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IMMEDIATE RELEASE





Press Release

June 27, 2006

 

No. 06-20



Contact:
Mokie Porter

(301) 585-4000 Ext. 146

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 www.soldierride.com
 
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.    
                          

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