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Press Release

June 9, 2009

No. 09-14

Mokie Porter

Vietnam Veterans of America to Hold Scholarship Tournament
at the National Convention

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) –Vietnam Veterans of America will hold its annual Mike Nash Memorial Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament on Tuesday, July 28, at the Iroquois Golf Course in Louisville, Kentucky. The event will take place in conjunction with VVA’s 14th biennial National Convention, which will be held July 29-August 2, at the Galt House Hotel & Suites in Louisville. The shotgun-start tournament begins at 9:00 a.m. Players may register any time up to then. The cost per player is $75, which includes green fees, a cart, a box lunch, and beverage. Sponsorships also are available at $100 per hole, and everyone is invited to sponsor a hole.

“This golf tournament provides 95 percent of the funding for the Mike Nash Scholarship Program,” said VVA National President John Rowan. “Since 1991, this program has provided financial assistance of $260,000 to Vietnam-era veterans, dependent children, grandchildren, and orphans and widows of Vietnam veterans for undergraduate studies. It’s one of the most valuable things we do as an organization.”

More than six hundred delegates from VVA state councils and local chapters across the country will join hundreds of other Vietnam veterans and guests in Louisville for the National Convention. Following the July 29 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 Keynote Speaker at the Opening Ceremonies will be Retired Army Gen. Russel Honore, a Vietnam War era veteran known as the “Category Five General” for his leadership in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Television personality and Vietnam veteran Pat Sajak will be among the recipients of VVA’s Excellence in the Arts Awards, Saturday evening, August 1, at the Convention’s culminating event, the Awards Banquet. VVA’s supporting organization, the Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America, will hold its Leadership Conference concurrently with the Convention.


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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