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

Charles Figley

Charles Figley, a former Marine who served in the Vietnam War and went on to become a pioneering researcher in the field of Vietnam veterans and post-traumatic stress disorder, will be the Keynote Speaker at the Wednesday morning Opening Ceremonies. Professor Figley received the VVA Excellence in the Sciences Award at the 2016 National Leadership in Tucson.

Charles Figley

Charles Figley, a former Marine who served in the Vietnam War and went on to become a pioneering researcher in the field of Vietnam veterans and post-traumatic stress disorder, will be the Keynote Speaker at the Wednesday morning Opening Ceremonies. Professor Figley received the VVA Excellence in the Sciences Award at the 2016 National Leadership in Tucson.

Charles Figley

Charles Figley, a former Marine who served in the Vietnam War and went on to become a pioneering researcher in the field of Vietnam veterans and post-traumatic stress disorder, will be the Keynote Speaker at the Wednesday morning Opening Ceremonies. Professor Figley received the VVA Excellence in the Sciences Award at the 2016 National Leadership in Tucson.

AGENDA

# Topic Speaker Time Hall
1 Situation Room Open08:00 am - 05:00 pm 111A Show Office
Meeting planner
2 AVVA Office Open09:00 am - 04:00 pm Room 102D
3 Elections Committee Office Open9:00 am - 5:00 pm Room 102A
4 THE VETERANS MALL Open9:00 am - 5:00 pm Bay 111AB
5 Convention Floor available for Rehearsal & Set upVaries - Varies Ballroom 100ABC
This must be coordinated with Wes Guidry
6 Credentials Office Open12:00 pm - 7:00 pm Room 102B
7 Convention Registration Open9:00 am - 1:00 pm Room 103
Pre-registered delegates only
8 Wreath Laying2:30 pm - Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Memorial is a 7 minute walk from the lobby of the Davenport, along a paved walkway, part of it up a gradual hill
9 Convention Registration Open2:00 pm - 7:00 pm Room 103
Pre-registered and on-site
10 New Delegates Briefing4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Conference Theater
11 National Board of Directors Meeting4:00 pm - Room 102AB
12 AA Meeting6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Room 101
# Topic Speaker Time Hall
1 Situation Room Open8:00 am - 5:00 pm 111A Show Office
Meeting planner
2 New Delegates Briefing7:30 am - 8:00 am Conference Theater
3 VVA/Media Office Open8:00 am - 5:00 pm Room 102C
Closed during Opening Ceremony
4 AVVA Office Open1:45 pm - 4:00 pm Room 102D
Closed during Opening Ceremony
5 Elections Committee Office Open9:00 am - 5:00 pm Room 102D
Closed during Opening Ceremony
6 Convention Registration8:00 am - 6:00 pm Room 103
7 Convention Floor Open for Delegates8:15 am - Ballroom 100ABC
8 THE VETERANS MALL Open11:00 am - 5:00 pm Bay 111AB
9 Credentials Office Open8:00 am - 6:00 pm Room 102B
Closed during Opening Ceremony
10 Convention Opening Session9:00 am - 12:00 pm Ballroom 100ABC
11 AVVA Luncheon12:00 pm - 1:15 pm Centennial Ballroom
Advance tickets required
12 Committee Hearing on Resolutions1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Room 201ABC
Agent Orange/Dioxin Committee - POW/MIA Committee
13 Committee Hearing on Resolutions1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Room 206D
PTSD and Substance Abuse Committee
14 Committee Hearing on Resolutions1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Conference Theater
Veterans Benefit Committee
15 Committee Hearing on Resolutions1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Room 205
Veterans Incarcerated Committee
16 Committee Hearing on Resolutions2:30 pm - 4:00 pm Conference Theater
Membership Affairs Committee
17 Committee Hearing on Resolutions2:30 pm - 4:00 pm Room 201ABC
Public Affairs Committee
18 Committee Hearing on Resolutions2:30 pm - 4:00 pm Room 206D
Health Care Committee
19 Committee Hearing on Resolutions2:30 pm - 4:00 pm Room 205
Women Veterans Committee
20 Committee Hearing on Resolutions2:30 pm - 4:00 pm Room 202ABC
Homeless Veterans Committee
21 Committee Hearing on Resolutions4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Room 201ABC
Minority Affairs Committee
22 Committee Hearing on Resolutions4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Conference Theater
Government Affairs Committee
23 Committee Hearing on Resolutions4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Room 206D
Constitution Committee
24 Committee Hearing on Resolutions4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Room 205
ETBO
25 Candidates Briefing6:00 pm - 6:30 pm Room 206AB
26 AA Meeting6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Room 101
27 Region 1 Caucus7:00 pm - Room 203
28 Region 2 Caucus7:00 pm - Room 206 AB
29 Region 3 Caucus7:00 pm - Conference Theater
30 Region 4 Caucus7:00 pm - Room 102AB
31 Region 5 Caucus7:00 pm - Room 207
32 Region 6 Caucus7:00 pm - Room 202ABC
33 Region 7 Caucus7:00 pm - Room 201ABC
34 Region 8 Caucus7:00 pm - Room 206C
35 Region 9 Caucus7:00 pm - Room 205
# Topic Speaker Time Hall
1 Situation Room Open8:00 am - 5:00 pm 111A Show Office
Meeting Planner
2 Service Representatives' Breakfast7:30 am - 8:45 am Room 401ABC
Advance tickets required
3 VVA/Media Office Open8:00 am - 5:00 pm Room 102C
4 AVVA Office Closed8:00 am - Room 102D
5 Elections Committee Office Open9:00 am - 5:00 pm Room 102A
6 THE VETERANS MALL open9:00 am - 5:00 pm Bay 111AB
7 Convention Registration8:00 am - 4:30 pm Room 103
8 Credentials Office Open8:00 am - 4:30 pm Room 102B
9 AVVA Convention General Session9:00 am - 5:00 pm Bay 111C
10 Convention General Session9:00 am - 11:45 am Ballroom 100ABC
11 Lunch12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
on your own
12 Registration deadline for voting eligibility12:00 pm -
13 Convention General session (continues)1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Ballroom 100ABC
14 CSCP question Candidates for Office3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Ballroom 100ABC
15 AA meeting6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Room 101
16 Region 1 Caucus7:00 pm - Room 203
17 Region 2 Caucus7:00 pm - Room 206AB
18 Region 3 Caucus7:00 pm - Conference Theater
19 Region 4 Caucus7:00 pm - Room 102AB
20 Region 5 Caucus7:00 pm - Room 207
21 Region 6 Caucus7:00 pm - Room 202ABC
22 Region 7 Caucus7:00 pm - Room 201ABC
23 Region 8 Caucus7:00 pm - Room 206C
24 Region 9 Caucus7:00 pm - Room 205
# Topic Speaker Time Hall
1 POW/MIA Ceremony7:00 am - 7:30 am TBD
2 Situation Room Opens8:00 am - 3:00 pm 111A Show Office
3 VVA/Media Office Open8:00 am - 3:00 pm Room 102C
4 AVVA Office Open1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Room 102D
5 THE VETERANS MALL Open9:00 am - 5:00 pm Bay 111AB
6 Credentials Office Open8:00 am - 4:00 pm Room 102B
7 Women Veterans Breakfast7:30 am - 8:45 am Room 401ABC
Advance tickets required
8 VVA Elections/Voting9:00 am - 10:30 am Room 206
9 AVVA Candidate Forum9:00 am - 10:30 am Bay 111C
10 AVVA Election9:00 am - 10:30 am Room 203
11 THE VETERANS MALL Open9:00 am - 12:00 pm Bay 111AB
12 AVVA Reconvenes (if needed)10:30 am - 12:00 pm Bay 111C
13 Convention General Session11:00 am - 1:00 pm Bay 100 ABC
14 Lunch1:00 pm -
on your own
15 Convention General Session Resumes2:30 pm - Ballroom 100ABC
16 AA Meeting6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Room 101
# Topic Speaker Time Hall
1 Situation Room Open8:00 am - 3:00 pm 111A Show Office
2 Legislative Coordinator Breakfast7:30 am - 8:45 am
Advance tickets required
3 Elections Committee Office Open9:00 am - 12:30 pm Room 102A
4 THE VETERANS MALL Open9:00 am - 12:00 pm Bay 111AB
5 VVA Run-Off Election (If Needed)9:00 am - 10:30 am Room 206A
6 Convention General Session10:00 am - Ballroom 100ABC
7 National Board of Directors MeetingFollowing General Session - Room 202
New Board
8 Lunch12:00 pm -
On your own
9 AA Meeting4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Room 101
10 Catholic Mass4:30 pm - 5:15 pm Room 205
11 Pre-Banquet Reception5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Ballroom Lobby
12 VVA Awards Banquet7:00 pm - Ballroom 100ABC
Advance tickets required

Hotel Info

The Davenport Grand
The DoubleTree by Hilton

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