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Press Release

July 16, 2009

No. 09-019

Mokie Porter
301-585-4000, Ext. 146

Actor Jon Voight to Address Delegates
At Vietnam Veterans of America National Convention

(Washington, D.C.) – Jon Voight, the acclaimed Hollywood actor who won an Academy Award for his portrayal of a paraplegic Vietnam veteran in the 1978 film Coming Home, will address delegates on Saturday morning, August 1, as part of Vietnam Veterans of America’s 14th biennial National Convention at the Galt House Hotel & Suites in Louisville, Kentucky. Voight will be speaking on the movement to institute a national Vietnam Veterans Day holiday. The event is free and open to the public.

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.

Voight also will sign photographs for Convention delegates and guests at the 3:00 autographing session on Saturday. He will receive an award at that evening’s Awards Banquet, which is not open to the public.

The Convention includes several other 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 the autographing session on Saturday afternoon. 


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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