No. 046-00  
      IMMEDIATE RELEASE                            August 23, 2000                           (301) 585-4000


WASHINGTON, DC - Vietnam Veterans of America National President, George C. Duggins today extended condolences to the families of the 118 Russian submariners lost in the Kursk disaster.

“Regardless of which uniform we wear or what flag we serve under, servicemen and women share a common bond, Duggins said.  On behalf of our members and their families I want to extend our heartfelt sympathy to the families of these brave men who did the honorable thing by serving their country.”

The nuclear submarine Kursk was lost as a result of still undefined explosions in the Barents Sea last week, claiming the lives of all 118 crewmen.

“Serving ones country is a noble calling and in times of tragedy like this, all people must stand together in sharing the grief of those who have lost their loved ones,” Duggins concluded.

VVA’s point of contact for additional information is Scott D. Campbell at (301) 585-4000, 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 abandon another."   


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