SALEM, Oregon – The state of Oregon joins three other states in celebrating June 12 as Women’s Veterans’ Day. The declaration honors the fastest growing segment of the veteran population. Oregon joins California, New York, and Texas celebrating the sacrifices and accomplishments of women who have served in the Armed Forces.
“This kind of a proclamation really has a great significance and personal meaning for me as an Army retiree,” Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs Director Kelly Fitzpatrick said.
Wednesday June 12 was chosen because it comes on the 71st anniversary of the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act, which enabled women to serve as regular members of the armed forces.
The inaugural observance will be a small one. A luncheon will be held to mark the occasion at the DVA, where 10 percent of the staff are women who are veterans. They are among more than 25,000 female veterans currently living in Oregon.