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Vietnam Veterans Against the War to Celebrate 35th Anniversary in Milwaukee

Contact: Tom Gradel 773-561-1040 (o&h)
John Zutz 414-372-0749
Barry Romo 773-327-5756
The Vietnam Veterans Against the War, Inc. (VVAW), a major force in the anti-war movement that helped bring an end to United States' military involvement in the Vietnam, will celebrate its 35th Anniversary next weekend, June 22-23, in Milwaukee, Wisc.

More than 50 VVAW activists and members from throughout the country will be in Milwaukee for the weekend for a series of events at the Ramada Inn Downtown, 633 W. Michigan St.

Since its founding in 1967, the VVAW, has fought for better treatment of Vietnam War veterans and has helped educate students and the general public about the terrible impact of war, on our opponents, on innocent civilians, on the environment and culture, and on the military personnel who we send into war on our behalf.

VVAW, a national organization, has also pushed for recognition of post traumatic stress syndrome, exposed the injurious effects of Agent Orange, lobbied for increased veterans benefits, and helped build a school and hospital in Vietnam.

In recent months, the VVAW has spoken out against the "endless war on terrorism" and has opposed our nation?s over reliance on military force.

Beginning at 1 p.m., Saturday, the Barry Romo, a national coordinator of the VVAW, will speak about how the VVAW made history. Short presentations by other coordinators and special guests will update the audience about VVAW activities and accomplishments throughout the country. Also on Saturday there will be a showing and discussion of several documentary videos and there will be a panel discussion about books and media coverage today of the War and those who fought it.

Country Joe McDonald, the renowned folk/ rock, singer-performer, who became a major anti-war figure after his famous "F**K the War" cheer and "Fixin' To Die Rag" at Woodstock, will perform a concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Tasting Room, 1100 E. Kane Place, Milwaukee. This concert is open to the general public. Admission is $25.00.




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