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Press Release

July 1, 2015

No. 15-13 

Mokie Porter
301-585-4000, Ext. 146

Walter Anderson to Be Honored
At Vietnam Veterans of America's 17th National Convention

(Washington, D.C.) Walter Anderson, the journalist, editor, playwright, and author, best known as the former editor in chief of Parade magazine, will receive the Vietnam Veterans of America Excellence in the Arts Award at VVA's 17th biennial National Convention, on Saturday night, July 25, in Springfield, Illinois.

Anderson, who dropped out of high school to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps, is the author of five books, including his memoir, Meant To Be, and a Vietnam-War-themed play, "Almost Home." He served in the Corps from 1961-1966, with a tour in Vietnam (1965), attaining the. rank of sergeant. Anderson earned his GED diploma during his enlistment. He has been a long-time literacy advocate and national spokesman for the GED program.

"Walter Anderson rose from a rough childhood and a tour of duty in Vietnam to become one of the most accomplished magazine editors and executives in the nation," said VVA President John Rowan. "But he didn't stop there. We are honoring Walter Anderson for his career-long successes in the arts, as well as his selfless work on behalf of literacy in the United States, which fits squarely in with VVA's motto, 'In Service to America.'"

More than eight-hundred delegates from VVA chapters across the country will join hundreds of other Vietnam veterans and guests in Springfield, along with members of the Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America (AVVA), which will also be holding its National Convention.

Former Prisoner of War William Robinson will deliver the Keynote Speech at the Opening Ceremonies on Wednesday morning, July 22. Other special guests who will take part in the Convention include Vietnam veterans Duery Felton, the former curator of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Collection, and Dr. Timothy Miller, the renowned plastic and reconstructive surgeon. Felton and Miller also will be honored at the Awards Banquet.

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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