As NPR and WBUR’s Here & Nowreported earlier this year, the WASP spent years fighting to win status as war veterans before a federal law finally recognized their military service in 1977. As veterans, the WASP had been eligible for years to have their ashes buried in Arlington National Cemetery. But that changed last year, when the Army revoked their right to be laid to rest in the veterans cemetery, citing limited space.
“The Army is giving some bureaucratic answer that makes absolutely no sense,” said Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., on Here & Now in March. McSally introduced the legislation to allow the WASP the honor of being buried at Arlington.
“These women should have been active duty at the time,” McSally said. “The requirements to being in Arlington are very clear: To have your ashes inurned you have to have served on active duty and you…
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