Bill Text: NY K00447 | 2021-2022 | General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim June 12, 2021, as Women Veterans Recognition Day in the State of New York

Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Democrat 37-24)

Status: (Passed) 2021-06-10 - adopted [K00447 Detail]

Download: New_York-2021-K00447-Introduced.html

Assembly Resolution No. 447

BY: M. of A. Hunter

        MEMORIALIZING Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim
        June  12, 2021, as Women Veterans Recognition Day in
        the State of New York

  WHEREAS, Seventy-three years ago, on June 12, 1948, President  Harry
S.   Truman signed into law the Women's Armed Services Act of 1948 (P.L.
625-80th Congress); this law ensured that women would have  a  permanent
place in the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines; and

  WHEREAS, The late Senator Margaret Chase Smith from Maine authorized
the  legislation  that President Truman signed; the Act remains the most
significant legislation pertaining to women's military  service  and  is
the cornerstone for policies and regulations affecting women; and

  WHEREAS,  Women  have  always answered the call to duty, serving the
United States of America with integrity and respect; and

  WHEREAS, Women make up nearly 15% of today's  active  duty  military
and 18 percent of those who serve in the United States guard and Reserve
Forces are women; and

  WHEREAS,  As  of  2015  women  made  up  nearly  12.3 percent of OEF
(Operation Enduring Freedom);  OIF  (Operation  Iraq  Freedom)  and  ONO
(Operation New Dawn) veterans; and

  WHEREAS,  In  2017,  the  median  age of women veterans was 51 years
compared to 65 years of age for males; and

  WHEREAS, Women from New York who have served in the Armed Forces  of
the  United  States  have  made  countless  contributions and tremendous
sacrifices; and

  WHEREAS, It is important to recognize the contributions of New  York
women  veterans,  and  to  educate the people of New York concerning the
role of women in our military; and

  WHEREAS, Women serving in the military continue to demonstrate their
professionalism, dedication, leadership, and  skills,  as  well  as  the
patriotism and love for their country as they mobilize in record numbers
to  support Operation Noble Eagle, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation
Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn, Operation Inherent  Resolve  and  the
Global War on Terrorism; and

  WHEREAS,  Today  there are more than 2 million women veterans in the
United  States,  representing  8.4  percent  of  the   total   veteran's
population; and

  WHEREAS,  Among  the  Armed  Forces,  there  are  over  60,000 women
veterans in the State of New York; and

  WHEREAS, Women who have  served  this  country  in  uniform,  during
wartime and peacetime service, have earned our respect and thanks; and

  WHEREAS, In 1998, the State of New York dedicated The New York State
Women  Veterans  Memorial  located in Albany, New York, to honor the 1.2
million women in military service over the past 200 years; and

  WHEREAS,  In  January  of  2013, an announcement was made by Defense
Secretary Leon Panetta that the military would  be  lifting  the  policy
against women in combat roles; and

  WHEREAS,  The  first  woman  to  serve  aboard  a  Navy  fast-attack
submarine reported to duty on the USS Minnesota in January 2015; and

  WHEREAS, The American  Legion  elected  its  first  female  national
commander at their 99th National Convention in August of 2017; Commander
Denise  Rohan  served  on  active duty as a stock control and accounting
specialist and repair parts specialist course instructor  at  Fort  Lee,
Virginia, where she was honorably discharge in 1976; and

  WHEREAS,  The American Legion Department of New York elected US Navy
veteran Rena M. Nessler at the 99th convention in Syracuse, New York, in
July of 2017; Commander Nessler  served  from  1969  to  1972,  and  was
honorably  discharged as a yeoman third class; she is the first woman to
hold the position of Commander of the American Legion Department of  New
York; and

  WHEREAS,  General  Ann  Dunwoody,  the  first women in U.S. military
history to achieve the rank of four-star general, was named as the  2019
recipient of the Sylvanus Thayer Award; and

  WHEREAS, Women Veterans Recognition Day is a living testament to the
courage of so many; from its broad base of shared concern and responsive
endeavor,  there  yet  emanates the current of valiant tradition and the
irrepressible tide of freedom; and

  WHEREAS, Through its avowed commitment to those who have  served  in
the  cause  of America's Freedom, Women Veterans Recognition Day does so
unselfishly advance the spirit of the united purpose and shared  concern
which  is the unalterable manifestation of our American experience; now,
therefore, be it

  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its  deliberations  to
pay tribute to the bravery, patriotism and sacrifice made by women, both
those  still  living  and those who did in service of our great country;
and most proudly commemorate the 73rd Anniversary of the signing of  the
Women's  Armed  Forces Service Act of 1948, which later came to be known
as Women Veterans Recognition Day; and to memorialize Governor Andrew M.
Cuomo  to  proclaim,  Wednesday,  June  12,  2021,  as  Women   Veterans
Recognition Day in the State of New York; and be it further

  RESOLVED  That  copies  of  this  Resolution,  suitably  engrossed, be
transmitted to The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the  State  of
New  York;  and  Past Department Commander Rene M. Nessler, The American
Legion Department of New York.
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