• Chuck and his wife Ann

  • President and Charlie heading to the East Room

  • Chuck and his son Mike

  • Chuck and his daughter Jeanna

  • Medal of Honor

  • East Room For The Medal of Honor Ceromony

Vietnam Veterans of America,
Charles S. Kettles Chapter 310
National Chapter of the Year - 1999 & 2007
Newsletter of the Year 2007, 09, 11, & 15
E-Newsletter of the Year 2017
Chapter member LTC. (Retired) Chuck Kettles receved the Medal of Honor - July 2016
President’s Message
Jon Luker
jlukerWhen I first joined VVA Charles S. Kettles Chapter 310, I did so because of three factors:  Everywhere I went that had something to do with veterans, it appeared that many of the people doing the work were members of our VVA Chapter, Whenever I asked for help from the organizations of Washtenaw County, VVA is the one that came through.  Every time Gary Lillie saw my car parked somewhere, he’d put a business card on it telling me I should come to a meeting and meet some great people.

You members are why it is possible for me to even have considered the job of President. You folks make the organization practically run itself. But as I’ve looked at the work done by our recent past Presidents, I must say I’m a bit nervous. There are some impressive years in our Chapter’s history. Still, the Army didn’t raise us to be timid in the doing of our duty, so I’m determined to earn my salary.

Much was accomplished since our last election. Our membership reached and exceeded  200. Our merchandise committee served veterans at more than a dozen events (accumulating the highest ever sales, while they were at it). Our financial statements and tax forms are automated and transparent. We helped make sure that Michigan’s first Fisher House will be built in Ann Arbor. Plus, we did our usual work of caring 
for each other and other veterans, through donations, outreach, service at the Ann Arbor VA and other community events, and so on. Although our parking lot project at the Memorial is not finished, I think the companies that have been pouring time, money, and materials into the project deserve our gratitude and recognition, starting with Doan Construction, who both suggested the idea and volunteered to do the major part of the work, without being asked. Diversified Excavating initially signed up to do the excavation needed, but then volunteered to provide gravel and to do the finish grade. When it became clear that the project would not be done in time enough to use it on Memorial Day, Diversified came through with a bunch of gravel to make the area temporarily useful as planned. They also agreed to remove some of the gravel to make room for asphalt when it is ready to be put down. Ypsilanti Township came through as usual, helping us to find the right partners for this project, including OHM Advisors who drew up the plans, found an inspector, landed the paving company and provided some project management. Cadillac  Asphalt has agreed to do the final 4 inches of asphalt paving.

Our next big event will be a multi- organization effort: Our annual Veterans Family 4th of July Celebration. This year, the event will be co-sponsored and promoted by Team Red, White & Blue and Ypsilanti American Legion Post 282. The event will follow the parade, and will be held just off the Memorial grounds at the Ypsilanti Township Civic Center grounds. As usual, there will be music, food, games for kids and
grownups, and plenty of opportunity to get to know one another. There is no charge to attend. The event is open to Washtenaw County veterans (including those with any time of service in the Guard or Reserve, whether deployed or not) and their families and loved ones. This is in keeping with our motto: Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another.

I look forward to building another great year with you.

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