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January Newsletter Online

The latest Chapter newsletter is now online. Some of the highlights of this month's newsletter are:

  • Our membership drive was very successful
  • Praying for better weather - Bingo revenue affected 
  • Commitee reports -
  • Gun raffle updates - we have added a new ticket option
  • Don't forget - the Gun Raffle is set for February 14th!
  • Special bus commitee report
  • Any interests in a Hepatitis C presentation? A serious concern for Vets.
  • We have Chapter elections coming up. Consider joining us.
  • And more ... Read and enjoy!
    Last Updated ( Wednesday, 27 January 2016 11:05 )
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    VVA 542 Featured Online

    In the November/December issue, 'The VVA Veteran Online' featured our chapter.

    They presented a nice overview of our chapter, highlighting our involvement in parades, community service and events, along with our support of veterans programs.

    Click the link below to read this article about our chapter

    The VVA Veteran Online-November/December

    Last Updated ( Wednesday, 09 December 2015 09:01 )
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    Kimber-Sapphire-Pro II-9mm THE GRAND PRIZE2016 Gun Raffle

     This is not your grandpa's gun raffle!

    Click here to view the gallery of guns.

    Our VVA Chapter 542 needs new transportation because the bus has become a money pit. The fix is a gun raffle. When we raise enough money  a dealer near Harrisburg, PA will retrofit a new 13 passenger van and modify it to accommodate two wheel chairs. CLICK FOR RAFFLE RULES

    Last Updated ( Friday, 16 October 2015 09:39 )
    Read more: 2016 Gun Raffle Notice
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    Chapter Picnic 2015

    We had perfect weather, great food (not to mention desert!), and music by 'Havana Blue'. Click the image below to view this year's picnic slideshow.

    View the embedded image gallery online at:

    Last Updated ( Monday, 14 September 2015 06:42 )
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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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    vva-FaceBook-thumb VVA Veteran on FaceBook

    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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