Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 858 Hawaii Welcomes You

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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”

 

“Welcome home.”

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

Admiral's Pearl Harbor Boat Tour

USS Lincoln Carrier

USS Lincoln Carrier

USS Lincoln

USS Bowfin Submarine Most Decorated

USS Bowfin Submarine Most Decorated

USS Bowfin

USS Missouri

USS Missouri

USS Missouri

USS Arizona Stack

USS Arizona Stack

Stack of the Arizona

Ships in Harbor for RimPac

Ships in Harbor for RimPac

Ship for RIMPAC

P.H. Tour Boat 2

P.H. Tour Boat 2

Tour Boat

Rona and Dickie

Rona and Dickie

Rona and Dickie

Pearl Harbor Causalities

Pearl Harbor Causalities

Pear Harbor Causalities

LPH (Helicopter Landing Platform

LPH (Helicopter Landing Platform

Ships in Harbor

LST Newport Class in P.H. Aug 4 2022

LST Newport Class in P.H. Aug 4 2022

Ship in Harbor for RIMPAC

Inside PH Memorial

Inside PH Memorial

Arizona Memorial

Museum

Museum

Museum

Diane & John

Diane & John

Diane & John B

Command Wall

Command Wall

Command Wall

Ford Island

Ford Island

Ford Island

Ford Island Administrative Buildings

Ford Island Administrative Buildings

Admin Buildings

Chapter Members

Chapter Members

Touring the Harbor

Attack on Pearl Harbor

Attack on Pearl Harbor

Attack Plan

Admirals Barge Tour Reception Area

Admirals Barge Tour Reception Area

History Lesson

Admiral's Barge Tour Area

Admiral's Barge Tour Area

Tour Office Area

Arizona Memorial

Arizona Memorial

Entrance

Arizona Floating Memorial

Arizona Floating Memorial

Floating Memorial

858 Members enjoying a P.H. Tour

858 Members enjoying a P.H. Tour

Enjoying the Tour

Admiral's Boat

Admiral's Boat

Admiral's Boat

Admiral's Barge Pier

Admiral's Barge Pier

Pier & Housing Area

August 26, 2022 MCBH Blue Angels Air Show

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Appreciation Plaque and Cake for ComPacFlt 
Touring ComPacFlt

Touring ComPacFlt

Admiral Paparo's tour of ComPacFlt Facilities.

Touring ComPacFlt

Touring ComPacFlt

Explaining Wall Photos

Group Photo

Group Photo

VVA Day Committee Members

Outside ComPacFlt

Outside ComPacFlt

Group Tour

Admiral's Office

Admiral's Office

Special items left by other Commanders

Touring ComPacFlt

Touring ComPacFlt

Outside Plaques

Appreciation Cake

Appreciation Cake

for help ComPacFlt provided to Chapter 858

Presenting Plaque

Presenting Plaque

Rona, Adm Paparo & JohnB.

Vietnam Veterans Day Punchbowl March 29,2022

Before Ceremony

Before Ceremony

General Miley and Admiral Paparo

Rona Adams

Rona Adams

General Miley, Admiral Paparo and General Bramlett

Ceremony Poster

Ceremony Poster

Pat Suenaga

Pat Suenaga

Pat with General Mark Miley

Chapter's Wreath

Chapter's Wreath

Woody, Rona, Dickie and Pat

Governor

Governor

Governor Ige and First Lady

21 Gun Salute and Taps

Rona Adams

Rona Adams

with Gen'l Miley and Gen'l Bramlett

Alan Hoe - MC

Alan Hoe - MC

Chap 858 Woody

Chap 858 Woody

Tom Stirling

Tom Stirling

Pray of Remeberance

Under the Tent

Under the Tent

Over 300 in Attendance

John B

John B

& Gen'l Miley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Over 35 Wreaths

Over 35 Wreaths

Honoring Vietnam Veterans

VVA Shirt Table

VVA Shirt Table

Stacking and Sizing Shirts

Captain Jeff Miller

Captain Jeff Miller

ComPacFlt Team Leader

LT. Stark & John B.

LT. Stark & John B.

Generate and Maintain all Invitation to Ceremony