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What is Women Veterans Day?

 

Women Veterans Day is observed on June 12th, a date chose to mark the anniversary of the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act.  Not yet recognized nationally. There are many states that have passed legislation or a proclamation.

Even though women have been serving since the Revolutionary War, President Harry S. Truman on June 12, 1948, signed into law the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act, it enabled women to serve as permanent, regular members of not only the Army but also the Navy, Marine corps, and the recently formed Air Force. Prior to then, only women nurses could serve in the regular and reserve forces during peacetime.

Women in Texas led the charge with Governor Greg Abbot signing Women Veterans Day into law on June 9, 2017.  Many states have followed. Veterans, active members of the military, and civilians are all encouraged to reach out to their state’s Veterans Administration to urge lawmakers to recognize this important date.