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Next Event

Armed Forces Day Parade

Saturday, 20 May 0900

See details below

Followed by

 "Tolling of the Boats" event at Deterrent Park, Bangor Base

Thursday, May 25th, 1030

Puget Soundings - Base Newsletter 


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Blue Angels Over Lake Washington

Washington State Department  of Veteran Affairs (WDVA) Veteran Voices Ė May 2017 Edition

Member Don "Mac' Smith Sends

Posted May 19, 2017


-Honoring World War I Event

-New Reflective Art Group at Retsil

-VLC Receives Special Award

-YesVets Team Receives Award

-Memorial Day Events

-Korean War Wreathlaying Ceremony

-Nominate VetCorps Members for Annual Awards

-Purchase Your Armed Forces License Plate


Good Afternoon! 

Please click the link above to view our latest edition of the WDVA Veteran Voices Newsletter.  

This edition features Memorial Day Events, an update on Armed Forces License Plates, Korean War Wreath laying Ceremony and more!!! 

*Donít forget to submit your Memorial Day events to us at

If you havenít already, like us on Facebook ( and follow us on Twitter (  If you are on the live video streaming app, Periscope, add us at @WDVA.   

Does your organization have a Facebook page or Twitter feed?  Are we following you?  If not, let us know so we can share all the news concerning Washington Stateís Veterans and Families! 

Does your organization have an upcoming event flyer that you would like us to share on our and our WDVA website, send it our way!   

Please enjoy and we hope to hear from you soon.

Gary Lott

Community Relations/Social Media Manager
Washington Department of Veterans Affairs

360-810-0238 |


Summer Schedule

June Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 1900 - FRA 29

521 National Ave, Bremerton

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" War does not determine who is right ?

       only who is left."



May 12, 2017

Photos by Don Bassler





Well," snarled the tough old Navy Chief to the bewildered Seaman. 
"I suppose after you get discharged from the Navy, 
you'll just be waiting for me to die so you can come and piss on my grave."

"Not me, Chief!" the Seaman replied. 
"Once I get out of the Navy, I'm never going to stand in line again!"




Welcome aboard Pete Espiridion (Ohio, Alabama)

May Meeting Summary

Posted May 17, 2017


After routine opening ceremonies, Base Commander Steve Corcoran introduced WWII Subvet member Paul Christofferson, visiting Subvet Dewey Reed, and his wife, new member Pete Espiridion and USSVI Western District 4 Vice Commander Jim DeMott.


Steve gave a heart felt eulogy for recently departed member TMC (SS) Hank Hollis.


Steve then introduced Past FRA 29 President Otis Robinson, Sr.,  a former Navy Deep Sea Diver.  Ottis gave us a brief overview of his Navy career before presenting a "Man" Basket created by his wife, Annie Robinson (who was sick) who put it together for a Base raffle.  COB Waye Peterson's name was drawn as the winner by Ottis.



Member Jerry Drumm gave an update on his wife's condition with ongoing heath problems. She is currently in ICU at Harrison Hospital. Don Bassler gave a brief report on Member Jim Shumard's condition after recent complication after routine testing at the Navy hospital, then Harrison and finally Madigan where he is in recovery and should be home soon.


Meeting concluded with routine committee reports and announcements of upcoming events.

Base Charter Member Hospitalized at Madigan

Posted May 16, 2017


Jim Shumard was taken from Harrison Hospital last Friday, then  to Madigan Hospital and is having kidney problems (only has 1 kidney) also high blood pressure, high. Wife, Janene, asks that everyone pray for him. 


I called Jim and he is in better shape than yesterday.  He expects to be home by Thursday, 18 May. (360-710-3794).



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Remember: DCs: These messages are a benefit to USSVI members and not necessarily just those who retired from the Navy.  Please direct to all base members and especially newsletter editors, Base Commanders, and web site managers. This is being sent to DCs and Eboard members only.  DCs Must forward to their Bases please.   


........ A Florida resident has been found guilty of defrauding the Department of Veterans Affairs to the tune of nearly $400,000 over 15 years. Veronica Dale Hahn of Bonifay, Florida, received $394,800.85 in veterans disability benefits between November 2001 and February 2016 based on claims of 100 percent service-connected blindness in both eyes.  

However, Hahn was found to have obtained multiple states' drivers licenses with no vision restrictions; was observed driving a personal vehicle; and held multiple positions in state correctional facilities that required normal eyesight, despite her claims to various Veterans Health Administration and private-practice doctors that she was almost completely blind.

Hahn pleaded guilty to theft of government funds during a January 2016 trial.


......... Veteran Service Organizations (VSOs) headed by DAV, VFW and Paralized Veterans compiled a list of 6 critical items requested of the VA, Congress, and the Administration to:


1. Strenghten reform and sustains the VA health care system

2. Reform the VA Claims and Appeals process

3. Realign and modernize the VA?s capital infrastructure to replace old facilities and determine needs for new.

4. Improve assistance for caregivers of severely injured veterans

5. Improve women veterans programs and care


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NSL PACNW Chapter, Wed, May 17th, Horse and Cow Happy Hour Event (1600-1900)

USSVI Bremerton Base Members Invited

Posted May 11, 2017


What:  Happy hour event in lieu of a formal luncheon for our May event.  The NSL will provide the pupus (appetizers) at no cost to you.  No host beverages, but the H&C has great Happy Hour pricing from 4-7pm.  

Where:  We will be at the Horse and Cow Pub and Grill, 536 4th Street, Bremerton, a self-proclaimed festive submarine-themed watering hole.  For the uninitiated, there is a great collection of submarine memorabilia covering the walls, a submariner vibe, and great food and drink.


For those who have been to other generations of this establishment, this is not the one you may have gone to at Mare Island, San Diego, or the most recent local version in Chico (I understand the one in Guam is nice, too).  Much nicer and worth a stop off.  If you?d like to check out their website. it's:


Link for Google Maps directions:


Four blocks to/from the ferry if you?re coming over from Seattle.  There is somewhat limited street parking but there are several garages close by.  

RSVP:  No RSVP required

Who:  All NSL members, their guests, and all active duty. I will also invite members of the Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Navy League Council and SUBVETs bases.  Pass the word!  Please mark your calendars and plan to stop by.


Bob Aronson
CAPT, USN (Ret.)
President, Pacific Northwest Chapter
Naval Submarine League

69th Armed Forces Day Parade, Saturday, May 20, 1000
Updated May 11,, 2017

The Kitsap Credit Union Armed Forces Day Parade held in Bremerton is the largest and longest running Armed Forces Day Parade in the nation. This year is the 69th year of the event, held on the third Saturday in May in downtown Bremerton. This event includes the Puget Sound Energy Heroes? Barbeque that provides a free hot dog, chips and soda to all active-duty, reserve, retired and veteran service personnel.

The parade's annual attendance is 25,000 to 40,000 people from all over Western Washington. Entries come from as far away as Oregon and Spokane to participate in this event.

The parade includes all branches of the military, police and firefighters, youth organizations, dignitaries, commercial businesses, car clubs and more.

Our staging area will be in "B" on 6th street between Venita Ave and Chester Ave.


The parade starts at 10AM, be there by 9:00.

Parade route map here

April - Jun Puget Soundings On Line

Posted May 8, 2017


Members and Wives Attend Submarine Ball in Early April

Posted May 8, 2017

Ralph Harris sends...

We all had a good time. Girls were glad they went. We bought one round of drinks. Some 2nd class bought the other round. Cab was about 10 to 15 bucks. TTF MCPO was Master of Ceremonies. Guest speaker was Force Master Chief. 4 sailors received their dolphins. They got a copy of the tolling of the bells. Dutch requested a copy. Food was great as usual. Got one of the challenge coins they use for tickets to give to Paul Christofferson. Rose Marie and Katy were complimented on there vests and were told by quite a few women that they were honored to have them as guests.

Ralph Harris and Dutch Kaiser

Life & HC Member Goes on Eternal Patrol

Posted May 4, 2017


TMC(SS) (ret)  Henry "Hank" Hollis (82)  went on eternal patrol after fighting cancer for several years.


Hank joined USSVI in 2001 and served as Bremerton Base Chief of the Boat for several years.


Before retiring from the Navy in 1977, Hank served in Torsk, Tusk, Sam Houston and Abraham Lincoln.


Hank asked that he be given no services.  He is survived by wife, Kay and his children.


Sailor, Rest your oar.


Memorial Day Ivy Green Cemetery Service

Posted May 2,, 2017

Monday, May 29th, Memorial Day. We will be at Ivy Green cemetery at @ 0730 to help place flags on the fallen graves, and prepare our corner spot with our flags. In the afternoon at @1300, we will partake in the ceremony and present our wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown. 

"Tolling of the Boats" event at Deterrent Park at Bangor Base

Posted May 2,, 2017

Thursday, May 25th, 1030. Bremerton Base will partake in the "Tolling of the Boats" event at Deterrent Park at Bangor Base. This is the Thursday prior to Memorial Day. John Clear of Olympic Peninsula Base has taken charge of this event along with Pam Love of Group 9.

We are looking for volunteers who have base access to escort individuals who do not have access. Meeting place will be at the Main Gate at PSD parking lot.

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