Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 858 Hawaii Welcomes You
About Chapter 858 Oahu
Vietnam Veterans of America Oahu Chapter 858 was formed in 2001 and is the only chapter on Oahu. Now there are over 160 members and growing. We are always on hand to help all veterans. The only Vietnam Veterans organization congressionally chartered and exclusively dedicated to Vietnam-era veterans and their families. Our goal is to promise and support the full range of issues important to Vietnam veterans and Vietnam era veterans, to create a new identity for this generation of veterans, and to change public perception of Vietnam veterans.
“Never again shall one generation of veterans abandon another.”
“Let’s not forget, freedom is not free”
What we do
Our meeting are held at the Oahu Veterans Center on the last saturday of the month at 11:00am except December when we have our Christmas Party.
Our Veterans provide tasty food at all of our meeting (buffet style).
We have great presentations at our meetings that pertain to Veteran Benefits, New Legislation, and various activites we get involved with.
We have a Christmas party / dinner at a nice restaurant for our members and family to attend with live good local entertainment.
We have booths at events like the Blue Angel Show.
We march and ride in the annual Kailua 4th of July Parade.
We present wreaths and / or leis at the veteran’s ceremonies at both the Punchbowl and the Oahu State Cemetery and we have representation at many veteran functions.
We have contributed monies to worthy causes, i.e. Homeless Vietnam Veterans Houses with room rentals.
We hosted and coordinate all functions of the Annual Vietnam Veteran Day Ceremony every March 29th at Punchbowl Cemetery. This Year we worked with ComPacFlt in organizing all aspects of the event and will work with them again next year March 2023. We had over 300 participants and the heads of every command on the island along with the Governor and Mayor. As our key speaker we were privileged to have the Chairman
of the Joint Chief of Staff, General Mark Miley. Over 30 wreaths were laid to honor all Vietnam Veterans.
Part of our VVA Ohana is the Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc. (AVVA) which is a national nonprofit membership and service organization. The AVVA is NOT an auxiliary, it is made up of Veterans from all eras, families and friends of Vietnam Veterans, military personnel and their families and anyone who wants to help support the needs and issues of all Veterans. The AVVA is open to anyone who wants to support the VVA."Together Always" is the motto of the AVVA. There are many wives or significant others that belong to the AVVA.
Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 858 Hawaii at a Glance
Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 858 Hawaii knows that our strength lies not only in the words we stand by, but most importantly through the actions of our initiatives. Back in 2000, our Humanitarian Organization realized that by working together we could overcome our challenges much more efficiently, and that is why we ultimately decided to launch Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 858 Hawaii.
VVA Chapter 858 Meetings and Activities
April Meeting with Blue Angel Promotor Peter O'Hare
Inside the Car
Jet Pilot Helmet
Blue Angel Corvette Show Car
Blue Angels at MCBH
with Peter O'Hare
Blue Angel Car
Blue Angel Car
Diane with VVA Shirt
Outside the Oahu Veterans Center
Vietnam Veterans Day Punchbowl March 29,2022
General Miley and Admiral Paparo
General Miley, Admiral Paparo and General Bramlett
Pat with General Mark Miley
Woody, Rona, Dickie and Pat
Governor Ige and First Lady
21 Gun Salute and Taps
with Gen'l Miley and Gen'l Bramlett
Alan Hoe - MC
Chap 858 Woody
Pray of Remeberance
Under the Tent
Over 300 in Attendance
& Gen'l Miley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Over 35 Wreaths
Honoring Vietnam Veterans
VVA Shirt Table
Stacking and Sizing Shirts
Captain Jeff Miller
ComPacFlt Team Leader
LT. Stark & John B.
Generate and Maintain all Invitation to Ceremony
LT. Governor Green Visit
Lt. Gov Josh Green
Monica, Diane, Josh, Helene and Becky.
Josh Green speaking to our Veterans.
Josh Green speaking at our Monthly Meeting.
With LT. Governor Josh Green at our Meeting.
Ford Island Luau
Rosie the Rivetor
Two Surviving Rosie's at the Lua.
Monica, a Surviving "Rosie the Rivetor" and Diane
Playing 1940's Songs
Veterans at Luau
Diane, JohnB, JohnM and Monica
Ford Island Luau
Rona, Woody, JohnB, JohnM and George