(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.