No. 024-99  
IMMEDIATE RELEASE                              November 10, 1999                    (202) 628-2700 Ext. 158 


Vietnam Veterans of America National President George C. Duggins issued a statement on behalf of the membership of the national organization.

Mr. Duggins said, “Vietnam Veterans of America continues participating in Veterans Day observances across America.  Our chapters and state organizations are busily engaged in conducting or supporting ceremonies especially honoring those men and women who lost their lives while serving their country in conflicts as well as those who survived to serve our nation in other ways.

 “Veterans Day is not on the same level as Memorial Day where offices, business and schools are closed.  Instead, Veterans Day has become a huge shopping day for parents while children are in school.  The only saving grace has been in states where schools are mandated to set aside time to remind or instruct students in the significance of the ‘eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.’  I am extremely pleased to note that many schools have invited our veterans into their classrooms to assist in teaching students and to supplement information written in textbooks.

“Men and women veterans have been offered the chance to not only teach the teachers, but also increase awareness of students.  One misconception is that all veterans are buried in cemeteries.  Involvement in classrooms dispels that myth.  Nothing leaves a better impression upon students than having a real, live person coming into their classroom to answer questions.  The message is not, “I am a veteran and today is my day, November 11, 1999 marking the 80th anniversary of Veterans or Armistice Day.”  The message is, “Today is Veterans Day which honors all veterans – past, present and future – who have and will continue to ‘secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.’ “

On Veterans Day, if you enjoy those blessings, thank a 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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