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Press Release

July 31, 2012

No. 12-15

Mokie Porter
301-585-4000, Ext. 146

Steve Kroft of “60 Minutes” to Deliver Keynote Speech
At Vietnam Veterans of America’s National Leadership Conference


(Washington, D.C.)- Steve Kroft, the award-winning journalist now in his 23rd season as a correspondent for CBS-TV’s “Sixty Minutes,” will deliver the Keynote Speech on Wednesday morning, August 8, at the Opening Ceremonies of Vietnam Veterans of America’s National Leadership Conference at the Omni Hotel in Irving, Texas. Hundreds of Vietnam veteran leaders will come together at the Conference to take part in seminars, meetings, and other activities, including the Saturday Awards Banquet.

The Opening Ceremonies, which will begin at 8:45 a. m., are open to the public.

“Few people know that Steve Kroft got his start in journalism after being drafted into the Army in 1967, and serving with the information office of the 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam, and then reporting for Stars and Stripes,” said VVA President John Rowan. “We’re very pleased that Steve will be joining his fellow Vietnam veterans in Texas to help us to kick off the Leadership Conference.”

The biennial VVA National Leadership Conference brings together Vietnam veteran leaders and veterans’ advocates from across the country. They will take part in three-and-a-half days of activities, including a wide selection of seminars. The subjects range from the elements of leadership--parliamentary procedures, the duties of the officers and board of directors, the management of chapters and state councils, and media outreach--to updates on veterans healthcare, successful membership recruitment and retention tools, and effective grassroots advocacy.

VVA’s supporting organization, the Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America (AVVA), is, for the first time, co-sponsoring the conference.

Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) is the nation's only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated 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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