IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release

July 21, 2003

No. 03-23

Contact:
Mokie Porter

(301) 585-4000 Ext.146

MISSOURI SENATOR JIM TALENT
TO SPEAK AT VVA NATIONAL CONVENTION

 

 


(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Jim Talent (R-Missouri), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, will take part in Vietnam Veterans of America’s 11th biennial National Convention at the Adam’s Mark Hotel in downtown St. Louis. Senator Talent will be the guest speaker at the Legislative Coordinators Breakfast on Saturday, Aug. 2, at 8:30 a.m. and also address the delegates. 

“We are honored that Senator Talent will be joining us in St. Louis,” said VVA National President Thomas H. Corey. “He is a true veterans’ advocate and his appearance will be of great benefit to our legislative coordinators and delegates who will be part of the Convention.” 

Senator Talent was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2002, after having served eight years in the House of Representatives and eight years in the Missouri House. Among his accomplishments on Capitol Hill is legislation that now offers small business loans to 24 million veterans nationwide. Senator Talent also championed the Missing Service Persons Act that expanded the legal rights of POW/MIA families, mandating that the Department of Defense re-examine every case on a regular basis.

An estimated 600 delegates from local VVA chapters will join hundreds of other Vietnam veterans and guests at the convention in St. Louis, which begins on Wednesday, July 30. 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.  

In addition to Senator Talent, scheduled convention speakers include Lt. Governor Joe Maxwell, Vietnam veteran VA Secretary Anthony Principi, and Medal of Honor recipient Paul “Buddy” Bucha.

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