WHERE:  The Grange –  152 First St N, Friday Harbor, WA 98250

DATE:      April 7, 2019

TIME:      1:00 – 3:00 p.m.


Sarah Blum, is a champion for justice and is working to heal the profound damage to veterans of the military. At age 79, she is still a practicing nurse psychotherapist with over 28 years experience working with PTSD and trauma resolution.  She is a decorated nurse and Vietnam veteran who earned the Army Commendation Medal serving as an operating room nurse at the 12th Evacuation Hospital Cu Chi, at the height of the fighting in 1967.

Sarah was awarded the Certificate of Achievement for exemplary service as head nurse of the orthopedic ward at Madigan Army Hospital in 1968, where she was also the assistant director of nursing  in 1970. She received her Bachelor’s Degree, Summa Cum Laude, from Seattle University and her Master’s, Cum Laude, from U. W.

Sarah was one of the first two women elected to the National Board of Directors of the Vietnam Veterans of America in 1983, and successfully lobbied Congress to study the connection between Agents Orange, Blue, White and Purple, and birth defects in the children of women Vietnam veterans. KING and KOMO TV did specials on Sarah’s work during 1984-1985.

This talk is part of the exhibitions “MY WAR:  Wartime Photographs by Vietnam Veterans” and “A War Never Ends” at SJIMA running from April 5 – June 3.