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  • Monthy Meeting
    February 08, 2015 (13:00)

    8000 Derry Street. DIRECTIONS (Google Maps)
    Meetings in 2015 will we held the second Sunday of each month unless otherwise noted.

  • Monthy Meeting
    March 08, 2015 (13:00)

    8000 Derry Street. DIRECTIONS (Google Maps)
    Meetings in 2015 will we held the second Sunday of each month unless otherwise noted.

  • Agent Orange Town Hall Meeting
    April 25, 2015 (18:00 - 21:00)

         VVA 542 will host an Agent Orange Town Hall Meeting on Saturday April 25, 2015 at 8000 Derry Street, Harrisburg, Pa. from 6pm-9pm.  The meeting is free and open to the public.  The public is invited to attend and discuss the effects that Agent Orange...

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Agent Orange Town Hall Meeting

helicopter-sprayingVVA 542 will host an Agent Orange Town Hall Meeting on Saturday April 25, 2015 from 6pm-9pm at 8000 Derry Street, Harrisburg, Pa.  

It is free and open to the public.

The public is encouraged to come and discuss their stories concerning the effects of Agent Orange and other toxins on their lives.  The meeting brings together an outside panel of experts from the National VVA organization together with Veterans Service Officers and a representative from the Lebanon, Pa Medical Center who can answer questions and guide individuals on the claims process with the VA.

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 January 2015 11:37 )
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Community Forum Created for VVA 542

Bruce Cavanaugh has created a message base at the Raystown Lake Community Forum Web site. We have a link on our "Web Links" page:
WEBLINKS>Friends of VVA 542

VVA-weblink to Raystown Group

To contribute to this forum and add information and your own updates you will need to create an account on that site. Read Bruce's posts for information on how this works.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 23 September 2014 08:16 )
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It's been there for a while, but in case you are interested in what they are saying on FaceBook, check them out. Our Chapter has been mentioned numerous times and Ray Thorn likes them too!

VVA on FaceBook


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Our Name . . .

On April 2, 2006, the nation lost one of its true heroes when CWO4 (Ret.) Michael J. Novosel passed away at age 83. Mike served in the Army and Air Force for a total of 43 years before being forced to retire on his 62nd birthday. He flew bombers as a Lt.Col. in World War II, and helicopters as a CWO in Vietnam. The main street at Ft. Rucker, AL, is named after him.

Born and raised in Etna, PA, he caddied for Art Rooney Sr. as a boy, and was at Forbes Field when Babe Ruth hit his last homerun. Enlisting just before Pearl Harbor, he was technically too short to be an aviator, but a thoughtful medical officer “gave” him an eighth of an inch – to make him 5’4” – allowing him to go to flight school.

In Vietnam, where he flew “DUSTOFF” (medevac) he was awarded the Medal of Honor for a mission where he made 15 separate passes into heavy fire to save 29 trapped soldiers and was wounded in the action. In Vietnam he flew 2,543 missions rescuing 5,589 wounded. He logged 2,038 hours of combat flight time. At one point he served with his son, Mike Jr., who was also a pilot, and they ironically got to rescue one another within the same week after each was shot down. Both served in the 82nd Med Det with our chapter President, John Travers, and through that friendship, Mike became very friendly with our chapter, often visiting and supporting our efforts. He loved central PA and Harrisburg in particular.After his passing, and with the assent of his family, our Chapter adopted his name as part of our own. We carry it with the utmost pride. By doing so his inspirational leadership, unflinching bravery, devotion to family and country, as well as his quiet determination become constant reminders of what we hope to emulate in our activities.

We thank the Novosel family for the trust they have placed in us, and we resolve to never discredit the name and memory of Mike Novosel.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 24 August 2010 17:40 )
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Our Chapter ...

Over the last several years  our chapter has sponsored the arrival and ceremony honoring America's Huey 091, the Vietnam era UH-1 helicopter which now resides in the Smithsonian's American History Museum in Washington D.C.  A ceremony hosted by the Mayor Of Harrisburg Stephen Reed, and attended by the Governor and both Pennsylvania U.S. Senators, as well as many members of the Pennsylvania State Senate and House, greeted the arrival of the chopper.

We also hosted the Pennsylvania premier of the critically acclaimed made for TV documentary "In The Shadow Of The Blade" at the beautiful Whitaker Center in Harrisburg Pa. The event, for which a UH-1 Huey helicopter was placed on the street in front of the theater - thanks to the help of the Adjutant General of the Pennsylvania National Guard, Maj General Jessica Wright — drew hundreds that night.

It was our honor to provide the Grand Marshals for the largest Memorial Day Parade in Pennsylvania, the Annville Parade.  Every year our chapter participates in this event and will continue to work with this fine group.  In recent years we have created a new tradition of passing out thousands of small American flags along the way, in advance of the parade itself, something that the marchers have told us makes for a very inspiring sight as they pass by.

Last Updated ( Friday, 28 December 2012 12:36 )
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