No. 023-99  
IMMEDIATE RELEASE                              August 27, 1999                    (202) 628-2700 Ext. 158 

Washington, D.C.--George C. Duggins was reelected president of Vietnam Veterans of America at VVA's biennial convention in Anaheim, California. Duggins first assumed the presidency in January 1997 after serving as vice president. He was first elected president at VVA's 1997 convention in Kansas City. Duggins remains the only African-American president of a major veterans service organization. 

A native of Chesapeake, Virginia, Duggins served with the U.S. Army Security Agency (ASA) from July 1965 to April 1969 with the rank of E-5. He served in Vietnam from May 1966 to December 1967 with the 8th R.R.F.S. in Phu Bai and from April 1968 to April 1969 with the 330th R.R. Co. in Pleiku. 

A life member of VVA Tidewater Chapter 48 in Chesapeake, Duggins joined the organization in 1985 and has held many elected and appointed positions. He served on the National Board of Directors for nine years and has served as national chair of VVA's membership, credentials, convention, scholarship, and minority affairs committees. He was elected vice president in 1995. 

"I am honored to have been selected by my brother and sister Vietnam veterans to lead this organization for another two years," Duggins said. "I am confident that together we will continue to fulfill the ambitious goals of our organization and insure that never again will one generation of veterans abandon another." 

In 1996 Duggins was a member of a delegation sent by President Clinton to Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos to investigate the POW/MIA issue. He is the past chair of the City of Chesapeake Mayor's Committee of Veterans Affairs and is the chairman of the Board of Trustees at Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church. He also serves on the Citizens Advisory Board for Nova Chemicals and the Aeolin Club. 

A graduate of Tidewater Community College, Duggins is employed at ValueOptions in Norfolk, Virginia, as a computer systems engineer. He resides in Chesapeake with his wife, Blanche, and their two daughters, Stacey and Shana. 

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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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