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Len Ignatowski, Chapter Vice President, (R) presents a chapter $1,000 grant for the new VVMF Education Center to Jim Knotts (C), the VVMF President. Jay Kalner (L), Chapter Director, was present too. The chapter's total financial commitment to the Education Center is $ 6,500.
Don Drunsic (L) and Bruce Waxman, President, of the chapter work in the men's clothing station at the 2016 Winterhaven Standdown at the DC VA Medical Center. Bruce Waxman (R) exchanges challenge coins with Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald at the 2016 Winterhaven Stand Down at the D.C. VAMC on January 24th, 2016.
Bill Shugarts, chapter member, and his trusty camera records every combat PTSD visit to The Wall since 2011. His photos are shared with the veterans.
Photo by Len Ignatowski
The Lyons class visits include Arlington National Cemetery for visits to Section 60 where the new heroes are laid to rest and to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Ben Buckley (Yellow Shirt) welcomes the Lyons VAMC, NJ, combat PTSD class to The Wall. The chapter has hosted these visits on a 45 day schedule since 2011. Photo by Bill Shugarts Rain or snow, the chapter welcomes every visit to The Wall by the Lyons VAMC, NJ, combat PTSD class. The veterans range from the Vietnam War to Iraq.
Photo by Bill Shugarts
Dan Kirby, Jay Kalner, Fairfax County Kincaid, Bruce Waxman, and Jim Thur (L to R) stand ready to serve as veteran mentors who legal matters are being handle by the new county Veterans Court. The fifth chapter mentor is Don Drunsic. The chapter's contigency of fie members is the largest single organization supporting the new program. Bill and Leslie Lynch work at the 2015 Winterhaven Standdown for homeless and needy veterans and their families at the Washington D.C. Veterans Hospital in January 2015. Bill worked at the men clothing station while Leslie worked at the women and children clothing station.
Diane Ignatowski, AVVA Representative, sorts grocery and infant care coupons for distribution to military families for use at post PX's and commissaries through the Troopons program. The joint operation by Chapter members, AVVA member, friends, and the Fairfax County Retired Fire Fighters Association collected over $ 5,000 on coupons.
Photo by Len Ignatowski
Chapter provided kitchen utensils and food for the apartment of a new VASH veteran who had only a small plastic container for drinking water and eating.
Photo by Len Ignatowski
Jim MacGregor (L) and Bruce Waxman (R) hang the sign to announce the 2014 Troop Care Package packing event sponsored by America's Adopt A Soldier. They were among chapter members who packed approximately 300 shoe size boxes that contained personal hygiene items, games, assorted goodies, and letters that were mailed to our troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and navy vessels in the area.
Partnership with Virginia Wounded Warriors program. Chapter officers met with Virginia Wounded Warriors program staff to develop a partnership in assisting Virginia veterans and active duty personnel. Bruce Waxman, Chapter President (L), Caleb Johnson and Samilia Schoebel, Virginia Wounded Warriors program staff, and Len Ignatowski. Chapter Vice President (R)

Todd Mader, The Bike Lane owner, Blake Badolato, America's Adopt A Soldier volunteer, and Ben and Chris, bicycle service technicians, (l to r) perform the final inspection on the bike for a VASH veteran transportation need. A chapter Minuteman Alert for a bicycle for a homeless veteran that entered the VA Supportive Houseing program was answered via America Adopt A Soldier and the Bike Lane Shop of Reston via Blake Badolato.

Tom Brown, Chapter Member, completes one of the 300 mailing labels for the care packages for the 2014 Troop Care Package event. He did this critical task for almost six hours.
In July 1992, the chapter hosted a visit by a group of Russian Afganishtan war veterans, who were members of the Russian Afganistan War Veteran Association.  The visit's purpose was to learn how to apply the United States economic and political system to their veteran owned business program.  While in Washington D.C., chapter members hosted individual visitors to their families and the American way of family life. OPERATION TROOPON SUCCESS
Diane Ignatowski, AVVA Representative, sorts coupons for shipment to the Troopons program that distributes the food coupons to military families to use at overseas commissaries and post exchanges. The chapter campaign resulted in approximately $ 5,000 worth of coupons for pet food, food, infant care items, and personal hygiene products. Coupons are not available at oversea facilities. Troopons reports that a military family coupon savings is between $ 26 to $ 50 per month.
SONS AND DAUGHTERS LOGISTICS: The chapter has supported the SDIT reunions in Washington D.C. in numerous ways. Paul Standcliff is ready to delivered the chapter purchase of bottle water for the hospitality suite of a recent SDIT reunion. NOT TO BE FORGOTTEN: The daughter of Sgt. George Cintron, a decorated Vietnam army veteran, requested our support when she realized that family members would not be attending her father's funeral at Arlington National Cemetery in August 2011. A large number of chapter members responded to the appeal. The chapter supported her funeral attendance with hotel lodging and meals while others paid for her bus ride from New York City.
Student Aid: Chapter presents thirty-four $50 VISA gift cards for the 2012 back to school needs of VASH family school age children for the second year. (L to R) Bruce Waxman, Chapter Vice-President, April Ballard, VASH Case Manager, Martha Valdez, VASH Case Manager, and Len Ignatowski, Chapter Director At the request of new Congressman Gerry Connolly of Northern Virginia, Bruce Waxman (R) arranged for Rick Weidman, VVA National Legislative Liaison, (not shown) and Jim Thur (L), VVA Chapter 227 member and Virginia's Wounded Warrior Program Regional Director, to briefed Congressman Connolly's staff's on national and state veteran needs in 2008.
BELATED MEDAL PRESENTATION: On July 10, 2010,Congressman Gerald Connolly presented the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Silver Star to Ron Markiewicz for his heroism as a Huey pilot in the Vietnam War. The belated award presentation was due to destroyed records by an enemy mortar explosion. Bruce Waxman, Chapter Director, (L) read both award citations as the medals were presented by Congressman Connolly. The chapter was invited to the awards ceremony. BELATED MEDAL PRESENTATION: On July 10, 2010, chapter members attended the 40 year belated awards presentation to then Lt. Ron Markiewicy for his herosim as a Huey pilot in the Vietnam War. Congressman Gerald Connoly invited the chapter to the awards presentation. Bryon Sheldon, John Jenkins, Prince William County Supervisor, Len Ignatowski, Ron Markiewicy, Bruce Waxman, and Congressman Connolly pose with Ron't two medals, the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Silver Star. Byron Sheldon, Prince
The Minuteman Alert appeal by a single parent veteran for home furniture was successfully answered by members. Byron Sheldon (L) and Len Ignatowski (R) deliver a dining table to the veteran. The delivery included living room furniture, lamps, and bedroom furniture. WINTERHAVEN STANDDOWN: Chapter and AVVA members staff the ladies and children clothing station at the winter standdown at the D.C. Veterans Hospital. Len Ignatowski babysits for the child of a woman veteran while she shops for clothing.
Photo by Bruce Waxman
EAGLE CANE PROJECT: Hank Cloutier (R) explains the carvings on a new EAGLE cane for a wounded warrior at Walter Reed, while Byron Sheldon, Chapter President, Scott Hurley, Wood Carver, and George Jone, Chapter Member and Wood Carver, L to R) look on. The project to present custom made canes to our wounded warriors is a national program. The Virginia Wood Carvers and Capital Area Woodturners combine their skills to fulfill the cane need. The chapter provided a $ 250 grant to purchase supplies for the project. Scott who is a Vietnam War veteran joined the chapter after the meeting. Thanks to George Jones, Member, for bringing this project to our attention.
Photo by Len Ignatowski
Byron Sheldon, Chapter President, presents a $ 500 kitchen pantry grant to Gail Page, Executive Director of Final Salute, which operates homes for homeless women veterans and their families. The presentation was made at the second house opening in Virginia on November 11, 2012. Bill Lynch, Director, was in attendance too.
Chapter presents a $ 1,000 donation to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund for the new education center near The Wall. Left to Right: Paul Stancliff, Chapter Director, Len Ignatowski, Chapter Director, Byron Sheldon, Chapter President, Jan Scruggs, VVMF President, Bill Shugarts, Chapter Member, and Cyndy Stancliff. The chapter email Minuteman Alert scored another victory in responding to an exercise bike appeal from Ann Duarte, a navy lady veteran in the Veterans Administration Supportive Housing program. Hugh Jordan (L) donated the bike, while Wendell Sissler provided additional logistical muscle. Both are chapter members. Ms. Duarte is on her exercise bike.
Photo by April Ballard

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