Museum to honor help vets service members

first_imgThree speakers will honor as well as assist local veterans and current service members Monday at the Clark County Historical Museum.The event — “Community Appreciation for Those Who Serve” — will be from 10 a.m. to noon at the museum, 1511 Main St., Vancouver. The speakers will discuss available resources in general, resources for women, and resources for post-traumatic stress disorder in Clark County. Vancouver Councilman Larry Smith will lead off the discussion with details on Clark County resources available to active duty and veteran service people. Smith, who had a 26-year career in the U.S. Army, has served Vancouver in several roles since 1991, most recently as council member since 2004 and mayor pro tem since January.Emily Stoutsenberger, with Partners in Careers, will discuss programs and resources specifically directed toward women veterans. A Navy veteran herself, she coordinates the agency’s Veteran Women Program, which helps women veterans and veterans with families find housing, basic services, and employment.The third speaker, Nancy Sloan, will review the effects of PTSD on veterans’ readjustment from military combat. =Sloan, who has a doctorate in nursing, manages the Women Veterans Program at the Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center.Each presentation will be followed by an opportunity for questions; refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.The museum and the Community Military Appreciation Committee are sponsoring the event. The museum usually is closed on Mondays.Veterans also will be the focus of the museum’s final First Thursday event of 2010. At 7 p.m. Thursday, the Museum after Hours series will present “A Salute to Clark County’s Veterans” by the Lewis & Clark Young Marines and Columbia River Detachment, Marine Corps League. There is no admission charge at the museum from 5 to 9 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month, February through November.last_img