Veterans Beat: Ohio Women Veterans Conference in Columbus to feature Jessica Lynch

by Ron Seman Published:

Members of the Ohio Department of Veterans Services remind the state's women veterans that time is running short to register for a unique opportunity to network with other women veterans while gaining valuable information, according to Karen Kish, ODVS spokeswoman.

Registration deadline for the Ohio Women Veterans Conference is Sept. 16.

The biennial conference will be Sept. 24 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Aladdin Shrine Center, 3013 Steltzer Road in Columbus. The cost is $10 and includes a luncheon meal. Due to the anticipated large attendance, advance registration is advisable. Register at http://dvs.ohio.gov/home/committees/women_veterans_advisory_committee/ohio_womenveterans_conference.aspx.

The theme of the conference is "Inspirational, Informative, Intrigued?"

The keynote speaker will be Jessica Lynch, who was severely injured in the ambush of her unit early in the Iraq War in 2003 and was rescued by Special Operations forces from an Iraqi hospital. Ohio's Adjutant General, Major General Deborah Ashenhurst, will also address the conference. In addition, an expert panel will discuss issues surrounding benefits for women veterans.

The Ohio Department of Veterans Services maintains an active Advisory Committee on Women Veterans, which hosts the conference in partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Healthcare System of Ohio. The event provides a vital forum to network with veterans of today's conflicts and all eras dating back to World War II. It also provides women veterans the opportunity to not only learn more about these challenges but also the resources and strategies available to overcome them.

The last conference in 2011 drew more than 500 women veterans, so advance registration is available. For more information, contact Karen Kish at 614-752-8941, or Karen.kish@dvs.ohio.gov, or Mike McKinney at 614-728-0235 and Michael.mckinney@dvs.ohio.gov.

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Five Star Veterans Honor Run: The Bedford Rotary will sponsor its 2013 Five Star Veterans Honor Run 10K and 2 Mile Fun Walk/Run on Sept. 15, starting at 8:30 a.m. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Bedford Memorial Day Parade.

The events take place on a fast, scenic, and rolling course that takes participants through historic Bedford and the MetroParks. This is a certified course. There will also be a 2 mile fun walk/run.

Pre-registration for both events is $20. Race day registration is $25. Pre-registration is available on-line at www.hermescleveland.com. On-line registration is open until 9 a.m. on Sept. 13. For more information, call 216-623-9933.

There will be T-shirts given to the first 200 entrants, water stops, goodie bags, free parking, refreshments, raffle drawing and a celebration of our veterans, will be featured.

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Vietnam War program: The Association of the United States Army, Newton D. Baker Chapter, and the Joint Veterans Commission of Cuyahoga County, invite all veterans to a special evening -- "The Vietnam War: A Presentation and a Conversation."

The program will be Sept. 25, 6 p.m., at the Saigon Plaza, 5400 Detroit Ave., Cleveland.

Featured presenter is Col. David W. Taylor (USAR-Ret.), author of the book, "Our War: The History and Sacrifices of an Infantry Battalion in the Vietnam War."

Published in June 2011, Our War is in its third printing.

Make reservations prior to Sept. 15. The buffet cost is $30. Call or email jmaurer@windstream.net, 440-225-6441.

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Fly Old Glory daily in honor of our men and women serving America in all of their duty assignments around the globe. Thanks and God Bless our Troops!

News for this column can be mailed to Ron Seman, 7065 West 130th St. -- Apt. 120E, Parma Heights, 44130, or email: seman.ronald@att.net.

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