IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 27, 2000
VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA TO
CONVENE NATIONAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
BUFFALO, N.Y.- Vietnam
Veterans of America (VVA), the nation's only congressionally chartered
Vietnam veterans service organization, will hold its 8th biennial
leadership conference in Buffalo, NY, at the Hyatt Regency, Two Fountain
Plaza, Wednesday, Aug. 3 through Sunday, Aug. 6, 2000.
Nearly 600 members, Associates of Vietnam Veterans of
America (AVVA) and their families will attend events and seminars
designed to bond and strengthen the veteran leadership from around the
nation. Seminar topics will cover a broad spectrum of issues important
to veterans and their families to include health, education, employment
and homeless veteran subjects.
Keynote speaker is Miss America 2000 Heather French
who is on a national speaking tour entitled, The Forgotten Heroes:
Honoring Our Nation's Homeless Veterans. Other conference speakers and
distinguished visitors will include the Assistant Secretary of the
Department of Veterans Affairs' Planning and Policy Dennis M. Duffy;
Director of the Department of Veterans Affairs' Center for Women
Veterans Joan A. Furey; Director of the Department of Veteran Affairs'
Center for Minority Veterans Willie L. Hensley; Cong. John J. LaFalce
(D-NY-29th); Cong. Rick Lazio (D-NY-1st); New York State Assemblyman
Ronald Tocci; Assistant Administrator of the Office of Veterans Affairs'
Small Business Administration Programs Clifton Toulson, Jr.; Hatfield
Consultants, LTD. Vice President and Principal Dr. L.W. (Wayne)
Dwernychuk; Hatfield Consultants, LTD. Chief Operating Officer and
Senior Environmental Specialist Thomas Boivin. Plenary Session and
Closing will be addressed by retired Army Brig. Gen. George B.
Price.Other national and New York state government officials will be
attending the conference.
VVA's point of contact for additional information is
VVA's Public Affairs Director Scott D. Campbell at (301) 585-4000 ext.
158. AVVA's point of contact is Nancy Switzer at (716) 227-9830.
Schedules of events and media opportunities for Buffalo may be obtained
by contacting, Scott D. Campbell, at the Hyatt Regency, (716) 856-1234,
starting July 28, 2000.
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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