Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Elise Stefanik and Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ) reintroduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to award a Congressional Gold Medal to the brave and heroic women who served in World War II as members of the United States Army Nurse Corps and the United States Navy Nurse Corps.
“Nurses who served in World War II deserve to be recognized for their unimaginable courage, bravery, and sacrifice in the name of ensuring victory. These nurses saved numerous lives under extreme conditions and they are nothing short of heroes who deserve every bit of recognition,” stated Congresswoman Stefanik.
“During World War II, nurses performed critical care and treatment under fire in hostile combat conditions, saving the lives of thousands of servicemembers," said Congresswoman Sherrill. "The extraordinary services and support that these women provided and their sacrifices helped lead the Allied forces to victory. As a veteran, I am proud to lead on this bipartisan legislation to ensure our brave nurses receive the proper recognition they deserve.”
In 1935, prior to the start of World War II, there were fewer than 600 United States Army Nurses and 1,700 United States Navy Nurses on active duty. By the time the war ended, more than 59,000 Army Nurses and 14,000 Navy Nurses had volunteered to serve. This bipartisan legislation, which is being introduced in the Senate and House, will award a Congressional Gold Medal, collectively, to the brave women who served in World War II as members of the United States Army Nurse Corps and United States Navy Nurse Corps.
United States Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) reintroduced this legislation in the Senate.