The Official Voice of Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc. ®
An organization chartered by the U.S. Congress

September/October 2002

The Honor of Your Presence


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.


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 Another."

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

Click on "March To Remember."


VVA Teaches The Teachers

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 attended.

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 conference.

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.


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