Knoxville, TN - The Tennessee State Council, Vietnam Veterans of America is honored to be coming to Knoxville for the 2015 George C. Duggins Region III Conference at the Hilton Hotel, on March 26 – 29, 2015.

Approximately 300 Vietnam veterans plus their spouses/guests will be welcomed from the seven states of Region III: Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky, Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia and the District of Columbia with registration and a hospitality event on the evening of March 26.

The purpose of the Conference is to learn from noted experts and share important training regarding Agent Orange and the linked diseases affecting veterans and their children and grandchildren, to continue the battle against veteran PTSD and the increasing crisis of veteran suicide and much more.   Knoxville was the host city for the Tennessee State Council’s 1st PTSD & Suicide Prevention Town Hall Meeting.

The opening ceremonies on March 27 will include welcome remarks by Barry Rice, President, Tennessee State Council, Rich Gill, President of Knoxville VVA Chapter 1078, Knoxville and Knox County Mayors, Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder of the Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs, Region III Director Sara McVicker, and VVA President John Rowan.

Jennifer O’Neill internationally acclaimed model, actress, film and television star (with 35+ feature films), spokesperson, producer and author will receive an Achievement Award for her dedication and work with her Hope & Healing at Hillenglade program.

Barry Rice says, “Knoxville is proving why it is one of the most patriotic cities in the nation by rolling out the red carpet as we continue preparing for this important Conference.  Opportunities are still available for Knoxville businesses and organizations to contribute and have your support of all veterans proudly displayed.”  




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