Back Issues: June 22, 2017

Jaime Herrera Beutler hosts telephone town hall June 27

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler will be hosting a live telephone town hall on Tuesday, June 27, at 5:15 p.m. All residents of Southwest Washington’s third congressional district are invited to a conversation about health care, taxes, the economy, and any other topics of concern.

Southwest Washington residents can sign up to receive a call to join the telephone town hall by visiting this link and entering their contact information. They can also contact Herrera Beutler’s Vancouver office to be placed on a list by calling 360-695-6292.

Residents can also call in to join the telephone town hall at any point during the event by calling 1-877-229-8493 and using the passcode 116365. During the live telephone town hall, the congresswoman will be giving a brief update about her work in Congress, and then taking questions from participants.

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New Americans sworn in at Fort Vancouver June 30

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), in partnership with Fort Vancouver National Historic Site (NHS), will welcome new United States citizens at a naturalization ceremony taking place at the Pearson Air Museum on June 30, at noon. At the ceremony, 30 new citizens representing countries from around the world will be sworn in by USCIS Acting Field Office Director Anya RonshaugenTracy Fortmann, Fort Vancouver NHS superintendent, will welcome the candidates for citizenship and their families to this national park, which has a rich, multicultural history. The keynote speaker is Doug Wilson, National Park Service archaeologist.

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Fourth annual Heroes Celebration at Costco June 24

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Costco and Columbia Credit Union present the fourth annual Heroes Celebration  from 6:30 to 9 p.m., on Saturday, June 24, at the East Vancouver Costco, 19610 SE First St., Camas. The event honors local police, fire fighters, EMTs, active duty military, veterans, doctors and nurses.

Shopping is open to everyone from 5 to 8 p.m., and participants can enjoy discounts, vendor booths, and samples. A classic car show runs from 4 to 7 p.m. Families can meet police and fire staff and explore their equipment, ride the 40 et 8 locomotive, and enjoy face painting, balloon artists and more.

Above all, the event is a donation drive for local veterans. Costco will be offering discounts on items needed by the local Community Military Appreciation Committee (CMAC) and the veterans they serve. Cash donations will also be warmly received. For further details, visit www.columbiacu.org/columbia-cu-and-costco-heroes-night/.

 

 

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Air National Guard member receives command approval to march in uniform in Portland, Seattle Pride Parades

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Portland Air National Guard Technical Sgt. Nathaniel Boehme had the rare honor of wearing his military uniform during the Portland Pride Parade on June 18. He will also be allowed to march in uniform during the Seattle Pride Parade that will take place on June 25.

Active military cannot appear in uniform at pride parades and other events without the authorization of their local unit commanders, and it is believed that Boehme is the first active service member to receive this honor in Oregon or Washington. He had previously requested to appear in uniform during the 2015 and 2016 events, but was not approved.

Boehme is a proud third-generation airman and a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He also serves as the LGBTQ veterans coordinator for the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs (ODVA), a position that was the first of its kind in the nation when it was created by the legislature in 2015.

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