WASHINGTON, Nov. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Veteran
Center's Tenth Annual Conference November 8-10 at the Renaissance
Washington Hotel hosts some of the greatest heroes of WWII, Korea, Vietnam
and Iraq/Afghanistan at one of the largest annual gatherings of decorated
military combat veterans.
The conference features three days of speaker panels, wreath laying
ceremonies at the World War II, Korea, and Vietnam memorials and an awards
banquet. The conference also features salutes to Medal of Honor recipients
and service members wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. Participating veterans
range from America's last living veteran of WWI to serve in Europe, Frank
Buckles, to decorated young heroes of today.
Sgt. Marco Martinez - Ex-gang member joined Marines and received the
Navy Cross. Author "Hard Corps"- How a young man changed his life and
became a hero.
SSgt. David Bellavia - Nominated for Medal of Honor for Fallujah in
2004. Co-founder of Vets for Freedom (pro-mission advocacy group). Author
of new book "House to House."
Maj. Kim Campbell - Female pilot decorated with Distinguished Flying
Cross for flying her damaged plane through heavy fire in the initial attack
into Iraq. Her call sign and nickname is "Killer Chick."
Maj. Jason Amerine - Army Special Forces. Was already in the Middle
East training forces on 9/11. Worked directly with Karzai during overthrow
of Taliban in 2001. Featured in new video game produced by the Army on
Vets from "We Were Soldiers" - Well-known Vietnam veterans, due to
movie and book. Hal Moore (played by Mel Gibson), Joe Galloway (Barry
Pepper) and Bruce Crandall (Greg Kinnear).
Capt. Tom Hudner - Medal of Honor recipient; saved Jesse Brown, Navy's
first black pilot.
Veterans of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team - Japanese American unit,
formed from interned Japanese-Americans.
The Band of Brothers - Portrayed in the series.
Tuskegee Airmen - Legendary unit of America's first black pilots.
Iwo Jima/Flags of Our Fathers - Vets from platoon that took Mt.
Suribachi and raised the flags.
Recipients of America's highest military award--the Medal of Honor.
Includes Crandall, Hudner, Walter Ehlers, Ed Freeman, George Sakato, and
Full conference schedule at http://www.AmericanVeteransCenter.org. For
interviews or registration, contact Tim Holbert at 703-302-1012 ext. 220 or
SOURCE American Veterans Center