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Press Release

October 12, 2006


No. 06-33

Pat Gualtieri



Country Music Singer Alton Miller To Appear at Vietnam Veterans of
America's "Broadway To Baghdad" Event in New York City


(Washington, D.C. ) – Country music star Alton Miller, an Army veteran who served as a tank crewman with the U.S. Army’s 34th Armor Regiment in Iraq, will be among the entertainers at “Broadway to Baghdad,” a star-studded special event sponsored by Vietnam Veterans of America on Tuesday, October 17, in New York City.

Miller will travel from his home in Manhattan, Kansas, to Manhattan to perform during the first part of the two-part event, which will honor America’s fightingmen and women—a USO-type show from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the HBO Theater. The event also includes an 8 o’clock performance of the new Twyla Tharp musical “The Times They Are A-Changin’ ” at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.

Miller will perform his stirring song, “The Man That Made the Medal,” which he wrote in honor of Army Master Sergeant William L. Payne, who was killed in Iraq in May of 2003. He has played the song many times, including at memorial services for fallen comrades while he was serving in Iraq.

“Vietnam Veterans of America’s motto is ‘Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another,’ ” said VVA President John Rowan. “And we are very proud to feature Iraq War veteran Alton Miller and his music at this event, one of many VVA efforts to honor the newest generation of American veterans and to reach out to them, with the benefit of our experience, to help them adjust to life back home.”

Special sponsorship packages, including opportunities to help active-duty service members attend the events, are available. To find out more, contact Pat Gualtieri at 877-727-2333 or go to www.vva.org 

“Baghdad to Broadway” is being made possible through the generous contributions of many organizations, including Home Box Office, U-Haul International, Veterans Advantage, Banfi Vintners Foundation, Veterans of Modern Warfare, Research Foundation of the City University of New York, Masons, AFL-CIO of New York State, the Vietnam Veterans Assistance Fund, the VVA New York State Council, Stories of Service, Samaritan Village Veterans Program, and Seneca Gaming Corporation.


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.”

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