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Women’s Armed Services Integration Program

June 12, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT

Women’s armed services integration program set June 12

The Gillespie County Veterans Service Office, VFW Post 7105, and Harper American Legion Post 650, are hosting a gathering for Gillespie County women veterans, commemorating the “75th anniversary of the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act”.

The event will be held from 5-8 p.m. Monday, June 12, at Western Edge Cellars located at 228 W. Main St., Fredericksburg.

Dinner will be provided for women veterans and one guest, along with a cash bar. Women veterans are requested to RSVP no later than Friday, June 2.

On June 12, 1948, President Harry S. Truman signed into law the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act, allowing women to serve as regular and permanent members of the armed forces in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and the recently formed Air Force. Prior to this act, women (with the exception of nurses) served in the military only in times of war.

During World War II, over 150,000 women served in Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES), the U.S. Navy Reserves, Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC), Coast Guard Women Reserves (SPARS), Marine Corps Women’s Reserve, Women’s Army Corps (WAC) and Women’s Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) — who did not get the recognition that they served on active duty until 1977 by President Jimmy Carter.

It was not until 1974 that the Coast Guard Women’s Reserve was ended and women became a part of the regular Coast Guard.

The State of Texas has proclaimed June 12 as Women Veterans Day to recognize the role of women in the military forces and to commemorate the sacrifices of, and valor displayed by, Texas Women Veterans.

Texas is home to approximately 190,000 women Veterans, with California having the second largest number at 180,000.

To RSVP or for additional information, contact Tami King, Gillespie County Veterans Service Officer at (830)997-3758 or email: tking@gillespiecounty.org.

Details

Date:
June 12, 2023
Time:
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT
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Venue

Western Edge Cellars
228 W. Main St
Fredericksburg, TX United States
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