The Power of Connection, COVVHA Convention, Washington D.C. Oct, 5-8, 2017!

Children of Vietnam Veterans, Vietnam Veterans, Wives or Widows of Vietnam Veterans their adult guests, and Veteran’s Community and related activists are invited to join COVVHA (Children of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance) at our first annual conference in Washington DC, October 2017.


Why such a conference?

To strengthen Agent Orange activism and cooperation within our community.
To educate people about Agent Orange and the lingering shadow of the Vietnam War.
To encourage others to tell and share their story
To create a vision for future generations
To acknowledge the sacrifices and loses of our community.
To meet, share, laugh, create and heal.
To understand we are not alone
To visit the Vietnam Memorial together

Children of Vietnam veterans have the distinction of being the children of veterans of an unpopular war. We had a vastly different experience than the children of veterans of wars both before and after our parents came home from Vietnam. We not only understand this difference, but we are always ready to support each other; no matter the background we come from. We are a community in and of ourselves. This conference is all about that community, talking about the health issues that we experience in higher numbers than those who are not children of Vietnam Veterans, to meet each other in person, learn from our speakers, to heal ourselves and create a path for continued activism. We want to extend the welcome to Vietnam Veterans, and their wives/widows, and Veteran’s community activists.

The event tickets will include the following:

Entry into all three days of the conference
This includes multiple speakers and panels
Lunch on Friday and Saturday
Themed Cocktail Party (60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s) food and beverages provided, cash bar.
Documentary screening of Agent Orange Memories, featuring three COVVHA members.
Hospitality room access with snacks, and various displays.
Transportation to and from the Vietnam Memorial Wall from the hotel.

Ticket Price is $60.00 and includes a pass for one free guest. One price for all three days. See “Convention 2017” drop down menu or scroll to bottom of this page to buy Admission Tickets.


HOTEL INFORMATION
Our event will be held at the Washington Dulles Airport Marriott; 45020 Aviation Drive Dulles Virginia 20166. Event specific room rate is $119 dollars per night + 13% tax.

The rate includes free self parking at the hotel and breakfast each morning. Currently, COVVHA has 50 rooms set aside at this rate, and may or may not be able to procure more at said rate. Several rooms have ADA acess for those with mobility and other disabilities. So, please do not hesitate to book a room (you will not be charged until your arrival).

Reserve October 5-8, 2017, at the Washington Dulles Airport Marriott now: Phone: 1-703-471-9500, tell them you are booking for the COVVHA convention to get the conference rate (you will not be charged until your arrival).

Enjoy convenient access to Dulles Airport from our hotel
“Whether you’re traveling to the DC area for work or for play, the Washington Dulles Airport Marriott can provide a memorable backdrop for your visit. Boasting a complimentary shuttle to and from all airport terminals at Washington Dulles International Airport, our hotel welcomes guests with attentive service, comfortable, well-designed hotel rooms and suites, and a wide array of useful perks to help you optimize your stay. Each one of our hotel rooms is outfitted with a flat-screen TV, a spacious work desk, deluxe bedding, and tasteful décor. Our hotel also offers fantastic dining at our signature restaurant, a fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools, and complimentary on-site parking. Allow our hotel to set an elegant stage for a wedding or business meeting in the Dulles area; we feature 13,000 square feet of sophisticated event space, as well as a prime hotel location less than half a mile away from Dulles Airport. Book your visit to the Washington Dulles Airport Marriott to discover the difference.”


SPECIAL NOTE

It is crucial those wanting to attend make their  hotel reservations and purchase their convention tickets as soon as possible. This helps the planning committee make sure all the needs of participants are covered. COVVHA is on the hook for the hotel reservations of 50 rooms. If you would like board members to have hair and be free of stomach ulcers by October, please make your hotel reservation and buy your admission ticket ASAP. You can always cancel your hotel reservations as per the hotel cancellation policy, the $60.00 conference ticket is non refundable.

We would also encourage, COVVHA members who might consider sharing a room with another member to post in the private support group or send COVVHA an email COVVHA@gmail.com so we can help get people matched up. Sharing a room and taking advantage of the buy one get one ticket price will considerably cut down on convention cost. We would also support members carpooling to D.C. for the event.


WASHINGTON D.C.

Come Visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (The Wall) with us!

We will travel together and pay our respects to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. We will also visit the memorial for those who lost their lives due to their service in Vietnam, after the war, and the tribute to the brave women nurses who served.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall pays tribute to the brave members of the U.S. Armed Forces who fought in the Vietnam War and were killed or missing in action. The memorial consists of three separate parts: The Three Soldiers statue, the Vietnam Women’s Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, which is the most popular feature. The memorial is free and open to the public 24 hours a day, with rangers on duty to answer questions from 9:30 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. Interpretive programs are provided throughout the day and upon request. Please note there is a small fee to ride the Metro Train into D.C.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall provides one of the National Mall’s most powerful scenes. In truth, the “wall” is actually made up of two identical walls that each stretch 246 feet and 9 inches, containing more than 58,000 names. The names are listed in chronological order based on the date of casualty, and within each day, names are shown in alphabetical order.

SPEAKERS
More information on the dynamic interesting speakers to be posted as plans are finalized.

SPONSERS
There are multiple ways to help support this event. We need the extra support! If your organization would like to help sponsor this event we will be sure to feature you in our materials. Plus, you will be given table space to promote your organization.

TABLES
There will be table space rental to promote your organization, business, or product. More information will be available soon!