Bong Veterans Historical Center to host Twin Ports Veterans Wellness Fair

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The Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center in Superior
Wisconsin is going to host a Veterans Wellness Fair on February 28th from noon
to 5. At 6:30 pm author Ames Sheldon will present her Women at the Very Heart of the Great War.

“We were recently contacted by the Wisconsin Department of
Veteran Affairs (WDVA) about our speaker program and they wanted to get involved,”
states Hayes Scriven, Director of the Bong Center. “They wanted to help promote
the program but also allow an opportunity for area veterans to learn about
their benefits, or other programs in the area that they can utilize.”

The Center will host
the following programs for veterans:

  • Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs-Veterans Outreach Recovery Program
  • Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs- Women’s Veterans
  • Douglas County Veterans Service Office
  • St. Louis County Veterans Service Office
  • Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans
  • Twin Ports VA Clinic
  • VA Suicide Prevention
  • Duluth Veterans Center

Tiffany Koehler who is WDVA’s Women Veterans State
Coordinator, recently said, “I looked forward to meeting many of our Veterans
that live in the northwest part of our state, in particular, women who have
served in the U.S. military. There are approximately 30, 000 women Veterans
throughout the state. With 1,300 who live in this region and 378 of those prior
service, women Veterans residing in Douglas County. I invite you to come out
and spend afternoon and evening with one another. You will learn more about
WDVA and the Women Veterans Program.”

Following the wellness fair at 6:30 pm, Ames Sheldon will present about the many roles American women played in the Great War.  Especially those who went over to France to serve as nurses, telephone operators, doctors, truck drivers, chemists, translators, ambulance drivers, and hospital directors. She will read from primary sources about some of their experiences. She will talk a bit about her research process and then a presentation on her historical novel Eleanor’s Wars, which features an American woman who drove an ambulance in France and who later worked as a nurse’s aide at Halloran Military Hospital on Staten Island during World War II. It was recently awarded the Benjamin Franklin Gold Award for Best New Voice in Fiction.

The wellness fair will be on February 28, from 12-5 pm followed by at 6:30 pm Women at the Very Heart of the Great War at the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center in Superior Wisconsin. There is no cost to attend either event.

About the Center:
The Mission of the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center is to preserve and honor the memory of Major Bong and all veterans of World War II as well as subsequent conflicts and to provide educational resources for the Twin Ports area community and beyond.

Continue to read this article on the Bong Center website.