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At the chapter's 31st Anniversary Celebration on October 20, 2016, Dave Horne (L) pins a Vietnam War Commemoration pin on fellow Marine, Don Drunsic as part of the pining ceremony.
Len Ignatowski (Blue Shirt) and Chuck Harris (Yellow Shirt) discussed their Tour of Duty with students from St. Mary School in Alscot, England. The students were visiting Washington D.C. Bruce Waxman, Chapter President (R) presents the 2016 Virginia VVA Member of the Year award to Bill Lynch, Chapter Director, for his exceptional service to the chapter and military veterans.
Bruce Waxman, Chapter President, presents the prestigious President's Award to Diane Ignatowski in recognition of her many years of service to the chapter from the monthly newsletter to pro-active AVVA representative at the April 2015 meeting.
Photo by Len Ignatowski
Len Funk (center) recites the epic war poem, "Flanders Field" at the chapter's 2015 Memorial Day service at The Wall's. His recitation of the poem is a chapter tradition.
Photo by Andrew Funk.

Bruce Waxman, Chapter President, explains the 50th Anniversary Vietnam War Commemorative flag to the audience at its unfurling at the September 2014 membership meeting. Jay Kalner holds the flag. The flag unfurling initiates the chapter as a partner in the national program to honor Vietnam War veterans.

Jeannie Thrall, Senior Case Manager of the Lamb Center, accepts several grocery bags of bath towels and washcloths from Diane Ignatowski, AVVA Representative. The Lamb Center is a daytime homeless shelter that provides space and time for VA staff to process homeless veteran benefit claims. The donation is for the center's showers and is an AVVA community outreach program. The items were collected at a membership meeting. Photo by Len Ignatowski
Members, family, and friends gather for the traditional Memorial Day wreath laying at The Wall.
Diane Ignatowski (L) and Hugh Jordan carry the chapter wreath to The Wall's apex for our traditional Memorial Day service.
Chuck Harris describes the life of a helicopter pilot in the Vietnam War to Wilson High School students in Washington D.C. The presentation to several classes is the chapter's Speaker's Panel where members share their Tour of Duty with the general public from grade school to civic groups. Photo by Len Ignatowski STUDENT PLAY SUPPORT: Cathie Solomonson, Member, who served as an army nurse in Vietnam, was the technical advisor to the Lake Braddock High School student play, "A Piece of My Heart". The play portrayed the personal struggles of four women that served in the Vietnam War from nurse to a civilian. Chapter members attended the play's opening show. Cathie is in the middle to the left of Bruce Waxman in the blue shirt.
COMMUNITY HOMELESS OUTREACH: John McPherson, Lamb Center Executive Director, accepts the chapter donation of over 150 cans of soup and other items from Diane Ignatowski, Chapter AVVA Representative. The center provides daytime homeless services including space for Vet Center staff to meet with homeless veterans. The Lamb Center is a chapter community outreach that includes cash grants for transporting veterans to the VA hospital and hotel size toiletries (soap, shampoo, body lotion, shower caps, and mouth wash) for the center's shower facility. Diane collectED the toiletries from chapter members. Max Knouse demonstrates his exceptional barbecue talent at a chapter annual Memorial Day barbecue. Photo by Len Ignatowski
SDIT FATHER'S DAY YEAR 2000: Chapter support for the Sons and Daughters In-Touch Reunions on Father's Day Weekend in Washington D.C. includes cash grants, snacks, beverages, maps, and other documents to help answer questions about their parent's death in South Vietnam. Members attend the reunion activities including serving as host in the hospitality suite. Lonnie Bryan, Member, answers questions and finds the approximate location of where a parent's death occurred in South Vietnam. SDIT FATHER'S DAY AT THE WALL: Chapter members lay a rose at the panel of the parent of a Sons and Daughters In-Touch Father's Day Service at The Wall. Chapter members are wearing a green color jacket.
DANCE REUNION: Joe Celesnik, Member, (L) had an unexpected surprise at the 2003 DMZ to Delta (R) Dance when the Living Wall display reunited him with Pete McAskill, (R) an Air Force buddy, . The two, who served together in Vietnam, had not seen each other early 1971. Len Ignatowski was explaining the Living Wall photos when Pete proudly stated that was his airplane in a photo of an aircraft washing. When Len learned that he knew Joe, Len introduced Pete to Joe, who was only a few feet from the display. Photo by Len Ignatowski EARLY YEARS: One of the chapter's initial major public outreach was to march in local community Memorial Day and festival parades to enhance our public image and to recruit new members.
STUDENT TUTORING 01: The chapter first major community outreach program was to conduct academic tutoring to recently arrived immigrant children in an apartment complex in Arlington County, Virginia. The program gained national attention when Jack Clark, member, appeared on Good Morning, America TV show to discuss the successful community outreach. Local newspapers printed articles about the program which greatly enhanced the public image of Vietnam veterans. Margaret Stern (standing), AVVA Member, is providing assistance to Emili Rubio. Photo by Len Ignatowski STUDENT TUTORING SUCCESS: The 2011 Memorial Day Family Barbecue provided a reunion between chapter members and Emili Rubio, (R), an original student of our early tutoring program. Emili became a successful student after her arrival from a Central America country. She earned a college degree and is a high school language teacher and girls basketball coach in Ohio. Margaret Stern, AVVA member, (L) continued to mentor Emile outside tutoring. Emili got married in 2012.
CHAPTER GETS ANOTHER NATIONALS WIN! Bill and Natalie Bohuslaw enjoy another Nationals baseball team WIN as our string of 7 wins and 0 losses as of 2012 continues. Charlie Klein (L) and Jonathan (R) who are sitting behind Bil are enjoying the victory too. The baseball game is an annual chapter family activity. Photo by Len Ignatowski Len Funk gives a Vietnamese language lesson to a class at Thoreau Intermediate School, Fairfax County Public Schools. The Speakers Panel provide the opportunity for members to share their Tour of Duty with tomorrow's leaders and citizens.
227 Banquet: Past chapter presidents and current president prepared to cut the chapter's 25th Anniversary Cake in October 2010. (L to R): Byron Sheldon (current president), Brian McDonnell, Len Ignatowski, Bob Sherman, Paul Stancliff, Dan Kirby, Len Funk, Carl Stout, and Bill Dumsick. Chapter 227 25th Anniversary Certificate
Len Ignatowski received the VVA Member of the Year Award at the VVA National Convention. Len has been involved with chapter activities since he joined the chapter in 1989. He has served as chapter president, vice president, director, and state council delegate. He has managed the DMZ to Delta (R) dance for the last ten years and been Membership Chairman and newsletter editor since 1991 in addition to being involved with all chapter activities. Photo by Bruce Waxman.
While waiting for the arrival of the Lyons VAMC combat PTSD class to The Wall, Ben Buckley (L) and Bill Shugarts (R) had a reunion with a former adversary, an NVA officer who fought in the war.  The former soldier came to pay his respects to our fallen brothers and sisters.  He is not a Vietnamese business man.
In honor of The Wall's 30th Anniversary service on Veterans Day 2012, Ron Ball, Chapter Secretary (L) and Chris Beverley, Chapter Director (R) presented the chapter wreath for the service. The chapter's wreath was one of twenty-five presented for this special milestone.
Ben Buckley, Chapter Member, hosts another Lyons VAMC Combat PTSD Class to The Wall. This four year old chapter program welcomes each class to The Wall. The chapter presents a Veteran/US flag pin to each class veteran. The classes are on a 45 day schedule visit to The Wall. With special requests, the veterans visit to Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery to visit a fallen brother or sister. Photo by Bill Shugarts. 25th Anniversary Recognition: U.S. Representative Gerald Connolly salutes the chapter's 25th anniversary with our accomplishment in the Congressional Record.
Charlie Klein delivers donated book to be sold through the Hole in the Wall store, and the proceeds support the chapter's Vince Kaspar Excellence in the Arts Awards program for local high school students. In addition, the program is part of the chapter's Go Green environmental campaign along with the ink cartridge recycling program. Photo by Jonathan Olson
The chapter conducts its annual information booth at the 2012 Fairfax City Fall Festival. Joe Celesnik (C) talks to a fellow Vietnam veteran, while Max Knouse (R) waits for a new visitor to the booth. The chapter's display includes the Living Wall and a large topographical map of South Vietnam where veterans show their family where they served. At the chapter's invitation, Mark Ingutti, of the local Vets Center, answers questions about veteran benefits to booth visitors. Special thanks to Joe and Sharon Celesnik for managing this annual event. Photo by Len Ignatowski
April Ballard, local Veterans Administration Supportive Housing, Case Manager, discusses the program at a board meeting to determine how the chapter can support our homeless veterans.  Photo by Len Ignatowski "Unsung Hero" Awards are presented to Ben Buckley (L) and Bill Shugarts (C) by Bruce Waxman (R), Chapter Vice President.  Ben is chairperson of the Lyons VAMC Combat PTSD Class visits from Lyons, N.J. to The Wall and Arlington National Cemetery.  Bill is the official photographer for the visits.  Both veterans have supported the program since its inception over since 2009.
Barbie and Tom Worrell, Chapter Members, prepare clothing for distribution to women veterans at the 2012 Winterhaven Standdown at the D.C. Veterans Administration Hospital.  Chapter members have staffed the women clothing station for the last four years.  The day long program provides medical, benefits, and clothing for homeless and needy veterans and family members in the Washington D.C. area.
Bruce Waxman, Chapter Vice President, welcomes U.S., South Korean, and South Vietnamese veterans and their guests to the chapter sponsored movie, "21 and a Wakeup" on March 25, 2012.  The special movie showing was in honor of "Welcome Home, Vietnam Verterans Day 2012".

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