2013 American Veterans Center Annual Veterans Conference

The AVC’s 16th Annual Conference and Honors will take place in Washington November 7-9, 2013.

The event has grown tremendously over these last several years, continuing to bring together America’s most distinguished and decorated veterans and active duty service members where they share their experiences and lessons with students and fellow veterans. Over the last few years, the audience has been focusing on tomorrow’s military leaders, and includes students from West Point, the Naval Academy, the Air Force Academy, the Coast Guard Academy, and ROTC & JROTC programs from around the region.

Beginning in 2012, we began a partnership with the Department of Defense and 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 9.

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Schedule and Registration Forms


Kicking off our Annual Veterans Conference is the “Wounded Warrior Experience.” This program 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 time throughout Veterans Day weekend to millions worldwide by the Pentagon Channel. This year we hope to syndicate this program to a host of commercial television stations around the nation.


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.

In 2012, the Honors was filmed for broadcast on The Pentagon Channel as the first and only televised awards show honoring those who deserve it most: our veterans and active duty military heroes.


Conference Highlights

  • Recipients of the Medal of Honor, including Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta, the first living recipient of our nation’s highest honor from operations in Afghanistan.
  • The surviving veterans of the legendary Doolittle Raid on Tokyo.
  • Former Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Generals Colin Powell and Richard Myers.
  • Heroes of the Battle of Midway, 70 years later.
  • Acclaimed veterans from the Korean War and the Vietnam War, commemorating the 60th and 50th anniversaries of the conflicts.
  • Veterans of D-Day, Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima, the Battle of the Bulge, and others from our “Greatest Generation”.
  • A LIVE conversation with troops on the front lines in Afghanistan.
  • A rare and exclusive appearance by active duty U.S. Navy SEALs.
  • An appearance by George Mendonsa and Greta Friedman, recently identified through extensive research as the “sailor and nurse” in the famed “VJ Day in Times Square” kiss photo.


Special Events During the Three Day Gathering Include:

  • A very special opening event, “The Wounded Warrior Experience”, featuring the inspiring stories of our nation’s wounded heroes hosted by Fox News journalist Jennifer Griffin.
  • An exclusive reception at the historic Army & Navy Club in downtown Washington, D.C.
  • The AVC’s annual signature event: the American Veterans Center’s Awards – honoring heroes from the “Greatest Generation” to today’s “Next Greatest” generation.