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Thursday, November 22, 2018
Jenny Pacanowski, of Bethlehem, is a poet, combat veteran, facilitator, public speaker, actor and curator. In the Army while deployed to Iraq (OIF), Pacanowski was a combat medic and provided medical support for convoys with the Marines, Air Force and the Army. Jenny Pacanowski, of Bethlehem, is a poet, combat veteran, facilitator, public speaker, actor and curator. In the Army while deployed to Iraq (OIF), Pacanowski was a combat medic and provided medical support for convoys with the Marines, Air Force and the Army.
PHOTOS COURTESY STEELSTACKSCheryl G. Ites of Easton retired from the armed services in June after serving 35 years as an active and reserve Marine. PHOTOS COURTESY STEELSTACKSCheryl G. Ites of Easton retired from the armed services in June after serving 35 years as an active and reserve Marine.
Corinna Louise Brown of Topton is a U.S. Army veteran who deployed to South Korea. A mother, partner, homemaker, chef and self-proclaimed poet, she is also the co-facilitator for Women Veterans Empowered & Thriving. Corinna Louise Brown of Topton is a U.S. Army veteran who deployed to South Korea. A mother, partner, homemaker, chef and self-proclaimed poet, she is also the co-facilitator for Women Veterans Empowered & Thriving.
After graduating Hamburg Area HS, Tammy Barlet of Hamburg served more than eight years in the U.S. Coast Guard. After graduating Hamburg Area HS, Tammy Barlet of Hamburg served more than eight years in the U.S. Coast Guard.

WOMEN IN THE MILITARY Veterans Day at SteelStacks

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 by The Press in Local News

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 firsthand 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, 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 camaraderie in a non-judgmental space.

SteelStacks’ Veterans Day is presented by Embassy Bank and Phoebe Ministries and made possible through a partnership between Women Veterans Empowered & Thriving, Lehigh University Veterans Association and ArtsQuest. For more information on SteelStacks’ Veterans Day event and all ArtsQuest Center events, visit www.steelstacks.org.

Contributed article. A calendar of Veterans Day events appears on page A5.