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June 5, 2014

UNDER FIRE: Vietnam War nurse to discuss book

By TYLER MASK

Capt. Sarah L. Blum, U.S. Army, retired, will speak about her book, “Women Under Fire: Abuse in the Military,” Friday at Holiday Hills Country Club.

Dinner will begin at 7 p.m. and Blum will take the stage at 8 p.m.

Blum will be speaking to Mineral Wells Women’s Club, Zonta Club, Military Officers of America, ladies auxiliaries of the American Legion, the VFW and veterans and special guests.

Blum will also be speaking Saturday at the Fifth Annual Update of the Memorial Wall at the National Vietnam War Museum, located east of Mineral Wells.

Blum is a decorated Vietnam veteran who served as a nurse. She earned the Army Commendation Medal serving as an operating room nurse at the 12th Evacuation Hospital in Cu Chi, Vietnam in 1967, one of the most violent times during the war. She was also awarded the Certificate of Achievement for exemplary service as head nurse of the orthopedic ward at Madigan Army Hospital in 1968.

She went on to receive her bachelor’s in Nursing from Seattle University, graduating Summa Cum Laude. At age 73, Blum successfully completed her master’s in Psychological Nursing, Cum Laude.

Blum has garnered 28 years of experience as a nurse psychotherapist and is still practicing.

In 2006, Blum’s journey into authorship began after she was asked to write about women serving in the military, Blum said in a blog post written July 1, 2013. During this time, she interviewed women who served from World War II all the way to modern conflicts. She heard stories of pride and service, basic training, mustard gas and many stories of sexual trauma. Her original focus was to write about all of these experiences, but at a writer’s conference, she was advised to focus her efforts on abuse.

After some thinking, she chose to write two books, the first of which was “Women Under Fire: Abuse in the Military,” which has already been released, and the second of which is “Women Under Fire: PTSD and Healing.”

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