(Washington, D.C.) – Vietnam Veterans of America will hold its Biennial National Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida, August 10-14, 2010. Nearly Four hundred Vietnam veteran leaders will come together at the Rosen Centre to take part in seminars, meetings, a golf tournament, and other activities, including an Awards Banquet. Opening Ceremonies will be held Wednesday, August 10, at 8:45 am. Richard Pimentel, the nationally renowned disabled veterans’ advocate, will deliver the Keynote Speech.
In keeping with its founding principle, “Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another,” members of Veterans of Modern Warfare, dedicated to serving our nation’s most recent veterans, will join Vietnam veterans in their leadership training. VVA’s supporting organization, the Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America, will hold its biennial convention and national elections concurrently with the Leadership Conference.
“We are really looking forward to this Leadership Conference,” said VVA president John Rowan. “In addition to bringing together our leaders from across the country to get caught up on all of the issues we are concerned with as an organization, we will be celebrating our 32th anniversary. And we’ll be helping the latest generation of American veterans. It’s going to be a unique and valuable four days in Orlando.”
At the heart of the conference are the seminars. Subjects range from the elements of leadership--parliamentary procedures, the duties of the officers and board of directors, the management of chapters and state councils, and media outreach--to updates on veterans healthcare, successful membership recruitment and retention tools, and effective grassroots advocacy.