The Vietnam Veterans Association of America issued a charter to the new Beauregard Vernon Memorial Chapter 1138 in DeRidder, La., on March 7. Terry Courville, president of VVA’s Louisiana State Council, announced the issuance of the charter and chapter number before officers were installed.
Chapter 852 president Joe Jenkins installed Elvin “Doc” Holliday as Chapter 1138 president, Charles Allen as vice president, Carroll Green as treasurer, Ronnie Jackson as secretary and Kenneth Gibson as chaplain. Richard Maattalla, Frank Hensley, Ronald Cooley, Kenneth Gibson and James Baker will serve on the new chapter’s board.
The new chapter received its first donation, $100 from Chapter 215 president Perry Lopez. More than 40 members attended the initial meeting.