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Vietnam Veterans of America
To Honor U-Haul in Tucson
(Washington, D.C.) –
Vietnam Veterans of America will present
U-Haul International with the VVA Community Service Award at the
organization’s biennial National Leadership Conference on Friday, July 14,
in Tucson. The honor will be presented at the Awards Luncheon at the Hilton
El Conquistador Hotel and Resort, the site of the Leadership Conference.
“U-Haul is one of the most community-minded corporations in America,” said
VVA National President John Rowan, “and they have been especially active in
supporting endeavors that help the nation’s veterans, including their
sponsorship of Soldier Ride 2006, the amazing bike ride across the country
by wounded veterans.” To learn more about Soldier Ride 2006 and how you can
become a part of this noble mission to help our wounded soldiers, go to
Layton Baker, U-Haul International’s vice president for marketing, will
accept the award in Tucson. Baker, a former Army staff sergeant with the 1st
Infantry Division, served in the Vietnam War in 1967-68. He has been with
U-Haul for more than three decades.
Pulitzer-Prize-winning cartoonist Garry Trudeau, the creator of “Doonesbury,”
country music singer Paulette Carlson, and Al Giordano of the Wounded
Warrior Project, among other special guests, will join VVA leaders and
members at the Leadership Conference, which begins on July 12. The
conference brings together hundreds of Vietnam veteran advocates who will
take part in seminars, meetings, and other activities.
The seminars include sessions on helping veterans obtain VA benefits they’re
entitled to, being informed and informing our newest veterans who are
returning from Afghanistan and Iraq about Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and
other veterans health care issues, remaining vigilant concerning the VA
health care budget, and participating in advocacy training workshops.
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.”