BATON ROUGE, La. (Office of the Governor) - On Tuesday, Gov. John Bel Edwards proclaimed June 12 as Louisiana Women Veterans Day.
Today marks the 70th anniversary of the passage of the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act, which authorized regular and reserve status for women to serve in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force, thus allowing them to serve as permanent, regular members of all branches of the military.
Louisiana Women Veterans Day is dedicated to acknowledging the service and dedication of more than 28,000 women veterans from across our great state.
“Women have played an integral role in the defense of our nation, and not only are we grateful for their faithful service, but we are undoubtedly stronger as a state and as a country because of their bravery and selfless contributions to our armed forces,” said Gov. Edwards. “Today we honor the sacrifices they have made in keeping our country safe and protecting the freedoms we all enjoy.”
• More than 214,000 women are currently serving in every rank and military occupational specialty. That is 14.6% of the total active-duty military.
• There are over 1.8 million female veterans working in the civilian sector.
• In Louisiana, there are approximately 28, 737 living female Veterans.