No. 017-99  
IMMEDIATE RELEASE                              August 4, 1999                      (202) 628-2700 Ext. 158 


Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), the nation's only congressionally chartered Vietnam veterans service organization, will hold its ninth annual convention in Anaheim, Calif., at the Anaheim Marriott, Tuesday, Aug. 10, through Saturday, Aug. 14, 1999.

Nearly a thousand delegates, members, and their families will gather to elect national officers and directors and to debate the resolutions and constitutional changes that will guide the organization for the next two years.  Resolutions on such varied topics as Agent Orange studies in Vietnam, veterans in the criminal justice system, provision of health care by the Department of Veterans Affairs, the fullest possible accounting of POW/MIA's, and Post- traumatic Stress Disorder counseling will be addressed.

Keynote speaker is Doris "Lucki" Allen who worked as a special agent with both Military Intelligence and the Defense Investigative Service during her three tours in Vietnam.  Her intelligence work became so well known that her name showed up on captured enemy documents and she had a price on her head.
Other convention speakers will include Assistant Secretary of Veterans' Employment and Training at the U.S. Department of Labor Espiridion (Al) Borrego, whose service in the U.S. Marine Corps included two tours in Vietnam.  Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs Hershel Gober is responsible for the daily management of the nation's second largest agency.  Gober led presidential missions to Vietnam which sought resolution of POW/MIA issues, and he serves on the President's Management Council.  A graduate of California State University Sacramento, Charles E. Greer Jr., is the Program Manager for the Veteran Owned Small Business Program at the U.S. Department of Labor.  Michael Durishin, Democratic Staff Director of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee has worked for the committee for over eight years.  Cong. Lane Evans (D-Ill.), the Ranking Democratic Member of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee and a leading advocate for veterans in Congress, will address the Legislative Coordinator Breakfast.

Other national and California government officials will be attending the convention.


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VVA's point of contact for additional information is Scott D. Campbell at (202) 628- 2700 Ext.158. 

Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) is the nation's only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely to the needs of Vietnam-era veterans and their families.  VVA's founding principle is  "Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another."   


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