Freddie J. Owens Veteran Summit to recognize women veterans, raise awareness


An upcoming Knoxville conference aims to recognize women veterans and promote dialogue while honoring a late local vet. 

The Freddie J. Owens Veterans Summit will recognize the contributions and achievements of women veterans while promoting awareness and understanding of Department of Veteran Affairs programs. The summit also hopes to spur dialogue between vets, government and non-government organizations and their communities. 

The summit is named in honor of a veteran who stated recognition of women veterans and promoting education and dialogue as his top priorities for 2018. He and Ed Junod conceived the idea for the event shortly before Owens’ death.

On April 5, 2018, six days after Freddie’s passing, Emily Hager, Cindy Winterberger and Ed Junod took Freddie’s vision and created a new Council Committee: Women Veterans Committee and developed a Women Veterans Summit in honor of Freddie J. Owens.

The summit will take place on Thursday, October 4 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There is a $20 registration fee, though students get free and scholarships are available for extenuating circumstances. For more information visit

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