Women Veterans speak at free event

Staff Report

In recognition of Women’s History Month, ODVS will present a frank and meaningful discussion regarding the triumphs, issues and concerns of women who served or are serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. The Ohio Women Veterans Panel Discussion will be held March 22 at the Ohio History Connection (800 E.17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211) and is open to the public.

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 in 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


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.


Staff Report