PO Box 4277, Riverside, CA 92514-4277 - 951-743-1917
Chapter contact information below
Spring 2019 Forward Observer Newsletter
AVVA / Military Veteran Caregiver Network
“Veterans Serving Veterans” is an organization of volunteers who have adopted a 3.0 mile stretch of the “Veterans Memorial Highway,” also know as Van Buren Boulevard, between Barton Street and the frontage of Highway 215, located in the Orangecrest area of Riverside. The goal is to honor our military branches by ensuring community pride to this dedicated portion of the roadway.
In cooperation with the Riverside County Transportation Department and the City of Riverside Beautification Program, volunteers will assist in removing litter, trash and discarded items for pick-up once every 60 to 90 days (based upon demand) under the supervision of the volunteer coordinator. Specific dates will be announced requesting a minimum of 2.0 hours, or less, of your time in helping. Youths are encouraged with adult or guardian participation.
You need not be a veteran to volunteer, only love and respect our military heritage, our city and county, by instilling community pride in the management of this dedicated roadway honoring our military.
Well another one is in the bag! Sort of a ironic pun, right.
Well we accomplished this community pride project with 3 volunteers on Friday (Ted Yancu, Wayne Vigenault, Glenn Waggoner). Then on Saturday we finished with 8 volunteers (Laurie Waggoner, Glenn Waggoner, Ron Baumgartner, RC Sutton, Dillon Sutton, Dick Phillips and newcomers Patrick Gillis and Heidi Sovich).
Thank you all for your continued support, dedication and community pride!
Glenn Waggoner Jr.
Veterans Serving Veterans
(Glenn is a Chapter 47 member)
The monthly Unclaimed Veterans Ceremony is on the third Wednesday each month, the next will be on May 15, 2019, at Riverside National Cemetery at 9:00 am. It will again be at Shelter "G" - Please come to honor these veterans.
The Feed the Dawgs Project
The Feed the Dawgs Project (aka The Dawgs Project) was launched in the spring 2008 by two old Nam Vet dog handlers and a DaNang parachute packer. It all started at the PMO/IMEF Military Working Dog Kennels at Camp Pendleton' (now Camp Cann).
The mission of the project is threefold; to provide STEAK barbecues to America's Front Line Defenders, to preserve the heritage that is "K9," and to support the Military Working Dog Community at home and off shore. If you'd like to participate, contribute, or just stay in touch, contact Jon Hemp (Chapter 47 member) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please check our Dawgs' Calendar for events in your area (www.thedawgsproject.com)
Chapter 47 Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day Motorcycle Ride and Ceremonies
Chapter 47's Jeep/Trailer Led The Motorcycle Ride to Riverside National Cemetery
Household Goods Donations Program
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Donate your un-needed clothing items and other "yard sale" type items to VVA's Clothing Donations Program. From the site you can find out more about what items are acceptable, how the program works, etc.
VVA accepts donations of all kinds, but we especially need clothing.
Clothing of all types & sizes
(men’s, ladies, children’s, baby’s)
Shoes (all kinds)
House and glassware
Books, toys, bikes
Stereos, radios, portable TVs
All bedding, draperies, curtains
Usable small furniture & rugs
Tools (all kinds)
Jewelry and cosmetics
Chapter 47 receives funds from the program.
Or you can go to: http://www.vvadonations.org to find out more information. Thank you for considering assisting Chapter 47!
Contact VVA 47: E-mail George Swift, President - cell - (951) 743-1917
Officers for 2019 are: President - George Swift; Vice President - Mike Kennedy; Treasurer - Tom Hohmann; Secretary - Steve Mackey. Directors - Walter Mendoza, Jim Valdez, Jess Gomez, Bill Wurtz and Ruben Rasso. The CA State Council Chapter Representatives: George Swift/Jess Gomez
Mail: Chapter 47, PO Box 4277, Riverside, CA 92514-4277 - Phone: Steve Mackey (email@example.com)(cell: 951-743-1917)
Chapter 47 publishes a newsletter each quarter, for a copy, CLICK HERE
You will need at least Adobe Acrobat 4.0 to view it, it is in a PDF format. Acrobat is available free at: Adobe Systems.
The Moving Wall was at Riverside National Cemetery 28 May through 3 June 1998. We were very proud to have hosted the Wall. Photos are available by clicking below.
The Moving Wall in 1998 at Riverside National Cemetery
The Moving Wall was presented at the California Speedway in 2010.
2010 Moving Wall Presentation - Click Here