First, I must thank the presenters
and participants in the VVA Press Club workshop in Tucson.
What a fantastic job each did on
short notice, with little sleep, under intense competitive
tension and a commitment to produce two newsletters during the
event. A few short hours after closing the Press Room at 3:00
a.m. Thursday morning, the first edition was being handed out.
Then on Saturday they did it again. Congratulations to all who
participated, and much thanks to Ray Truelove, Tom Hall, Mokie
Porter, and Michael Keating.
MARCH TO REMEMBER
Your presence is requested,
Monday, November 11, in Washington, D.C. We will assemble at
8:00 a.m. at 7th Street, N.W., on the Mall. The march will
proceed west along Constitution Avenue beginning at 9:00 a.m.
VVA's March To Remember will
commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Dedication of the
Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and reaffirm our Founding Principle,
"Never Again Will One Generation of Veterans Abandon
Many units, including the First
Cavalry Association, the 9th U.S. Marines, and others are
planning reunions at area hotels. Additional information can be
found at www.vva.org
Click on "March To Remember."
VVA Teaches The Teachers
BY TOM HALL, CHAIR
On July 17-21, I represented
Vietnam Veterans of America as a participant and seminar
presenter at the Teach Vietnam Teachers' Network, Inaugural
Teachers Conference sponsored by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Fund at Georgetown University, in Washington. Eighty-seven
educators ranging from middle school to college professors
The objective of this conference
was to educate teachers about the history and continued impact
of the Vietnam War and to provide practical teaching techniques
for including the lessons of the war into the classrooms.
Teachers participated in many seminars during the five-day
VVA's presentation focused on the resources our organization
provides through our Speakers' Bureau program, oral histories of
Vietnam veterans in their communities, and technology-based
support we provide to teachers. We also stressed the importance
of taking students to Education Days at the Moving Wall when it
comes to their communities.
Also highlighted was VVA's
forthcoming Interview a Vietnam Veteran On-Line program. Future
AVVA programs were discussed,
including Time for Kids magazine, a flag brochure, and
teacher membership in VVA and AVVA.
The personal interaction with
participants allowed one-on-one discussion about techniques and
strategies that work in the classroom. Many educators believed
the tools and resources that VVA offers are valuable ones they
can take back to their schools and implement, knowing that they
have support from their local chapters, state councils, and at
the national level.
VVA benefited tremendously from
this conference. Our educational programs have reached a new
level that will keep VVA in the forefront of teaching the
history of the Vietnam War.