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Press Release

July 11 , 2007


No. 07-012

Mokie Porter



HBO's Bill Nelson to Receive Excellence in the Arts Award
at Vietnam Veterans of America National Convention

(Washington, D.C. ) - Bill Nelson, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Home Box Office in New York, will be honored with Vietnam Veterans of America’s Excellence in the Arts Award at the Awards Banquet at VVA’s 13th National Convention at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield, Illinois, on Saturday, July 21. VVA will honor Nelson for his important role in HBO’s longtime commitment to producing quality documentaries and feature films dealing with the Vietnam War, Vietnam veterans, and America’s other wars. HBO’s award-winning offerings include Vietnam War Stories, Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam, and Band of Brothers.

“Bill Nelson and HBO truly deserve this recognition,” said VVA National President John Rowan. “Under his leadership, HBO has been second to none in the world of broadcast and cable television in presenting the finest-quality feature films and documentaries about Americans at war and American veterans. HBO has been awarded many honors, including countless Emmys. We’re pleased to present Bill Nelson this honor from his fellow Vietnam veterans.”

Nelson is responsible for overseeing HBO’s home video and international distribution, film acquisitions, finance, IT, business affairs, technology operations, affiliate relations, international, legal, and human resources. He served in Vietnam in 1969-70 with Alpha Company, 2/502nd Infantry in the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division.

An estimated 700 delegates from local chapters will join hundreds of other Vietnam veterans and guests at the Vietnam Veterans of America National Convention in Springfield, Illinois, which begins on Wednesday, July 18. The delegates will set the organization’s course for the next two years, elect national officers and the Board of Directors, hear from an array of speakers, attend information sessions, and take part in special events.


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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