Vietnam Veterans of America will screen two
acclaimed war documentaries—The War Tapes and Commitment and
Sacrifice—at the organization’s biennial National Leadership Conference
on Thursday, July 13, in Tucson. The films will be presented to conference
participants at 1:00 p.m. at the Hilton El Conquistador Hotel and Resort,
the site of the Leadership Conference.
The War Tapes, named
the Best International Documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival, is the
first shooting war documentary filmed by soldiers who took part in the
fighting. The War Tapes tells a story of the Iraq War through the
video cameras of three members of C Company, 3rd/172nd Infantry
(Mountain) Regiment, a National Guard unit that served in the Iraq in 2004.
Executive Producer Chuck Lacy will introduce the film.
Commitment and Sacrifice tells the remarkable story of the men who
served in 1st Platoon, B Company, 5th Battalion of the
U.S. Army’s 7th Cavalry regiment in the Vietnam War and the same
unit that was reactivated for service in Iraq. Lloyd, a former CBS combat
photographer, will be at the conference to introduce the film. He followed
Bravo Company into a punishing combat operation in Cambodia in the spring of
1970. This film contains that footage, along with Lloyd’s documenting of a
reunion of those soldiers in 2004.
“We are proud to offer
these two outstanding films to the Vietnam veterans’ advocates who attend
the Leadership Conference,” said VVA National President John Rowan. “I know
that Vietnam veterans will be as interested in The War Tapes, which
deals with the newest generation of American veterans, as they will be in
Norman Lloyd’s film, which looks at the commitment and sacrifice of American
troops in Vietnam and Iraq.”
Pulitzer-Prize-winning cartoonist Garry Trudeau, the creator of “Doonesbury,”
country music singer Paulette Carlson, and Al Giordano of the Wounded
Warrior Project will join VVA leaders and members at the Leadership
Conference, which begins on July 12.