PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE: "I would like to thank veryone that helped make our Veterans Day Parade the huge success that it was. Our Parade gets bigger and bigger each year, thanks to you and your families.

I also hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and that the rest of the Holiday Season turns out to be a great one for you and your families. We, the VVA, need to get involved in our community this holiday season by helping the other organizations such as Point Man, The Mission or other organizations that do so much to help the needy in our community. If you have any spare time or food you can contact John Coonradt at 243-9052 or me at 221-4005 and we can put you in touch with the right people. Remember this is the time for giving!

With the new year right around the corner we need to start planning activities and fundraisers, so give it some thought and bring it up at the next meeting, or give us a call with your suggestions. We all need to get more involved in our organization in order to keep the VVA the strong, proud organization that we are. Let's not forget S.C.V.A.C., we need to be involved to help all the Veterans in our community. If you have some legal questions about Veterans' affairs you can call Mr. Don Boardman at 365-0945.

I have to apologize for missing our meeting at Market St. Pizza, I had a personal matter to deal with. I try not to miss any of our meetings or activities but once in awhile something come up. From what John told me you had a good and informative meeting, sorry I missed it.

Thank you all for your support and may God bless you all and your families. Please take time to say a prayer for our troops, we all know how ugly war is!" Your President,   

VICE PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE: I would like to thank everyone involved with the Veterans Day Parade. It was successful in honoring all Veterans.

Our color guard presented the colors for one of our members who received his purple heart on 11/20/01 at the Red Bluff Memorial Hall. It was an honor for me to see Larry Hampton with his family when he received his medals.

I would like all of our members to get together for a chapter photo that we can post on our website: We will set a date and notify all members.

I would like to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season, and a Merry Christmas. I know for a fact that this is a difficult time of the year for some of us, we should reach out to one another to help us get through these times, and feel good about ourselves.

Please stay on top of your health and meds. Your Vice President,  

COLOR GUARD: You guys did a beautiful job at the parade! We practiced twice. We did the left flank without a flaw. I had someone film it for me, we will try and show it at one of our meetings. I will let you know by the next newsletter. I know it was hard for some of you to march with us, but maybe one of these days you will. When that day comes you'll never forget it. It was hard for me at first, but when I did-it was a relief. For all the Veterans and family members who marched in the Shasta Lake Veterans Parade, from my heart, I want to thank you so very much!  We were all impressed and I want to thank my right hand man "Lovean Edgerton" for doing me the honors, and marching with the Veterans of Chapter #357. I salute you, you made my day on Veterans Day 11/10/01. I hope to see you all next year. We are already starting on next year's parade. What we need is help in finding a P.O.W. of Vietnam, please let me know so I can give the name to Donna Yoder, who by the way, has put on the parade for the last nine years! I salute her and honor her, she is quite a woman. So again, thanks to you all!  Your Color Guard Captain,

Message from Don Mackin-Delegate for Chapter #357: THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN YOU ARE PUT IN A PUBLIC HOSPITAL:

1. What types of service will the VA cover?  The VA will reimburse health care providers for all medical services necessary to stabilize your condition up to the point when you can be transfered to an approved VA health care facility.

2. How long will I stay in the private hospital?  If you are hospitalized, the VA will be in regular contact with your physicians at the private hospital. As soon as your condition stabalizes, the VA will arrange to transport you to a VA or VA designated facility.

In the next newsletter I will put in a couple more questions about private hospitalization. If you have any more questions call the VA clinic in Redding.

Meetings are on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month.

On the 2nd Tuesday at 7:30 P.M. in the Veterans Memorial Building on Yuba St, Redding. On the 4th Tuesday of each month at Market St. Pizza, across from Caldwell Park, Redding at 7:30 P.M.

Photo by Ed Azevedo

Benefit carwash at WalMart

Benefit carwash at WalMart

Color Guard at the Mt. Shasta Mall

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