Great Neck, New York – Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel is proud to announce that the New York State Assembly passed a resolution (K.1508), of which she was a sponsor, that designates Tuesday, June 12, 2012 as “Women Veterans Recognition Day.” As a member of the Subcommittee on Women Veterans, Assemblywoman Schimel joins the rest of New York State in honoring all of the women veterans from New York.
The resolution was passed to commemorate the 64th anniversary of the passing of the Women’s Armed Services Act of 1948, which was instrumental in ensuring that women would always be welcome to serve in the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps. The act is a cornerstone for women’s rights and has allowed for more than 200,000 women to serve in the U.S. military in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001.
“Women have always been instrumental to the U.S. military and its commitments and efforts,” Assemblywoman Schimel said. “Their dedication to keeping our nation safe and secure is an inspiration to everyone. They deserve to be recognized for their remarkable contributions and achievements.
As of 2010, the percentage of women among the enlisted has increased from 2 to 14 percent, and the percentage of women among commissioned officers has quadrupled from 4 percent to 16 percent.
“On behalf of the Subcommittee on Women Veterans as well as New York State, I commend all women veterans for their bravery and thank them for their service to our country,” Assemblywoman Schimel said.