(Washington, D.C.) –
Vietnam Veterans of America will hold its 11th biennial National
Convention July 29-August 3 at the Adam’s Mark Hotel in downtown St. Louis.
“This year’s convention is a very special one,” said VVA President Thomas H.
Corey. “In addition to the delegates working on resolutions and the election
of our national officers, we will be celebrating VVA’s 25th
“We have come a long way since our
humble beginnings in 1978,” Corey said. “VVA today is a highly effective
force on the national, state, and local levels, acting on behalf of Vietnam
veterans and their families. We’re proud of our accomplishments over the
last 25 years, and we’ll be celebrating the past and working for the future
in St. Louis.”
An estimated 600 delegates from local
VVA chapters across the country will join hundreds of other Vietnam veterans
and guests in St. Louis. The delegates will set the organization’s course
for the next two years, hear from an array of speakers, attend information
sessions, and take part in special events, including the 25th
Anniversary Banquet on Saturday night, August 2.
Scheduled speakers include Lt. Governor
Joe Maxwell, VA Secretary Anthony Principi, who served in Vietnam,
Congressman Christopher H. Smith, and Paul “Buddy” Bucha, a Vietnam War
Medal of Honor recipient who will deliver the keynote speech at the
convention’s Opening Ceremonies on Wednesday morning, July 30.