Women Veterans Conference on Friday

PORT TOWNSEND — The rescheduled third annual Women Veterans Conference and Luncheon will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday.

The conference will offer area women veterans in Jefferson and Clallam counties an opportunity to network and learn more about accessible resources on the Olympic Peninsula.

Hosted by Olympic Community Action Program’s (OlyCAP) VetConnect and Veteran Community Partnerships, the conference will be at American Legion hall at 209 Monroe St.

It is free to all women veterans. It is $10 at the door for all other attendees.

The event, originally scheduled Feb. 8 at the Gardiner Community Center, was postponed due to snow and adverse road conditions.

Space is limited and registration is required online at www.tinyurl.com/PDN-Women-Vets by Thursday.

The event features keynote speakers Lourdes E. “Alfie” Alvarado-Ramos, director of the state Department of Veterans Affairs, and M.J. Mariano of Veterans Affairs Mental Health Services.

It also includes a panel discussion with speakers from local organizations.

Soroptimists International of Sequim helped fund the event, with a $1,000 donation to VetConnect going to educational programs for women veterans.

In 2017, the U.S. Census’ Bureau projection estimate for women veterans was 397 in Jefferson County and about 807 in Clallam County, Frangione said.

The event also is meant to help women veterans understand how to navigate and gain access to their benefits in their local communities.

For more information or assistance, email to vet connect@olycap.org or call 360-344-4940.

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