Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 47

Inland Empire Chapter

PO Box 4277, Riverside, CA 92514-4277 - 951-743-1917

Welcome To VVA 47 - Inland Empire California - San Bernardino, Riverside Counties

We Welcome All Vietnam Era Veterans and Their Families
Throughout The Inland Empire
Riverside - San Bernardino Counties And Beyond

In Honor of Michael "Bat" Masterson - MIA October 13, 1968
And His Wife Fran who passed away June 12, 2015

People Are Watching VVA <------Click Here for the YouTube Video (very good, worth your time)

March/April 2020

  • Chapter 47 meetings have been suspended for March due to the coronavirus/COVID-19. We hope to resume in April but that will be decided at the end of March

  • Chapter 47 Board of Directors Meeting - To Be Decided

  • Chapter 47 Annual Meeting & Elections - To Be Decided

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 47 General Membership meets at 10 a.m. on the third Saturday of each month at the Chapter meeting location - VFW Post 10267 in Jurupa Valley, 8607 Mission Blvd Riverside, CA 92509 <-click for map.
There are some occasional changes to these locations/dates/times, so please see below for information.

The Board meets on the second Wednesday each month at 10 a.m. at VFW 10267 (use link above for map). Some month's dates vary.

Everyone is welcome at all our meetings, please feel free to join us, bring your family members. If you know of a Vietnam veteran, bring them along. We'd like to give them a "Welcome Home!" - and get to know them and share.

Refreshments at our General Meetings are provided for your enjoyment provided by Chapter 47 - water, coffee, pastries, cookies, etc. (donations welcomed)

Chapter contact information below

Winter 2019 Forward Observer Newsletter

AVVA / Military Veteran Caregiver Network

Veterans Serving Veterans

County of Riverside – Adopt a Road Program

“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.

Fellow Volunteers;

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.
Volunteer Coordinator
Veterans Serving Veterans
(951) 990-1873
(Glenn is a Chapter 47 member)

Monthly At Riverside National Cemetery:

The monthly Unclaimed Veterans Ceremony is on the third Wednesday each month, the next will be on February 19, 2020, at Riverside National Cemetery at 9:00 am. It will again be at Shelter "G" - Please come to honor these veterans.

Click Image To Download/View Larger Map

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

Please check our Dawgs' Calendar for events in your area (

Chapter 47 Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day Motorcycle Ride and Ceremonies

Chapter 47's Jeep/Trailer Led The Motorcycle Ride to Riverside National Cemetery

Help Chapter 47 Raise Funds!

Cars 4 Causes
Car Donation Logo

Car Donation


You can donate a tax deductible donation to Chapter 47 easily, use the PayPal logo above to use a secure credit card transaction. Our 501 (c)(19) [FYI: a (c)(19) is essentially the same as a (c)(3) except a (19) is a "War Veterans Organization"] - IRS ID is: 52-1850325. Our Secretary of State, Attorney General registered charity documentation is available from the Secretary of State, or Attorney General web sites (search - Vietnam Veterans of America then look for Chapter 47).

Household Goods Donations Program
<---- Click on the truck.

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)
Clothing accessories
Shoes (all kinds)
Baby items
House and glassware
Books, toys, bikes
Stereos, radios, portable TVs
All bedding, draperies, curtains
Usable small furniture & rugs
Small appliances
Tools (all kinds)
Jewelry and cosmetics

Chapter 47 receives funds from the program.

Schedule a pick up: 909-888-7786

Or you can go to: to find out more information. Thank you for considering assisting Chapter 47!

If you have donations and are outsided of the pickup areas, or are not in the Riverside pickup area, you can bring them to a Chapter General Meeting and Patrick Gillis will get the picked up. Only donations made in the Riverside area are credited to our chapter. You can email Patrick at:

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 - Patrick Gillis, Tony Scrudato, Jim Valdez, Jess Gomez and Ruben Rasso. The CA State Council Chapter Representatives: George Swift/Jess Gomez

Mail: Chapter 47, PO Box 4277, Riverside, CA 92514-4277 - Phone: George Swift ( 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.

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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

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