Press Release

August 1, 2001

No. 01-16 
301 585-4000
Cell:  301-996-8554   
Contact: Jim Greene


Terry Anderson, the former Associated Press foreign correspondent who was held hostage for nearly seven years by Islamic fundamentalists in Lebanon, will receive an award at Vietnam Veterans of America's 10th National Convention. The award, which will honor him for his "Excellence in the Arts," will be presented at the Convention's culminating event: the Awards Banquet, which will be held Saturday night, August 4, at the Sheraton Greensboro Hotel at Four Seasons in Greensboro, North Carolina. 

Also receiving awards at the banquet will be the entertainer Connie Stevens, who performed on two USO tours in Vietnam during the war and has been active in Vietnam veterans issues since the war; Bob Hope, the entertainer who entertained the troops in Vietnam every year from 1964 to 1972; and Ned Broderick, the founder and co-director of The National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum in Chicago. Lee Ermey, the veteran character actor-and Vietnam veteran-best known for his portrayal as the drill instructor in Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket, will emcee the event. Anderson, Stevens and Broderick will be on hand to accept their awards. Bob Hope's son, Tony Hope, will accept on behalf of his father. 

Anderson, who served for six years as a U.S. Marine, also will take part in "A Conversation With Terry Anderson" a question-and-answer session, at 2:30 p.m. in Auditorium IV at the hotel. He will discuss his tour of duty as a Marine in the Vietnam War, his journalism career, his captivity, his acclaimed memoir, Den of Lions, his current position as a journalism professor at Ohio University, and his work as co-chair of the Vietnam Children's Fund, a non-profit group that build schools in Vietnam. 

"A Conversation With Terry Anderson," which also will include Marc Leepson, the arts editor of VVA's newspaper, The VVA Veteran, is free and open to the public. The Awards Banquet is a private event for convention attendees.

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