Press Release

July 21, 2003

No. 03-20

Mokie Porter

(301) 585-4000 Ext.146



(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 anniversary.” 

“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.


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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