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Press Release

July 7, 2006

 

No. 06-23



Contact:
Mokie Porter

(301) 585-4000 Ext. 146

Vietnam Veterans of America
To Feature Screenings of Acclaimed War Documentaries



(Washington, D.C.) – 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.

 

Norman Lloyd’s 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.


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