VVA Press Release

VIETNAM VETERANS HOLD NATL. LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE


LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (July 18, 1996) -- Vietnam veterans from around the nation gather in Louisville, Kentucky, August 1 through 4 for Vietnam Veterans of America's 1996 National Leadership Conference at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

VVA, a non-profit veterans organization, invites all Vietnam veterans from the local area to attend the many seminars and events being held during the four-day conference.

"VVA 2000, Creating Tomorrow's Leaders Today," says Jim Brazee, VVA national president, "is not just another slogan or name for a meeting or seminar--it's about our future ... the future of all veterans." Seminars at the conference on topics ranging from conflict resolution, minority veterans, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Agent Orange issues, to teaching the Vietnam War to young people, are geared to help all Vietnam veterans find some issue or topic that interests them.

"Our organization has been at the forefront in the fight to help our nation's veterans for many years, and we would like to continue that tradition in Louisville, where many of the men and women who served in Vietnam now live," says Brazee.

Ian Copeland, a Vietnam veteran and older brother of Stewart Copeland--the former drummer of the Police--will speak at an awards luncheon August 2 at 12:30 p.m. The luncheon will be followed by a book signing of his latest book, "Wild Thing." Copeland is head of Frontier Booking International, one of the largest and most influential rock music agencies. He now represents Sting, REM, Joan Jett, The B-52's, and dozens of other musicians. Jim Bohannon, also a Vietnam veteran and host of an award-winning nightly interview and call-in show, will give the keynote address August 1 at 8:00 a.m. His show, which replaced the "Larry King Show," is broadcast to 400 radio stations nationwide.

"With the high caliber of speakers, the seminars providing information on important issues, and the chance to make new friends with people who have similar experiences, we hope that this conference will let Louisville veterans know that there is an organization out there solely dedicated to their needs. We are all Vietnam veterans of America," says Brazee.

Conference sponsors include Chevron, Hughes Electronics, Hyatt Hotels, Philip Morris USA, Olympus, United Auto Workers-Local 862, Pharmacia & Upjohn, Inc. Pfizer, Inc., AARP, American Postal Worker-Local #4, Vietnam Magazine, and United Distillers Manufacturing, Inc.

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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
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