(Washington, D.C.) – Vietnam Veterans of America will hold its Biennial National Leadership Conference in Irving, Texas, August 7-11, 2012. Hundreds of Vietnam veteran leaders will come together at the Omni Hotel to take part in seminars, meetings, and other activities, including the Saturday Awards Banquet. The Opening Ceremonies will be held Wednesday morning, August 8. Steve Kroft, the renowned “Sixty Minutes” television correspondent who served as an Army journalist in the Vietnam War, will deliver the Keynote Speech.
VVA’s supporting organization, the Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America (AVVA) is, for the first time, co-sponsoring the conference. “We’re very pleased that AVVA and VVA are working together on this always stimulating event,” said VVA President John Rowan. “All members of both organizations are now able to take part in all of the Leadership Conference activities, something that will greatly benefit all of us.”
The biennial Leadership Conference brings together VVA and AVVA leaders from across the country. They will take part in three-and-a-half days of activities, including a wide selection of seminars. The 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.