No. 011-00 
IMMEDIATE RELEASE                             February 17, 2000                           (202) 628-2700 Ext. 158 


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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