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  • Union Leader Cecil Roberts to Receive Award  at the Vietnam Veterans of America 15th National Convention
    of America s 15th National Convention on Thursday August 18 in Reno Nevada Following his speech Roberts will receive the Vietnam Veterans of America President s Award for Outstanding Civic Leadership A sixth generation West Virginia coal miner Cecil Roberts became the UMWA President in October 1995 having served as the organization s Vice President since 1982 Cecil Roberts is widely recognized as one of the American labor movement s most dynamic leaders and stirring speakers and we are very much looking forward to what he has to say to our delegates VVA National President John Rowan said What s more he served his country in the Vietnam War and we are always proud to recognize the accomplishments of one of our own The VVA Convention runs from August 17 20 at the Silver Legacy Hotel in Reno Some eight hundred delegates from VVA chapters across the country are expected to join hundreds of other Vietnam veterans and guests in Reno The delegates will set the organization s course for the next two years hear from an array of speakers attend information sessions and take part in special events That includes the Awards Banquet which honors Vietnam veterans and others

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  • Johnny Rivers and Mickey Jones to Receive Arts Award at Vietnam Veterans of America's 15th National Convention
    of Love and Secret Agent Man said VVA National President John Rowan We re honoring him for that work and for the trip he took to Vietnam in 1966 to entertain the troops Mickey Jones was Johnny s drummer on that trip and we re recognizing him for that selfless act as well as his musical and acting career including his eight year role on Home Improvement The Convention runs from August 17 20 at the Silver Legacy Hotel in Reno Some eight hundred delegates from VVA chapters across the country are expected to join hundreds of other Vietnam veterans and guests at the event The delegates will set the organization s course for the next two years hear from an array of speakers attend information sessions and take part in special events That includes the Saturday night Awards Banquet which honors Vietnam veterans and others in the arts Richard Pimentel the disabled Vietnam veteran who is one of the nation s foremost disability rights advocates will give the Keynote Speech at the Opening Ceremonies on Wednesday morning August 17 Other special guests scheduled to take part in the Convention include Vietnam veteran Homer Hickam the author of the acclaimed

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  • Budget Cuts Must Not Impact Veterans Programs
    and we hope that Democrat and Republican agree that caring for veterans is part of the continuing cost of the national defense said John Rowan VVA National President The President and his advisors seem to understand this Some in Congress however seem less conscious of the sacrifices by current military and by veterans in defense of our nation There needs to be shared sacrifice It is not right for millionaires who never served to keep their tax breaks while disabled veterans compensation payments are delayed or reduced We want to make it clear Rowan said that VVA will oppose any proposal that cuts benefits to veterans our dependents or our survivors These benefits are earned earned by service earned by sacrifice earned by blood spilled from WWII through the current conflicts Similarly we will oppose any cuts to already inadequate compensation for active duty service members and their families who continue to sacrifice so much VVA is a non partisan organization and our members follow all political persuasions Rowan said However the ill advised and serious attempt in the Senate last week to curtail benefits to Vietnam veterans who are ill as a result of exposure to Agent Orange should

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  • Sen. Coburn to Vietnam Veterans: No More Agent Orange Claims
    restrict Agent Orange benefits and care VVA vigorously opposes this amendment Rowan said This measure is wrong headed It is out of touch with science and with the intent of the Agent Orange Act of 1991 It attempts to undo two decades of policy Currently veterans are presumed to have been exposed to Agent Orange if they served boots on the ground in Vietnam and in some instances along the demilitarized zone in Korea Rowan said If they develop certain maladies that the VA Secretary has determined on the basis of sound scientific and epidemiological research that a positive association exists between the exposure and the occurrence of the disease they are entitled to health care and disability compensation Congress in part settled on this mechanism because it was nearly impossible for Vietnam veterans to prove that their exposure to Agent Orange caused their health conditions many of which are ultimately fatal Rowan said Requiring a causal relationship which is well nigh impossible to demonstrate would essentially mean that benefits due to Agent Orange exposure would be out of reach for Vietnam veterans If the senator feels that Agent Orange benefits and needed medical care ought to be stripped from

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  • Diana Dell to Receive VVA President’s Award for Excellence in the Arts at Vietnam Veterans of America 15th National Convention
    Kenny Dell who was killed in action in the Mekong Delta in November of 1968 VVA National President John Rowan said We are honoring her for that act of dedication and for the work she did in Vietnam as a USO program director and the host of the USO Showtime radio show on the Armed Forces Vietnam Network as well as for her literary accomplishments since then Dell left Vietnam in 1972 and later worked as a freelance writer and journalist and taught Vietnam War history and journalism classes at Tampa College She is the author of among other works A Saigon Party and Other Vietnam War Short Stories and the screenplay That Year in Saigon Vietnam Veterans of America will hold its Convention August 17 20 at the Silver Legacy Hotel in Reno Some eight hundred delegates from VVA chapters across the country are expected to join hundreds of other Vietnam veterans and guests in Reno The delegates will set the organization s course for the next two years hear from an array of speakers attend information sessions and take part in special events That includes the Awards Banquet which honors Vietnam veterans and others in the arts Other

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  • Homer Hickam to Receive VVA Excellence in the Arts Award at Vietnam Veterans of America 15th National Convention
    for his service in the Vietnam War with the 4th Infantry Division Hickam who was born and raised in Coalwood West Virginia entered the U S Army after graduating from Virginia Tech in 1964 He served in Vietnam from 1967 68 where among other awards he received the Bronze Star Hickam left the Army after serving six years on active duty and he immediately began writing starting with magazine feature stories He has gone on to write a dozen books Rocket Boys 1998 which tells the story of Hickam s youth in West Virginia was met with instant critical and popular acclaim The film October Sky followed in 1999 also with rave reviews Hickam s other books include the novel Back to the Moon 1999 and two additional memoirs The Coalwood Way 2000 and Sky of Stone 2001 Vietnam Veterans of America will hold its 15th biennial National Convention August 17 20 at the Silver Legacy Hotel in Reno Some eight hundred delegates from VVA chapters across the country are expected to join hundreds of other Vietnam veterans and guests in Reno The delegates will set the organization s course for the next two years hear from an array of

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  • Vicki Lawrence to Receive VVA President’s Award for Excellence in the Arts at Vietnam Veterans of America 15th National Convention
    actress VVA National President John Rowan said We are honoring her for work on television as well as for the morale boosting trip she made to Vietnam during the height of the war After The Carol Burnett Show ended Lawrence went on to star in her own TV series Mama s Family That show still can be seen daily throughout most of the country Most recently on TV she played Miley Cyrus s grandmother on Hannah Montana Today she spends much of her time on the road with her stage production Vicki Lawrence and Mama a two woman show Vietnam Veterans of America will hold its 15th biennial National Convention August 17 20 at the Silver Legacy Hotel in Reno Some eight hundred delegates from VVA chapters across the country are expected to join hundreds of other Vietnam veterans and guests in Reno The delegates will set the organization s course for the next two years hear from an array of speakers attend information sessions and take part in special events That includes the Awards Banquet which honors Vietnam veterans and others in the arts Other special guests scheduled to take part in the Convention include Keynote Speaker Richard Pimentel

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  • Gloria Loring to Receive VVA President's Award for Excellence in the Arts at Vietnam Veterans of America 15th National Convention  
    a big hit when she went to Vietnam to entertain the troops with Bob Hope in 1970 and she went on to a long accomplished show business career as a singer songwriter and actress Loring recorded the chart topping hit song Friends and Lovers co wrote the television theme songs Diff rent Strokes and Facts Of Life and was an audience favorite on daytime TV s Days of Our Lives She is a spokesperson for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation the author of four books for people living with diabetes a keynote speaker for corporations and non profits and one of the few artists to sing two nominated songs at the Academy Awards Vietnam Veterans of America will hold its Convention August 17 20 at the Silver Legacy Hotel in Reno Nevada Some eight hundred delegates from VVA chapters across the country are expected to join hundreds of other Vietnam veterans and guests in Reno The delegates will set the organization s course for the next two years hear from an array of speakers attend information sessions and take part in special events Other special guests who will take part in the Convention include Keynote Speaker Richard Pimentel the disabled

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