WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) introduced a resolution marking today as Women Veterans Appreciation Day in recognition of the anniversary of the signing of the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act of 1948, which allowed women to serve as permanent members of the military.

“2020 is a landmark year in the history of American women. As we commemorate 100 years of women’s suffrage, we also honor those who have served in our nation’s wars so that we may enjoy the freedoms we have today. From the women who fought during the Revolutionary War, to the Hello Girls of World War I, to the Rosie the Riveter women of World War II, to today’s outstanding military leaders, such as Senators McSally, Duckworth and Ernst, and our team member, Paris Cervantes, we honor them all,” said Senator Blackburn. “Women Veterans Appreciation Day honors the valor of those who have protected and served this country. Thank you to the nearly two million female veterans who have so honorably worked to secure and defend our freedom.”

“From serving as combat helicopter pilots in Afghanistan to disguising themselves as male soldiers during the American Revolution and Civil War, women veterans have made numerous strides throughout our nation’s history and continue to do so today,” said Senator Booker. “For example, countless women in the national guard are currently risking their lives to support COVID-19 response efforts. Designating June 12 as Women Veterans Appreciation Day is a fitting way to honor and celebrate their significant efforts and service.”
 

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