Vietnam Veterans of America's national
Minority Affairs Committee will present its first Diversity Award at the
organization's biennial National Leadership Conference on Friday, July 14,
in Tucson. The honor, which will go to retired Army Brigadier General Ezell
Ware, Jr., will be presented at the Awards Luncheon at the Hilton El
Conquistador Hotel and Resort, the site of the Leadership Conference.
"General Ware is especially deserving of this award," said Jerry Yamamoto,
who chairs VVA's Minority Affairs Committee. "We are honoring him for his
commitment to VVA, to the minority veterans' community and for his effective
community leadership and successful entrepreneurship. He is highly admired
and respected by our fellow veterans and the community."
native of Mobile, Alabama, who today lives in Austin, Texas, Gen. Ware is
president of Ezell Ware and Associates, a business development and public
relations firm. A highly decorated veteran of the Vietnam War, Gen. Ware
retired from the military in 2003 after a 42-year Army career. His last
assignment was Chief Adjutant General of the California National Guard. He
is the author of By Duty Bound, a well-received autobiography
focusing on this military career and Vietnam War tour.
VVA's National Leadership Conference, which begins on July 12, 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.