VVA CHAPTER #717 welcomes all our brothers and sisters who served in Vietnam between February 28, 1961 & May 7, 1975, or in any duty location between August 5, 1964 & May 7, 1975.
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VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA CHAPTER 717
We are located in Northeast Ohio, in Summit County.
We meet on the first Tuesday of every month at 6:30 pm in the Ellet Community Center.
2449 Wedgewood Drive, Akron Ohio 44312.
April Chapter 717 Newsletter is available for download near the bottom of this page.
For those who can join us next Wednesday July 17th at 11am for lunch. We will be meeting at Brimfield Family Restaurant located at 1198 Tallmadge Road, Brimfield, Ohio 44240. Gulf War Vet Gary Carr and his wife Kristy will be there, they are visiting from South Carolina. A few months back, Gary's sister bought all our lunches for her brother, Gary, who has a great deal of respect for Vietnam Veterans. Come on out if you can .... let's welcome Gary home!
About a week ago I received this message from Kristy Carr:
"Good afternoon and thank you so much for your service!! My name is Kristy and my husband is Gary. Gary spent 14 years in the Army during Desert Shield/Desert Storm and has an extreme amount of respect for Vietnam Veterans. Some time ago, my husband paid for your group lunch (through his sister) because we live in South Carolina) and she just happen to be eating lunch at the same place/time.
Telling you the above is only so you know who we are and why I would like to make the following request. 😊
We are coming back to Ohio from July 12-21 and I was wondering if you meet anywhere during that time that I may be able to bring my husband to meet some or all of you?
He has an extreme sensitivity to Vietnam vets because the feels that his service was nothing compared what you folks went through in Vietnam and he feels unworthy in many ways.
He suffers from roughly 12 side effects of Gulf War syndrome right now and PTSD and physical pain is a part of his struggles.
My hopes for meeting other veterans is that he will see that he is worthy of his service and that he isn't alone in his struggles both emotionally and physically.
He makes a point of confronting, thanking and shaking the hand of every random Vietnam veteran he sees (even sitting in traffic) and it would do my heart and his some good for him to get a little peace from both your experience and his.
I know that's a lot of rambling on but I wanted to get all of that out so you knew why I felt a surprise meeting with some of you may benefit him.
If you feel there is any chance that we may be able to attend a meeting or just meet for a breakfast/lunch, we would be happy to pay again to show our appreciation!
Thank you in advance and I hope you have an amazing day!
We plan on meeting Gary and his wife Kristy on Wednesday July 17th at our weekly lunch gathering at the Brimfield Family Restaurant at 11:AM. Please join us and "WELCOME GARY HOME" !
Veterans Fair - Hartville Flea Market
I want to thank everyone who came out and helped at the Hartville Independence Day Flea Market on Friday and Saturday. We received $479.14 in donations and sold $763 in merchandise for a grand total of $1,242.14. Here are some of the crew that were there on Saturday:
Those pictured from left to right are Gary Powell, Chuck Linderman, Jim Oakes, Dave Pickens, Mark Latham, Dale Zickefoose, Bob McCullough, Janet Dorety
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Any Vietnam Era Veteran can join our Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) Chapter 717. Simply email Bob McCullough at BobMc717@gmail.com or call him at (216) 276-7576 or send him the following to our PO Box 4091, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44223. He will need a copy of your DD-214, Name, Date of Birth, Mailing Address, City, State, Zip, Home Phone, Cell Phone, Email Address along with a one time check of $50 made out to “VVA Chapter 717” for a Life Membership. Any questions then please call Bob McCullough.