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Third Annual Women Veterans Summit to Offer Networking, Educational Opportunities and Entertainment

Thursday, April 03, 2014 | 03:00am

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs is partnering with the Women Veterans of America Chapter 20 to host the Third Annual Women Veterans Summit at Embassy Suites-Cool Springs in Franklin on April 5 and 6. 

Speakers include State Representative and United States Air Force Veteran Courtney Rogers (R-Goodlettsville), as well as Director of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Women Veterans Elisa Basnight, dynamic motivational speaker Marine Veteran Dr. Betty Moseley Brown and Director of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Minority Veterans and U.S. Air Force Veteran Barbara Ward.  Attendees will also hear Lynne Hutton-Smith’s compelling story of how Iraqi troops held her and her 2-year old daughter hostage in Kuwait and how American service members saved them from execution.    

Marine Veteran, Country Music Artist and Wounded Warrior Project Spokesperson Sal Gonzalez will perform and share his inspirational story of recovery after a life-changing combat injury. 

A panel of VA Experts will also share insight into changes in federal benefits and healthcare for Women Veterans. According to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, there are more than 52,000 Women Veterans in the state of Tennessee.

WHO:            Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder, State Representative Courtney Rogers (R-Goodlettsville), Director Elisa Basnight, Dr. Betty Moseley-Brown, Director Barbara Ward, Lynne Hutton-Smith and Wounded Warrior Spokesperson Sal Gonzalez

WHAT:           Third Annual Women Veterans Summit

WHEN:           Saturday, April 5 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. (CDT) and Sunday, April 6 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (CDT)

WHERE:          Embassy Suites-Cool Springs, 820 Crescent Centre Drive, Franklin, TN 37067  

Event agenda http://www.tn.gov/veteran/AgendasReports/AgendaOnly.pdf

 To see more information on the Summit line-up http://www.tn.gov/veteran/womensvets.shtml

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