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.
Memorial Day 2020 - We Remember
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.
Per the May/June issue of the VVA Veteran magazine, on page 7, the article entitled, "Forty Years" by Michael Keating, quote; " The VVA Veteran will no longer appear in print ...at least not for the time being."
Just thought you all should know.
To Chapter 717 brothers and sisters:
Is this going to be just another incredible stay at home day in our life, watching reruns on TV, reading a book, working in the yard or a home project? At times our day may seem like the movie Groundhog Day yet we survive it and wake up the next day wondering if its Friday or Saturday only to find out its Wednesday. This inherit pandemic which we did not ask for has affected all of us in various ways, physically (just check my scale), mentally or stressful times, but maybe on a brighter side finding that lost family bonding which was lost because we forgot to stop and smell the flowers.
I have tried to compare the current time to events in my life and imagine what others are feeling and how it is affecting their lives only to realize our lives have changed many times over the years and we have reasons to smile and laugh every day. Do you remember your prom, turning 21, getting married and your first born? Can you remember taking your oath when being sworn into the military? Are these days similar to some of your time in the service, getting up falling out for formation and reporting for same duty as the day before. Should I ask what your thoughts were back then?
We now have time to follow up with the little things in our life which we mean to do but lost track of time, how many friends will we call just to say HI or write a letter (yes-some of us remember how) to a distance friend and bring a little sunshine to their life. My grand kids love getting something in the mail only because their name is on it and it is just for them, a token of love.
This is my letter to all of you with a little love and sunshine. Make the most of your day, be safe, stay healthy and remember we are here for each other.
VVA Chapter 717 Raffle - $5 per Ticket or 3 Tickets for $10
Since many of our fund raiser events that were scheduled for this year are in jeopardy of not being held due to the CORVID-19 virus, we thought we would hold a raffle. One of our members, Janet Dorety, made a beautiful 5 Branch Military Square quilt for the chapter to raffle to help with raising funds. The quilt will be the 1st prize of the raffle, the 2nd prize is a NanoVault 300 Safe that has a protective foam interior, a combination locking system and can fit in bags, briefcases or under your vehicle’s seat, and the 3rd prize is a Garden Stone with display holder. We only have 300 raffle tickets, so we are looking for 30 members to volunteer to take 10 raffle tickets each to sell. Before we pass out the raffle tickets if anyone is interested in purchasing 1 raffle ticket for $5 or 3 raffle tickets for $10 then please contact Bob McCullough at (216) 276-7576 or Jim Oakes at (330) 844-3584. If you are interested in getting 10 raffle tickets to sell then please let Bob or Jim know since they each have 150 tickets.
1st Prize - 5 Branch Military Square Quilt, Size 51x75
2nd Prize - Nano Vault 300
3rd Prize - Garden Stone with Display Holder
All Prizes Shown
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.