VVA Press Release

VIETNAM VETERANS GATHER TO CHEER ON VVA TORCH BEARER


Washington, D.C. (June 17, 1996) -- Members of Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc., will gather to cheer on one of their own when Daniel Sullivan runs with the Olympic torch on the footpath in front of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Thursday at 9:00 p.m.

Sullivan, a former Marine, is currently serving as a member of the Secret Service. "I was incredibly honored to be chosen as a torch bearer. Although I'm a Marine, I feel like I'm representing all Vietnam veterans."

Sullivan served in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969. After joining the Marines straight out of high school in 1967, he was sent to Vietnam in 1968 with the 1st Force Recon Company, 1st Marine Division, two weeks before the Tet Offensive broke out. The former Marine served in Hue during the offensive and was wounded six months later. "Some of my friends are on The Wall that I'll be running by," says Sullivan.

Sullivan will also be wearing a watch inscribed with the names of the more than 58,000 U.S. servicemen who did not make it back from Southeast Asia. "I want to carry them with me as I honor their memory and represent those who did make it back."

Sullivan was released from active duty in 1971 and began pursuing a bachelor's degree in Management the same year at the University of Redlands, California. He was also a police officer with the Santa Barbara Police Department during that time. In 1982, Sullivan joined the Secret Service and was stationed at the Los Angeles field office. His career has taken him to various duty stations across the country including assignments in the Presidential Protective Division at the White House with former President Ronald Reagan and former President George Bush. He is now stationed at the Secret Service Detroit field office.

For more information on the organization the torch bearer represents, VVA's web site is accessible at http://www.vva.org. The new site offers a wealth of information and resources provided by VVA, including a comprehensive calendar of upcoming events, legislative news, publications, and information on joining and getting involved with the VVA.

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Vietnam Veterans of America is the nation's only Congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely to the needs of Vietnam-era veterans and their families.


Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc.
A Not-For-Profit Veterans Service Organization Chartered by the United States Congress


For Further Information Contact:

Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc.
Attn.: Mokie Pratt Porter
1224 M Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005-5183
Tel: 202-628-2700 ext. 146
General FAX: 202-628-5880
Communications FAX: 202-783-4942
e-mail: 71154.702@compuserve.com
URL: http://www.vva.org

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