IMMEDIATE RELEASE August
MISS AMERICA TO ADDRESS VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA
BUFFALO, N.Y.- Miss
America 2000 Heather French, who is on a national speaking tour entitled
The Forgotten Heroes: Honoring
Our Nation’s Homeless Veterans, to be keynote speaker at Vietnam
Veterans of America’s 8th biennial National Leadership
Conference. The event is
scheduled for 9 a.m., Thursday, August 3, 2000, at the Buffalo Hyatt
Regency in the Grand Ballroom.
As a national spokesperson and advocate for the homeless veterans,
Heather travels approximately 20,000 miles a month, into a different
city every other day, addressing diverse audiences, advocating
awareness, funding and volunteerism for homeless veterans’ programs.
Heather’s platform as Miss America 2000 is encompassed in the
statement, “As the daughter of
a disabled Vietnam veteran, I pledge my heart, my hands and my voice to
helping homeless veterans fight the battles they face on our nation’s
streets. So they don’t face these battles alone, I urge all
Americans to lend their support to these often forgotten men and
Heather’s words have been marked by her deeds.
She has spent much of her year of service lobbying U.S. lawmakers
for more support for homeless veterans.
As a result, she has been recognized with numerous awards to
include Advocate of the Year 2000
award bestowed by the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans.
In addition to her platform, Heather has been spokesperson the Helping
Veterans Fight a Silent Enemy: Hepatitis C campaign sponsored in
conjunction with Vietnam Veterans of America.
VVA’s point of contact for additional information is
VVA’s Public Affairs Director Scott D. Campbell at (716) 856-1234.
Schedules of events and media opportunities for Buffalo may be
obtained by contacting the VVA Media Relations Office at (716) 855-4976.
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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