Press Release

June 26, 2003

No. 03-18

Mokie Porter

(301) 585-4000 Ext.146


(Washington, D.C.) – National leaders of Vietnam Veterans of America reacted with sadness to the news of the June 23rd death of retired Arizona Republican Congressman Bob Stump, who served as chairman of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee from 1995-2000.

"Bob Stump was one of Congress's strongest and most effective supporters of veterans," said VVA national President Thomas H. Corey. "He worked long and hard on behalf of all veterans and paid special attention to the needs of those who served in the Vietnam War."

Stump began his congressional career as a Democrat in 1976, and switched his party affiliation in 1982 after voting to support President Ronald Reagan's tax-cut bill. In recent years he was a strong supporter of the effort to construct the World War II Memorial on The Mall in Washington. He received a degree from Arizona State University in Agronomy.

"Congressman Stump served his nation with courage and distinction as a Navy Corpsman with the Marines in the Pacific Theater during World War II, "Corey said. "He remained in service to America with his steadfast support of veterans while in the Congress."


Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) is the nation's only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated 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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