(Poplar Bluff, MO) – The John J. Pershing VA Medical Center in Poplar Bluff will host a special “Ladies’ Night Out” event for women Veterans on Thursday, June 8. The event will take place at the First Christian Church (1601 N. Main Street) in Poplar Bluff and is scheduled to last from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m.
“This year’s Ladies’ Night Out event will bring some very special additions,” noted VA Women Veterans Program Manager, Martinie Franks. “We will start with an exclusive women-only town hall meeting so women Veterans can meet and visit with VA medical center leadership. Then from 4:00 to 5:30, registration, games, and a special women Veteran art exhibit will be available,” Franks added. No RSVP is required, and dropping in anytime during the event is fine as well, Franks said. All women who have served (or are serving) in the armed forces are welcome to come and bring a female friend.
Breakout sessions in container gardening, relaxation, and homemade sugar scrubs will be available before dinner from 5:00 – 5:30, and after dinner, from 7:00 to 7:30. Dinner for the evening will be supplied by the Wake Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping veterans.
Following dinner at 5:30, keynote speakers will include Kim Crane and Emily Thorne from Camp Hope, near Farmington, Missouri. Camp Hope is a retreat for military Veterans wounded in the War on Terror. The mission of Camp Hope is to honor the fallen by helping the wounded, and the facility offers hiking, hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities.
The evening’s events will include a special traveling art exhibit featuring the work of 10 women Veterans, along with pictures of the artists in uniform. The exhibit, sponsored by VA’s Center for Women Veterans, is a way to emphasize the importance and contribution of women in the armed forces community. The original call for submissions resulted in nearly 400 submissions from around the country. (Visit https://www.va.gov/womenvet/acwv/artExhibit2017.asp for more information.)
“Women veterans all over the country have made many sacrifices and served in many ways,” stated Veteran and John J. Pershing VA Medical Center Associate Director for Patient Care Services, Candy Miller. “Often, they tell us that they feel invisible or unrecognized. One way we can raise awareness of the contribution women Veterans have made, is to just invite them to come together in fellowship. I hope area women vets will join us for a fun and relaxing evening.”