WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) presented U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka (D-HI) with its Diversity Award in recognition of his public service and leadership for veterans and others.
“I am honored to receive the Diversity Award from Vietnam Veterans of America. VVA’s commitment to ensuring that no generation of veterans abandon another should be embraced by all Americans,” said Senator Akaka, Chairman of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee and veteran of World War II.
The award was presented by VVA representatives from their national office. In a letter notifying Akaka of the award, John Rowan, VVA’s National President, stated “On behalf of the members and families of Vietnam Veterans of America, we are pleased to inform you that you have been selected to receive the diversity award from our Minority Affairs Committee in recognition of your tireless work on behalf of all veterans and in particular those who are members of minorities in America.”
VVA is the only national Vietnam veterans organization congressionally chartered and exclusively dedicated to Vietnam-era veterans and their families. VVA boasts over 50,000 members, and more than 600 local chapters.
May 20, 2009