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The 2023 VHPA Membership Directory History Section Theme Announced

Keeping with the VHPA’s tradition that the History Section’s theme becomes the theme for that year’s Membership Directory, the 2023 Membership Directory (D2023) will be a history of U.S. Air Force helicopters in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War (1961 thru 1975).Air Force Decal SymbolRead more about the planned U.S. Air Force helicopter Vietnam War history sections.

National Vietnam Veterans Day Parade

Vietnam Veterans Day Parade

To all who served in Vietnam we thank you for your service and your sacrifice. We welcome you home each year with a parade in your honor. The National Vietnam Veterans Day Parade takes place each March 29th to pay tribute to those who served our nation for the cause of freedom and liberty.

National Vietnam Veterans Day Parade
Waikiki, HI
Friday, March 29, 2024
6:00 PM Kalakaua Avenue

Vietnam Veterans and Military Families are invited to attend. For details and additional information please see the Vietnam Veterans Day Parade promotional flyer or

The Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association (VHPA) is a non-profit war veterans organization filed under Section 501(c)(19) of the Internal Revenue Service.  It is dedicated to the fulfillment of the following purposes:

Our Mission

To enhance and accredit the cohesiveness, esprit de corps, and traditions of valor of rotary wing aircrews that flew in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam Era.

To seek out, using whatever means available, individuals who piloted rotary wing aircraft in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam era and inform them of the existence of the VHPA and encourage all eligible individuals to become members. 

  Membership is open to all helicopter pilots who flew in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam era (1961-1975).  There is an explanation of what you can do online at 

To preserve the legacy of all Vietnam Helicopter Pilots, an endowment fund has been established at the Vietnam Center and Archives at Texas Tech University.  Donations can be made here 

The VHPA has a membership of over 16,600 (8,700 dues current) helicopter pilots from around the world out of the approximately 40,000 who served as helicopter pilots in the Vietnam War.
In addition to an annual reunion held around July 4th, members keep in touch informally through mini-reunions (local get togethers) throughout the year and through the Internet on VHFCN ( , Heli-Vets and FaceBook also another FaceBook site. These websites, while used by VHPA members and others to keep in touch informally, are not administered or controlled by the VHPA and has no official affiliation with them. VHPA is not responsible for the content of any material posted on these sites and does not endorse or support any opinions expressed on them. Any complaints about the administration of these sites should be directed to the site moderators and not to the VHPA. The VHPA is a social organization only and has no political agenda as is our brother organization, The Vietnam Helicopter Crew Members Association 

The VHPA publishes six magazines, a membership directory and a calendar each year and periodically publishes historical reference directories, CD-ROMs and DVDs.
Magazines are included with VHPA membership and are available to non-members with a $36/year subscription.  (Three years for $99)  To contact the magazine editor  See an example of our magazine, The VHPA Aviator (big file).  VHPA Aviator magazine advertising and other information.

Life member rates based on age are as follows (also applies to subscribers):

Age 80 and above ---$75.00
Age 75 to 79 --------$100.00
Age 70 to 74 --------$150.00
Age 65 to 69 --------$250.00
Age 60 to 64 --------$350.00
Age 59 and below --$450.00

 Please call HQ on 800-505-VHPA (8472) to sign up to be a life member.

Traditions:  The VHPA has developed some traditions over the years.  One of those is the missing man table at the banquet at each reunion.  Here is an example done at the 2005 reunion.  Another tradition started in 1988 is a "Cobra" plaque made from the mold for the AH-1G prototype collective grip.  It is passed from outgoing President to incoming President at each reunion.  Also passed from President to President is a plaque with past Presidents' names on it.  A third tradition is a bottle of 21 year old Scotch purchased in 1971 by Brian Novak one of the original 66 founding members.  

History of the founding of the VHPA written by Larry Clark and Mike Law in 1990.

Please note:  This website may contain information that VHPA considers proprietary and confidential. Information contained herein shall not be used for commercial solicitation purposes, or any correspondence related thereto.  Correspondence relating to commercial purposes or solicitations shall only be sent to whereupon it will be forwarded to the appropriate VHPA representative.  Member information contained in this publication shall not be distributed to non-VHPA members without the express consent of the member.

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Use this form to apply for membership .

Please use the membership application form to submit address changes for the directory and use the comments form to submit other directory changes and updates.

Online membership directory for dues current members.

Communications with the Executive Council (EC)

HQ Telephone:
800-505-VHPA (8472)
HQ Postal address: (new as of 1 May 2020)

Sherry Rodgers
Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association Office Manager
1601 E Lamar Blvd
Suite 117
Arlington, TX 76011
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