114th VFW NATIONAL CONVENTION ROLLS INTO LOUISVILLE
VFW members gather in the Blue Grass State
July 18, 2013
More than 10,000 members of the nation’s oldest and largest major
combat veterans’ organization are rolling into the Blue Grass State this
weekend to elect new leadership and to approve national resolutions that will
guide its advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill and its veteran and military support
programs across the country.
“Our organization is governed by its members and elected delegates
to our annual convention,” said John E. Hamilton, the national commander of the
Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States and its Auxiliaries.
“We expect a great deal from every delegate, because the decisions
they make help to guide our lobbying efforts that directly benefit
veterans, service members and their families, as well as all the wonderful
support programs we provide at no charge, such as our service officers, who
last year helped 125,000 veterans to recoup an organizational record $3.7
billion in earned disability compensation and pension from the Department of
A number of national awards will also be presented at the VFW's
114th National Convention, to include:
The VFW Dwight D. Eisenhower Award to Adm.
Robert J. Papp Jr., the commandant of the Coast Guard.
The VFW Americanism Award to retired Gen.
Peter W. Chiarelli, the former Army deputy chief of staff and now CEO of One
Mind for Research.
The VFW Armed Services Award to the Naval
Special Warfare Command (the SEALs).
VFW Aeronautic and Aerospace Awards to NASA’s
Mars Science Laboratory and to Pioneer Aerospace.
The VFW Citizenship Award to Gordon Logan,
founder and CEO of SportsClips.
VFW Teacher of the Year Awards to Matt Maddox,
Columbus Elementary School, Edwardsville, Ill.; Hunter Jones, Will James Junior
High School, Billings, Mont.; and Matthew Susin, Eau Gallie High School,
And the VFW-supported VetJobs Outstanding
Veteran Employer Award to Humana.
Guest speakers include elected politicians, such as Louisville
Mayor Greg Fischer, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and Senate Minority Leader Mitch
McConnell; foreign guests from Taiwan, Russia and Vietnam; Secretary of Defense
Chuck Hagel and Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki; Chief of the Army
Reserve Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Talley; Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for
POW/MIA Affairs W. Montague Winfield; the commander of the Joint POW//MIA
Accounting Command, Maj. Gen. Kelly McKeague; the Adjutant General of Kentucky,
Maj. Gen. Edward Tonini; Student Veterans of America Executive Director Michael
Dakduk; and $30,000 VFW Voice of Democracy scholarship winner Danielle
Hayes, of Mercy High School in San Francisco, VFW Buddy Poppy Child Unity
Heim, from the VFW National Home for Children in Eaton Rapids, Mich., and more.
The VFW National Convention is not open to the public, but a video
link to the general session will stream live at www.vfw.org beginning at 8 a.m. (EDT), July 22-24. Only
registered and credentialed media from bona fide news organizations will be
approved to cover convention activities. Onsite registration begins July
20 in room 201 of the Kentucky International Convention Center, phones (502)
815-6833, 6834 or 6835. The attached Media Daybook contains additional
registration information and convention agenda details.
View the VFW Daybook
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