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Press Release

July 27, 2011

No. 11-13

Mokie Porter
301-585-4000, Ext. 146

Vicki Lawrence to Receive VVA President's Award for Excellence in the Arts at Vietnam Veterans of America 15th National Convention

(Washington, D.C.) – Vicki Lawrence, the Emmy Award-winning actress best known for her work on The Carol Burnett Show, will receive the VVA President's Award for Excellence in the Arts at the VVA Awards Banquet on Saturday evening, August 20, in Reno, Nevada. She will be honored for her long and distinguished show business career and for her 1968 trip with Johnny Grant to Vietnam to visit American troops.

"Vicki Lawrence is a wonderful comedic actress," VVA National President John Rowan said. "We are honoring her for work on television, as well as for the morale-boosting trip she made to Vietnam during the height of the war."

After The Carol Burnett Show ended, Lawrence went on to star in her own TV series, Mama's Family. That show still can be seen daily throughout most of the country. Most recently, on TV, she played Miley Cyrus's grandmother on Hannah Montana. Today, she spends much of her time on the road with her stage production, Vicki Lawrence and Mama, a two-woman show

Vietnam Veterans of America will hold its 15th biennial National Convention August 17-20 at the Silver Legacy Hotel in Reno. Some eight hundred delegates from VVA chapters across the country are expected to join hundreds of other Vietnam veterans and guests in Reno. The delegates will set the organization's course for the next two years, hear from an array of speakers, attend information sessions, and take part in special events. That includes the Awards Banquet, which honors Vietnam veterans and others in the arts.

Other special guests scheduled to take part in the Convention include Keynote Speaker Richard Pimentel, the disabled Vietnam veteran who is one of the nation's foremost disability rights advocates; Vietnam veteran Homer Hickam, the author of the acclaimed memoir Rocket Boys and other books; the actress, comedienne, and singer Gloria Loring, who also entertained the troops in Vietnam; and Diana Dell, a USO program director in Vietnam who hosted the "USO Showtime" radio show on the Armed Forces Vietnam network.

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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