(Washington, D.C.) --Vietnam Veterans of America will hold its 16th biennial National Convention August 13-17 at the Hyatt Regency in Jacksonville, Florida. Some eight-hundred delegates from VVA chapters across the country are expected to join hundreds of other Vietnam veterans and guests in Jacksonville, along with members of the Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America (AVVA), which will be holding its National Convention in conjunction with the VVA event.
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 and sciences, on Saturday evening, August 17.
"We're really looking forward to this Convention, as it marks the thirtieth anniversary of VVA's Founding Convention in 1983," said VVA National President John Rowan. "David Bonior, the former U.S. Congressman who spoke at the Founding Convention, will be our Keynote Speaker this year. In 1983, he electrified the delegates and gave us our Founding Principle when he said, "Never again shall one generation of veterans abandon another.' "
Bonior will deliver the Keynote Speech at the Opening Ceremonies on Wednesday morning, August 14. Other special guests scheduled to take part in the Convention include Vietnam veteran Bill Nelson, the recently retired CEO of HBO, and Reid Lyon, a Vietnam veteran and one of the nation's top neuro-psychologists. Dr. Lyon will receive VVA's Excellence in the Sciences Award at the Convention's culminating event, the Saturday Night Awards Banquet.