Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration - VA Western New York Healthcare System
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VA Western New York Healthcare System

 

Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration

March 4, 2016

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Contact: Evangeline Conley, Public Affairs Officer
Phone: (716) 862-8753   Cell: (716) 512-9338
Fax: (716) 862-8755
E-mail: Evangeline.Conley@va.gov 
 
 Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration
 
As a Federal commemorative partner for The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration, VA Western New York Healthcare System along with the community, will hold two Vietnam Veterans commemoration ceremonies observing the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War on Friday, March 29, in both Williamsville and Batavia, New York.  The main objectives of the events will include a long overdue thanks to honor Vietnam Veterans and their families, including personnel who were held prisoners of war or listed as missing in action. The events will pay tribute to their service and sacrifice on behalf of the United States. Additionally, the commemoration will mark advances in technology, science and medicine related to the military research conducted during the Vietnam War. Lastly, the often overlooked contributions and sacrifices made by our allies will be recognized. 
 
To fulfill President’s Lincoln’s mission to our Veterans and their families "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan,” after each commemoration several VA representatives will be on hand and ready to provide information and answers to questions about VA health care enrollment and other Veterans benefits to include disability claims, employment and educational opportunities, and National Cemetery internment.  Many Veterans are still unaware of VA benefits they have earned or may be in need of updated information to qualify and use these benefits. 
 
On Tuesday, March 29, the event in the Buffalo area will take place at 9:30am at the American Legion George F. Lamm Post 622, located at 962 Wehrle Drive in Williamsville, NY. The guest speaker will be John Batiste, U.S. Army Major General (Retired), who commanded the 1st Infantry Division from 2004-05 in Iraq.  The Batavia event will take place on the same day at 2 pm at the Batavia VA Medical Center, 222 Richmond Avenue, in the Building 4 auditorium. In Batavia, the guest speaker will be Mr. Vincent Schollard, who served two tours of duty in Vietnam (1966-68) as a Navy Corpsman. Vietnam Veterans and their families are encouraged to attend to share camaraderie of each event.  A breakfast will follow the Buffalo morning event and refreshments will be served in the Batavia after the event.  For additional information please contact the VA Public Affairs Office at (716) 862-8753/8754.