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Press Release

June 1, 2009

No. 09-12

Mokie Porter

Gen. Russel Honore to Deliver Keynote Speech
at Vietnam Veterans of America’s 14th National Convention in Louisville

(WASHINGTON, D.C.)- Retired Army Lt. General Russel Honore will deliver the Keynote Speech on Wednesday morning, July 29, at Vietnam Veterans of America’s 14th biennial National Convention at the Galt House Hotel & Suites in Louisville, Kentucky. General Honore is widely known as “the Category 5 General” for his bold work in New Orleans in his home state of Louisiana as commander of Joint Task Force Katrina in the aftermath of the devastating Hurricane Katrina. He retired from the Army in 2008 after a distinguished 37-year career.

“We know that General Honore will get the Convention off to a rousing start,” said VVA President John Rowan. “He is a take-charge man who gets things done. And he is a veteran of the Vietnam War era. I know that his words will inspire our delegates as they get started on the hard work of the Convention.”

More than six hundred delegates from VVA local chapters across the country will join hundreds of other Vietnam veterans and guests in Louisville for the National Convention. Following the Opening Ceremonies, the delegates will meet in convention to debate national resolutions and Constitutional amendments. Later in the week, they will vote for VVA’s national leaders—officers and board members—for the coming two years.

The Convention also includes several special events. Bill Nelson, a Vietnam veteran who is the chairman and CEO of HBO, will take part in screenings of the acclaimed HBO film Taking Chance, and television personality and Vietnam veteran Pat Sajak will receive VVA’s Excellence in the Arts Award at the Convention’s culminating event, the Saturday Night Awards Banquet. Former Miss America Heather French Henry will address the delegates. And General Honore will sign copies of his book, Survival: How a Culture of Preparedness Can Save You and Your Family From Disasters, following the close of the Opening Ceremonies. “We hope to announce very soon that other special guests will be joining us in Louisville,” Rowan said, “adding to the excitement of the Opening Ceremonies and the big Saturday night Awards Banquet.”


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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