August 4, 1999
(202) 628-2700 Ext. 158
VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA TO CONVENE NATIONAL CONVENTION IN ANAHEIM
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
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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