(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
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,
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.