No. 021-99  
IMMEDIATE RELEASE                              August 10, 1999                    (202) 628-2700 Ext. 158 


U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) will address delegates and members of Vietnam Veterans of America during opening ceremonies of  VVA's Ninth National Convention at 9:00 a.m. on Aug. 11, 1999. 

Sen. Boxer, who sits on the Senate Budget, Environment and Public Works, and Foreign Relations Committees, has been a strong supporter of legislation supporting Vietnam veterans and their families during her ten years in the House and seven years in the Senate. That includes her persistent work for passage of legislation for homeless veterans employment programs and for other federal programs to help Vietnam and disabled veterans with employment. 

Sen. Boxer will join a group of distinguished guests at the convention's stirring opening ceremonies. Also on the program are: Shirley McCraken, Anaheim's Mayor Pro Tem; Tom Alvarado, California's Secretary of Veterans Affairs; Hershel Gober, Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs; Charles Cragin, Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs; and Doris "Lucki" Allen, the Keynote Speaker, a three-tour U.S. Army Vietnam veteran.   

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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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