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Press Release

July 6, 2009

No. 09-016

Mokie Porter
301-585-4000, Ext. 146

Pat Sajak to Receive Arts Award at Vietnam Veterans of America’s 14th National Convention in Louisville

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) -- Television personality Pat Sajak will receive Vietnam Veterans of America’s Excellence in the Arts Award on Saturday evening, August 1, at the culminating event of VVA’s 14th biennial National Convention at the Galt House Hotel & Suites in Louisville, Kentucky. Sajak, who served as a U.S. Army morning disk jockey in Vietnam in 1969-70, will be honored for, among other things, hosting the iconic “Wheel of Fortune” TV show since 1983, for which he has received three Emmy Awards, a People’s Choice Award, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

“We’re very happy to be able to add to the honors that Pat Sajak has accumulated,” said VVA President John Rowan. “Part of our mission at Vietnam Veterans of America is to promote positive images of Vietnam veterans, and Pat certainly fills that bill. He’s one of America’s best known, and most accomplished, show business personalities who also happens to have who served his country in the Vietnam War.”

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 on Wednesday, July 29, 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 upcoming 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. Former Miss America Heather French Henry will address the delegates. And Pat Sajak, the Western artist John Phelps, Taking Chance screenwriter Mike Strobl, and Heather French Henry will take part in a meet-and-greet autographing session for Convention delegates on Saturday afternoon.  

“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.”

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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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