VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF TO
General Richard B. Myers, the Vice Chairman of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff, will give the keynote address at the tenth National
Convention of Vietnam Veterans of America in Greensboro, North Carolina,
Wednesday, August 1, 2001.
Myers is a Vietnam veteran and the nation’s second
highest ranking military officer. The Air Force General is a command pilot
with more than 4,000 flying hours in jets, including 600 combat hours in the
F-4 Phantom in South Vietnam.
Myers will address more than 700 VVA delegates from
chapters in 47 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Guam whose job is
to elect a new national president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and
the 19 members of VVA’s Board of Directors.
Myers will discuss how the military is changing to meet the demands of
the 21st Century.
Outgoing VVA President George C. Duggins said VVA members
can relate to Myers. Duggins said Myers’ career, which included a tour of
duty in South Vietnam, began in the mid ’60s when many fulfilled their
military commitment. “He also
can speak with authority on today’s all-volunteer military force.”
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Anthony J. Principi also
will address VVA delegates. Principi, a Naval Academy graduate and Vietnam
veteran, will discuss his plans to modernize the information technology
apparatus of the Department to more efficiently serve our nation’s veterans.
Representatives Christopher Smith and Lane Evans,
chairman and ranking member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, are
also scheduled to attend.
In addition to the election, delegates will establish
resolutions designed to guide VVA over the next two years in critical areas
such as Agent Orange, Homelessness, Employment/Training, Post-traumatic Stress
Disorder (PTSD) and Veterans Against Drugs.
The delegates will recommend specific actions to help veterans in need.
Vietnam-era veterans comprise about one-third of America’s 26 million