assembled for “Wreath Across America” part 2. Part 2 is when the 7,600 wreaths are removed from the cemetery by volunteers.  A dozen volunteers from VVA989 were ready to help out. During the morning 989 President J.R. Stafford passed the word that our beloved Chaplain Rev. Crabtree was no longer with us. With a heavy heart 989 members continued until the task was complete. Rev. Crabtree volunteered at many events at the Veterans Cemetery. The experience was truly humbling walking amongst our Fallen Heroes which reminds us that Freedom is not Free.

28JAN22  Capitol Hill VA Clinic VVA 989 & Home Depot

Friday, 28JAN22, found members of VVA Chapter 989 and our AVVA partnering with our friends at the Home Depot Stores in South Reno and Carson City to deliver 50 new backpacks containing new warm winter coats and other garments to the Capitol Hill VA Clinic [ VA Sierra Nevada Health Care] facility in Reno.

20 JAN 22 VVA989 General Membership Meeting at the Bunker

with New Feature Speakers

Highlighting the first meeting of 22 was representatives from Magnusson Institute who gave a short presentation on personal privacy issues. Each month a guest speaker will be invited to the Bunker for the benefit of the membership.  Magnusson Institute is a Nevada Nonprofit Corporation, whose mission is to inform and empower you to defend your privacy and protect your information. Please Visit for more info.

Following the excellent presentation by Magnusson Institute, annual awards were presented for 2021. Brigitte Stafford presented the AVVA Area Representative Award to Sandy and Ralph Theiss. Brigitte thanked them both for their participation in many events this year. President J.R. Stafford presented The 989 Chapter Presidents Award to Rick Kaufmann for recreating the website. Next Meeting 17 FEB @1800

18 DEC 21 Wreaths Across America

18 DEC 0900, Wreaths Across America started at The Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery Fernley, NV. A Remembrance Wreaths was placed at each grave followed by of saying the name of each and every veteran aloud.

08DEC21 AVVA VVA  989 with Quilts of Valor at NNSVH

7 DEC12 Nevada State Veterans Home Part 2

4 DEC 21 Sparks 34th Hometown Christmas Parade

The City of Sparks hosted its 34th Annual Hometown Christmas Parade Dec. 4 at Victorian Square.  The VVA 989 Flag Trailer made its last appearance for 2021. Ray with Buddy’s aid positioned the trailer at the corner of Wright & 7th for the setting up.  At 1300 the Parade started.   Nancy and Bill lead the way displaying the 989 Banner in front of the Flag Trailer. We moved along Victorian Avenue followed by Ralph and Sandys Vintage Ford pickup.  Bringing up the rear was Dave’s Pinzguar both with VVA 989 Markings. The weather was perfect, the crowd was enthusiastic.  At 4 different Reviewing Stands, VVA 989 was announced and each time there was a great round of applause for Veterans. I wish each member of the Chapter could have experienced the feeling I had when I heard the crowd. Each member of 989 should plan on participating in at least one Parade for such a heartwarming experience. For me it was truly humbling. Many hand salutes were directed our way by the Veterans in the crowd.  Once we made the final turn the trailer found its spot and the members packed up flags, banners and chairs for the last time this year. Well done Ray for overseeing this year’s many events.

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. 

3DEC21   1st Friday Brunch-Gold and Silver Inn

December 3nd was the last Friday Brunch in 2021 for VVA 989 and also the second installment of the Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest. Competition doubled from last month with many strong contenders. This month’s winner was Red who tried the front and back entry. President J.R. wishes all Veterans a Safe and Merry Christmas Holiday. Next Brunch is January 7, 2022 -Please consider joining us !!

2DEC21 Decorating at the N. Nevada State Veterans Home

2021 VVA 989 Scholarship GALA

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 !!

05NOV21 First Friday Brunch Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest
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.

21 OCT 21 Daughters of the American Revolution Dinner

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

10 OCT 21 Rest in Peace Brett G. Palmer

Services for Brett G. Palmer were held at the Lyon County Fire Protection District and at the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Fernley today.  Hundreds of uniformed Police, Fire, Sheriffs,  Sea Cadets, Coalition, Bag Pipers, Bret’s son John in his US Army Blues, and various veterans and the Patriot Guard and many other mourners paid their respects to Brett in Fernley. After official ceremonies were concluded at the Fire House, a large procession proceeded to the cemetery where Brett’s “cover” atop a horse and his “urn” were taken for one last “stroll” around the cemetery followed by mourners.  We then gathered for the unveiling of a painting of Brett which will reside somewhere at the cemetery. The present “pavilion” (where services are held today) will be torn down in the future and a new one erected in it’s place.  It’s hoped that the new pavilion will be named the Brett G. Palmer Memorial Pavilion. Pictured are Sharon Serenko, Veterans Coalition Chaplain holding Brett’s portrait.  Also, VVA 989er and Marine Corps. League Officer Susan Malone and VVA 989 President, J. R. Stafford with the wreath Chapter 989 provided for the service today. The family has asked that donations be made to “Wreaths Across America” which Brett was a big support of.  …Guessing we’ll see many of you on 18DEC21 when it’s time to put wreaths on the graves of 8,000 plus who rest in Fernley’s Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

1 OCT 21 Chapter Brunch Ugly Hawaiian Shirt Contest

For the October Chapter Brunch there was stiff competition for the final Ugly Hawaiian Shirt Competition. A record 11 shirts were on display. In the end our Vice Pres John O. came away with this month’s Trophy. Next category to a judged will be Ugly Christmas Sweaters, tis the season to dig them out.
John with unknown Runner- Up

26 SEP 21 Honor Flight

Southwest Airlines flew in its Boeing 737 Freedom One, a high-flying tribute to our military to transport its special passengers from Reno to Washington DC today. VVA 989 members Bill Hines, John Maga and Ray Scow are in the group headed to DC.

17 SEP 21 VVA 989 Day at the Reno Air Races

The Reno Championship Air Races and Air Show was a fantastic event for the VVA / AVVA 989 Members who were able to attend. Friday’s session was Military Appreciation Day, Veterans received a complimentary ball cap from the Reno Air Races. The Flag Trailer and Outreach Booth were surrounded by a variety of military airplanes and recruiters. The Flag Trailer did a Drive-by in front of the grandstands loaded with 989 members during the Opening Ceremonies that included a Tribute to Veterans. What a great moment for 989. Buddy was a hit with the youngsters who were choosing a duck to take home. Once again, Ray and crew had set up the Flag Trailer and Booth by the time gates opened. Members were available to talk to all interested folks who stop by. Members could spend time at the Outreach Booth and had time to roam the Pits and Vendor Areas. It was a Great Day to be a part of 989, a Veteran and an American.

15 SEP 21 VVA Region 8 & 9 Conference Nugget Sparks

VVA / AVVA 989 was well represented at the VVA Region 8/9 Pre-Convention Conference September 15 at the Nugget. At the Opening Ceremony the Posting of the Colors was executed by Ray Scow and J. R.  Stafford. Seven VVA 989 members with two AVVA listened to their proposed VVA Constitutional Amendments and Resolutions in preparation for the National VVA Meeting in November

13 SEP 21 989 Color Guard Presentation State Directors of Veterans Services  Meeting Peppermill

11 SEP 21 VVA 989 Supports TMCC’s Veterans Operation Battle Born Never Forget

Operation Battle Born: Never Forget is a moving Memorial of all those lives lost twenty years ago, as well as homage to those who chose to devote their lives to serve our country. TMCC’s Veterans Program is honoring the veterans killed since 9/11 with an 11 mile march from the Summit Mall to the Nevada Veterans Memorial Park at the Sparks, Nevada. Veterans call this a “ruck march”, which is when a soldier marches relatively quickly with a loaded pack. VVA / AVVA 989 was there at the start with support and hospitality and will be at the finish in the Sparks Marina welcoming the finishers.

05SEP21 VVA 989 and the Reno Aces Military Appreciation Night

This evening was a GREAT Day to be  a part of VVA/AVVA 989.  The POW/MIA Chair was rededicated with our special Guest of Honor former POW 102 year old, SSgt. John Levitte, US Army during the game. (For Full pictures and story please tap on the Red link)

03 SEP 21 2nd Winner of the Ugly Hawaii Shirt Contest

VVA / AVVA  989 assembled for the Friday Brunch Bunch at the Gold and Silver Inn, Reno.  After the great success of last month’s Ugly Hawaii Shirt Contest the tradition continued. Competition was steep, only three shirts were being displayed. One Shirt was removed from the competition by the Judge who was wearing it.  Bill Hines narrowly edged out the other competition and received the Distinguished Trophy Hat. Stay tuned for next month’s competition announcement.

02 SEP 21 Nevada Humane Society support from VVA/AVVA 989

AVVA 989 Regional Representative Brigitte Stafford received an emergency request to help transport Pet food and supplies needed by the displaced Caldor Fire Evacuees and their pets. Donations were received at the Reno Humane Society Building but were needed at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. Immediately action was taken to provide the VVA 989 Flag Trailer. Humane Society Volunteers helped load the trailer. Ray Scow at the wheel with copilot J. R. Stafford headed south with their much-needed cargo.

Over the past few years AVVA 989 members have logged in many volunteer hours at the Humane Society. The Humane Society posted this thank you massage about VVA Chapter 989 on Facebook. Thank you to the amazing volunteers from Vietnam Veterans of America Sierra Nevada Chapter 989 who volunteered their trailer, their time and their support to help transport ALL these supplies to pets in need! These volunteers are also the proud parents of former Nevada Humane Society shelter pets. Ray adopted his beloved #RescueDog Buddy from our Reno Shelter several years ago and the two are inseparable! The need for the Humane Society support may not be over. Brigitte is keeping track of volunteers who may be needed in the near future on short notice.

Well Done 989!!

30AUG21 Candle Light Vigil for NNUVC President

Brett Palmer

The 30AUG21 Candle Light Vigil for Northern Nevada United Veterans Coalition President, Brett Palmer, was attended by many members of the Fernley community, the Veterans Coalition, and various members of the Northern Nevada Veterans Service Organization (VSO) Community.  VVA 989ers, Ralph & Sandy Theiss, Bill Grey, Ray Scow and Brigitte and J. R. Stafford were there with the Flag Trailer.  All attendees were there to pay respects to a man who was the strong and outspoken leader of the fine organization who provides outstanding tribute to our veterans who are buried or inurned at the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery (NNVMC).  Various members spoke of Brett’s humor, leadership and love of the “Wreaths Across America” program.  Donations for wreaths to cover every veteran’s grave or along the wall where they are inurned were collected and members of the Coalition vowed to carry on with the program, and make this year’s program the best yet…as Brett was often heard to say.  Rest In Peace, Marine.  Your Coalition is behind your legacy and your friends will carry on.

29 AUG 21 Candlelight Vigil for the 13 US Service Members

Members of 989 joined Reno Citizens in front of the ‘Believe’ sculpture to show support for 13 US service members killed at the Kabul airport explosion last week. There was time to reflect on this tragic event.  Small candles were lit. Thoughts and prayers were sent to the family members of the fallen.

God bless all uniform personnel -God bless the United States.

28 AUG 21 Outreach Booth at DAV Raffle and Car Show and Shine

 VVA 989 supported the DAV at their Annual Raffle with our Flag Trailer on display and a well manned Outreach Booth.  The Car Show and Shine was organized by the Iron Mafia Car Club in the Sportsman’s Warehouse parking lot on Kietzke Lane, Reno. Along with the raffle was a generous barbecue was provided for all comers. The Northern Nevada Veterans Coalition paid tribute to their fallen leader Brett Palmer.  VVA members did shine with a number of vehicles on display. 989er James and Gloria picked up a trophy for their fine looking 49 Red and Silver Chevrolet Pickup.

08 AUG 21 Car Show and Shine at NNS Veterans Home

VVA 989 with the help of AVVA hosted a “SMOKEY AUGUST AFTERNOON” for a grateful group of Veterans living at 33 Battle Born Way, Sparks.

989 received a request for cars to visit at the NNS Veterans Home early this week. The result was a terrific event with support from many car clubs.

2 dozen vehicles provided a variety of exceptional cars from VW Bugs to a Corvette. (See photos)  Also on display were T- Buckets to Pickup Trucks and a Coupe Deville Low Rider. What’s more natural than Veterans and Classic Cars?

The sounds of 50’s and 60’s music filled the air. Not to be outdone, a group of 3 T-Buckets put out a little bit of music of their own.

The Veterans were treated to Ice Cream Sundaes and Popcorn. Many restrictions were in place but that didn’t curb the enthusiasm.

The Awards received by the Car owners were the smiles and appreciation from the Veterans and Staff. From the gratitude shown by the Veterans’ faces, the car owners realized their time was well spent and the visit to the Veterans Home may be the highlight to their week.

Car owners began discussing making this an annual event. Well Done to the leadership of 989 for this event.

06 AUG 21 Winner Ugly Hawaii Shirt Contest

VVA 989 assembled for the First Friday Brunch Bunch at the Gold and Silver Inn, Reno. Prior to the meeting Members were asked to wear their ugliest Hawaii Shirt for an extremely sophisticated judged contest. Red exceeded all expectations with his former smoking shirt. Red proudly wore his extremely coveted award around his neck during the remainder of the Brunch.

29 JUL 21 NAM Celebrates the Birthday of The Stars and Stripes Newspaper

J.R. Stafford holds up a copy of Stars and Stripes announcing the capture of the Navy’s intelligence ship, the USS Pueblo. Stafford was serving in Vietnam when the news broke. Steve Ranson / LV

Members of VVA 989 attended an event that was at National Automobile Museum, Reno to celebrate 160 Birthday of The Stars and Stripes Newspaper.

UNR History Professor Doug Mishler portrayed the famous WWII correspondent Ernie Pyle on stage. Also a Video was shown “The Most Dangerous Paper Route in the World,” the story of Stars and Stripes. In the audience there were a number of Veterans who read the Stars & Stripes as their connection back home.

The video “The Most Dangerous Paper Route in the World” is available on YouTube; you should check it out. Please TAP on the link for a newspaper article in The Nevada State News that covered the events

24 JUL 21 VVA Chapter 989 Resumed it’s Outreach Booth at The Crossroads Gun Show

With many events returning to business as usual, 989 resumed it’s Outreach Program at The Crossroads Gun Show.  John and Linda Dickinson blew the dust off the items that were needed for the Outreach Booth. Many members of 989 were eager to volunteer after the lengthy downtime. You can see from the photos, Chapter 989 was well represented. 989 will have a number of opportunities in the near future for volunteering at other Outreach Events. You may want to check them out on the 989 Website- Members Only- section. Thank you to all of you who volunteered! Well Done !

24 JUL 21 A Shout Out to Walt Rosenberg

Walt Rosenberg, Vietnam Veteran US Navy, Walt has been seen at many car shows and cruises displaying his T Bucket. Walt is a former member of 989 who transferred to 388. Walt has spent many hours at VAMC Reno volunteering time with Hospice Patients and as a Suicide Prevention Counselor. He has become a One-Man Outreach Ambassador for VA services. On Memorial Day Walt joined 989, during the cruise around the NNS Veterans Home. His car received a trophy at “The Showing for the Youth” Car Show which benefited the Eddie House. Nice guy-Nice car.

15 JUL 21 VVA 989 and Partners Team Up at the NNS Veterans Home

Ray, Do you know the Way to 36 Battle Born Way ?

Members of VVA 989 and our AVVA members, The Katie Grace Foundation and a large contingent of volunteers from the local Home Depot Stores in the area met and put together items for the three patios at the home. As residents watched from inside the home, mixed crews in three different patios assemble a patio table, a large cantilevered umbrella, some hose bibs and a storage box for patio items. (Chairs are back ordered and will follow.) These items are part of a larger Home Depot Foundation “Grant” for the home which includes a “build out” for shelving and storage items for the proposed “Sundry Store” inside the home. The store project is expected to be implemented in August.

Teamwork in Action!

4 JUL 21 4th of July on the Comstock

31 MAY 21 Memorial Day 989 Cruises The NNS Veterans Home

After concluding devotions at the Northern Nevada State Veterans Cemetery in Fernley, Members of Chapter 989 with our Flag Trailer were joined by other members of local veterans organizations and local car and motorcycle clubs to “Cruise” the Northern Nevada State Veterans Home in Sparks. The cruise is our way of letting the residents know that they are not forgotten, especially on this most hallowed day of the year for veterans and their families. What started as an “afterthought” after the Fernley Memorial Day event in 2020 has grown into a good size “Cruise” in 2021. Who knows…perhaps we’ll actually publicize and make the cruise “official” in 2022 and use the occasion as a fund raiser for the residents of the Vets home.

25 MAY 21 NNS Veterans Home Planter Project

15 MAY 21 Hawthorne Armed Forces Day Parade

Sierra Nevada Chapter 989 VVA Color Guard Trailer receives the trophy- Military Division Award at the Hawthorne Armed Forces Day Parade on May 15th.

989 and AVVA Crew looking sharp at the parade!
19 APR 21 VVA 989 Delivers Hand Sanitizer to NNS Veterans Home and The Veterans Guest House

VVA 989 delivers a donation of hand sanitizer to the Northern Nevada State Veterans Home and the VA Veterans Guest House. This donation was made possible by our partner The Katie Grace Foundation. This donation is incredibly valuable to keep both sites safe and COVID-FREE for our Nevada Veterans. Well Done!

28 MAR 21 The Vietnam War Veterans Remembrance Day Hawkins Amphitheater Bartley Ranch Reno
At the Bartley Ranch Regional Park. Chapter President J.R. Stafford thanks Maj. Gen. Ondra Berry, Nevada’s Adjutant General at
the podium during National Vietnam Veterans Day event on March 28th.

11 NOV 20 Veterans Day at NNS Veterans Home

06 NOV 20   Ceremony – Veterans In Care (VIC) for NDVS

At Summit Estates, VVA Chapter 989 Color Guard members volunteered by posting of the “colors” (and our assorted flags preposted), and doing the presentation of the colors and honors during the National Anthem.  The VIC (ceremony) presents certificates from the Governor recognizing veterans living at the care facility for their service.  Most of the residents are WWII & Korean War veterans, but there is the occasional Vietnam Vet in the crowd.  We also recognize the widows of service members and the surviving spouse for her patriotism and support of the veteran during his service.  

COVID-19 has put a big stumbling block on VIC ceremonies and we look forward to a time when we can once again “shake the hands” and thank those veterans who have paid the price of freedom during previous generations.

12 NOV 19 Giving Thanks Dinner/ Scholarship Awards at the Bunker

11 NOV 19 1111 Hrs Veterans Day Parade Reno

3 OCT 19 NNS Veterans Home Open House

COVID-19 has put a big stumbling block on VIC ceremonies and we look forward to a time when we can once again “shake the hands” and thank those veterans who have paid the price of freedom during previous generations.

Sep 2019 989 AVVA at Homeless Veteran Stand Down


AUG 2019 Gary Meckler FINAL SALUTE

03 AUG 19 Aces Ballpark POW/MIA Military Night

AUG 19 Hot August Nights, Sparks, NV

29 JUN 19 Gold Star Family Memorial Monument Unveiled

Nevada’s first Gold Star Family Memorial Monument was unveiled on the grounds of The Northern Nevada State Veterans Home in Sparks on June 29, 2019.

( Photo by Terri Hendry )

30 MAR 19 Vietnam War Veterans Remembrance Day

Reno Events Center

 01 DEC 18 Sparks Hometowne Christmas Parade


DEC 18 989 Color Guard at the National Grazing Lands Conference

15 NOV 18 Chapter 989 Giving Thanks Dinner


11 NOV 18 Veterans Day Parade Reno

31 OCT 18 Sparks Street Renaming Kietzke Lane to

Battle Born Way

Battle Born Way stree renaming event 10.31.18_0095 (1) copy

13 APR 18 Spartan Pledge VAMC Reno

The VA held a Spartan Pledge in Reno to address suicide among those who’ve served in the military. Members of VVA 989 and AVVA assisted by ushering veterans and helped serve lunch.
The pledge created by Boone Cutler gives veterans a mission to seek another veteran before taking their life – a subject that’s often taboo among veterans.
The Spartan Pledge states: I will not take my own life by my own hand until I talk to my battle buddy first.

Members of VVA 989 and AVVA are ready to serve .

28 SEP 17 Take Me Home Huey Project

Displayed at The Nevada Museum of Art Take Me Home Huey® is dedicated to the 2,709,918 Americans that served in Vietnam. With the mission to thank and honor Vietnam veterans for their service and sacrifice, Take Me Home Huey is an Emmy-winning documentary film.

28SEP17 Recognition Senator Heller

AUG 17 Veteran & Support Governor’s Award

Kevin Burns, Chair, United Veterans Legislative CounselKevin Burns, Chair, United Veterans Legislative Counsel

Aug 17 VVA 989 Chapter Picnic

9 AUG 17 VVA National Convention New Orleans

JUN 17 Anniversary Dinner