Just a quick 'tease' on what's coming up this week while I'm at the convention. My second year covering it, and there are quite a few good interviews lined up. I'm also guest- blogging over at BurnPit at times as well.
For example- Ben Stein will be the MC for the convention; I will be chatting with him later on what he feels veterans should be concentrating on. He's a huge supporter, and hope to get him in a BlackFive t-shirt. Or quoting UJ 'Don't be a DouChe'.
First up this week will be Defense Sec'y Robert Gates; I hope to ask him questions on next steps in Iraq, and whether there are other 'hot spots' we may concentrate on now that Iraq has drawn down.
My big hope for the week is to get time with Rep. Nancy Pelosi, who will be addressing the convention this year. Yeah. Me too.
From the Legion website:
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also headline the list of guest speakers addressing the Legionnaires during the three-day event. Actor and economist Ben Stein will serve as master of ceremonies the first day.
House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, is expected to deliver a major speech in Milwaukee Tuesday on Iraq and national security issues to delegates to the 92nd American Legion National Convention
Other guest speakers at the Legion's convention include Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley; Sen. Russell Feingold, D-Wis.; Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wis.; Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett; Rep. Bob Filner, D-Calif.; and Rep. Steve Buyer, R-Ind.
If you have questions you think I should ask, just put them in the comments. I'll be sure to bring them up when I get in front of the VIP's.
Oh, and the Legion is getting ready to release a radio program next month- with two fantastic people running the program and working with guest speakers. Going to be a great show! I'll have more, and interviews, later...