VA Sec. Wilkie to address AMVETS during massive, weeklong convention in Orlando 

For Immediate Release

Contact: John Hoellwarth 

National Communications Director 

AMVETS (American Veterans) 

(703) 628-9621  


AMVETS National Headquarters, Aug. 2, 2018 – Thousands of American Veterans (AMVETS) from across the country will flood into Orlando, Florida, for the veterans’ service organization’s 74th annual convention Aug. 6-12. 

U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie will provide a keynote address to the convention’s Joint Opening Ceremony at 1 p.m. Aug. 8, in the Caribe Royale Convention Center, where NFL Hall of Fame tight end Jackie Smith will sing the National Anthem. 

 The event will mark Wilkie’s first public remarks to a veteran’s service organization since being sworn in as the 10th U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Monday. 

Wilkie’s keynote address will follow a town hall meeting at 6:30 p.m., Aug. 7, during which key influencers in the national and Orlando-area veterans community will join medical experts and local veterans to discuss their perspectives on veterans’ healthcare as part of a continuing national dialogue following the passage of the VA Mission Act of 2018. This listening session is open to the public and intended to address current issues in veterans’ healthcare, including critical gaps in comprehensive care and policy. 

The AMVETS National Convention will also host a career fair for local veterans and members of the public at 10 a.m., Aug. 7, and an exclusive screening of the film “No Greater Love,” the first documentary directed by an active-duty soldier in combat, at 7 p.m., Aug. 9.  


During the convention, delegates will elect new AMVETS national officers for the coming year as well as propose, weigh and vote upon resolutions dealing with the AMVETS organization and its legislative agenda on Capitol Hill in support of veterans and their families. 


Media are invited to contact AMVETS Communication Director John Hoellwarth for details about arranging access and media credentials, scheduling press availabilities, and coordinating interviews.  



AMVETS is the nation’s largest and oldest Congressionally-chartered veterans service organization that is open to and fights for all veterans who served honorably, including reservists & guardsmen. AMVETS has been a nonpartisan advocate for veterans and their families for more than 70 years. 



August 2nd, 2018
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