WASHINGTON, D.C.— U.S. Senator Cory Booker and U.S. Representative Mikie Sherrill, both D-NJ, today celebrated Women Veterans Appreciation Day, recognizing the distinguished service of women in the Active Duty, Guard, and Reserve Forces. They marked the day by hosting a virtual roundtable with women veterans across the state this afternoon.

June 12 marks the anniversary of the signing of the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act of 1948, which allowed women to serve as permanent, regular members of the armed forces.

Earlier this week, Booker and Sherrill introduced a bipartisan, bicameral resolution in Congress celebrating June 12 as Women Veterans Appreciation Day. In the Senate, the resolution is co-sponsored by Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), and Mike Braun (R-IN).

“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 contributions throughout our nation’s history and continue to do so today,” said Senator Booker. “Designating June 12 as Women Veterans Appreciation Day is a fitting way to honor and celebrate women veterans’ service and sacrifice.”

“Women have proudly served our nation since the Revolutionary War and now make up almost 20 percent of our Armed Forces,” said Representative Sherrill. “Congress has made great strides in addressing the disparities in care, recognition, and benefits that our women veterans receive, but there is more work to be done. Designating June 12th as Women Veterans Appreciation Day will help bring attention to the unique needs of women veterans in the United States and to recognize their contributions to our country. I’m proud to work with Senator Booker again this year to urge Congress to mirror the work of states around the country and to designate June 12th as Women Veterans Appreciation Day.”

“Women have made considerable contributions within the Armed Services while facing and breaking gender barriers. Dating back to the American Revolution women have always had a presence in serving their country. Therefore, it is only fitting that we continue to acknowledge their great service and sacrifices they have made for this country. So today, and every day, The American Legion expresses our deep gratitude and appreciation to all women veterans and their service,” said James W. “Bill” Oxford, National Commander of The American Legion.