March 7, 2016 Veterans History Project Panel Features Women Veterans' Continuing Service

Contact: Owen Rogers (202) 707-2057, Lisa Taylor (202) 707-2333

The Library of Congress Veterans History Project (VHP) celebrates Women’s History Month with a panel discussion titled “A Band Apart: Women at War” on Monday, March 21 at noon in the Whithall Pavilion, located on the ground floor of the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. The event is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.

Participants include Elisa Basnight, chief of staff of the United States Mint and veteran of the U.S. Army; Marsha Four, vice president of the Vietnam Veterans of America and veteran of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps; and Linda Spoonster Schwartz, assistant secretary for policy and planning at the Department of Veterans Affairs and veteran of the U.S. Air Force. Prof. Elizabeth Samet of the United States Military Academy and a subject-matter expert on “Soldier’s Heart” and post-traumatic stress syndrome, will moderate the panel.

Congress created the Veterans History Project in 2000 to collect, preserve and make accessible the firsthand remembrances of America’s war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from them and better understand the realities of war. VHP now includes more than 100,000 collections of veterans’ first-person narratives from WWI though the more recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. For more information, visit or call the toll-free message line at (888) 371-5848. Subscribe to the VHP RSS to receive periodic updates of VHP news.

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PR 16-047
ISSN 0731-3527