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General Wesley K. Clark (Ret.) to Address Home Care Professionals

National Association for Home Care & Hospice to Host Its 26th Annual Meeting

in Denver

WASHINGTON, Oct. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is pleased to announce that General Wesley K. Clark (U.S. Army, ret.) will speak to NAHC's Annual Meeting attendees on Wednesday, October 10, 2007 at 8:30 a.m. His presentation will cap off a five-day national conference for home care and hospice industry professionals at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.

"A man of General Clark's stature and brilliance is an excellent addition to our most impressive group of speakers," says Val J. Halamandaris, president of NAHC. "His corporate and organizational expertise will be of enormous benefit to the conference attendees, and we're thrilled that he will generously share his knowledge with home care and hospice industry representatives."

In his 34 years of service in the United States Army, Wesley K. Clark rose to the rank of four-star general as NATO's Supreme Allied Commander, Europe. Since retiring from the military in 2000, he has taken on the roles of investment banker, author, MSNBC military analyst and businessman. He answered the call in September of 2003 to stand as a Democratic candidate for President of the United States, where his campaign won the state of Oklahoma and launched him to national prominence before he returned to the private sector in February, 2004.

In his final military command, General Clark commanded Operation Allied Force -- NATO's first major combat action, which saved 1.5 million Albanians from "ethnic cleansing" in Kosovo. He also was responsible for the peacekeeping operation in Bosnia.

General Clark is Chairman and CEO of Wesley K. Clark & Associates, a strategic advisory and consulting firm he started in 2003. He is Vice Chairman of James Lee Witt Associates, a part of Global Options which is a leading consulting firm in the field of homeland security, business continuity and disaster mitigation; and Chairman of Rodman and Renshaw, an investment bank based in New York and London.

As American business is increasingly sustained by a global market -- with international political and military strategies occupying vital roles -- he shares his views on coalition-building, conflict resolution and its after-effects. He has been on the front lines of the world's emerging markets, intimately aware of the political strategy and psychology that dictates corporate bottom lines. Clark applies his experience and skills in strategic leadership, high technology, training and organizational development to the challenges facing the corporate world -- offering a singularly informed and dynamic view of leadership based on honor, conviction and action.

In his role as Commander-in-Chief/U.S. Southern Command, General Clark was responsible for all U.S. military activities in Latin America and the Caribbean. From April 1994 through June 1996, he was the Director of Strategic Plans and Policy/J-5 in the Joint Staff, where he helped negotiate the end to the war in Bosnia. His previous assignments include a wide variety of command and staff positions, including Command of the 1st Calvary Division.

General Clark's honors include: the Presidential Medal of Freedom, State Department Distinguished Service Award, U.S. Department of Defense Distinguished Service Medal (five awards), U.S. Army Distinguished Service Medal (two), Silver Star, Bronze Star (two), Purple Heart, and Honorary Knighthoods from the British and Dutch governments.

Clark is the author of the best-selling book, Waging Modern War: Bosnia, Kosovo and the Future of Combat, and Winning Modern War: Iraq, Terrorism and the American Empire. His latest book, A Time to Lead: For Duty, Honor, Country, was released in September. Part memoir, part reflection on the current political environment, the book offers a behind-the-scenes look at the ways the events of Clark's life, from his childhood in segregated Arkansas to a campaign for U.S. presidency, shaped his opinions on politics, international affairs and the future of America.

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice, the industry's largest, oldest and most respected trade group, represents the interests of nearly 25,000 home care agencies and hospice organizations (including approximately 11,500 Medicare-certified home health and hospice agencies) that serve nearly nine million Americans annually as well as home care aide organizations, nurses and other caregivers and their clients. NAHC members believe that quality home care and hospice, a humane and cost-effective alternative to institutionalization, is the right of all Americans. Home care and hospice reinforce and supplement the care provided by family members and friends and encourage maximum independence of thought and functioning as well as the preservation of human dignity. Visit NAHC's Web site at

SOURCE National Association for Home Care & Hospice
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