SITREP
Pocono Chapter 678




Special points of interest:



Election results


Memorial Day


Annual Vietnam Veteran
Reunion-Kokomo, Indiana

VVA 678 Web site


Where’s Waldo     


Veterans Quick Reference


Washington DC Bus Trip


Welcome New Members


MEMORIAL DAY PARADE
  


Calendar of Events     


Angel Award


Items Avail        
Inside this issue:




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The Situation Report (Sitrep) For the Operations of  VVA Pocono Chapter
678 of Northeast Pennsylvania.
RESULTS
of Elections

April 23rd, 2009
Elections were held
at the located on
Fawn Road just off
rt 447, East
Stroudsburg VFW
Post 2540

President:
Glen Lippincott

Vice President:
Joe Clampet

Secretary:
Marty Barrett

Treasurer:
Marty Barrett

Chaplain:
Doc Polbos

Board of
Directors:

Tony Fasano
Matt Herlihy
Ralph Keiper
Tom Bremer
Brian Koehler
Doc Polbos














Memorial Day is a
United States Federal
the last Monday of
May (on May 25 in
2009). Formerly known
as Decoration Day, it
commemorates U.S.
men and women who
died while in military
service to their
country. First enacted
to honor Union
soldiers of the
American Civil War (it
is celebrated near the
day of reunification
after the civil war), it
was        expanded
after World War I to
include American
casualties of any war
or military action.
The alternative name
of "Memorial Day" was
first used in 1882. It
did not become more
common until after
World War II, and was
not declared the
official name by
Federal law until 1967
.
27th Annual
Vietnam Veteran
Reunion.
Kokomo, Indiana
September  18, 19, 20
Veterans reunion in the
Nation will be held on
September 18, 19 & 20th
2009, at Kokomo, Indiana
8 miles east of US 31 on
State Road 26.
Food vendors - military
vendors - camp sites
available- Not for profit
Veteran organizations -
ceremonies - military
displays reunions within
the reunion - a salute to
middle east Veterans.
Sunday Church services
with chaplain Dennis
Chapman

For Reunion & Reunion
camping information call
765- 628-0297.

Entertainment, Speakers
and Events subject to
change.

FOR INFORMATION CALL
VETERANS PARK AT 765
628 0297 or email:
vveterns@aol.com
http://www.hcvvo.
org/Events.htm

Places to stay: Camping,
RV’s  and there are local
hotels.














Meetings are the 4th
Thursday of each month
at the VFW-7:35PM
East-Stroudsburg
AVVA Members consist of
Wifes, Children,
grandchildren, friends,
neighbors etc.

Pick up a AVVA membership
application and join us.
Welcome New Members MEMORIAL DAY PARADE      
WASHINGTON BUS TRIP
MAY 25TH 2009

We will have a float
available to ride for
those that cannot walk.
Monday May 25 meet       
8:00 -9:00AM
Assembly area:
Lackawanna and
Burson St.
East Stroudsburg,
PA (1 block East of
E-Burg high school-
Cortland St.,
Behind Pizza Hut)
A V V A members   

Anne Lesh—AVVA
Cindy Polbos– AVVA
Anna Russo—Avva
Leslie Russo– AVVA
Marie Ellingsgard-AVVA
Anthony Russo—AVVA
John Devine– AVVA

Welcome to our new
V V A  member

Robert Davis– VVA
Albert Decker –VVA
Rena Patrick—VVA
Bob Patrick-VVA






We are coordinating a  
Bus trip to Washington
DC, October 10th

Please let Deb Russo
know if you’d be
interested in receiving
a ticket for the bus trip.

Phone 570-504-5539
or emai   
vva678@hotmail.com

This event will be first
come first serve.  The
bus carries 55
passengers $20 per
ticket  
deadline for members
is June 25 at the  VVA
meeting
.
VETERANS QUICK REFERENCE                          VVA 678 Web site
DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS
AFFAIRS www.va.gov

VA BENEFITS 800-827-1000

VA LIFE INSURANCE 800-669-8477

VA EDUCATION BENEFITS 888-442-4551

VA HEALTH CARE BENEFITS
877-222-8387

GULF WAR/AGENT ORANGE HELP LINE
800-749-8387

VA CENTER FOR WOMEN AFFAIRS
202-273-6193

BOARD OF VETERANS APPEALS
202-565-5436

TO GET COPIES OF MILITARY RECORDS
866-272-6272
www.archives.gov

DEPT. OF DEFENSE, POW/MIA AFFAIRS
703-699-1169

NATIONAL GULF WAR RESOURCE CTR
800-992-1316 X 162

NATIONAL COALITION FOR HOMELESS
800-838-4357
VETERANS
SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION
800-772-1213
www.ssa.gov

MY HEALTHY VET www.myhealth.va.gov








WWW.VVA678.net

Our Chapter 678 is now
on line.  If you would
like a VVA email address
contact Ralph

Please contact  Webmaster   Ralph
Keiper at  
570- 350- 7588
Or email Ralph at   
 
rlkeiper@104thengineers.com



Find Waldo on the
web site and win a prize, clues are on the
main page of the site.
ANGEL AWARD PRESENTED TO BETTY EVANS
Chapter President Glen Lippincott
had the honor to present the Angel
Award to Betty Evans
on behalf of the PA State Council AVVA
President; Linda Pavkovich.

The Angel Award is given to AVVA
members
who render exceptional service to the
State
Council AVVA & VVA.

Betty has served this Chapter and has
been a State council delegate
representing our Chapter AVVA
members for many years. Betty Evans is
the widow of our
beloved past-President
Hank “Cowboy” Evans
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
May 16th Cemetery flag
placement– meet at VFW
Post 2540 @ 9am

May  24th Memorial Day
Veterans Service 9:30am
St Paul’s UCC, Swiftwater

May 24th Rolling Thunder
http://www.rollingthunder1.
com

May 25th- Memorial Day
Parade –meet 8-9 am
behind Pizza Hut
East .Stroudsburg
June 25th –5 PM Flag
Retirement Ceremony and
BBQ before meeting


June 25th 7:35 PM
Chapter 678 Meeting, VFW
Post 2540
June 25th 7:35 PM
Chapter 678 Meeting, VFW
Post 2540


Dec 12th– Veterans
Christmas Party
VMAC Wilkes-Barre
Memorial Day
Parade

May 25 2009
More information
will be
forthcoming
SAVE THE DATE

Please plan on
joining us in the
parade.
ITEMS AVAILABLE
We have a Brand new
Bath Chair with folding
back and a brand new
walker if any member
needs one of these
items please contact
by email  
vva678@hotmail.com
Tony Fasano
917-705-2398

Matt Herlihy
570-269-5658

Brian Koehler
570-350-3917

Howard Polbos
610-381-2241

Tom Bremer
570-906-4994

Ralph Keiper
570-350-7588
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
AVVA CONTACT Deb Russo 570-504-5539
OFFICERS

President:
Glen Lippincott
570-992-6038

Vice President:
Joe Clampet
570-588-3782

Secretary:
Marty Barrett
570-895-2461

Treasurer:
Marty Barrett
570-895-2461

Chaplain:
Howard "Doc" Polbos
610-381-2241

of the illness or death of a
member or in the family of a
member, or bad
weather, or change of
meeting location call one
of the phone numbers shown
in this newsletter or
notify the Chapter Chaplain
or for additional meeting
information.
If you are interested in
getting a VVA 678 jacket
please contact   
Marty Barrett   570-895-2461
e-mail  mbarrett@ptd.net
Editor:
Deb Russo Contributions and
ideas are always welcome.

The editor reserves the right to
edit contributions for size and
content.

e-mail:
vva678@hotmail.com
web address: www.vva678.net

Webmaster:
Ralph Keiper
rlkeiper@104thengineers.com
Or  570-350-7588
If your interested in
SCRAP BOOKING
this Fall.
Contact Deb Russo  or
Linda Kastler
1st NATIONAL VIETNAM VETERANS DAY
March 29th, 2009
This was the first year since it has become a law  June 2008 that March 29th is
Vietnam Veterans Day.  Our Chapter celebrated this day With a Breakfast at Perkins in
Stroudsburg, PA.
members, Colleen Mussolino who is recovering from cancer  Surprised us with her
attendance.
Glen Lippincott President of  the VVA678 presented Colleen Mussolino  with a dozen
Yellow Roses.
Ray Russo
Colleen Mussolino
Glen Lippincott, Coleen,
Joe Clampet
Thanks to all that attended the Vietnam Veterans Breakfast to celebrate a long awaited holiday!  Once again
it was great getting together.  Great to see Colleen once again.  Hope to see Colleen more often.
Left– right: Howard “Doc” Polbos, Matt Herlihy, Marty Barrett and Pocono District, BSA
Chairman: Glen Lippincott
June 4th, 2009: The Vietnam Veterans of America, Pocono Chapter 678 presented
the first check for three hundred dollars to the Pocono District of the Minsi Trails
Council at their District Recognition Dinner. The District has a tradition of
presenting a statue of an eagle to each Scout who attains the rank of Eagle Scout.
This tradition began with Mr. Clair Wallingford, a Cubmaster in Reeders, PA for over
forty years. Mr. Wallingford was a World War II veteran who was also active in
teaching students about the world war. The Pocono District had been struggling to
continue the tradition after Mr. Wallingford, who was beloved by many, passed
away. To honor the memory of a fellow veteran, Mr. Wallingford, Pocono Chapter 678
has committed to fully fund the award with periodic finances as necessary.