February 17, 2000
(202) 628-2700 Ext. 158
VETERANS INITIATIVE DELEGATES RETURN TO VIETNAM
Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) National Vice President Thomas H. Corey
will lead a delegation traveling to Vietnam on Feb. 19-March 9 as part of VVA’s
highly successful Veterans Initiative Program. Corey, who was severely wounded
while serving with the U.S. First Cavalry Division in Vietnam, will be meeting
with U.S. State Department representatives, Republic of Vietnam government
officials and members of the Veterans Association of Vietnam
Corey will spearhead the ongoing veteran-to-veteran efforts to help Vietnam
account for its estimated 300,000 Vietnam War missing in action (MIAs). The
group also will urge Vietnamese veterans to continue 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 a continuing 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 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 national POW/MIA 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 and itinerary is Scott
D. Campbell at (202) 628-2700 ext. 158.
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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