The President’s Corner

The November meeting will be November 18th or the third Saturday. The Christmas Party December 2nd at the Office. Contact LaTrishia to assist with Christmas dinner 417-234-7832.

September and October were busy months for the Chapter. The pictures are a few of the events and programs.

“Mikes Antiques” (member and Veteran Mike Cook) recently sponsored several fundraising events. Pictured from left to right front: Harlan, Charles, and Bill. Back row: Rex, Mike, and Susan.



The Chapter has partnered with United Way to build ramps for Veterans. On the left is the ramp for Veteran Ron and Mother Vera Collis. On the right is the ramp for Mr. and Mrs. Crowell.
There will be more opportunities to build Veteran ramps. Contact Charles Hopkins to help with ramp construction.

VVA Chapter 952 was invited to attend the dedication ceremony of the 31st Judicial Circuit Veterans Treatment Court. The celebration was September 20, 2017 at the Historic Greene County Courthouse rotunda. The Chapter has been invited to partner with the Veterans Treatment Courts to provide mentors serving the court.

Harlan spoke about his Vietnam experiences with 7th and 8th graders at Ash Grove School. John, Tom, Rex, Bill will also speak to the classes during Veterans Week. John, Rex, Bill will also speak to the classes during Veterans Week.

The VVA Chapter 952 lined up for the 1st Annual Willard Veteran’s Day Parade. Center photo from left to right: Dan, Charles, Mike, Harlan, John, and Bill.

A Big thank you for all the support this year!
Harlan Bristol, President
Susan Phillips, Secretary

The President’s Corner July – August 2017

The Chapter is growing and wonderful to see. I can’t believe all the hoopla and excitement about the new building space at 1925 Bennett #H.

Drop in Monday – Friday

Office Hours

9 a.m. – 1 p.m.


The Smoke Em if you Got Em BBQ event is August 5th    Countryside BBQ Pro Shop 2857 S. Campbell Ave. Springfield, MO 65807.     This is a family event with hourly drawings, bounce house for the kids, 50/50 drawing, silent table auction with vendors, military vehicles, and BBQ sampling!    

Get your Tickets! 

Get your Tickets for the  $1,000.00 Ceramic Smoker/Grill with accessories give-a-way. 

6-Tickets $20.00 or 1-Ticket for $5.00

I especially want to thank all the sponsors and helpers who have taken part in the great journey and see the vision for VVA Chapter 952.


Sgt. Harlan Bristol, President

The President and Secretary’s Corner May – June 2017

Come And Grow With Us   

As of May 1st, the Chapter has an office to better meet the needs of the growing Chapter.

Did you know we are a 501(C)3 Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 952? Yes, indeed (for many years). All cash donations are accepted by mail, in person, and through the website. We are in need of items to set up the office – donations are greatly appreciated. Vehicles, good furniture, and anything of value is also accepted.

1925 E Bennett # H.

Office Hours
Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.


The Chapter is involved with two Memorial Day Ceremonies concurrently at the National Cemetery and Rivermonte Memorial Gardens. Join us! If you live outside the Springfield, MO area Bloomfield, Fort Leonard Wood, Higginsville, and Jacksonville will hold State Veteran Memorial Day Ceremonies. announces-memorial-day-ceremonies-at-state-veterans-cemeteries/

The National Cemetery

When: Monday, May 29, 11:00 a.m.
Where: 1702 East Seminole Street, Springfield

The Chapter will present 2-flags. Arrive at 10:00 a.m.

Rivermonte Memorial Gardens Memorial Day Patriotic Remembrance

When: Monday, May 29, 12-1 p.m.
Where: 4500 S. Lone Pine Rd., Springfield—- Outside
What: Honoring the military, both living and deceased.


A big thank you to all who helped with the fundraising events for the year. Bill is the Outreach Coordinator so, don’t be shy. Send Bill an email for more information

Sgt. Harlan Bristol, President veterans-springfield

Susan Phillips, Secretary 

President’s Corner March – April 2017

Come And Grow With Us

Since the last newsletter, I have been busy with fundraisers, and awarding plaques to the Local Police, Sheriff, and Fire Department. We had a luncheon with ZackMiller, Vice President-Residential & Commercial Lending and discussed ideas, projects, and future possibilities.

Charles Stapleton, VVA State President, surprised the Chapter with a visit at the Executive Meeting and the membership regular monthly meeting.. We are always glad to see him.

In April, the current Board Members enter the final year of a two year election cycle. Beginning in 2018, the positions will be elected yearly. If you are interested in serving on the board, please get in touch with me at the next meeting.

The Mount Vernon, MO Veteran’s Home is in need of basic items for the residents. The home supports 200 Veterans (14 women and 186 men) who are elderly (80 years or older) and or bed-ridden. Every quarter, Chapter members distribute items to the Mount Vernon Veteran’s Home.

The following items are needed Veteran’s Home:

DVD’s and Wireless headset for TV to offset noise level
Hygiene (Shampoo; Deodorant; Soap or body wash; Toothpaste; Toothbrushes) Electrical razors (No straight edge razors).
Hand lotion and Chap Stick
Sweat pants and shirts: Sizes small to XXX-Large – T-shirts

Are you interested in helping to distribute or assist? Contact Bill Beeman, Outreach Coordinator for further information on helping with the Veteran’s Home Project and community involvement.

Jim, Charley, and I made the trip to Columbia our quarterly state meeting. I am proud of the Chapter and accomplishments. We are growing with new members and associate members and friends of the Chapter.

I will have a medical procedure on April 5 and a birthday on the April 9th. My wife will have surgery on April 11. Keep us in your thoughts and prayers.

If I can answer any questions about the Chapter, be sure to call 417-894-3659 or drop me an email Don’t forget to visit the Chapter’s website. This is your President saying have a good April and enjoy life to it’s fullest.

Sgt. Harlan Bristol, President
Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 952

President’s Corner January – February 2017

Come And Grow With Us

Christmas and New Years has come and gone for another year. I hope everyone had a great time and are thankful. I know I sure am.
My family and I had a great time visiting, exchanging gifts, and a lot of shared laughter.

We had two happy people at the Chapter Christmas Party. The drawing was held and the lucky local winners received either a Quilt or a Marlin 22 Rifle. Dan Igou received a plaque for his service as past President for six years. Thanks Dan for an awesome job!

Bobby had a fantastic graduation in Mt. Vernon with seven members of the chapter joining with the celebration. He was happy and we are happy for him. Great job Bobby.

The plaques for Sheriff, City Police, and Fire Marshall are ready to be presented. Charlie is working on media coverage at the presentation. I will get back with you as to the presentation location.

A big Welcome to the new Members and Associate Members! The Chapter includes Veterans of All  wars to join the Vietnam Veterans Chapter 952. Rex is the Chair of the Membership; so be sure to contact Rex for more information.

The Chapter has an ongoing project for the homeless to include: Toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, soap, snacks, socks, gloves, shaving cream, disposable blades, pencils, notepad, poncho, diabetic socks, etc. The Dollar Tree is a good store to look for items. To assist: Contact the Homeless Veteran Coordinator, Sam Hudson at

It was hard to say good by to 2016 but I’m looking forward to 2017 and what lies ahead. I know a lot of projects were accomplished, completed, and awards given in 2016. Lets get together and work together for a fantastic 2017! All ideas are welcome so don’t be bashful.

If I can answer any questions about the Chapter, be sure to call 417-894-3659 or drop me an email
I wish you all a very successful 2017. Until next time everyone take care and enjoy life to it’s fullest.

Your President


President’s Corner November-December 2016

Come And Grow With Us

Thank you all for supporting the Chapter with your gracious gift of time and financial support. Two cars were donated to the Chapter and given to two veteran families in need. We also set up a scholarship fund to assist a veteran in College.

We are winding down with fundraisers and events by the end of November. And, I have to say, I am ready for the winter season.

Tuesday, October 25-VA Clinic Groundbreaking

Senator Blunt’s office invited Post 1214 and all veterans to attend the groundbreaking for the new VA Clinic in Springfield at 1 p.m., Republic Rd/ Kansas Expressway across from All Pet Supply.

Friday, October 28-DEADLINE for Volunteer Registration

Seeking volunteers to serve as event guides for Hope Connection/Veteran Stand Down at Springfield Expo Center (downtown) on Wednesday, Nov. 16. Volunteers are matched with a homeless or high poverty guest attending the event which provides immediate access to essential services. Volunteers must be available from 8:00 am-3:30 pm on the day of the event and be able to attend a 30 minute training between 3:00 pm and 6:30 pm the previous day. Lunch and a T-shirt will be provided to volunteers. To register or for more information, please visit

Tuesday, Nov. 1 – HONOR FLIGHT

Welcome the veterans back and handing out flowers to the women veterans at the Springfield-Branson National Airport. Time for plane arrival is TBD, but it is usually around 9:30 p.m. Chapter members are asked to arrive between 8:30 and 9 p.m.

All Veterans Invitation: Wednesday, Nov. 2 – National Legion Commander Meet and Greet/1st Anniversary –

Post 1214 is hosting a “Meet and Greet” for the newly elected American Legion National Commander Charles Schmidt from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Fire Station 8 (Community Room), 1405 S. Scenic Avenue, Springfield, MO. Festivities include a presentation by Commander Schmidt, recognition with a Quilt of Valor by the Ozark Piecemakers Quilt Guild, and a Willard JROTC tandem rifle performance. This event will be held in conjunction with the Women’s Post 1214’s one-year anniversary celebration of their permanent charter. Cake and light refreshments will be served.

Saturday, Nov. 5 – Veterans Day Parade (Downtown Springfield)

The parade will assemble and breakdown in Parking Lot across from Hammond’s Field between Trafficway and St. Louis Street at 9:00 a.m. Parade starts at 10 a.m.. be at assembly area at 9 a.m. Wear Patriotic clothing. For a parade map, go to PAGE 2

Calendar Dates (continued)

Saturday, Nov. 5-Sunday, Nov. 13 – VETERANS WEEK (Branson)
For a complete listing of Veterans activities taking place in Branson, please refer to the Branson Bugle or We have a condo in Branson that week (Roark Resort) which members can use as a ‘home base.’ Mary Clapper is the contact.

Tuesday, Nov. 8 – Tribute to Women Veterans & Rose Petal Ceremony

Event takes place noon to 2 pm at the Radisson Hotel, 120 South Wildwood Drive, Branson. The Tribute includes a Rose Petal ceremony and Women Veterans Appreciation gathering. Both are FREE to women veterans. RSVP if attending to Brenda Meadows, 417-337-0563.

Tuesday, Nov. 8 – Women Veterans Mini Reunion

Event takes place from 4-6 p.m. at the Stone Castle Hotel and Conference Center in Branson. RSVP required no later than Nov. 1 to Arlen Lipper, 417-230-2278.

Friday, Nov. 11 – Free Veterans Day Breakfast at Hyvee in Springfield


Friday, Nov. 11 – Veterans Day Parade (Branson) – Parade starts at 11 a.m.


Sunday, Nov. 13 – Quilts of Valor Reception

At 2 p.m., the Patriotic Piecemakers will be presenting more than 20 Quilts of Valor to military combat veterans. This is a very special event and it would mean a lot to all if we could have as many of members in the audience (patriotic clothing) showing our support. The presentation will take place at 2738 S. Campbell Street, Springfield, Missouri – on Campbell, north of Battlefield and south of Sunset, in the Village Shopping Center, behind Andy’s Frozen Custard.

Wednesday, Nov. 16 – Hope Connection/Veterans Stand Down

Information posted under October 28, the deadline for the online registration. The event takes place this day, however, with a 30-minute training the day prior.

If I can answer any questions about the Chapter, be sure to call 417-894-3659 or drop me an email

Your President,


President’s Corner September-October 2016

I want to take this moment to welcome aboard all the new members. So, WELCOME! If I can answer any questions about the Chapter, be sure to call 417-894- 3659 or drop me an email

August has been a busy month as were June and July. The fundraiser Westside WalMart was interesting as we shared the day with James River Assembly. Thanks to all the guys who showed up despite the rain. The next fundraiser is at the Golden Corral on September 10. So, don’t be shy, drop in and say hi! I went to a meeting this past week at our Monthly Task force with The Community Partnership meeting- Affordable Housing and Homeless Prevention. We talked about homeless vets and what the Task Force was doing to curb that problem. The meeting is the second Thursday of the month. If interested, drop me an email

Charles, Bill, and I meet with the United Way people for the United Day of Caring. This year, we were given shirts and caps to wear as we tackled building shelves.

I will travel to Washington D.C. to see the Wall and fly out on the 30th of August. I encourage all that can come out and support all the Vets that will be there. Last year I went as a Guardian for a Veteran and enjoyed the trip. This year, I will attend as a Veteran.

The Chapter meeting in August location has changed as we outgrew the Legion Lodge Post 639 meeting room. I know we really enjoyed meeting at the Post; but we need to think of the future. Join us for the first breakfast and meeting.

Jimmy’s Egg

3837 S. Campbell

This meeting is very special, as we will be giving away our last donated car. The former owners of the car, Denniese Dysart and Leslie Shannon will be our guests. The car donation was in recognition of his mother who was a nurse in WWII. Bobby Owens and his wife will also join us to receive the car.

The Veterans Day Parade is coming along great. If you want to get involved, send an email Everyone is welcome to join any of the projects.

I know that some of you will be busy with going back to school and everything. I encourage everyone to be safe and watch out for everyone even the little ones.

I’m going to quit being windy now so Susan can get this copied off for the Newsletter. If you haven’t visited the website, you really need to do so. It looks very nice. A Big Kudos to Corry and Jennifer for developing the Website I better not leave Susan and Tom out as they have worked with Corey and Jennifer. You all have done a great job.

Until next time everyone take care and enjoy life to it’s fullest.

Your President


President’s Corner July-August 2016

Well its summer time and the heat came rushing in like a lion. Hope everyone keeping cool. The year is half over and I wonder where the time went too. A lot projects and fundraisers were completed in June with just as many events in July.

Lets all pray for Tom. He has the shingles and is in a bad way. The Good Lord blessed us as well with two donated cars for Veterans from Denniese Dysart and Leslie Shannon. The donation was in recognition of his mother who was a nurse in WWII. The cars are in great shape and spoken for already. A Big thank you Sam for all your help with Mr. and Mrs. Shannon.

Along with Branson VVA Chapter 913, and the DAV, our Chapter is assisting a Veteran in replacing his transmission in Rock-a-Way Beach. The Veteran is on minimal income and on disability but willing to offer to paint for added income. Contact me if you need a painter.

We had a great Garage Sale. We sold a lot of stuff and got more to get rid of. Thanks to Charlie for lending his home for the two-day sale. Thanks to all who helped.

We had a Fund Raiser this month at Golden Corral on Saturday the 9th of July and grateful for what the Lord provided.

A few summer activities include The Day of Caring with the United Way will be August 18. If you are interested in helping a Veteran on the Day of Caring, email Charles.

We have a picnic at Dan’s house in late summer as well as the Veterans Day Parade in Springfield. Are you interested in helping? If so, email Robert Crampton for more information Lets all be a part of this great time to honor Veterans.

Meeting Location

August 27, 2016 Location: Jimmy’s Egg

Campbell & Primrose

3837 S. Campbell Springfield, MO 65807

I’ll close for now with an invite to Come And Grow With Us! Have a Great Summer.

Your President

Harlan Bristol

President’s Corner May – June 2016

What a beautiful day in the Ozarks! As I write, the area has gently falling rain. The gardens are growing and so is our Vietnam Veterans Chapter 952! We have an amazing group that works hard to provide for the families of Veterans. I am pleased everyone is happy with the events and new community interest. With continued community involvement and extending a welcome to all, there is renewed interest in membership. Veterans and family members attend every month to take a look and see at the organization

I had meetings everyday this week and I didn’t know if I was coming or going. But once I looked in the mirror, I knew my name was Harlan. HA!

The Chapter had a great fundraiser at Wal-Mart with time to visit many who stopped by the booth. The morning was slow; but by noon we were busy with new interests and donations. Overall, a good amount was contributed toward the Chapter goals of helping Homeless Veterans and families of Veterans in need. A big thanks to all the members and friends of the Chapter who stopped by to ‘hang-out’ and help with the day.

The Chapter Garage Sale is just around the corner on June 10,11 at Battlefield and Hwy. 65 – 3428 Blackman Avenue South, Springfield MO from 7 a.m. till dusk. Call Charles at 417-693-6298 or email Charles to pick-up larger items after May 15th.

The Day of Caring with the United Way will be August 18. If you are interested in helping a Veteran on the Day of Caring, email Charles.

The Chapter is committed to the Veterans Day Parade in Springfield. It’s nice to have Robert Crampton, coordinator of the parade, and member of Chapter 952. Interested in helping? Email Robert

A reminder, the Will Daley Award is coming up soon. Please take time to nominate an outstanding member at the next meeting.

Charles, John, Sam, and I (Harlan) received special recognition by our State Attorney General Honorable Richard Kinder for the Chapters commitment to the Homeless Veteran project and outreach to Veterans and families in need.

There is so much we need to talk about during the up-coming meeting; I don’t know where to start. So be sure to attend and catch up on the latest happenings with the Chapter. Come And Grow With Us! Have a Great Summer.

Your President

Harlan Bristol

President’s Corner March-April 2016

The ground hog didn’t see his shadow because of the beautiful weather lately. Thank God for that! It has made everyone to jump up and get to work.

I want to thank Charles and Sam for going to the Missouri State Counsel Meeting this past Saturday. We had a great and successful trip. Thanks Jim for driving us.

A funny thing happened to me at the last Ice Cream and Cookie night at LZ639. I filled in at the last moment to serve deserts and could not locate the cookies, ice cream, bowls, spoons, or a scoop. Oh man, was I a mess. Sam rescued me with cookies; but it was to late. I surely will do better the next time!

This year the Chapter added two new fundraising events:

1. A Garage Sale – June 10, 11 at Battlefield and Hwy. 65 – 3428 So. Blackman Ave. Springfield MO from 7 a.m. till dusk.

2. Walmart on Independence – Saturday MAY 7 from 9am until 5pm.

Charles works every Friday morning to Serve 200 Homeless Veterans at 806 N. Jefferson. Contact Charles to donate garage sale items, help for the day, or help with serving food. 417-693-6298

Well elections are just around the corner for Chapter 952 as well as State. Three members have expressed an interest as an office holder. Please let me know if you are interested in a board position. Elections are March 26th.

The new website is a work in progress. Check it out!

Come and Join us at a meeting and meet the new members!

Every one have a good Spring and get those gardens out cause I’m ready for some fresh vegetables. HA!

Your President Harlan