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The Stories of Women in the Armed Forces

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The stories of Women in the Armed Forces are the focus of a special Veterans Day presentation at SteelStacks Nov. 11 as the community comes together to honor our nation’s veterans, as well as hear about some of the unique challenges and issues that women veterans face. The 2018 event, “Women Veterans: Reflections of their time in the Armed Forces,” features first-hand accounts of veterans’ experiences while protecting and serving our nation, as well as a screening of the feature film “Blood Stripe.”

The event, which is free to attend, takes place at the ArtsQuest Center, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem, starting at 6:30 p.m. Anyone interested in attending can reserve tickets in advance at www.steelstacks.org or by calling the ArtsQuest Center Box Office at 610-332-3378 (there is a $1 service fee per ticket).

This year’s special guests are Jenny Pacanowski, U.S. Army, who served in Iraq; Cheryl G. Ites, U.S. Marine Corps, who served in Iraq; and Corinna Louise Brown, U.S. Army. Discover the untold stories of women serving in the Armed Forces and the unique challenges they face returning to civilian life, as moderator Tammy Barlet, U.S. Coast Guard, leads them in discussion.

The event will also include a screening of the 2016 film “Blood Stripe.” Co-written by and starring actress Kate Nowlin of “Young Adult,” the film tells the story of a Marine referred to only as “Sarge” as she returns home after completing her third tour in Afghanistan. From battling the hidden wounds of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to the troubling realities of a strained V.A. hospital, the film “deals honestly and authentically with a female combat veteran's return home,” according to the L.A. Times.

During the screening, ArtsQuest will collect donations for Women Veterans Empowered & Thriving, a local nonprofit organization that aims to guide women veterans to reconnect with their mind, body, soul and passion for life through creativity, compassion and comradery in a non-judgmental space.