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 6:30 pm in the Ellet Community Center.
2449 Wedgewood Drive, Akron Ohio 44312.
Veterans Crisis Line - 800-273-8255
Service Officer Locator - for help with your VA disability claim
December 2019 Chapter 717 Newsletter is available for download near the bottom of this page.
Ohio Veterans Memorial Park in Clinton, Ohio
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For those who can join us next Wednesday February 19th at 11am for lunch, we will be meeting at Sammie's Bar and Grill located at 498 South Ave.Tallmadge OH 44278.
On Wednesday, February 12th, Bob McCullough, John Thomas, Tom Knepp and Jim Oakes went to Kent State University. to pick up discarded clothes, printers, laptop computers, some sport items, and a lot of miscellaneous items students left after leaving the school or graduating last year. Believe it or not, they filled a 24 foot U Haul truck and it took them, and a staff member from Kent State, 2 hours to load = 10 hours labor.
These items will be given to the House Hold Goods Program which we currently receive $261.12 month.
From Bob McCullough: “We loaded the truck with items donated to us from Kent State. It was estimated they had 80 bags of clothing plus miscellaneous items. Well, we loaded at least 80 bags of clothing, 2 flat screen TV’s, 4 printers and storage units. The truck is parked in Tom Knepp drive at 2544 25th Street in Cuyahoga Falls. When we called the VVA Clothing Donations they told us they cannot go into a garage or a truck to get the items. We were told the items must be left on the ground or driveway for them to pickup the items. I told them we have a 20 foot U-Haul truck filled and they should send at least 3 people, which we were informed they only send one person per truck, which is the driver, who must also load the truck. The lady we spoke with today could not tell us when they will arrive but since their truck is less than 20 feet long and it’s noted on our pickup order that we have 80 bags of clothing in a 20 foot truck I can’t imagine they will make a pickup prior to ours.”
On Thursday, February 13th. the truck was unloaded in the morning with the help of John Darmstadt, Ben Cully, Ton Knepp, and Bob McCullough. They unloaded the 20 foot U-Haul on Tom’s front yard as it was snowing, covered it with a tarp and returned the truck with time to spare. The VVA Clothing Donation truck arrived around 1pm and Tom and I helped the driver load everything on his truck. It was only a 16 foot truck, but it was stacked to the top of the truck.. Thank you Tom for allowing us to use your yard …
This is a photograph, left to right, of our treasurer, Bob McCullough, guest, Kelly Dine, and our president, Jim Oakes. Kelly talked at our February meeting Tuesday. Kelly served in the Navy, is a high school science teacher, and spoke to us about her being the crew chief umpire behind the plate at the Little league world series championship.
Last Thursday, February 6th Rick Kerr and I delivered ALL the goodies everyone donated last year and this year for the Ronald McDonald House in Akron. Here are some pictures showing us delivering two carts full of items plus all the aluminum tabs that we collected. Rick was the volunteer for that day. Thank you again for your generosity, they really appreciated receiving these items. The ACME Community Cash-back I report earlier of $208.16 was what had been given to me, but when we unloaded my car, I found a box that had and envelope full of ACME receipt which I didn’t have time to count. I would guess that we donated close to $500 in ACME Community Cash-back receipts - once again thank you. ~ Bob McCullough
A big THANK YOU to the members who brought food items or cash to the chapter meeting last night as donations for the Ronald McDonald house.
The families staying at the house have enough to worry about with a child receiving treatment at the hospital, your contribution will make their stay more comfortable.
Thank you again!
Your chapter Officers
At one of our meetings I mention a three day bus trip to Washington D.C. in October 2020, at cost of $350.00. About 14 of you were interested in this trip, I need you to contact me this week by Thursday evening and let me know if you are still interested as the date has been changed to April 24-26. There is also one other change which I will explain when we talk.
Either reply to this email or call me at 330-844-3584.
I do need to confirm the approximate head count late this week for seating.
Proposed Challenge Coin and Lapel Pin for our Chapter 717
Chapter 717 Facebook link below
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.