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Montana Veterans Monument

Several years in the making, the Veterans Monument located at 101 Hieronymus Park Drive is under construction. Vietnam Veterans of America Bitterroot Chapter 938 has been hard at work collecting names and donations. Construction started 14 October 2010 and continues. Fund raising continues to complete the Monument.

The Veterans Monument, to honor all honorable discharged veterans’s service to our country, engraved are their names along with service, dates, rate and statement.

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August 16, 2017(Washington, DC) – “Today military, veterans, and family service organizations have made history —
by having willed the Forever GI Bill into law,” said John Rowan, President of Vietnam Veterans of
America. “We are incredibly grateful for this unity, and an opportunity to leave future veterans with
better benefits than we, ourselves, were afforded as we transitioned from service. As a community, we
have changed the conversation on the GI Bill, from being a ‘cost-of-war,’ to being a part of every
veteran’s successful transition.”
“Today, and in the future, service members are not choosing when they go to war, so the government
shouldn’t be able to tell veterans when they can use the GI Bill that they earned through service,”
continued Rowan. “Thank you to Congress, for your unanimous support of the Forever GI Bill, and to
all of the advocates who have stood with us in fighting for the Forever GI Bill


(New Orleans) –John Rowan was reelected to a seventh term as National President of Vietnam Veterans of America on August 11 at the organization’s 18th National Convention in New Orleans. Rowan, who was elected to VVA’s highest office in 2005, has served as the chairman of VVA’s Conference of State Council Presidents, for three terms on the organization’s Board of Directors, and as president of VVA’s New York State Council. He served as a linguist in the U.S. Air Force’s 6990 Security Squadron in Vietnam and at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, providing the Strategic Air Command with intelligence on North Vietnam’s SAM sites to protect their bombing missions.

Rowan was a founding member and the first president of VVA Chapter 32 in Queens, New York. He retired from city service as an investigator with the City of New York’s Comptroller’s Office. He lives in Middle Village, New York, with his wife, Mariann.

Marsha Four of Springfield, Pennsylvania, was reelected to serve as Vice President; Bill Meeks, Jr., of The Woodlands, Texas, was reelected as Secretary; and Wayne Reynolds of Athens, Alabama, was reelected as VVA’s Treasurer.

In addition, 19 National Board of Directors were elected: Ten At-Large and nine Regional. The At-Large directors are Dottie Barickman (IA); Richard C. DeLong (LA); Gumersindo Gomez (MA); John Margowski (WI); Charlie Montgomery (VA); Felix Peterson (OK); Dave Simmons (WV); Dan Stenvold (ND); Kerwin Stone (TX); and Sandie Wilson (MI).

The nine Regional directors elected to serve a 2017-2019 term are: Region 1, Skip Hochreich (MA); Region 2, Ted Wilkinson (NY); Region 3, Sara McVicker (DC); Region 4, Spence Davis (GA); Region 5, Tom Burke (OH); Region 6, Bob Grabinski (WI); Region 7, Allen Manuel (LA); Region 8, Francisco Ivarra (WA); and Region 9, Dick Southern (CA).

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.”

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John Burgess, President of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1087, has been named VVA National Member of the Year.  John was presented his award at the 18th National Convention held in New Orleans August 8-12, 2017.   John was also awarded the VVA Achievement Medal for all his work assisting veterans.  This is the 2nd highest award given in VVA.   Accepting the award on his behalf was Montana State Council President Beverly Stewart.

John has been the President of Chapter 1087 since its inception 4 years ago.  He is well respected and an asset to all veterans in the Flathead Valley.


On September 21st and 22nd the Wall that Heals will be making a non-scheduled stop at Jim Palmer Trucking.  It will be located at their facility at 9730 Derby Drive, Missoula Montana.  It will be open starting 0600 (6:00 am) the 21st and will close 1600 (4:00 pm) on the 22nd.  Any further information may be directed to Tyler M. Tummons, Fleet Manager at 417-872-0192 (Cell) in Missoula. 



The Wall that Heals will arrive on Sept 5th with Patriot Guard Motorcycle escort. Set-up is set for Sept 6th at 2000 Hwy 93 South Kalispell. Immediately north of Rosauers.

Every Morning Sept 7th thru 10th at 10 AM will be a Flag Ceremony and Speakers, Wreath Laying Ceremonies will be on the morning of the 7th.

The Healing Wall will be open 24 hrs a day for viewing at the public’s leisure, with 24 hr security. During the day various youth and service groups will aid with parking and handicapped assistance. Shade and water will be available.