Honoring Female Veterans

Posted on September 16, 2019

Women Veterans Summit to Unite, Honor and Celebrate Female Vets in October

Covenant Health is pleased to be a sponsor of the second annual Freddie J. Owens Women Veterans Summit on Thursday, Oct. 3, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Rio Revolution Church, 3419 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway in Maryville. The event is presented by Vet to Vet Tennessee with support from Covenant Health, Covenant HomeCare and a variety of local and national organizations offering resources for veterans.

Cindy Winterberger, LMSW, clinical social worker for Covenant HomeCare and Hospice, serves on the planning team for the summit. She said the motivational day is a chance for women veterans to be celebrated and honored for their military service while spending time with other veterans.  The event will provide information for both women and men, and is also open to veterans’ friends and family members and the community at large.

Presentations will range from lighthearted humor and uplifting encouragement to coping with traumatic soul injury. There will be networking opportunities that include information on veteran/military-friendly faith congregations, physical and mental health resources, and suicide prevention training, plus information on VA benefits and other community programs for veterans.

The summit is a tribute to Freddie J. Owens, a decorated Vietnam War veteran and a community leader in developing support programs for veterans and their families. Although Owens passed away in 2018, he had vowed to focus his efforts on recognizing the contributions of women veterans in our area, both during and after military service.

The Women Veterans Summit is free to women veterans and students. Registration for other attendees is $25 and will be available at the door. More information and online registration can be found at www.womenvetssummit.tnvhc.org.

a female soldier salutes an American flag.