June 12 is annual ‘Women Veterans Appreciation Day’ in New Jersey after a resolution sponsored by Assemblywoman Cleopatra Tucker and several of her fellow legislators was approved in 2019. The day recognizes the service and sacrifice of women who served in the military on behalf of the state and the country as a whole.
Assemblywoman Tucker (D-Essex), who chairs the Assembly Military and Veterans Affairs Committee, issued the following statement:
“Today is a day for New Jersey to show our appreciation for the more than 25,000 women veterans in our state and countless others throughout history who courageously served this country – regardless of whether their military service was ever formally recognized.
“From the women who treated wounded soldiers or disguised themselves as men on earlier battlefields, to those who were only recently permitted to serve in combat alongside their brothers in arms, women have always played an important role in our military.
“We honor and thank each and every one of them for defending our freedoms and standing up for what is right. We also renew our commitment to ensuring women veterans receive the same benefits and recognition as men for their selfless service on behalf of our nation.”