CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Both presidential candidates are coming to Charlotte next week as they are slated to speak with up to 12,00 members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.
The VFW is coming to Charlotte this weekend as the 117th VFW National Convention begins Saturday at the Charlotte Convention Center.
According to group officials, both presidential candidates are slated to speak at their event next week. Hillary Clinton is slated to speak on Monday, Donald Trump on Tuesday.
"We are very fortunate to have both presidential candidates speaking to us next week," said VFW National Commander John A. Biedrzycki Jr. "It continues a longstanding VFW tradition to provide an opportunity for those seeking the nation's highest office to address the nation's largest and oldest major war veterans' organization, which is especially important during a time of war and instability abroad, as well as internal challenges at home," he said.
"What we hope to hear from both candidates is how they will fight our enemies while keeping America safe through strong national defense and homeland security programs," he said. "We also want to know how they will create, enhance and protect veteran and military health care programs and quality of life initiatives, such as educational benefits, job training and employment programs, as well as hear a renewed commitment to return our fallen from their battlefields."
Invited guest speakers include Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald, Undersecretary for Health Dr. David Shulkin, Acting Undersecretary for Benefits Thomas Murphy, Selective Service System Director Lawrence Romo, Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts and Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-9th/NC), among many others.
The VFW National Convention is not open to the public.