Former NFL Player Rocky Bleier to Keynote Speak at Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business Conference and Expo


The Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business Council in cooperation with the City of Hampton and Old Dominion University Business Gateway is pleased to present the 1st Annual East Coast Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business Conference and Expo.

Rocky Bleier
Keynote Speaker Rocky Bleier

Held at the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton, VA, the purpose of the Conference is to provide an opportunity for Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOB’S) to come together with federal agencies and prime contractors to network and share information.

Attendees with have the opportunity to tour our Expo Hall and meet other contractors and representatives from prime contractors and government agencies as well as take advantage of our separate networking area for longer discussions.

Keynote Speaker
Rocky Bleier

After his 1968 rookie season with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Bleier was drafted into the U.S. Army in December 1968. He shipped out to Vietnam in May 1969 and served with the 196th Light Infantry Brigade. On August 20, while on patrol in Heip Duc, Bleier was wounded in the left thigh when his platoon was ambushed in a rice paddy. While down, an enemy grenade landed nearby, sending shrapnel into his right leg. He was later awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star.

While he was recovering in a hospital in Tokyo, doctors told him that he would not play football again. Soon after, he received a postcard from Steelers owner Art Rooney which just read “Rock – the team’s not doing well. We need you. Art Rooney”. Bleier went on to receive 4 Super Bowl rings while playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers before he retired from football in 1980.

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