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105th Congress, 1st Session - - - - - - - - - - - House Document 105-60

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         PROCEEDINGS OF THE 97TH NATIONAL CONVENTION OF THE
            VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS OF THE UNITED STATES

                         [SUMMARY OF MINUTES]




             <GRAPHIC(S) NOT AVAILABLE IN TIFF FORMAT>




          Louisville, Kentucky  : : :  August 17-23, 1996

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105th Congress, 1st Session - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Document 105-60



                       P R O C E E D I N G S

                              of the

                   97TH NATIONAL CONVENTION OF THE

                       VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS

                         OF THE UNITED STATES

                         [SUMMARY OF MINUTES]



                         Louisville, Kentucky

                          August 17-23, 1996



  March 20, 1997.--Referred to the Committee on National Security and
                        ordered to be printed

                              ____________


                    U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE
                           WASHINGTON : 1997



                   U.S. CODE, TITLE 44, SECTION 1332
      NATIONAL ENCAMPMENTS OF VETERANS' ORGANIZATIONS; PROCEEDINGS 
                     PRINTED ANNUALLY FOR CONGRESS

     The proceedings of the national encampments of the United 
Spanish War Veterans, the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United 
States, the American Legion, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, 
the Veterans of World War I of the United States, Incorporated, the 
Disabled American Veterans, and the AMVETS (American Veterans of World 
War II), respectively, shall be printed annually, with accompanying 
illustrations, as separate House documents of the session of the 
Congress to which they may be submitted.

[Approved October 2, 1968.]



                          LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL

   VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS OF THE UNITED STATES, KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI
                             December, 1996


Honorable Newt Gingrich,
The Speaker U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Mr. Speaker:  In conformance with the provisions of Public Law 
No. 620, 90th Congress, approved October 22, 1968, I am transmitting 
to you herewith the proceedings of the 97th National Convention of the 
Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, held in Louisville, 
Kentucky, August 17-23, 1996, which is submitted for printing as a 
House document.
     Sincerely,
                                                   Larry W. Rivers     
                                                       Adjutant General




                             TABLE OF CONTENTS

                                                                   PAGE
ANNUAL MEMORIAL SERVICE
SUNDAY, AUGUST 18, 1996

Call to Order . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   1
Advance of Colors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   1
Invocation  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   1
In Memoriam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
Introduction of Speaker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
Memorial Address  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
Introduction of William D. Chester, Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
Presentation of the Chapel of Four Chaplains 
  Legion of Honor Bronze Medallion  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
Benediction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
Retiring of Colors  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8

JOINT OPENING SESSION
MONDAY, AUGUST 19, 1996

Advancement of Colors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
Invocation  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
Introduction - The Honorable Jerry E. Abramson, 
  Mayor, City of Louisville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
Greetings - The Honorable Jerry Abramson  . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
Introduction - The Honorable Stephen L. Henry, 
  Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11
Greetings - The Honorable Stephen L. Henry, 
  Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11
Presentation of American Flag Sets  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  13
Introduction of Commander-in-Chief Spera  . . . . . . . . . . . . .  14
Remarks - Commander-in-Chief Spera  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  15
Presentation of Awards to 1995-'96 All American Commanders 
  and National Program Winners  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  16
Secretary of Veterans Affairs, The Honorable Jesse Brown  . . . . .  23
Address by Secretary Jesse Brown  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  23
Presentation of VFW Gold Medal of Merit and Citation 
  to Ladies Auxiliary President Helen Lenehan   . . . . . . . . . .  28
Response - Ladies Auxiliary President Helen Lenehan . . . . . . . .  29
Introduction of the Honorable Sonny Montgomery  . . . . . . . . . .  31
Response - The Honorable G. V. ``Sonny'' Montgomery . . . . . . . .  32
Introduction - Dean Hoke, Chief Operating Officer 
  of the Military Channel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  35
Remarks - Dean Hoke, CEO, The Military Channel  . . . . . . . . . .  36
Introduction of Lieutenant General Lu Chao, VACRS Vice Chairman . .  38
Response - Lieutenant General Yu Chao . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  38
Introduction - David Christiansen, Founder of Flags of Freedom 
  Foundation  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  39
Remarks - Mr. David Christiansen  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  40
Introduction of Lieutenant General Kap-Jin Choi, 
  Korean Veterans Association . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  42
Remarks - Lieutenant General Kap-Jin Choi . . . . . . . . . . . . .  42
Introduction - MOC Supreme Commander Gary Strauss . . . . . . . . .  43
Remarks - MOC Supreme Commander Gary Strauss  . . . . . . . . . . .  43
RECESS  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  44

DISTINGUISHED GUESTS BANQUET
AUGUST 19, 1996

Pledge of Allegiance  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  44
Invocation  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  44
Introduction of Master of Ceremonies  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  44
Introduction of Commander-in-Chief Paul A. Spera  . . . . . . . . .  45
Presentation of VFW Hall of Fame Award, Gold Medal and 
  Citation to Billy Ray Cyrus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  47
Response - Mr. Billy Ray Cyrus  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  47
Presentation of the Dwight David Eisenhower Distinguished 
  Service Medal and Citation to General William C. Westmoreland . .  48
Response and Principal Address - General William C. Westmoreland  .  49
Benediction - National Chaplain Kell  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  52
RECESS  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  52

FIRST BUSINESS SESSION
TUESDAY MORNING, AUGUST 20, 1996

Call to Order . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  53
Salute to the Colors  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  53
Opening Prayer  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  53
Report of Credentials Committee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  53
Report of Committee on Convention Rules . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  53
Introduction - Lieutenant General Prabandh Itdhikul . . . . . . . .  56
Response - Lieutenant General Prabandh Itdhikul, 
  War Veterans Organization of Thailand . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  56
Presentation of VFW News Media Award, Gold Medal and Citation . . .  58
Response - Mr. Al Santol  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  59
Presentation of Commander-in-Chief Special Award 
  to Mr. Mack Fleming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  61
Response - Mr. Mack Fleming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  62
Introduction of Brigadier General Wilma  Vaught, USAF (Ret.)  . . .  63
Remarks - Brigadier General Wilma Vaught  . . . . . . . . . . . . .  63
Report of Committee on National By-Laws, 
  Manual of Procedure and Ritual  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  64
Presentation of VFW Armed Forces Award, Gold Medal and 
  Citation to General H. Hugh Shelton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  76
Response - General H. Hugh Shelton  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  77
Introduction of the Honorable Jack Kemp . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  79
Address - The Honorable Jack Kemp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  79
Remarks by General Colin Powell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  81
Address by the Honorable Robert Dole  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  83
Report of Committee on National By-Laws, 
  Manual of Procedure and Ritual (Cont'd.)  . . . . . . . . . . . .  90
RECESS  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105
RECESS  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105
RECESS  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111

SECOND BUSINESS SESSION
WEDNESDAY MORNING, AUGUST 21, 1996

Call to Order . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112
Salute to the Colors  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112
Opening Prayer  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112
Report of Credentials Committee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112
Introduction of Milton Metz, March of Dimes Representative  . . . . 112
Presentation - Milton Metz  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113
Report of Committee on National Bylaws, 
  Manual of Procedure and Ritual (Cont'd.)  . . . . . . . . . . . . 114
Report of Committee on Finance and Internal Organization  . . . . . 115
Presentation of J. Edgar Hoover Award, Gold Medal and Citation  . . 129
Response - Officer Joseph Alu, Sr.  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130
Response - Mr. Ken Porio  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130
Response - Ms. Jackie Eagle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131
Presentation of VFW Emergency Services Award, 
Gold Medal and Citation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131
Response - Lieutenant Michael P. Peery  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132
Introduction of James L. Brazee, Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc.. 134
Address - Mr. James L. Brazee, Jr.  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134
Presentation of VFW Americanism Award to Mr. James Lee Witt . . . . 136
Response - Mr. James Lee Witt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137
Report of Committee on National Security and Foreign Affairs  . . . 138
Report of POW-MIA Subcommittee  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139
RECESS  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140
Introduction of Vice-President Al Gore, Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . . 140
Address - Vice-President Al Gore  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141
Presentation of Field Contests and VFW Color Guard  . . . . . . . . 148
Report of POW-MIA Subcommittee  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149
Report of Committee on National Security 
  and Foreign Affairs (Cont'd.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153
Report of Committee on General Resolutions  . . . . . . . . . . . . 156
Report of Committee on Veterans Service Resolutions . . . . . . . . 159
Report of Committee on Americanism and Community Activities . . . . 165
Presentation of Buddy Poppy Winners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166
Winners of Insurance Drawing  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166
Salute to the Colors  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167
RECESS  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167

THIRD BUSINESS SESSION
THURSDAY MORNING, AUGUST 22, 1996

Call to Order . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168
Salute to the Colors  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168
Pledge of Allegiance  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168
Opening Prayer  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168
Report of Credentials Committee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168
Presentation of ``Consecutive Years of Membership'' 
  Citation to the Department of Florida . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168
Introduction of Syddia Lee-Chee, Department of the Treasury, 
  U.S. Savings Bond  Program  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169
Presentation by Ms. Syddia Lee-Chee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170
Presentation of Golden Eagle Award to Commander-in-Chief Spera 
  by the VFW Political Action Committee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171
Introduction of Ladies Auxiliary President Helen Lenehan  . . . . . 172
Response - Ladies Auxiliary President  Lenehan  . . . . . . . . . . 173
Introduction of Mr. James Chancellor  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174
Presentation of Military Service Rings by Mr. Chancellor  . . . . . 174
Presentation of James C. Gates Distinguished Service Award  . . . . 177
Response - Mr. Richard Gray . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178
Presentation of Employer of the Year Award/Large to DynCorp, 
  Fort Hood, Texas  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179
Response - Mr. Harry Frazier  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180
Introduction of the Honorable Ross Perot  . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180
Address - The Honorable H. Ross Perot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181
Presentation of Small Employer of the Year Award  . . . . . . . . . 189
Response - Mr. Tom Stitt  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 190
Presentation of Local Office of the Public Employment 
  Service Award . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 191
Response - Mr. Mike Olen  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 191
Presentation of Distinguished Service Award, 
  Gold Medal and Citation to Past Commander-in-Chief Allen F. Kent. 192
Response - Past Commander-in-Chief Kent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193
Distinguished Service Award, Gold Medal and Citation to 
  Past Commander-in-Chief, James Currieo  . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193
Response - Past Commander-in-Chief Currieo  . . . . . . . . . . . . 195
Outstanding VA Health Care Provider Award . . . . . . . . . . . . . 195
Response - Mr. Santo Trombetta  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 196
Outstanding Health Care Provider Award  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 197
Response - Ms. Yvonne Toth  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 197
Outstanding Volunteer Award . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198
Response - Comrade Joseph Schirmers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198
Outstanding Post Service Officer Award  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199
Response - Comrade Dennis Cauley  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200
Introduction of Past Commanders-in-Chief  . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200
Introduction of National Sergeant-at-Arms . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200
Visit of National Home Representatives  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201
Remarks by 1996 Buddy Poppy Child . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 202
Nomination of Commander-in-Chief  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 202

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