Press Release

August 1, 2001

No. 01-17
301 585-4000
Cell:  301-996-8554   
Contact: Jim Greene


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 take part in "A Conversation With Lee Ermey" a question-and-answer session, during Vietnam Veterans of America's 10th National Convention, on Saturday afternoon, August 4, at 1:00 p.m. in Auditorium IV of the Sheraton Greensboro Hotel at Four Seasons in Greensboro, North Carolina. Ermey will discuss his tours of duty as a Marine in the Vietnam War, his acting career, and the impact his military service has had on his long and successful screen and television work.

Ermey also will emcee the Convention's culminating event, the Award's Banquet, which will be held at 8:00 that evening. Receiving "Excellence in the Arts" awards at the banquet will be Terry Anderson, the former Marine and Associated Press foreign correspondent who was held captive for seven years by Islamic fundamentalists in Lebanon; 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. Anderson, Stevens and Broderick will be on hand to accept their awards. Bob Hope's son, Tony Hope, will accept the award on behalf of his father. 

"A Conversation With Lee Ermey," 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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Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) is the nation's only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely 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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