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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), a senior member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, joined a bipartisan group of senators to introduce a resolution designating June 12, 2024 as “Women Veterans Appreciation Day,” honoring the invaluable contributions and sacrifices made by women veterans throughout the history of the United States.

June 12 marks the 76th anniversary of the signing of the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act into law that allowed women to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces as permanent members of all branches. 

“On this anniversary we celebrate the contributions and achievements of women in the military and recognize the trailblazers who made it possible for females to proudly wear our nation’s uniform. I applaud the courage and sacrifice of these individuals who answered the call to serve and will continue to champion policies to ensure they receive the care and benefits they have earned,” said Boozman.  

Boozman has championed policies and authored legislation improving services and benefits for women veterans including the Deborah Sampson Act that strengthens care and support for women veterans at Department of Veterans Affairs facilities as well as the Dr. Kate Hendricks Thomas SERVICE Act and the MAMMO for Veterans Act to deliver the preventative care and treatment former servicemembers have earned.

Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Mike Braun (R-IN) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) also helped introduce the resolution.

“Women have served our country with valor and dedication since the inception of the United States, and it is long overdue that we formally acknowledge their courage and sacrifice,” said Booker. “Over three million women have honorably served our country in various capacities, from the Revolutionary War to the active-duty personnel deployed around the world today. This resolution recognizes and celebrates the bravery and commitment women servicemembers and veterans exhibit every single day.”

“Throughout history, women have bravely assisted and served in our military alongside their brothers in arms. This bipartisan resolution recognizes our female servicemembers' vital contributions to ensure our nation’s freedom. I look forward to the passage of Women Veterans Appreciation Day so we may honor these brave soldiers for years to come,” said Blackburn. 

“Women across Nevada and the United States have proudly served our nation with bravery and valor,” said Rosen. “We’re forever indebted to them for the sacrifices they made to keep Americans safe. I’m proud to help introduce a bipartisan resolution to honor women veterans’ service by designating today, Women Veterans Appreciation Day.”

“There are over 33,000 women veterans in Indiana and it’s important to recognize their service and sacrifice, as well as their dedication, courage, and invaluable contributions to our nation. I am proud to cosponsor the Women Veterans Appreciation Day Resolution to celebrate the honorable women who have served our country,” said Braun. 

“For over a century, even before Congress allowed us to join the military, brave women left their homes and disguised themselves as men to defend our Constitution. When our nation has asked ‘who among you will serve,’ women have consistently volunteered,” said Duckworth. “As the number of women in our Armed Forces continues to climb, it is our sacred duty as members of Congress—and as Americans—to show our appreciation for women veterans by fulfilling our promise to care for those who have borne the battle. In honor of the tens of thousands of women veterans in Illinois and the countless more who have served over generations, I’m proud to join Senator Booker in introducing this resolution to designate June 12th as Women Veterans Appreciation Day.”

The resolution recognizes the growing presence of women in the Armed Forces and National Guard, and pays respect to women veterans for their patriotic military service. 

To read the full text of the resolution, click here.