The first Women Veterans Day was observed June 12, 2018, 70 years after President Harry S. Truman signed the groundbreaking Women’s Armed Services Integration Act that allowed women to serve as regular members of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force. Women Veterans Day is an opportunity to educate everyone on the impact women have had in the armed forces.
While many people think about veterans and how to honor these brave individuals, honoring women veterans specifically is often overlooked. According to statistics verified by the United States Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs women made up 14.6 percent of the total military membership, and there were more than 1.8 million women veterans. Please salute our women in uniform and women veterans.