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Ohio holds conference for state's female veterans

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A backlog in veterans' disability claims that has drawn complaints and concerns around the country is among the health care issues to be discussed at a conference for Ohio's female veterans.

The Ohio Department of Veterans Services says more than 700 women are expected to attend the conference in Columbus on Saturday.

Officials say the conference will provide the veterans with information and networking opportunities. It also will feature a discussion on issues involving veterans' benefits.

The event's keynote speaker is Jessica Lynch, the Army supply clerk who was injured when her unit was ambushed in Iraq in 2003 and rescued by a special forces unit.

Major Gen. Deborah Ashenhurst, who commands the Ohio National Guard, also will address the conference. She is the state's first female adjutant general.

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