WHO ARE WE.....
 Men and women who served in the armed forces during the Vietnam War.

The term has been used to describe veterans who were in the armed forces of South Vietnam, the United States armed forces, and countries allied to them, whether or not they were actually stationed in Vietnam during their service. However, the more common usage distinguishes between those who served "in country" and those who did not actually serve in Vietnam by referring to the "in country" veterans as "Vietnam veterans" and the others as "Vietnam-era veterans". The U.S. government officially refers to all as "Vietnam-era veterans".
2018 VETERAN EVENTS
  1. Friday, December 7, 2018 @ 1030hrs
    Pearl Harbor Ceremony
    Held at Kane & Wojtkiewicz Park; Hosted by American Legion Post 124
  2. Monday, December 3, 2018
    ChapterWinter Thaw @ ShortStop Bar & Grill
    Following the meeting (Members & spouse/guest) Shortstop Bar & Grill, 99 Springfield Rd, Westfield, MA 01085
  3. December 3, 2018 @ 12:00pm (NEW TIME)
    VVA Chapter 219 Monthly Meeting
    MEMBERS ONLY
Winner for 2018 Memorial Day Essay Contest
South Middle School Winners
Grade 8 - Jessica Isler
Grade 7 -  Jacob Beaulieu
Grade 6 - Borese Antropov
North Middle School Winners
Grade 8 - Kailey Downs
Grade 7 -  Shea McDonald
Grade 6 - Chaeli Mackey
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CHAPTER 219 CALENDER 

Nov 2018

11/04/2018 Sunday
104th Infantry Regiment Memorial Veterans Day

11/05/2018 Monday @ 12pm (New Time)
Monthly Meeting at the Hampton Ponds Clubhouse (Members Only)

11/10/2018 Saturday
Veterans Day Service - Blessed Sacament Church

11/11/2018 Sunday
Veterans Day Parade

OFFICERS
President:                                Ken Lafreniere

Vice President:                       Ron Queipo

Treasurer:                               William Quesnel

Secretary:                                Tom Pirnie

Chaplain:                                 Laurie Greeley

Board of Directors:               Richard LeClerc, Fred Benda &
                                                    Jim Lamb
 

Dec 2018


12/03/2018 Monday @ 12pm (New Time)
Monthly Meeting at the Hampton Ponds Clubhouse (Members Only)
and Winter Thaw Party at ShortStop Bar & Grill

12/07/2018 Friday
Pearl Harbor Ceremony

Jan 2019

01/07/2019 Monday @ 12pm (New Time)
Monthly Meeting at the Hampton Ponds Clubhouse (Members Only)

Scholarship Applications
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IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 29, 2017
It’s Official: March 29 Is National Vietnam War Veterans Day
 
(Washington, DC) – “Forty-two years ago today, the last American combat troops left the former South Vietnam, marking the end of what was then our nation’s longest war,” said John Rowan, National President of Vietnam Veterans of America. “And yesterday, the bipartisan legislation, S.305, authored by Senators Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), permanently designating March 29th as National Vietnam War Veterans Day, was signed into law by President Trump.”
 
“The Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017 is the first federal statute to recognize in perpetuity the bravery and sacrifice of veterans who served during the Vietnam War. Although this day may be bittersweet for some of us, and though we cannot claim that the United States emerged victorious from that terribly divisive war, we can look back with pride for the service we rendered in answering our nation’s call,” said Rowan.
 
“Our war is long over,” Rowan added, “but for many its legacy of hurt continues to this day.  Because a war does not end after the last bullet was fired, VVA will continue to assist those who still suffer, mentally as well as physically, from the war’s deprivations, and from the failures of those entities of government whose responsibility it is to aid our veterans physically, mentally, and fiscally.”
 
“We applaud Senators Toomey and Donnelly for their support of our Vietnam veterans and for ensuring that March 29th is permanently designated as National Vietnam War Veterans Day,” said Rowan.

“Vietnam Veterans of America is the nation’s only congressionally 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.”
  

CONTACT US
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Phone: 413-562-6004 Ken

Vietnam Veterans of American
Liberty Chapter #219
P.O. Box 7
Westfield, MA  01086
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