National VET Girls Rise Day – February 19

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National Vet Girls RISE Day is celebrated on February 19 to recognize the immense dedication of nearly 2 million U.S. military veteran women who have served our country. Please salute these dedicated women who have served either as active military or in a support role.

This day was created not only as a day to recognize women veterans but a day to support one another and share resources, build relationships and spread awareness concerning the needs of women veterans.

Women have been active in some military capacity since the Revolutionary War. From Active duty to military support groups, women have served in some capacity with the armed forces, and many have not been recognized for their service. The day celebrates the bonds they formed and their experiences through military service.

One such group of women who did not serve but was a support unit of the military was the WASP Pilots of WW II. The Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) (also Women’s Army Service Pilots or Women’s Auxiliary Service Pilots) was a civilian woman pilots’ organization, whose members were United States federal civil service employees. Members of WASP became trained pilots who tested aircraft, ferried aircraft, and trained other pilots.

Some women have had a challenging time returning to civilian life. Like thousands of other military personnel, support transitioning from military to civilian life develops both their professional and personal success. Honoring their accomplishments, skills, and essential contributions both in the military and civilian fields elevate the place of the veteran to her proper position.

This organization was founded on February 19, 2019, to bring awareness to the contributions of women military veterans to the United States military and to provide an opportunity for them to celebrate the bonds they formed during their service.

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