The Buckeye State Council of the Vietnam Veterans of America has announced that the 2014 State Convention will be held on Saturday, May 10 at the Holiday Inn & Suites, 4501 Eastgate Blvd. in Cincinnati.
The convention will convene promptly at 9 a.m. The convention will be followed on May 11 by the Agent Orange Town Hall meeting to be held at the hotel beginning at 10 a.m.
While the convention on Saturday morning is only for Vietnam era veterans, the public is invited to attend the informational breakout sessions on Friday and Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the Agent Orange Town Hall Meeting from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sunday May 11. There is no charge to attend.
Topics for the breakout sessions on Friday include; Officers Working Together, Veteran’s Health Issues and the Veteran’s Service Foundation. Saturday’s sessions feature Veteran’s Health Issues, Senior Fraud Awareness, Veterans Court and Chapter Management.
The Agent Orange Town Meeting will be presented by Dr. Tom Berger, Executive Director of the Veterans Health Council in Washington D.C.. Agent Orange, sprayed as a defoliant in Vietnam, has resulted in serious health issues, cancers, and deaths among Vietnam Veterans.
There is overwhelming evidence connecting many diseases and birth defects with the children and grandchildren of veterans exposed to Agent Orange in Vietnam. Dr. Berger will explore the many issues surrounding Agent Orange exposure, including scientific information, health effects, and methods for educating the public and elected representatives about the issues of Vietnam Veterans, their children, and their families.
Other attractions at the convention will include a military vehicle display, product sales, a Vietnam photography display and book signings by local authors. The V.A Hospital will have their mobile unit available on Saturday May 10 in the Holiday Inn parking lot from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
For more information visit VVA649.org or contact the co-chairmen of the event, Cliff Riley at (513) 509-6271 or Ed Brown at (513) 532-5370.