PRESIDENT OBAMA TO ADDRESS VFW NATIONAL CONVENTION
The president’s appearance continues a long standing VFW tradition
July 10, 2012
WASHINGTON (July 10,
2012) – The president has
accepted an invitation to speak before the 113th National Convention of the
Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S., which begins July 21 at the Reno-Sparks
Convention Center in Reno, Nev. The event is closed to the public.
“We are very grateful to
President Obama for choosing to address America’s oldest and largest major
combat veterans’ organization,” said VFW National Commander Richard L. DeNoyer,
a retired Marine and Vietnam combat veteran from Middleton, Mass.
appearance continues a long standing VFW tradition that provides a platform for
those seeking the nation’s highest office to address issues of importance to
veterans, military service members and their families. DeNoyer said this is
especially important during a time of war and instability abroad, and economic
belt tightening at home.
“What we hope to hear is
how he will continue to take the fight to our enemies, while keeping America
safe through strong national defense and homeland security programs,” he said.
“We also want to know how he will create, enhance and protect veteran and
military healthcare programs, benefits and Quality of Life initiatives, as well
as hear a renewed commitment to return our fallen from their battlefields.”
President Obama is
scheduled to speak on July 23. He last spoke at the VFW National Convention in
2009, and prior to then as a presidential candidate in 2007 and 2008.
Up to 12,000 VFW and
Ladies Auxiliary delegates are expected to represent the organization’s total
membership of 2 million at the weeklong convention. Their mission will be to
approve new national priorities to guide the VFW as it lobbies Congress on
issues important to the nation’s veterans, service members and their families.
Convention delegates will also elect a new VFW national commander and recognize
prominent individuals and organizations for their support of veterans and
Awards presented will be
the VFW Gold Medal of Merit to the Montford Point Marine Association; the VFW
Armed Services Award to the Army’s Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in
Germany; the VFW Americanism Award to correspondent and author Joe Galloway;
VFW Teacher of the Year awards to Debra Rose Howell (Monte Cristo Elementary
School, Granite Falls, Wash.) and George “Bud” Zorman (Mountain Home High
School, Ark.); the VFW Dwight D. Eisenhower Award to Army Chief of Staff Gen.
Raymond Odierno; the VFW Citizenship Award to “Kids Thank a Veteran” director
Cherie Reid; and the VFW Aerospace Award to women’s aviation and space pioneer
Also addressing the
delegates will be Elizabeth Scannell of Goose Creek, S.C., the $30,000
scholarship winner of VFW’s annual Voice of Democracy program; Veterans Affairs
Commission Deputy Minister Hsiao-hui Chin from the Republic of China on Taiwan;
Ekaterina Priyezzheva, Russian co-chair of the U.S.-Russia Joint Commission on
POW/MIAs; U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki; and Army Maj. Gen.
Stephen Tom, commander of the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, among many
The 113th VFW National
Convention is closed to the general public, but everyone can watch it streamed
live online at www.vfw.org beginning at 8 a.m.
PDT, July 23.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is a nonprofit veterans’ service
organization composed of combat veterans and those currently serving in
uniform. Founded in 1899 and chartered by Congress in 1936, the VFW is the
nation's largest organization of war veterans and its oldest major veterans’
organization. With more than 2 million members located in more than 7,300 VFW
Posts worldwide, “NO ONE DOES MORE FOR VETERANS.” The VFW and its
Auxiliaries are dedicated to veterans’ service, legislative advocacy, and
military and community service programs nationwide. For more information or to
join, visit our website at www.vfw.org.
The VFW National Convention is not open to the public, and only registered and
credentialed media from bona fide news organizations will be approved to cover
convention activities. A Daybook of speakers, dates and times will be released
to interested media next week. To pre-register, contact Randi Law at VFW
National Headquarters at (816) 968-1104 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Onsite registration will begin
July 21 in room D10 of the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, phones (775) 236-1207
or 236-1208. Additional contacts are VFW National Headquarters communications
director Jerry Newberry at email@example.com,
or (816) 968-1168, and VFW Washington Office public affairs director Joe Davis
at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (202) 608-8357. In
Reno, Newberry and Davis can be reached by e-mail or their cells, which are
(816) 835-1851 and (202) 374-9998, respectively.
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