Thanks to the dedication of community volunteers, and fellow Veterans, Logan is sponsoring the first ever West Virginia Women Veteran's Celebration on July 27th. Women have served the United States through all periods of U.S. history, whether disguised as male soldiers during the American Revolution, as nurses in World War II, or as helicopter pilots in Afghanistan. Yet too often, the contribution of women in uniform have been overlooked, even by women themselves.
"If you look at a group of Veterans at any event, you might see one or two women Veterans,” said Donna Decker, Army Veteran, and event organizer. "Think about being two voices in a group of thousands. This event is about building a support base of sisters in arms - all the women who support our country, past and present. If we hold on to each other, we can get help."
The free event is taking place at the Chief Logan Lodge and Conference Center on July 27th. The all-day event starts at 9 a.m. with an opening ceremony and will include free lunch, art therapy, message therapy, and a resource fair for women Veterans which will highlight information and services available for Veterans.
The first ever West Virginia Women Veteran's celebration is being organized by fellow Veterans and AmeriCorps VISTAs Donna Decker and Wayne McDonald. As AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers, Decker and McDonald serve at the Logan Veteran’s Center in Henlawson through the West Virginia Strong AmeriCorps VISTA Veterans Program.
The event is being hosted thanks to the support of: The Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 3 in Logan, The Logan County Commission, Marine Corps League, Danny M. Green Detachment, Word of Life, Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 733, VVA 308, DAV Chapter 3, West Virginia Strong AmeriCorps VISTA Program, and Volunteer West Virginia.
For more information, please contact the Veterans Center at (304) 752 -2110.