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March 6, 2017
 
Jenna Rohr Pursley, U.S. ArmyAmerica in Times of Conflict
Three women veterans share their stories about going to war
 
More than 64,000 American women served in the conflicts in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan and three local veterans of these wars will share their stories when the downtown Chandler Public Library presents “She Went to War: Women’s Stories of Military Service,” from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 11, 2017. This presentation is part of the Library’s ongoing America in Times of Conflict speaker series and will be held in the Copper Room of the Downtown Library, 22 S. Delaware Street.
 
This three-person panel will be moderated by Colonel Wanda Wright, director of the Arizona Department of Veteran’s Services, and will feature:
  • Sue Wudy, U.S. Army, served in Vietnam as a stenographer in Saigon for Joint Command for Operations, 1969 – 1970. 
  • Cheryl Rinehart, U.S. Marines, served as a Chemical, Biological and Nuclear Defense Specialist in Iraq, 2003 – 2007.
  • Jenna Rohr Pursley, U.S, Army 101st Airborne Division, served as a medic in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, 2008 – 2012.  
“We are so grateful to have these three amazing women share their personal stories with our attendees,” said Chandler Administrative Librarian Mary Sagar. “This program allows us to recognize Women’s History Month and gain insight into the experiences of women from our community. We honor their service.”
 
America in Times of Conflict is made possible through a grant from the Arizona State Library to the Chandler Public Library under the Library Services and Technology Act, which is administered by the Institute of Museum and Library services.
 
For more information on America in Times of Conflict programs, call 480-782-2800, or visit chandlerlibrary.org/america-in-times-of-conflict.

 
 
Cheryl Rinehart, U.S. MarinesMore about the Moderator and Panel Speakers
 
  • Colonel Wanda Wright – Wanda served in active duty in the Air Force from 1985 to 1990. She then joined the Arizona National Guard and served in various capacities, including as the Director of Staff for the Adjutant General in Phoenix. Among her proudest achievements was to serve as Air Commander of Operation Jump Start from June 2006 – December 2008 during which she commanded more than 4,000 airmen from 52 states and territories on the Southwest border. 
  • Sue Wudy – U.S. Army veteran Sue Wudy, served in Vietnam in 1969 to 1970 as a stenographer in Saigon for the Joint Command for Operations, as well as an office manager for the Army entertainment branch. She later served in various capacities in the U.S. before moving to Arizona and retiring from the military. She is currently very active with Veterans support organizations and activities. 
  • Cheryl Rinehart – U.S. Marines veteran Cheryl Rinehart, served as a Chemical Biological, Radiological & Nuclear Defense Specialist in Iraq between 2003 and 2007. Cheryl works at Arizona State University assisting veterans, military service members and their dependents. 
  • Jenna Rohr Pursley – Chandler High graduate Jenna Rohr Pursley, served in Afghanistan with the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division as a medic in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, between 2008 and 2012. She currently works in real estate and with Refugee Focus, a local refugee resettlement agency.