February 17, 2004

No. 04-017

Mokie Porter

(301) 585-4000
Ext. 146

The Partnership for Veterans Health Care Budget Reform
Representing America's Veterans

Media Advisory

WHO: The Partnership for Veterans Health Care Budget Reform, a consortium of 9 Veterans Service Organizations

A Press Briefing to kick off a united campaign to make funding for veterans health care a mandatory, rather than discretionary, part of the federal budget so as to provide the VA with a predictable funding stream to care for those who have borne the battle.

Wednesday, February 18, 2004, at 1:00 p.m.

The National Press Club - Murrow Room

Expected to participate in this press event, which will follow a summit of the leaders of the 9 VSO's earlier in the morning at DAV headquarters, are:

  • Robert Spanogle, National Adjutant of The American Legion;
  • S. John Sisler, National Commander of AMVETS, American Veterans;

  • Thomas Miller, Executive Director of Blinded Veterans Association, BVA;

  • Alan W. Bowers, National Commander of Disabled American Veterans, DAV;

  • Mike Marcus, Public Affairs Director of Jewish War Veterans of the USA;

  • Hershel Gober, National Legislative Director of Military Order of the Purple Heart;

  • Delatorro L. McNeal, Executive Director of Paralyzed Veterans of America, PVA;

  • Dennis Cullinan, Director, Legislative Services of Veterans of Foreign Wars, VFW; and

  • Thomas H. Corey, National President of Vietnam Veterans of America, VVA.

Dave Autry, DAV Communications, at (202) 554-3501

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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