March 11, 2019

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson and Rep. John Rutherford to Designate March 11-17 as National Women Veterans Recognition Week

 WASHINGTON DC — U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) introduced H.Res.213, designating March 10- March 16, 2019 as National Women Veterans Recognition Week. This week-long observance celebrates the achievements of our female veterans and raises awareness to the unique challenges they face.

“I am pleased to introduce a resolution that honors the extraordinary accomplishments of our nation’s women veterans,” Rep. Al Lawson said. “The dedication of these strong women has not gone unnoticed. They have fought to defend our nations’ values and our freedom, and as a grateful nation, we must never forget their sacrifices.”

Florida hosts the nation’s second largest population of women veterans, with Duval County being home to the largest number of female veterans in the state.

In 1943, Congress provided women the right to serve fully in our nation’s military.  Since then, more than 2.2 million women have served.  Many of these veterans have come home from deployment and begun successful careers. However, there are also some who fall short in their attempts to transition smoothly back into civilian life. Reps. Lawson and Rutherford continue to advocate to improve women veterans’ unemployment rate, homelessness and gender specific services.

Rep. Lawson has 13 co-sponsors for the National Women Veterans Recognition Week Resolution: Rep. Matt Gaetz (FL-01); Rep. John Rutherford (FL-04), Darren Soto (FL-09); Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL-12); Kathy Castor (FL-14); Rep. Ross Spano (FL-15); Rep. Tom Rooney (FL-17); Rep. Brian Mast (FL-18); Alcee Hasting (FL-20); Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23); Rep. Frederica Wilson (FL-24); Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27).