Kevin Bacon (above left) took home the Golden Globe award last night for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for his memorably powerful role as U.S. Marine Lt Col Mike Strobl in the great HBO move, Taking Chance .
VVA honored HBO and the makers of that stirring 2009 film at our National Convention last summer in Louisville. The movie, which Strobl co-wrote, dramatizes the true story of his escorting the body of young Marine Chance Phelps, who was killed in Iraq, from Dover AFB to his home in Wyoming. Strobl took questions and answers from delegates at a screening of the movie in Louisville. At the Saturday night Awards Banquet we presented the VVA President’s Award for Excellence in the Arts to Col Stobl. We also honored Vietnam veteran and western artist John Phelps (the father of Chance Phelps) that night with the VVA Excellence in the Arts Award.