Press Release

July 26, 2004

No. 04-038

Mokie Porter




(Washington, D.C.) – Renowned choreographer Twyla Tharp, award-winning documentary filmmakers Patrick and Cheryl Fries, and other special guests will join the leadership and members of Vietnam Veterans of America at the organization’s biennial National Leadership Conference, August 4-8 in Nashville. The conference brings together hundreds of Vietnam veteran advocates who will take part in more than two dozen seminars, meetings, and other activities. Guest speakers include Ed Vick, who served in the U.S. Navy in Vietnam and is the former CEO of Young and Rubicam, who will deliver the Keynote Speech at the Opening Ceremonies on Wednesday, August 4.

Conference attendees will take part in several special events, including an awards banquet in which VVA will recognize its members’ accomplishments. There also will be addresses by prominent Vietnam veterans and their advocates. Tharp, who created the hit Vietnam War-centered Broadway musical, Movin’ Out, will receive the President’s Award for her work, as will Patrick and Cheryl Fries, the husband and wife team that created the acclaimed documentary, In The Shadow of the Blade.

“The conference is something we very much look forward to presenting,” said VVA national President Thomas H. Corey. “It gives Vietnam veteran leaders from around the nation the chance to learn many different skills—from helping veterans obtain VA benefits they’re entitled to, setting up voter education and registration drives, and participating in advocacy training workshops. Plus, it gives our leaders a chance to get together with fellow Vietnam veterans and share experiences and ideas.”

The conference will be held at the Sheraton Downtown Nashville Hotel. VVA’s supporting organization, the Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America, will hold its biennial convention and national elections concurrently with the Leadership Conference.


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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