Veterans of Different Wars Share a Common Bond

Oct 12, 2007, 01:00 ET from American Veterans Center

    ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Whether they raised
 the flag at Iwo Jima in WWII, fought in the jungles of Vietnam, or were
 decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross for piloting through heavy
 fire in Iraq, the American Veterans Center's 10th Annual Conference in
 Washington, November 8-10 brings veterans from several generations together
 for Veterans Day remembrances.
     "The American Veterans Center seeks to preserve and promote the legacy
 of America's servicemen and women from World War II through Operation Iraqi
 Freedom," said Jim Roberts, AVC President. Some of the high-profile
 veterans affiliated with the Center and available for interviews include:
     Sgt. Marco Martinez - Ex-gang member joined the Marines and received
 the Navy Cross. Author "Hard Corps". - the story of 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 the 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 Afghan President Hamid
 Karzai during overthrow of Taliban in 2001. Featured in new video game
 produced by the Army on America's heroes.
     Vets from "We Were Soldiers" - Among the best known Vietnam veterans,
 due to the movie and book. Hal Moore (played by Mel Gibson),Joe Galloway
 (Barry Pepper) and Bruce Crandall (Greg Kinnear)
     B.G. Burkett - Authored "Stolen Valor: How the Vietnam Generation Was
 Robbed of Its Heroes and Its History". Has helped identify fake heroes and
 phony soldiers in Vietnam and Iraq.
     Capt. Tom Hudner - Medal of Honor recipient for saving Jesse Brown, the
 Navy's first African American pilot.
     Veterans of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team - Japanese American unit,
 formed from those who were interned.
     The Band of Brothers - Portrayed in the series by the same name.
     Tuskegee Airmen - Legendary unit consisting of America's first black
     Iwo Jima/Flags of Our Fathers - Vets from the platoon that took Mt.
 Suribachi and raised the flags in the legendary image of that event.

SOURCE American Veterans Center