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VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA APPLAUDS PRINCIPI
WASHINGTON, D.C.-(January 2, 2001) - Vietnam Veterans
of America national president George C. Duggins today hailed the
nomination of Anthony Principi by President-elect Bush to head the
Department of Veterans Affairs. "This is a very good choice for
Vietnam veterans and for all veterans," Duggins said.
"Mr. Principi has the experience and expertise to
be a strong advocate for those who served the nation during war and
Duggins pointed out that Principi, a 1967 U.S. Naval
Academy graduate, commanded a Navy River Patrol Force in the Mekong
Delta and was awarded the Bronze Star for valor, among other
decorations, for his Vietnam War service.
In 1989 he became the first deputy secretary of the
VA, and in 1992 was named acting secretary of the department. He also
has been chief counsel and staff director of the U.S. Senate's Armed
Services and Veterans' Affairs Committees. Most recently, Principi, who
is a California telecommunications executive, has chaired the
Congressional Commission on Military Servicemembers and Veterans
"That's a long and impressive track record in
dealing with veterans' issues," Duggins said. "Over the years,
Vietnam Veterans of America has had a good working relationship with Mr.
Principi. We very much look forward to his swift confirmation by
Congress and to working closely with him again."
VVA's point of contact for additional information is
Mokie Pratt 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