No. 005-00 
IMMEDIATE RELEASE                             February 17, 2000                           (202) 628-2700 Ext. 158 


West Palm Beach Floridian, Thomas H. Corey, a long-time Vietnam veterans’ advocate, will lead a delegation of Vietnam veterans traveling to Vietnam Feb. 19-March 9 as part of Vietnam Veterans of America’s highly successful Veterans Initiative Program. Corey, who was severely wounded while serving with the U.S. First Cavalry Division in Vietnam, is national vice president of Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA).

Corey will lead the delegation of veterans in the Veterans Initiative’s ongoing, veteran-to-veteran effort to help Vietnam account for its estimated 300,000 Vietnam War missing in action (MIAs). The group also will urge Vietnamese veterans to come forward with information on American soldiers still listed as missing in action in that war. Agent Orange/Dioxin issues will also be a topic of discussion.

This is the 12th VVA Veterans Initiative trip to Vietnam. As in the past, Corey and the other Vietnam veterans will turn documents, photos, and other war-related items and information gathered from American Vietnam veterans over to their Vietnamese counterparts in an effort to locate the MIAs on both sides of the conflict.

The VVA national delegation also will include Bob Maras, chair of the Veterans Affairs Standing Committee who also serves as the organization’s New Jersey State Council president; Janet Alheit, Corey’s assistant and nurse; Bob Necci, chair of the POW/MIA Standing Committee; George Claxton, chair of the Agent Orange/Dioxin Standing Committee; and Dr. Linda Schwartz, chair of the national Task Force for Health Care and Policy.

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

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