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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: January 24, 2020 11:01 AM
From: Representative Karen Boback
To: All House members
Subject: Female Veterans Day – March 25, 2020
In the very near future, I plan to propose a resolution making March 25, 2020 “Female Veterans Day” in Pennsylvania.

Currently, women comprise an estimated 9% of veterans in the United States with over 60,000 residing in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Women have an extensive, proud and under recognized history of military service to our nation. Originally, women in the military served as nurses, typists and clerks. Before and during the Civil War, women had to disguise themselves as men so that they could fight for our country on the battlefield. After World War I, women were permitted to join the military, but it was strictly limited to serving during times of war. Finally, with the passage of the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act in 1948, women were finally allowed to serve as permanent members of the military and receive veterans’ benefits.

The United States Military continues to evolve in recognizing the value of women in the military. In the last two decades we have seen: the first women to graduate from the Virginia Military Institute and the Citadel; the first women fighter pilots flying combat missions in Iraq; the first woman to command a Navy war ship; the first African-American woman to be promoted to Brigadier General; the first woman to be promoted to an army four-star general; the first woman to be awarded a Silver Star for combat action; and the first female Pennsylvania Guard member to complete Army Ranger School.

Please join me, in union with the Pennsylvania Commission for Women, to remember, honor, and celebrate the many accomplishments and sacrifices of the courageous women who dedicated their lives to serving our country.

Introduced as HR732