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VVA 310

The Vietnam Veterans of America National Chapter of the Year - 1999 & 2007

Newsletter of the Year 2007, 09, 11 & 15



LTC. (Retired) Charles Kettles receved the Medal of Honor - July 2016

President’s Message:

Dave Draper




newsI hope everyone was able to take a moment on December 7 to reflect on all those who lost their lives during the bombing of Pearl Harbor. It was a time of horror for our military and for our Nation. It did, however, bring us together as a Nation, with a single cause to defeat those who had perpetrated such a dastardly act. Maybe you remembered by becoming couch potatoes, as Meni and I did, and watched many of the old World War II classics that were playing on TV during that week.

By the time you read this Christmas will have come and gone. Hopefully you will have recovered from any hangovers you may have developed from your New Year celebrations. At our age, though, I doubt many of us carry on the way we did in our youth. Certainly not me. Hopefully I have learned life’s lessons on that matter. Meni and I had a great time with our two grandchildren in New York over the Christmas holiday. It’s always heartwarming to watch the excitement and anticipation in their eyes on Christmas Eve and, of course, on Christmas day. I hope everyone was able to take a moment to remember the reason we celebrate Christmas. It’s all in the first six letters!

treeAs we enter this new year I am hopeful that we continue to carry our message forward of our commitment to our Veterans and help them with their needs. Our main focus should, of course, be for Veterans, but I hope we will continue to support our local community as well, as we currently do with places like Dawn Farm. We will continue to fight the fight for getting medical help for those affected by Agent Orange, and get more coverage for their families added. We should continue to be at the forefront in providing assistance for our current military personnel also. Those who are coming back from war who have both physical and mental issues. I know I am trying to do my part, where possible, and hope you will do the same. I know many of you from our Chapter are already involved in many volunteer missions, not just for our Chapter but outside our Chapter as well.

wacuJust a reminder, January 11 we will be supporting and sponsoring WACU (Warriors and Caregivers United) for their annual fundraiser at Frenchie’s (next to Sidetrack Bar and Grill) in Ypsilanti’s Depot Town. Former Miss Michigan, Stacey Mason, will provide entertainment as she has in the past. The food and beverage from Sidetrack and the comradery amongst friends is another reason in itself to come out. The staff will be donating their tips and Sidetrack will donate half of the dinner receipts for the night. There will be an auction for Red Wing tickets, Tiger tickets, quilts and much more. Come out and help raise money for this worthy cause to help Vets and their caregivers deal with PTS.

flagThe American flag: what does it mean to you? I would like to get some feedback from you on this topic, which is close to me. Those of you who are fellow Veterans that are reading this will probably have some strong opinions on this also. When we fly off to a foreign country and spend some time there, especially in war conditions, you begin to appreciate just what that piece of nylon or cloth represents. True, it’s just a piece of material, but it takes on a whole new meaning. Whether you were forced to go to war or you volunteered, that “symbol” represents your country. Flying in the air or draped over a coffin, it represents the United States of America and all we have struggled for since we landed at Plymouth Rock. It’s enough to make a grown man cry to see uninformed and seemingly unfeeling people desecrate the flag. It tugs strongly on our hearts and brings our tempers to a boil. E-mail me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with what you think the flag represents to you and what you think it represents to our Nation. Would you be in favor of making it a Federal law prohibiting the desecration of the flag? In the next month or two I will share a few of your e-mails (with your permission)


Sgt. Dave Draper


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