Ros-Lehtinen Pleased Bill To Honor WW II Women Pilots Passes Veterans Affairs Committee

Feb 25, 2016

Ros-Lehtinen Pleased Bill To Honor WW II Women Pilots Passes Veterans Affairs Committee

“I will continue to fight for this deserved honor for those women who valiantly answered the call of duty during some of our country’s darkest hours.”

(Washington, DC) – Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27) is pleased that the Women Airforce Service Pilot Arlington Inurnment Restoration Act, of which Ros-Lehtinen is a co-sponsor, passed in today’s markup at the House Committee on Veterans Affairs. The bill will honor Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) who served our nation during World War II by permitting their remains to be inured at Arlington National Cemetery after the Department of the Army determined that the WASP were not eligible for inurement.

Ros-Lehtinen is the author of the legislation that awarded the Congressional Gold Medal to the WASP in 2009. Ros-Lehtinen’s daughter-in-law, Lindsay, flew combat missions as a Marine Aviator in Iraq and Afghanistan, thanks to the trailblazing work of the WASP.

Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

“During one of our nation’s most trying times, and with no expectations of recognition or praise, the valiant WASP stepped up to serve and some made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. These brave pilot women from WW II deserve to be treated honorably, and reinstating their inurnment rights at Arlington National is the least our nation can do to repay for their selfless service. I will continue to fight for this deserved honor for those women who valiantly answered the call of duty during some of our country’s darkest hours.”

NOTE: To view Ros-Lehtinen’s speeches on the House Floor supporting this bill and WASPs, please click here and here.

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