17th Annual AVC Conference & Honors
Join us! Registration is now open. Be sure to check in the coming weeks for updates on Conference Panelists & activities scheduled for the weekend. Use Promo Code CON100 to receive the special pricing of $275 for the entire weekend’s events, available through October 25, 2014.
Kicking off our Annual Veterans Conference is the “Wounded Warrior Experience.” This program is a free event and features service members wounded in combat, focusing on their stories and on resources available to injured service members. Specifically the program has a panel discussion on opportunities for veterans making the transition from the military to civilian life, including different employment options for returning and wounded soldiers.
This program is broadcast several times throughout Veterans Day weekend to millions worldwide by DoD News (formerly the Pentagon Channel). This year we hope to syndicate this program to a host of commercial television stations around the nation. Register for this free event here.
Highlights from the Wounded Warrior Experience:
You can register for the full Conference OR specific sessions outlined below:
The Conference begins on Friday, November 7th with a line-up of heroes you won’t want to miss, featuring:
- The Tuskegee Airmen, veterans of the first African-American aviation unit
- Lt. Col. Richard E. Cole, Co-pilot of Jimmy Doolittle in Plane #1
- Lt. Col. James Megellas, the most decorated officer in the history of the 82nd Airborne Division
- Lt. Col. Edward Saylor, Engineer of Plan #15 in the Doolittle Raid
- Col. Harvey C. Barnum & SFC Melvin Morris, Medal of Honor Recipients for valor in Vietnam
- Leading Military Women, Commanders & Trailblazers in the U.S. Army (participants TBA)
- On the Front Lines, Special Operations in Today’s Military (participants TBA)
- Capstone Remarks from General P.X. Kelley, 28th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps
The Conference continues on Saturday, November 8th featuring the following heroes:
- Harry Ettlinger, one of the few remaining “Monuments Men”
- Marty Jackson, pilot of 72 combat missions throughout World War II
- George Klein, veteran of the 2nd Ranger Battalion on D-Day, the “Boys of Pointe Du Hoc”
- Elinor Otto, still working as a “Rosie the Riveter” in Boeing C-17 plant
- Donald E. Burgett, veteran of A Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment
- Jim “Pee Wee” Martin, veteran of G Company, 506 PIR who recently parachuted into Normandy
- Colonel Ed Shames, commanded third platoon of Easy Company – the famed “Band of Brothers”
- James Madio & Ross McCall, the actors who portrayed Frank Perconte and Joseph Liebgott in Band of Brothers
- Keynote Remarks from General Richard B. Meyers, Fifteenth Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
- The Borinqueneers, Dr. Alberto Garcia & SGM Victor Lopez Nieves, Korean War veterans of the 65th Infantry from Puerto Rico
- Brig. General R. Steve Ritchie, the only Air Force “Ace” pilot from the Vietnam War
- Sgt. Monica Beltran, Virginia Army National Guard, recipient of the Bronze Star with Valor
For fifteen years, the American Veterans Center Honors has closed the AVC’s Annual Conference, calling attention to America’s greatest heroes from the last 75 years of our military’s history. This event honors American heroes from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Honorees are saluted for their valor, sacrifice and service – both on the battlefield and in the years since they have served. Beginning in 2012, we began a partnership with the Department of Defense and DoD News ( formerly The Pentagon Channel) to create the first and only televised awards show honoring those who deserve it most: our veterans and military men and women. The program is titled “The American Veterans Center Honors” and proved a tremendous success. The Honors is the highlight of the conference weekend, and was created following 15 years of honoring our military’s greatest heroes at the AVC’s awards gala. This year’s American Veterans Center Honors will take place on Saturday, November 8.