Chippewa Valley Technical College will hold an Honoring Our Veterans event on Thursday, September 13, at the Business Education Center, 620 W. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire.
The event will feature a number of programs of interest to veterans and members of the general public who wish to show their support for veterans.
A Welcome Home program will be held from noon to 2 p.m. in the CVTC auditorium. The program focuses on reintegration, post-traumatic stress disorder and military sexual trauma. It will be presented by Connie Bengston, RN, BSN, PHN, a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. She is a nurse care coordinator with the VA Hospital in Minneapolis, a USAR Psychological Operations Specialist and a Minnesota Army National Guard MP.
A Veterans Benefits Fair will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. in the student commons. Veterans can enjoy free pizza and pop, meet other veterans, and connect with representatives of local agencies that serve veterans.
A Veteran Print Project, bringing together veterans and artists, will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. near the Field of Honor, at the southeast side of the footbridge over Clairemont Avenue. Yvette Pino, the founder of the project, connects veterans with artists (specifically printmakers) to express the soldier’s story in a visual way. A veteran and an artist herself, she will talk about the print she created for Paul Blazel, a local U.S. Navy Vietnam-era veteran. She will also show other prints created by artists for veterans.
Pino was the featured artist at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum in May 2012.
Also taking place will be the Field of Honor, which will be displayed from September 8-16 on the southeast side of the footbridge over Clairemont Avenue. Sponsored by The Exchange Clubs of Eau Claire, the Field of Honor will display hundreds of 3 X 5–ft. American flags, in honor of Wisconsin soldiers who lost their lives from 9-11 to the present day and also in honor of those currently serving at home and abroad.
For more information on the Field of Honor, go to www.healingfield.org/EauClaire.