Press Release

July 28, 2003

No. 03-27

Mokie Porter

(301) 585-4000 Ext.146


(St. Louis) – Veteran Actor Troy Evans, film-maker Tracy Tragos, and acclaimed artist Lee Teter, along with James V. Kimsey, the founding CEO of America On Line, will receive awards at Vietnam Veterans of America’s 11th biennial National Convention at the Adam’s Mark Hotel in downtown St. Louis on Saturday, August 2.  The awards recognize the honorees’ outstanding accomplishments in the arts.

“The awards ceremonies will be part of a special event, the celebration of VVA’s 25th anniversary,” said VVA national President Thomas H. Corey. “Vietnam Veterans of America is pleased to recognize the work of these four people in the arts. We have presented arts awards since 1987 and are proud that VVA, alone among the national veterans service organizations, recognizes contributions to American culture by Vietnam veterans and by others whose work is influenced by the Vietnam War and its veterans.” 

Kimsey, a two-tour Vietnam veteran, will be honored for his support of the arts and his humanitarian work around the world. Evans, a former foot soldier with the 25th Infantry Division, will be recognized for his decades-long work in movies and television shows, including long-running roles in China Beach and E.R. 

Tragos, the daughter of a Navy lieutenant who lost his life in Vietnam, will receive the President’s Award for her documentary film about her father, “Be Good, Smile Pretty.” Teter’s President’s Award will recognize “Reflections,” the best-known and most popular painting of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and a work that has benefited Vietnam veterans in general and Vietnam Veterans of America in particular. 

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 the awards winners, other scheduled Convention participants include VA Secretary Anthony Principi, Medal of Honor recipient Paul “Buddy” Bucha, and Missouri Sen. Jim Talent.


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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