PO Box 4277, Riverside, CA 92514-4277 - 951-231-7268
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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.
The next scheduled clean-up of the Veterans Memorial Highway is scheduled for Saturday, June 23rd beginning at 08:00 a.m. The staging for this event will be announced later due to the large amount of road construction.
Please post the fliers and/or bring a friend to help. We may even get support from The Grove Community Church as they support "serve week" within the community.
I will be riding with "Run for the Wall - 30th Anniversary" as the Midway Assistant Route Coordinator this year. You can follow us and our travels at rftw.us, as we ride we provide outreach to communities promoting healing, support to veterans, accountability for our POW/MIA, Gold & Blue Star families and recognize all veterans past & present from all conflicts.
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 February 21, 2018, 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 email@example.com.
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 Steve Mackey, President (cell - 951-231-7268)
Officers for 2017 - 2019 are: President - Steve Mackey; Vice President - Mike Kennedy; Treasurer/Secretary - Tom Hohmann. Directors - Walter Mendoza, Jim Valdez, Jess Gomez, Ken Porizek and Ruben Rasso. The CA State Council Chapter Representative Ken Porizek
Mail: Chapter 47, PO Box 4277, Riverside, CA 92514-4277 - Phone: Steve Mackey (firstname.lastname@example.org)(cell: 951-231-7268)
Chapter 47 publishes a newsletter each quarter, for a sample 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