PRESIDENT OBAMA TO ADDRESS VFW NATIONAL CONVENTION
The president’s appearance continues a long standing VFW tradition
WASHINGTON (July 10, 2012) – The president has accepted an invitation to speak before the 113th National Convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S., which begins July 21 at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nev. The event is closed to the public.
“We are very grateful to President Obama for choosing to address America’s oldest and largest major combat veterans’ organization,” said VFW National Commander Richard L. DeNoyer, a retired Marine and Vietnam combat veteran from Middleton, Mass.
The president’s appearance continues a long standing VFW tradition that provides a platform for those seeking the nation’s highest office to address issues of importance to veterans, military service members and their families. DeNoyer said this is especially important during a time of war and instability abroad, and economic belt tightening at home.
“What we hope to hear is how he will continue to take the fight to our enemies, while keeping America safe through strong national defense and homeland security programs,” he said. “We also want to know how he will create, enhance and protect veteran and military healthcare programs, benefits and Quality of Life initiatives, as well as hear a renewed commitment to return our fallen from their battlefields.”
President Obama is scheduled to speak on July 23. He last spoke at the VFW National Convention in 2009, and prior to then as a presidential candidate in 2007 and 2008.