Women veterans coming together to share stories of their service

The Ohio Department of Veterans Services will help celebrate Women’s History Month’s significance when five Ohio women veterans come together to tell their stories and share their experiences of life in the military and beyond – and how service to the nation and their communities helped shape their world today.

The panel discussion will be held on March 22 at 11 a.m. at the Ohio History Connection, 800 E. 17th Ave. in Columbus. The general public is encouraged to attend this free event entitled “Women Veterans: Their Service Continues.”


Additionally, in coordination with Vietnam Veterans Day, Vietnam-era veterans are encouraged to attend so they can be formally presented with a special commemorative lapel pin. ODVS Director Deborah Ashenhurst will share remarks expressing the importance of honoring Vietnam veterans.

The women veterans’ discussion will include the following topics:

* Their motivations for joining the military;

* Their challenges and opportunities in training and war;

* Their continued mission of service after service through volunteerism, advocacy, professional distinction and public service;

* Their life lessons in tenacity and adaptability.

The following distinguished women veterans will participate on the panel:

* Emcee Angela Beltz, Army, chair of the Ohio Women Veterans Advisory Committee;

* Moderator Claudia Foss, Air Force, vice chair of the Ohio Women Veterans Advisory Committee;

* Panelists:

  • Deborah Ashenhurst
  • Cassie Barlow
  • Rebecca O'Connor
  • Dana Robinson-Street
  • Nancy Schools

Admission to the Ohio History Connection for the panel discussion is free for veterans and military members. Other guests who mention the panel discussion while purchasing tickets will receive a $2 discount rate – $8 for adults, $7 for seniors (60 and over) and $3 for children ages 6-12. Group rates also are available. Members and children 5 and under may enter for free; parking is free.

The event is open to the public. No reservation is necessary.

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