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.
Joining VVA allows you to connect with other veterans, stay up with the latest on special events.
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 pm in the Ellet Community Center.
2449 Wedgewood Drive, Akron Ohio 44312.
For those who can join us next Wednesday at 11am for lunch, February 20th, we will be meeting at Angie's Italian Restaurant 343 4th St. NW. Barberton, OH 44203.
The Chaplain Corner message this quarter is from Mark Latham.
Dear fellow Chapter members: As the saying goes " Out with the old (2018) and in with the new (2019). Dear Lord bless us who carry scars in our hearts as well as our bodies. Dark memories sometimes still haunt our sleep at night and our thoughts during the day. Jesus, you came to give us abundant life by providing a way (prayer) for us to release our pain to you. On the cross you bore our sorrows, brokenness and our sin and when we trust in you, we can transfer our wounds and pain for your joy and comfort. Bless our families and give them patience and wisdom to endure us. Create good in families of all veterans who have experienced pain and loss. Lord I humbly ask that you would bless our Chapter in 2019 and keep us from all harm and danger and in our aging process to grant us good health. Let us be able to help our children and grandchildren and teach them your truths. Lord thank you for our freedoms in this wonderful United States of America. Amen.
Chaplain Mark Latham
Our chapter was contacted and asked to participate in a panel discussion (question and answer) with Honor classes at STEM school. See information below.
Honors U.S. History at N.I.H.F. STEM High School, part of Akron Public Schools. Honors World History and our Language Arts department are working to develop a unit on Oral History and the Vietnam War. Freshmen and sophomore students will be researching the causes and consequences of the Vietnam War both domestically and internationally. As part of their research they will be required to gather oral histories from the war by performing interviews with veterans of the conflict. The interviews and research will be used to create a presentation on Vietnam and the value of using oral histories to create a better understanding of past events.
The teachers are seeking a minimum of 40 Vietnam veterans who would be willing to visit our school and be interviewed by our learners. We have reserved Friday, February 22nd for the interviews which will take place at our school. The N.I.H.F. STEM High School is housed in the former Central Hower building located at 123 South Forge Street, across from the University of Akron. All participants will be invited to return for presentations on Friday, April 12th.
There will be 4 session,each lasting 90 minutes.
7:25 am - 8:40 am
8:45 am - 10:00 am
10:05 am - 11:20 am
11:25 am - 12:40 am
Please reply via email or contact me by phone 330-844-3584 if you can participate and what time slot(s) would be best for you.
You can also reply to any chapter officers or at our February 5th meeting.
As part of our interaction with community programs PLEASE consider assisting these students with their research and project.
Who better to answer their questions then from us - we were there!
Chapter 717 Facebook link below
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Chapter 717 Current Newsletter
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.