Press Release

August 2, 2005

No. 05-017

Mokie Porter

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Vietnam Veterans of America
Mourns Former President George C. Duggins


(Washington, D.C.) –  "It is with deep sorrow that we have learned of the death of our great friend and valued colleague George C. Duggins, our past National President,” said VVA National President Thomas H. Corey. “George had been battling serious health issues since he assumed the duties of VVA President in January 1997. It will come as no surprise to those who knew him that George stayed committed to VVA and to veterans until the very end. He was registered as a delegate to attend our National Convention in Reno next week.

“We will miss George at the Convention and we will miss his total commitment to his fellow veterans. In his role as VVA's fourth president, George used his leadership skills and deep sense of integrity to further the organization’s mission. George was a man of strong faith. His sense of duty to veterans was focused and absolute. We will keep George and his family in our thoughts and prayers as they grieve his loss—a loss that all of us at VVA feel deeply.”

George Duggins, who lived in Chesapeake, Virginia, was the first African-American to head a national veterans’ service organization. He died August 1 after a long illness. He served as the National President of Vietnam Veterans of America from 1997-2001 and had served two tours of duty in Vietnam with the U.S. Army Security Agency.

He was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma, a disease caused by exposure to the toxic herbicide Agent Orange while in Vietnam. Survivors include his wife, Blanche Duggins, his father, James M. Duggins, his daughters Shana Duggins and Stacey Ellis, son-in-law Shawn Ellis, and a granddaughter, Sydney Ellis. 


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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