WASHINGTON, D.C.— U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) has reintroduced a resolution designating June 12, 2021 as Women Veterans Appreciation Day, to recognize the growing presence of women in the Active Duty, Guard, and Reserve Forces, and honor women veterans for their dutiful military service. June 12 marks the anniversary of the signing of the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act of 1948 that allowed women to serve as permanent members of the military. Representative Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ) will introduce the companion bill in the House.
“From disguising themselves as male soldiers during the American Revolution and the Civil War to serving as combat helicopter pilots in Afghanistan, women have served our country with valor and honor since our nation’s inception,” said Senator Booker. “Marking June 12 every year as Women Veterans Appreciation Day is a fitting recognition for their selfless sacrifice. To the nearly two million women currently serving in our Armed Forces today and to the many that came before them: thank you for your dutiful service and commitment to our country’s freedom.”
The resolution was also co-sponsored by Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Mike Braun (R-IN), Jacky Rosen (D-NV).
“This is the 3rd year we are celebrating the accomplishments of our women veterans through Women Veteran Appreciation Day. These accomplishments were won through bravery , tears and sacrifice often without acknowledgment. NJSOSVETS Veteran Stake Holders and Catholic Charities Veteran Services is happy to be able to stand with our sisters in acknowledging all the contributions that they have made to this great country through their service . We are committed to continuing working for the respect and resources that they so much deserve,” said David Pearson, Co-Chair, SOS Veterans Stakeholder Group.
“Women Veterans Appreciation Day gives us the opportunity to create a day where we can have a voice for issues that we as women veterans face that are uniquely different to those of our brothers in arms. Today, we can recognize the fight, strength, resilience but more so, the diversity and inclusiveness women have brought and continue to bring to the military,”said Lucy Del Gaudio, US Army, Veteran Advocate Program Manager, Minority Veterans of America and Co-Chair, NJ SOS Veterans Stakeholders Women Sub Committee.
The full text of the resolution can be viewed here.