Vietnam Veterans of America
Westchester County (NY)
Chapter 49

     "Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another..."

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Board of Directors and General Membership Meetings
1st Thursday of each month - 1930 hrs.
at the Armonk American Legion Hall
35 Bedford Road
Armonk, NY 10504


Contact: Dan Griffin, Executive Director
PO Box 224 • Pleasantville, NY 10570
(914) 682-4949

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Welcome to New Chapter Members:

Julius P. Camelio from New Rochelle
Raymond Pena from Dobbs Ferry
John Tkachuk life member from Yonkers
Nicholas Skirka life member from Yonkers


Founded in 1978, Vietnam Veterans of America is the only national Vietnam veterans organization congressionally chartered and exclusively dedicated to Vietnam-era veterans and their families. VVA is organized as a not-for-profit corporation and is tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(19) of the IRS Code.

With more than 50,000 individual members in 46 state councils and 630 local chapters, VVA's goals are to promote and support the full range of issues important to Vietnam veterans, to create a new identity for this generation of veterans, and to change public perception of Vietnam veterans.


VVA supports H.R. 5484 the Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2014
Vietnam Veterans of America
September 19, 2014

Legislative Alert – Ask your Representative to Support H.R. 5484  the Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2014

Representative Dan Benishek, (MI-1), has introduced H.R. 5484, the Toxic Exposure Research of 2014 formerly H.R. 4816, the Toxic Exposure Research and Military Family Support Act of 2014, VVA strongly supports this bill, which reflects positively on one of our foremost legislative goals. Not only would it help achieve a measure of justice for the innocent victims of the use of toxic substances in times of war, but it offers unlimited possibilities for scientific research into the effects of these toxic chemicals.

This comprehensive legislation will construct a common mechanism and procedures that will encompass all past and future toxic wounds, as needed.

VVA urges you to go to our Legislative Action Center site at  and Take Action NOW by entering your zip code and sending the prepared letter to your U.S. Representative, asking them to please join their colleagues Brownley, (CA-26), Conyers, (MI-13) Honda (CA-17) and Rahall (WV-3) to co-sponsor H.R. 5484, the Toxic Exposure Research Act of  2014.


Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) is the nation's only congressional chartered veterans service organization dedicated to the needs of Vietnam-era veterans and their families.  VVA's founding principle is "Never again will one generation of Veterans abandon another."



All VA Medical Cards issued after 2004 need to be replaced as quickly as possible!
It has been discovered that, due to a careless design flaw, the cards can be scanned by
anyone with a smart phone (iPhone, Droid, etc.) Upon scanning your card, the first thing that
pops up on their phone will be your full social security number.

Get a new, replacement, card and don't lose or carelessly discard the old one!



The Department of Veterans Affairs has issued a fraud alert about a marketing scam that is targeting veterans who misdial the VA National Call Center (800-827-1000) or the GI Bill Call Center (888-442-4551) phone numbers.

A marketing company created two phone numbers that differ from the real VA numbers by one digit. 
If a veteran misdials and calls the bogus number, the answering party will offer a gift card
and try to obtain sensitive personal data, to include credit card information.

Please note that the VA will “never” ask for credit card or banking information over the phone.

The two bogus numbers are 800-872-1000 and 888-442-4511.  Please forward this information to all your friends.  The bottom line is make sure you know who you are talking to before providing personal information over the phone.  The VA has notified law enforcement authorities. 
For a list of toll-free VA phone numbers, go to the VA’s Inquiry Routing & Information System webpage at


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Monthly Pizza Party

F.D.R. Veterans Hospital - Stress Unit
5:00 PM

4th Tuesday of Each Month
(Except May and December)

The July, 2013 pizza night was sponsored by Jim LaRosa,
dedicated to Sgt. David Schaffer, KIA May 1, 1969.

Would YOU like to sponsor one of our monthly pizza parties for the Veterans Hospital Stress Unit?
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PO Box 224 Pleasantville, NY 10570
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