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Army Reserve officer to speak on women in the military

RELEASED: Oct. 4, 2010

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Lt. Col. Cynthia Rasmussen

EAU CLAIRE — The Women's and Gender Equity Center at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will host "Military Women and Coming Home; A Presentation by Lt. Col. Cynthia Rasmussen" at 7 p.m. Oct. 25. The event, to be held in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center, is free and open to the public.

The presentation will focus on issues women confront in all parts of the military, and will especially address the ones they face when returning home. Rasmussen will use true stories to give a face to the thousands of women currently serving in the U.S. military.

Rasmussen has served in the Army Reserve for 22 years. She received bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing from Marquette University. As a mental health nurse, Rasmussen has served as a combat stress officer and a sexual assault response coordinator. She currently works as the director of psychological health for the 88th Regional Support Command at Fort Snelling, Minn.

She has also recently published an essay in "Hidden Battles on Unseen Fronts," authored by Patricia Driscoll and Celia Straus for the Armed Forces Foundation. She has testified before the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs and spoken at the VA National Polytrauma Convention.

In 2009 Rasmussen was honored with the Honorary Service Award from the Military Order of the Purple Heart National Service Officer Training.

For more information, contact Abby Vercauteren in the WAGE Center at 715-836-2693 or vercaual@uwec.edu.

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