Women Veterans: Health, Community, & Legacy

November 29, 2018 from 8:30am - 1:00pm

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  • Urbana National Guard Armory
  • 600 E. University Ave.
  • Urbana, IL  61802

As women are now the fastest growing cohort within the Veteran community, this event explores specific needs and challenges of women Veterans while simultaneously honoring and celebrating their service. This event is hosted in honor of late Army Sergeant Shawna M. Morrison of the 1544th Transportation Company with the Illinois Army National Guard. Former University of Illinois student, SGT Morrison was the first female Illinois Guard member killed during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Catering provided by Bergie’s Place

  • Breakfast: bagels and cream cheese, French toast casserole, fresh fruit, coffee, and bottled water
  • Lunch: BBQ Chicken Thighs– Pan Roasted then topped with Bergie’s own BBQ sauce, fire Roasted Pork Loin Chops– Seared & Slow Roasted Boneless Pork Loin, Red Smashed Potatoes– Red potatoes in an onion, garlic & sage butter sauce, Fresh Green Beans– Par cooked and then pan seared with shallots, butter, extra virgin olive oil & finished with a squeeze of lemon, Rolls & Butter, Ice Tea & Lemonade

RSVP has been extended to Nov. 26

Breakfast and lunch provided

Guest Speakers

Ebun Croom-Osaze, PA-C, Women’s Veterans Program Manager for the VA Illiana Health Care System

Robyn L. Gobin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Kinesiology & Community Health at the University of Illinois Champaign Urbana

Abbie Holland Schmit, Senior Director of Women Veteran Programs for Illinois Joining Forces, Post 9/11 Combat Veteran

CPT Christine Hurley, HHD Commander and Training Officer for 129th Regional Training Institute, IL Army National Guard

Jill Henry, Foundation Ambassador in Illinois for the Women in Military Service for America Memorial, Retired Army Lt. Colonel

Cheryl L. Walker, Commander for 19th District American Legion, Department of Illinois, Illinois Combat Veteran (RET)


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