No. 010-00 
IMMEDIATE RELEASE                             February 17, 2000                           (202) 628-2700 Ext. 158 


West Palm Beach, Fla. resident, Janet Alheit, a long-time Vietnam veterans’ advocate and recipient of the Chapel of the Four Chaplains Bronze Medallion Award, will join a delegation of Vietnam veterans traveling to Vietnam Feb. 19-March 9 as part of Vietnam Veterans of America’s (VVA) highly successful Veterans Initiative Program. Alheit is a nurse and assistant to VVA National Vice President, Thomas H. Corey.

Alheit has made eight trips to Vietnam and four trips to Laos. Once again, she will assist 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 MIA 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, Alheit 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 Tom Corey, national vice president of VVA; George Claxton, chair of the Agent Orange/Dioxin Standing Committee; Bob Maras, chair of the Veterans Affairs Standing Committee who also serves as the organization’s New Jersey State Council president; Robert Necci, chair of the national POW/MIA 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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