WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), along with Representative Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ) introduced a bipartisan, bicameral resolution designating a 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. The Senate version of the resolution designates June 12 as Women Veterans Appreciation Day each year. That date 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.
Due to a House rule prohibiting the designation of specific days for celebration or memorial, the House version of the resolution simply expresses support for such a day of recognition, and outlines the importance of June 12 in history of servicewomen.
“The United States is proud of and appreciates the service of all women veterans who have demonstrated great skill, sacrifice, and commitment to defending the principles upon which the United States was founded and which the United States continues to uphold,” the resolution states.
“By designing June 12, 2019, as ‘Women Veterans Appreciation Day’, the Senate can highlight the growing presence of women in the Armed Forces and the National Guard, pay respect to women veterans for their dutiful military service, and recognize the service and sacrifices of women veterans who have served valiantly on behalf of the United States.”
Booker and Sherrill’s resolution mirrors a similar effort in the New Jersey statehouse, where lawmakers are working to designate June 12 as Women Veterans Appreciation Day in the state.
The full resolution is available here.