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Celebrating Silver
L-Z Bluegrass, also known as Northern Kentucky Chapter 88, one of VVA’s most active community-minded chapters, celebrated its 25th anniversary in November. L-Z Bluegrass was the first Kentucky chapter to receive a national VVA charter, and for the last quarter of a century the chapter has been extremely active in a wide variety of veteran-related programs.
“We’re not the biggest VVA chapter, with about fifty members and about a dozen AVVA members,” said Chapter President Drew Vargo, a charter member of L-Z Bluegrass, “but we’re active in the community and we’re alive and kicking.”

In 1988, Chapter 88 was the driving force behind the Kenton County Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Errlanger, Kentucky, which was patterned after The Wall in Washington, D.C. The chapter has maintained the memorial for the last twenty years with dedication and perseverance. A celebration to commemorate the charter’s 25th anniversary and the 20th anniversary of its memorial took place November 9.

The chapter’s longstanding community service endeavors include supporting the VA Nursing Home and Domiciliary in Fort Thomas, Kentucky; the Joseph House for Homeless Veterans in nearby Cincinnati; the Brighton Center in Newport, Kentucky; and the Pike Street Clinic in Covington. The chapter also has awarded more than $30,000 in scholarships to the children and grandchildren of local Vietnam veterans who have been accepted at local colleges and universities.

Chapter 88’s latest endeavor is sending comfort packages to our troops in field hospitals in Afghanistan and Iraq. The chapter has a new website,



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