November 14, 2008

CNAS Fellow Nathaniel Fick will Deliver Keynote Address at Luncheon Commemorating Veterans Day

Washington, DC, November 14, 2008--Nathaniel Fick, Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) and veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, will deliver the keynote address at a luncheon hosted by the Vietnam Veterans of America on Monday, November 17, 2008, at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.  The luncheon is being held in honor of Veterans Day and those who serve.  Fick will speak about his experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan, the importance of public service, and the nation's relationship with its veterans.

Nathaniel C. Fick is a Fellow at the Center for a New American Security. Prior to joining CNAS, he served as a Marine Corps infantry and reconnaissance officer, including operational assignments in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq. In 2007, Fick was a civilian instructor at the Afghanistan Counterinsurgency Academy in Kabul. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller One Bullet Away (Houghton Mifflin, 2005). His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and USA Today, among other publications, and he is a frequent contributor to CNN, NPR, and the BBC. Fick is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute of Strategic Studies, and serves as a Director of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation and the Rockefeller Center for Public Policy at Dartmouth College. He holds a B.A. in Classics from Dartmouth, an MBA from the Harvard Business School, and an MPA in international security policy from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

For event information and event registration, please contact Mokie Porter by email,, or by phone, 301-585-4000 Ext. 146.

1200 - 1215: Salute to the Colors
1215 - 1225: Welcome by John Rowan, National President of Vietnam Veterans of America
1225 - 1235: Presentation on Veterans Health Council
1235 - 1315: Lunch
1315 - 1320: Introduction of Nathaniel Fick by Dr. Tom Berger, Vietnam Veterans of America
1320 - 1350: Keynote Address by Nathaniel Fick, Fellow at Center for a New American Security
1350 - 1400: Rick Weidman, Executive Director of Vietnam Veterans of America

To attend this event, media representatives must present one of the following: (1) media-issued photo identification card, or (2) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification (driver's license or passport).  To register for this event, media representatives should email or call Mokie Porter at, or 301-585-4000 Ext. 146.

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