John Leslie was born in Sacramento, California, and graduated from the California State College, San Luis Obispo in 1967 with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. Later that year he started flight training with the US Navy and was designated as a Naval Aviator in February 1969. During his twenty years as a Naval Officer, John flew A-7E combat missions in Vietnam, attended the U.S. Navy Test Pilot School, and was the Commanding Officer of two Strike Fighter Squadrons flying the F/A-18 Hornet. As a civilian, John was an Experimental Test Pilot for the Grumman/Northrop Grumman Corporations flying the F-14D, A-6E, EA-6B, and the E-2C aircraft. While employed as a Test Pilot with Grumman, John earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Dowling College in Oakdale, New York.
Chairman Mark Spaulding
As veterans, VVA members can provide students with a unique perspective about the sacrifices America’s service members make to maintain freedom for all of us. Once invited to attend and prior to visiting a classroom or addressing an assembly, VVA members will work with the districts curriculum specialists to align with what is being taught.
Chairman John McGinty
A major emphasis of Vietnam Veterans of America from it’s beginning has been to help Vietnam Veterans understand the affects of Agent Orange on their health. In recent years, this has grown to include the affect of Agent Orange not only on those that served, but also the affect on their families. But VVA is also supportive of the affect that Dioxins have had on later generations that have served in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as other duty stations where American Military have served and been exposed to Dioxins.
The button on the right links to but a few of the many sites available to provide you and your families with information.
VVA Florida State Council also hosts along with local chapters, an Agent Orange Town Hall Meeting in several Florida locations each year. Check out our events calendar for 2017 AOTH Meetings.
Contact the VVA Chapter 1084 Agent Orange chairman by clicking here.
Chairman John McGinty
The disaster relief committee coordinates efforts to raise and distribute funds and goods to provide emergency aid and rapid relief to Veterans and communities caught up in disasters.
Advisor Mike Rothfeld
TOYS FOR TOTS
Ken Hahn Committee Chair
Marine Corps League (MCL) Oldest City Detachment 383
An American Holiday Tradition
Christmas is a time of joy, happiness and goodwill. It is a time of giving and helping those who are less fortunate than ourselves, especially the impoverished children. For over a half a century, one organization – the U.S. Marine Corps – is the unchallenged leader in looking after America’s needy Children.
At present the Toys for Tots Program in St. Johns County is conducted and overseen by The Oldest City Detachment Marine Corps League 383 for the last 12 years. The Toys for Tots Campaign is the Marine Corps Leagues primary community action program. The MCL 383 currently has three distribution sites throughout St. Johns County. This campaign usually begins in late October or early November and lasts until around December 22nd. Caring Americans drop off new unwrapped toys at collection receptacles located in local businesses. The Marine Corps League Coordinators pick up, sort and store these toys in there warehouse. As Christmas nears the Marine Corps League (MCL – 383) distributes toys themselves to various location throughout the county. They also enlist the aid of several local social welfare groups and agencies, such as Vietnam Veterans Leo C. Chase Chapter 1084, churches etc. to help distribute the toys to needy children at Christmas time. While the Marine Corps League organizes, coordinates and manages the program, the ultimate success depends on the support of the local businesses, community and the generosity of the people who donate toys or contribute money to buy toys.