Join Us in Spokane!

July 15-20, 2019, Vietnam Veterans of America and Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America will hold their Biennial  Convention to elect new leadership, review the organizational constitution and handle other organization business. This year, the convention will visit scenic Spokane, Wash. Located at the eastern edge of the state on the Spokane River, the area’s pristine natural beauty offers visitors lots of opportunities for recreation, as well as a host of cultural events and dining options. The city is home to numerous craft breweries, art galleries and the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, which spotlights the region’s history and Native American heritage. Gonzaga University and its basketball team are also based in Spokane.

More than 1,200 visitors are expected at the VVA & AVVA 2019 National Convention, with exhibitors representing commercial firms, government agencies, VVA state councils and VVA & AVVA chapters offering goods and services of interest to member veterans. Past exhibitors have included travel agencies, veterans’ publications, insurance agencies, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and numerous VVA & AVVA chapters and state councils.

Join us in Spokane for the VVA & AVVA 2019 National Convention! To register to attend, click here. To book travel and reserve rooms, click here. To exhibit at the VVA & AVVA 2019 National Convention click here.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER & GUESTS

Larry G. Jones

Las Vegas headliner Larry G. Jones, singer and celebrity impersonator, will wow guests at Tuesday night’s Welcome Home Party and buffet.

Allen J. Lynch

Allen J. Lynch, who received the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions under fire in the Vietnam War, will deliver the Keynote Speech at the Opening Ceremonies on Wednesday, July 17.

Wesley Clark

Retired Army Gen. Wesley Clark will receive the Vietnam Veterans of America Lifetime Achievement Award during the General Session of the National Convention on Thursday morning, July 18. After graduating from the U.S. Military Academy in 1966, he studied at Oxford University on a Rhodes scholarship. He served in the Vietnam War from May 1969…

*Tickets are available for purchase on the convention registration form.

Saturday, July 20, 2019
Tickets: $30

Keynote - 3

2019 Keynote Speaker – Allen J. Lynch

Allen J. Lynch, who received the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions under fire in the Vietnam War, will deliver the Keynote Speech at the Opening Ceremonies on Wednesday, July 17.

Welcome Home Party featuring Larry G. Jones

Las Vegas headliner Larry G. Jones, singer and celebrity impersonator, will wow guests at Tuesday night’s Welcome Home Party and buffet.

*Tickets are available for purchase on the convention registration form.

Saturday, July 20, 2019
Tickets: $30

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AGENDA

8:00 am - 5:00 pmSituation Room Open

Meeting planner

111A Show Office
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

VVA/Media Office Open

Room 102A
9:00 am - 4:00 pmAVVA Office Open
Room 102B
9:00 am - 5:00 pmElections Committee Office Open
Room 102C
9:00 am - 1:00 pmConvention Registration Open

Pre-registered delegates only

Room 103
9:00 am - 5:00 pmTHE VETERANS MALL Open
Bay 111AB
Varies - VariesConvention Floor available for Rehearsal & Set up

This must be coordinated with Wes Guidry

Ballroom 100ABC
12:00 pm - 7:00 pmCredentials Office Open
Room 102D
2:30 pm - Wreath Laying

Memorial is a 7 minute walk from the lobby of the Davenport, along a paved walkway, part of it up a gradual hill

Vietnam Veterans Memorial
2:00 pm - 7:00 pmConvention Registration Open

Pre-registered and on-site

Room 103
4:00 pm - 5:00 pmNew Delegates Briefing
Conference Theater
4:00 pm - National Board of Directors Meeting
Room 202
6:00 pm - 7:00 pmAA Meeting
Conf Theater Green Room
6:00 pm - 8:30 pmWelcome Home Party Supper and Show

Advance tickets required

Riverside Lawn
7:30 am - 8:00 amNew Delegates Briefing
Conference Theater
8:00 am - 5:00 pmSituation Room Opens

Meeting planner

111A Show Office
8:00 am - 5:00 pmVVA/Media Office Open

Closed during Opening Ceremony

Room 102A
8:00 am - 6:00 pmCredentials Office Open

Closed during Opening Ceremony

Room 102D
9:00 am - 5:00 pmElections Committee Office Open

Closed during Opening Ceremony

Room 102C
8:00 am - 6:00 pmConvention Registration
Room 103
8:00 am - Convention Floor Open for Delegates
Ballroom 100ABC
9:00 am - 12:00 pmConvention Opening Session
Ballroom 100ABC
11:00 am - 5:00 pmTHE VETERANS MALL Open
Bay 111AB
12:00 pm - 1:15 pmAVVA Luncheon

Advance tickets required

Centennial Ballroom
1:45 pm - 4:00 pmAVVA Office Open
Room 102B
1:00 pm - 2:30 pmCommittee Hearing on Resolutions

Agent Orange/Dioxin Committee – POW/MIA Committee

Room 201ABC
1:00 pm - 2:30 pmCommittee Hearing on Resolutions

PTSD and Substance Abuse Committee

Room 206D
1:00 pm - 2:30 pmCommittee Hearing on Resolutions

Veterans Benefits Committee

Conference Theater
1:00 pm - 2:30 pmCommittee Hearing on Resolutions

Veterans Incarcerated Committee

Room 205
2:30 pm - 4:00 pmCommittee Hearing on Resolutions

Membership Affairs Committee

Conference Theater
2:30 pm - 4:00 pmCommittee Hearing on Resolutions

Public Affairs Committee

Room 201ABC
2:30 pm - 4:00 pmCommittee Hearing on Resolutions

Health Care Committee

Room 206D
2:30 pm - 4:00 pmCommittee Hearing on Resolutions

Women Veterans Committee

Room 205
2:30 pm - 4:00 pmCommittee Hearing on Resolutions

Homeless Veterans Committee

Room 202ABC
4:00 pm - 5:30 pmCommittee Hearing on Resolutions

Minority Affairs Committee

Room 201ABC
4:00 pm - 5:30 pmCommittee Hearing on Resolutions

Government Affairs Committee

Conference Theater
4:00 pm - 5:30 pmCommittee Hearing on Resolutions

Constitution Committee

Room 206D
4:00 pm - 5:30 pmCommittee Hearing on Resolutions

ETBO

Room 205
6:00 pm - 6:30 pmCandidates Briefing
Room 206AB
6:00 pm - 7:00 pmAA Meeting
Conf Theater Green Room
7:00 pm - Region 1 Caucus
Room 203
7:00 pm - Region 2 Caucus
Room 206AB
7:00 pm - Region 3 Caucus
Conference Theater
7:00 pm - Region 4 Caucus
Room 206D
7:00 pm - Region 5 Caucus
Room 207
7:00 pm - Region 6 Caucus
Room 202ABC
7:00 pm - Region 7 Caucus
Room 201ABC
7:00 pm - Region 8 Caucus
Room 206C
7:00 pm - Region 9 Caucus
Room 205
8:00 am - 5:00 pmSituation Room Opens

Meeting Planner

111A Show Office
7:30 am - 8:45 amService Representatives' Breakfast

Advance tickets required

Room 300C
8:00 am - 5:00 pmVVA/Media Office Open
Room 102A
8:00 am - AVVA Office Closed
Room 102B
9:00 am - 5:00 pmElections Committee Office Open
Room 102C
9:00 am - 5:00 pmTHE VETERANS MALL open
Bay 111AB
8:00 am - 4:30 pmConvention Registration
Room 103
8:00 am - 4:30 pmCredentials Office Open
Room 102D
9:00 am - 5:00 pmAVVA Convention General Session
Bay 111C
9:00 am - 11:45 amConvention General Session
Ballroom 100ABC
12:00 pm - 1:30 pmLunch

on your own

12:00 pm - Registration deadline for voting eligibility
1:30 pm - 3:00 pmConvention General session (continues)
Ballroom 100ABC
6:00 pm - 7:00 pmAA meeting
Conf Theater Green Room
7:00 pm - Region 1 Caucus
Room 203
7:00 pm - Region 2 Caucus
Room 206AB
7:00 pm - Region 3 Caucus
Conference Theater
7:00 pm - Region 4 Caucus
Room 206D
7:00 pm - Region 5 Caucus
Room 207
7:00 pm - Region 6 Caucus
Room 202ABC
7:00 pm - Region 7 Caucus
Room 201ABC
7:00 pm - Region 8 Caucus
Room 206C
7:00 pm - Region 9 Caucus
Room 205
7:00 am - 7:30 amPOW/MIA Ceremony
TBD
7:30 am - 8:45 amWomen Veterans Breakfast

Advance tickets required

Room 300C
8:00 am - 3:00 pmSituation Room Opens
111A Show Office
8:00 am - 3:00 pmVVA/Media Office Open
Room 102D
9:00 am - 5:00 pmTHE VETERANS MALL Open
Bay 111AB
9:00 am - 10:30 amVVA Elections/Voting
Room 206
9:00 am - AVVA Candidate Forum
Bay 111C
Following Candidate Forum - AVVA Election
Room 102B
11:00 am - 1:00 pmConvention General Session
Ballroom 100 ABC
1:00 pm - Lunch

on your own

2:30 pm - Convention General Session Resumes
Ballroom 100ABC
6:00 pm - 7:00 pmAA Meeting
Conf Theater Green Room
8:00 am - 3:00 pmSituation Room Opens
111A Show Office
7:30 am - 8:45 amLegislative Coordinator Breakfast

Advance tickets required

Room 300C
9:00 am - 12:30 pmElections Committee Office Open
Room 102C
9:00 am - 12:00 pmTHE VETERANS MALL Open
Bay 111AB
9:00 am - 10:30 amVVA Run-Off Election (If Needed)
Room 206
10:00 am - Convention General Session
Ballroom 100ABC
Following General Session - National Board of Directors Meeting

New Board

Room 202
12:00 pm - Lunch

On your own

12:00 pm - A motorcycle ride in honor of Vietnam Veterans begins
Convention Center parking lot
4:00 pm - 5:00 pmAA Meeting
Conf Theater Green Room
4:30 pm - 5:15 pmCatholic Mass
Room 205
5:30 pm - 7:00 pmPre-Banquet Reception
Ballroom Lobby
7:00 pm - VVA Awards Banquet

Advance tickets required

Ballroom 100ABC

Hotel Info

The Davenport Grand
The DoubleTree by Hilton

Convention Bags

Official 2019 VVA Convention Bags- $10