The Vietnam Veterans of America California State Convention (CalCon 14) was held in Fresno, CA from July 26th to July 29th. Vietnam veterans from across the state gathered for Cal Con 14 in Fresno. Pre-convention activities got underway on Thursday, June 26. Delegates arrived at the hotel formerly known as the Holiday Inn Fresno Downtown Convention Center. Delegates were greeted with a welcome reception sponsored by the California Veterans Benefit Fund.
The convention got underway Friday morning with an opening ceremony in the Sierra Grand Ballroom. VVA California State Council President Steve Mackey called the convention to order and the Colors were presented by the Fresno VAMC Women’s Color Guard.
VVA National President John Rowan addressed the convention floor. President Rowan spoke of the problems in the VA health care system--a subject of concern to all veterans and especially Vietnam veterans attending the convention.