Press Release

October 31, 2001

No. 01-30
301 585-4000
Contact: Mokie Porter


"Teaching the Vietnam War" Popular Event at the
Florida Council for the Social Studies Convention

A two-day training workshop called "Teaching the Vietnam War" proved to be among the most popular events held at the 49th annual Florida Council for the Social Studies Convention, October 17 and 18 in Tampa. Twenty-nine social studies teachers from across the state took part in the workshop. It was presented by two Hillsborough County, Florida, social studies teachers who are members of Vietnam Veterans of America’s Tampa Bay Chapter 787: Ron Dyches of  Bloomingdale High School, and Bruce Burnham of  Armwood High School.

The other workshop presenter was Tom Hall, Chapter 787’s president who also chairs Vietnam Veterans of America’s national Education Subcommittee. Ross Webster, who teachers social studies at Blake High School, and Chapter 787 member Martin Andersen brought memorabilia to the workshop and shared their insights on teaching the war with teachers.

The workshop included intense educational strategies on teaching the Vietnam War history course. Several lesson plans were presented. The workshop also included guidelines on how Vietnam Veterans of America’s Florida chapters can become partners in the teaching effort by providing speakers to humanize and personalize the teaching of this course.

The workshop attendees received a 600-page lesson plan manual, 24 hours of video clips that can be used to support the teaching of the course, and a CD of the songs for use in the class. More than 350 songs from the Vietnam era are available to use in the classroom.

Dyches, Burnham, and Hall are working to bring the workshop throughout Florida. To that end, Floyd Greenwell, 1st Vice President of the VVA’s Florida State Council, printed the "Teacher's Lesson Plan Manual" at no charge.

“Without his involvement and that of the Florida State Council, this workshop would not have been a success,” Hall said. “We also owe a great deal to Chapter 787 for donating $300 to this project. Vietnam Veterans of America is committed to being actively involved in education throughout the country. Educating our students about the Vietnam War is a responsibility that all our chapters have taken on as a top priority.” 

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VVA's point of contact for additional information is Mokie Porter at (301) 585-4000, Ext. 146. Visit VVA’s Website at http//

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