The theme for this year’s National Women’s History Month is “Our History is Our Strength.” The Department of Veterans Affairs has expanded that message to specifically honor women in the military and their service to our country with these words: “Duty. Honor. Pride.”
In a March 7 press release, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Erick K. Shinseki said, “Duty. Honor. Pride. These words reflect the spirit of generations of American women who have sought to defend the rights and freedom of others. The history of women in the armed forces began more than 220 years ago with women who served during the American Revolution and continues through the present day. VA is honored to serve these women who have contributed so much to our Nation.”
Women’s History Month was declared a national observance by Congress in 1987 to raise educational awareness of the achievements and contributions women have made throughout American history.
Assistant Secretary for Public and International Affairs, Tammy Duckworth said, “During this observance of Women’s History Month, let’s remember the special contributions of the ever-increasing number of women serving in the armed forces.”
Women make up 14 percent of active-duty military and 18 percent of the National Guard and Reserves. There are more than 1.8 million women veterans today. They make up 8 percent of all veterans and their numbers are expected to grow to 10 percent by 2020.
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