About Vietnam Veterans of America

Nationally there are more than 83,000 members of this organization. The Mohave County Chapter 975 currently has more than 130 members. We invite you to join our organization. Membership is open to U.S. Armed Forces veterans who served on active duty (for other than training purposes) in the Republic of Vietnam between February 28, 1961 and May 7, 1975, or in any duty location between August 5, 1964 and May 7, 1975. Founded in 1978, Vietnam Veterans of America is the only national Vietnam veterans organization congressionally chartered and exclusively dedicated to  Vietnam-era veterans and their families. VVA is organized as a not-for-profit corporation and is tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(19) of the Internal  Revenue Service Code. VVA Chapter 975 was founded in 2005 and serves veterans in Bullhead City, Kingman, Lake Havasu City, and all other areas of Mohave County, Arizona. VVA’S FOUNDING PRINCIPLE”Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another.” GOALS VVA’s goals are to promote and support the full range of issues important to Vietnam veterans, to create a new identity for this generation of  veterans, and to change public perception of Vietnam veterans. VVA Chapter 975 aggressively advocates on issues important to veterans.

About Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 975 of Mohave County, Arizona
The Vietnam Veterans of America Mohave County Chapter 975 strives to help veterans and make their lives better. Over time we have prevented suicide by  veterans in distress, put veterans back in their homes when equipment on the property failed and the home was condemned. We also help many veterans  needing financial assistance for many different reasons. We participate in parades to bring awareness to our activities, and attend many government and  community meetings. We raise funds through raffles of items donated or purchased, and yard sales with donated items.

The organization’s motto is “Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another.”

We returned home after answering the call of duty from our country. Many of us found that we were not welcomed as our fathers and grandfathers were. A few carry baggage that is still with us today. Physical and mental wounds and the pain and suffering caused by war remain with some of us. There are gaps in the systems designed to help heal these wounds. This is where the VVA seeks to smooth the way. You are invited to join us and help us assist those who require assistance. As many of us reach retirement age and we look back on our life, now is the time to stay active. You can do so applying for membership and volunteering whatever skills, time, or money you are able to use to help others. With the VVA and AVVA, you can pitch in with family and friends and make a difference in the quality of life of all veterans. Come join us. If you do not meet the requirements for membership in the VVA, you can look to the Associates of the Vietnam Veterans of America as a way to join our cause. The AVVA is an active organization in and of itself. Sincerely, Dorn “Pat” Farrell, Past President

VVA 975 Officers

Mike Beard, President – president@vva975.vet

Mike is a retired business owner, retired from McDonnell Douglas, and an Air Force veteran that served 2 tours in Thailand during the Vietnam War. He has over 30 years of diverse experience and over 15 years of Aviation Operations in Southeast Asian countries. Mike’s non-profit experience is with: Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), Past President Association of Professional Consultants, Past President of the Project Management Institute (PMI) CA Chapter and served on the Board of Directors at the International School of Bangkok Thailand. He holds a BS from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and several specialty certifications and licenses and, is an NRA certified Pistol Instructor, Refuse to Be A Victim Instructor, and Range Safety Officer.  Read Mike’s full bio here.  MBeard Retired Bio 2020

Sisto Sandoval, 1st Vice President – 1stVP@vva975.vet

Jerzy Lataweic, 2nd Vice President – 2ndVP@vva975.vet

Dave Stafford, Secretary – secretary@vva975.vet

Served in the United States Coast Guard on board the Coast Guard Minnetonka. The ship departed Long Beach California in December 1967 en-route to Vietnam. While in Vietnam the ships duty was gun fire support to the ground troops, during her time in Nam she fired 5,000 rounds of 5″ projectiles. She was also involved in the Tet offensive intercepting a 50′ fishing boat armed with a concealed 3″ recoiless gun mounted on the bow and hidden under a fishing net. Upon returning to home port in Long Beach California, Dave went on and did some schooling to become a Diesel Mechanic. After his term of active duty, Dave went to a trade school to learn refrigeration and heating and obtained a job with Sears Roebuck and Co. Dave then reenlisted back into the Coast Guard Reserves to continue serving his country, finally in year 2000 Dave retired to Kingman, Arizona.

Dale Quinn, Treasurer – treasurer@vva975.vet

VVA 975 Board Of Directors

Fabian Cornejo

Serviced in the the Army 3 yrs. Worked as a linemen – splicer 25 yrs with So. Calif. Edison. After retiring moved to Havasu. Life Member of VVA and AVVA, Vet Court Mentor, PGR ride Captain.

Ralph McKie

Bill Falkner

Joan McDermott


Joan McDermott was born and grew up in Wisconsin on a dairy farm -attended nursing schools in Chicago and Topeka – joined U.S. Army and spent 2 years in Vietnam and 1 year at Walter Reed Army Hospital -lived in 3 other countries in S.E. Asia for 11 years. Inductee in the AVHOF 2016.

Bob Barnett

Joseph C. Little

Born in Lackawanna, New York in 1949, Joe Little is a US Army Vietnam combat veteran who retired as a Sergeant/Ranger Team Leader in 1972 after sustaining major injuries. Ranger Joe is the recipient of the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, and three Purple Hearts. Applying his Master’s degree in Social Work at the Phoenix Vet Center, Joe dedicated himself to helping veterans dealing with post-traumatic stress. Joe’s volunteer accomplishments are amazing: Community Emergency Response Team member and trainer, Phoenix; Crisis Counselor and Mentor, Phoenix Fire Department, 9 years; supporter, counselor, and former president of Operation Freedom Bird, 25 years; over 17 years of officer level responsibilities including President, 75th Ranger Regiment Association; volunteer worker at 18 StandDowns in Phoenix, Tucson, and Bullhead City; and mentor to veterans in the Lake Havasu City Veterans Treatment Court.
Committee Chairs

Communications       Fabian Cornejo


Agent Orange




Social Media                  Dave Stafford

We can always use more VSO Officers!