There’s been a battle taking place in America for the last 50 years that very few of us are even aware of. But today, more and more Americans are learning about the plight of the WASPs.
Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) served our country during World War II, between 1942 and 1944. Nearly 1,100 women volunteered to fly non-combat military planes in the United States.
But in spite of the vital role they played, the women pilots have never been granted full Army status which means they cannot be buried at Arlington National Cemetery. They were awarded retroactive veteran status back in 1977, but never received the full military benefits needed for the right to be interred at Arlington.
Today, a bipartisan group of lawmakers is looking to change that for good. Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, and Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., held a press conference on March 16th to draw attention to legislation that would allow for WASPs to be laid to rest at Arlington National. The bill now has the support of almost 40 percent of Congress, with 28 co-sponsors in the Senate and 181 in the House, according to McSally’s office. Ernst and McSally will be joined by Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Rep. Susan Davis, D-Calif., as well as the family of Elaine Harmon, a WASP who died in 2015.
Harmon told her family that her dying wish was for her ashes to be laid to rest at Arlington.
As a result, Harmon’s family and others are working to correct this seeming injustice. A petition on change.org has received more than 4,000 signatures. Harmon also hopes Congress will ask incoming Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning about the issue at his upcoming confirmation hearing.
Arlington, the Army and the Department of Defense all say they will comply if Congress passes a law to let WASPs be buried at the cemetery. But Arlington also wrote in a statement that space is limited — in 20 years, by the mid-2030s, Arlington is expected to be at capacity.
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