(Washington, D.C.) – Michael Hirsh, the award-winning veteran broadcast journalist and author, will receive Vietnam Veterans of America’s Excellence in the Arts Award at VVA’s National Leadership Conference on Saturday, August 14, in Orlando, Florida. The honor will be presented at the conference’s final event, the Awards Banquet, at the Rosen Centre, the site of the Leadership Conference.
Hirsh was drafted into the Army in 1965, served with the 15th Public Information Detachment in Vietnam as a combat correspondent with the 25th Infantry Division at Cu Chi in 1966, then went on to a long, distinguished career in journalism. “Over the last four decades, Mike Hirsh has produced, written, and directed some of the best documentaries and specials on television for PBS, CBS, ABC, and HBO,” said VVA National President John Rowan. “We’re honoring him for that distinguished body of work, which includes the ground-breaking HBO documentary, Welcome Home, Vietnam Vets, in 1987.”
The Leadership Conference brings together hundreds of Vietnam veteran advocates from around the nation. They will take part in four days of seminars, meetings, and other activities. Opening Ceremonies will be held Wednesday, August 11.
In keeping with VVA’s 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. More information on Vietnam Veterans of America and this event can be found at www.vva.org