House Passes Bill to Allow Inurnment of WASPs at Arlington Cemetery
Today the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed H.R. 4336, introduced as the Women Airforce Service Pilot Arlington Inurnment Restoration Act. The bill, as amended, would ensure that the cremated remains of Active Duty Designees would be eligible for inurnment at Arlington National Cemetery. The bill would also require the Secretary of the Army to submit a report to Congress with recommendations for extending the capacity of Arlington National Cemetery.
H.R. 4336 now awaits consideration by the Senate. Following House passage of the bill, Chairman Miller released the below statement.
“This bill will ensure that Active Duty Designees, including Women Airforce Service Pilots, will be eligible for inurnment with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery, a distinction they have earned. In light of Women’s History Month, it’s more important than ever to recognize the instrumental service of the WASPs during World War II. I encourage my Senate colleagues to move forward with this legislation and get it to the President’s desk in a timely manner.” – Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs