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Press Release

July 17, 2009

No. 09-023

Mokie Porter
301-585-4000, Ext. 146

Pat Sajak and Former Miss America Heather French Henry
Head List of Celebrities for August 1 Events at
Vietnam Veterans of America’s National Convention

(Washington, D.C.) -- Television personality Pat Sajak, who served as a U.S. Army disk jockey in Vietnam, will take part in a celebrity autographing and book signing event at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, August 1, as part of Vietnam Veterans of America’s 14th biennial National Convention at the Galt House Hotel & Suites in Louisville, Kentucky.

Joining Sajak at this event, which is open to Convention delegates and guests only, will be former Miss America Heather French Henry, who also will sign photographs for the delegates; the actor Jon Voight, who will have addressed the Convention on the proposed national Vietnam veterans holiday; the renowned Western artist John Phelps, who will sign prints of his work; and Blue-Eyed Soul, the entertainers Michelle DellaFave and Lindsay Bloom, who entertained the troops during the war and appear frequently at veterans’ events.

The book signing will include Vietnam veteran Eric Haney, who will sign copies of his memoir Inside Delta Force, and Linda West, the author of Beyond the Rice Paddies, the acclaimed memoir of growing up in a small South Vietnamese village during the war. Carmichael’s, Louisville’s leading independent bookstore, will handle book sales.

Prior to that event, at 1:00 p.m., Haney will talk about his war and post-war experiences, and West will offer a presentation on her book. There also will be a screening of the hit HBO film, Taking Chance. Bill Nelson, HBO’s CEO and Chief Executive Officer, will introduce the film. Also on hand at the screening will be retired Marine LTC Mike Strobl, who co-wrote the screenplay based on his experiences escorting the body of Marine LCP Chance Phelps to his home in Wyoming, and John Phelps, Chance Phelps’ father. At 3:00 p.m., Vietnam veteran Filmmaker Steven V. Hiller will premiere Old Enemies, New Friends, a documentary chronicling the 2007 VVA Veterans Initiative trip to Vietnam.

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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