ANDERSON TO RECEIVE AWARD AND SPEAK
AT VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA NATIONAL CONVENTION
Anderson, the former Associated Press foreign correspondent who was held
hostage for nearly seven years by Islamic fundamentalists in Lebanon, will
receive an award at Vietnam Veterans of America's 10th National Convention.
The award, which will honor him for his "Excellence in the Arts,"
will be presented at the Convention's culminating event: the Awards Banquet,
which will be held Saturday night, August 4, at the Sheraton Greensboro Hotel
at Four Seasons in Greensboro, North Carolina.
receiving awards at the banquet will be the entertainer Connie Stevens, who
performed on two USO tours in Vietnam during the war and has been active in
Vietnam veterans issues since the war; Bob Hope, the entertainer who
entertained the troops in Vietnam every year from 1964 to 1972; and Ned
Broderick, the founder and co-director of The National Vietnam Veterans Art
Museum in Chicago. Lee Ermey, the veteran character actor-and Vietnam
veteran-best known for his portrayal as the drill instructor in Stanley
Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket, will emcee the event. Anderson, Stevens and
Broderick will be on hand to accept their awards. Bob Hope's son, Tony Hope,
will accept on behalf of his father.
who served for six years as a U.S. Marine, also will take part in "A
Conversation With Terry Anderson" a question-and-answer session, at 2:30
p.m. in Auditorium IV at the hotel. He will discuss his tour of duty as a
Marine in the Vietnam War, his journalism career, his captivity, his acclaimed
memoir, Den of Lions, his current position as a journalism professor at Ohio
University, and his work as co-chair of the Vietnam Children's Fund, a
non-profit group that build schools in Vietnam.
"A Conversation With Terry Anderson," which also will include
Marc Leepson, the arts editor of VVA's newspaper, The VVA Veteran, is free and
open to the public. The Awards Banquet is a private event for convention