SPRINGFIELD, Ill., July 1, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The national non-profit organization Help Hospitalized Veterans (HHV) will present Salute To America—Springfield at the 2015 National Convention of the Vietnam Veterans of America. The third event of the 2015 HHV Salute To America Veterans Concert Series, Salute To America—Springfield is the "welcome party" for convention attendees. It will be held Tuesday evening, July 21, 2015 at 1 Convention Center Plaza in Springfield, IL.
An official commemorative partner, HHV (in cooperation with the Department of Defense 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Vietnam War and Soldier's Wish) has aligned with the Vietnam Veterans of America national convention to lend assistance in organizing and supporting this prestigious annual event to kick off the five-day conference. The Salute To America—Springfield concert is also presented in part by Soldier's Wish, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to grant the wishes of military servicemen and women, U.S. veterans and their families.
The private and exclusive music and entertainment event (held solely for the veterans of the Vietnam War) will pay a special tribute to the delegates and spouses from the State Chapters of Vietnam Veterans of America. More than 1,000 delegates (from all 50 states and including the Philippines, Puerto Rico and Guam) are expected to be in attendance, with a special appearance by Major General Arnie Fields, Retired, U.S. Marine Corps.
The prominent affair will also serve as an appropriate introduction to HHV's mission to provide veterans and active duty servicemen and women with therapeutic arts and crafts. The delegates and veterans in attendance will be presented with collectible gift items including a Vietnam Uniform Scrapbook canvassed in army fatigues, and a "Three Fighting Men" Vietnam Memorial Statue kit. To date, HHV has donated more than 29 million arts and crafts kits to veterans and active duty military service members.
"I can think of no place more fitting than this national convention—a gathering that is purposefully dedicated to our veterans—to show our appreciation," said HHV's Chairman of the Board, Judge Jack M. Meagher, who is also a veteran of the Vietnam War. "Each event with which HHV is involved is centered around honoring our veterans, and we are very proud to be part of this special occasion to recognize and celebrate (in music) the sacrifices and achievements of these delegates, our veterans and their families."
The HHV Veterans Concert Series celebrates our nation's veterans. Salute To America signifies HHV's association with the Commemorative Partner Program and its mission to organize memorable events and activities that heighten awareness surrounding the contributions of our nation's Vietnam veterans. The objectives of the program are to thank and honor the veterans of the Vietnam War; to honor the contributions made on the home front during that war and the sacrifices made by the United States allies during the war years; and to highlight the advances in technology, medicine and science related to military research conducted during the Vietnam War. All HHV Salute To America concerts in the 2015 series are designated to honor our Vietnam War veterans. (Salute To America public concert events were hosted earlier this year in Prescott, Ariz., and Charleston, W.V., with more events scheduled.)
The National Vietnam Veterans of America Convention sponsors reception begins at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21, 2015. The Salute to America—Springfield welcome party/concert begins at 7 p.m.; American rock band Jefferson Starship will headline.
Jefferson Starship will also perform their rendition of the National Anthem at the opening ceremonies of the national convention on Wednesday morning, July 22, 2015.
For more information about HHV's Salute To America concert series and Help Hospitalized Veterans' therapeutic arts and crafts program, visit: http://hhv.org.
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Help Hospitalized Veterans (HHV) was founded in 1971 with the primary mission to provide veteran patients (receiving care at federal, state and commercial medical or nursing home care facilities) with therapeutic arts and crafts kits. Since its inception, HHV has donated more than 29 million arts and crafts kits to veterans and active duty servicemen and women receiving health care. The kits are rehabilitative and designed to restore coordination and impaired motor skills, improve attention spans and concentration, and relax frayed nerves. They are also used as diversion therapy and entertainment outlet for patients facing an extended course of health care. Arts and crafts kits, along with other therapeutic products and services provided by HHV, come as a welcomed assurance to veteran patients that they have not been forgotten. Help Hospitalized Veterans is a proud Commemorative Partner of the Vietnam War Commemoration. To learn more, visit www.vietnamwar50th.com.
Salute To America Concerts (part of HHV's Veterans Concert Series) are held in numerous cities throughout the United States to honor active duty military, veterans and their families, increase awareness of their needs, encourage volunteerism, and provide the public with an additional opportunity to express their appreciation. HHV's Veterans Concert Series programs/events provide military servicemen and women, veterans and their families an opportunity to reconnect, bond, relax and enjoy family time. The concerts are always free, as the organizers believe the price has already been paid by our veterans' sacrifices. The program also offers an exciting new way to engage the community and to attract a "new generation" of volunteers.
Like-minded citizens created Soldier's Wish, to create opportunities to raise funds that recognize and support active-duty military and veterans. Since its inception, Soldier's Wish has devoted time to identifying unmet needs of military service members and veterans, providing resources and support to help them lead healthy and productive lives. Soldier's Wish continues to educate the public about the needs of veterans and active duty communities.
SOURCE Help Hospitalized Veterans