Press Release

July 28, 2004

No. 04-037

Mokie Porter



(Washington, D.C.) – George Jones, the legendary country music performer who has been turning out hits since the mid-fifties, will receive an award at Vietnam Veterans of America’s National Leadership Conference at the Sheraton Downtown Nashville Hotel on Friday, August 6. The President’s Award recognizes his excellence in the field of country music.

“Vietnam Veterans of America is honored to give this award to George Jones,” said VVA national president Thomas H. Corey. “We have presented arts awards since 1987 and are proud that VVA, alone among the national veteran’s service organizations, recognizes contributions to American culture by Vietnam veterans and by others whose work is influenced by the Vietnam War and its veterans.”

Jones, who was born in 1931, served in the U.S. Marine Corps, and went on to a long career in country music. He will be honored for his many hits as well as for his recording of “50,000 Names” in 2001. That moving tribute to Americans who perished in the Vietnam War was written by Jamie O’Hara and appeared on Jones’s 2001 CD, The Rock: Stone Cold Country. Jones also recorded “Wild Irish Rose” in 1998, a song and music video that looked at the plight of homeless Vietnam veterans.

Several hundred Vietnam veterans will convene in Nashville to take part in the VVA National Leadership Conference, which begins on Wednesday, August 4. The President’s Award also will go to the documentary filmmakers Patrick and Cheryl Fries in recognition of their film In the Shadow of the Blade, and to the renowned choreographer Twyla Tharp, for her creation of the Broadway musical Movin’ Out. Tharp and the Fries will attend the conference to receive their awards; George Jones will send a videotaped acceptance speech.


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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