No. 051-00  
      IMMEDIATE RELEASE                      October 13, 2000                           (301) 585-4000


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Vietnam Veterans of America extends its heartfelt sympathy to thefamilies of the U.S. sailors killed and wounded yesterday aboard the USS Cole. "These young men and women paid the ultimate sacrifice for our nation, and for freedom and peace around the globe, representing the highest values that are the foundation of this great country," said VVA national president George C. Duggins. "For those injured, we offer our prayers and sincerest wishes for speedy recovery. Our organization stands ready to be of assistance to the men and women of the USS Cole and their families wherever needed," Duggins said.

"Service to our country is a noble calling, deserving utmost respect, but this knowledge cannot dispel the sorrow and grief being suffered by these families," said Duggins. VVA urges all Americans to take the time to reflect upon the selfless nature and courage embodied by our men and women in uniform who stand in harm's way each and every day, in peacetime as well as combat, to ensure our freedom here at home that we so cherish.

VVA's point of contact for additional information is Mokie Porter at (301) 585-4000, Ext. 146.

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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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