BOSTON — Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., co-introduced with fellow senators on Nov. 5 the Senate companion to a House resolution urging the U.S. Postal Service to issue a commemorative postage stamp series honoring female veterans; the senators called for the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee to recommend to the postmaster general that such a stamp series be issued.
There are approximately two million female veterans living in the United States and the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico. The resolution recognizes women such as:
Deborah Sampson of Massachusetts, who disguised herself as a man in order to fight in the Revolutionary War
Dr. Mary Edwards Walker of New York, who served as a surgeon for the Union during the American Civil War and is the only woman to have been awarded the Medal of Honor
Cathay Williams of Missouri, who was born a slave and enlisted in the Army disguised as a man
Lenah Sutcliffe Higbee, a Navy nurse during World War I who became the first woman to receive the Navy Cross
Hazel Lee of Oregon, the first Chinese-American woman to become a pilot in the Armed Forces, and who flew with the Women Airforce Service Pilots during World War II
Col. Mary Louise Rasmuson of Alaska, who enlisted in the Army as a private during World War II, directed the Women’s Army Corps, worked to integrate black women into the WAC, ensured the Army opened military occupational specialties to women, and fought for active duty credit for service in the precursor to the WAC
Margaret Zane Fleming of New York and her 12 colleagues with the 1st Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, who landed at Inchon, Korea, on Sept. 15, 1950, and the many other women who saved lives on the front lines of the Korean War
Spc. Lori Piestewa of Arizona, a member of the Hopi Tribe, who was the first Native American woman to die in combat while serving in the Armed Forces and the first female member of the Armed Forces killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom
1st Lt. Ashley White of Ohio and Capt. Jennifer Moreno of California, both soldiers who were killed in action alongside the special operations forces they supported in Afghanistan
Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Shannon Kent of New York, a cryptologic technician who was killed in action in Syria.
The resolution was also put forth by Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.; Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska; Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska; Martha McSally, R-Ariz.; Jon Tester, D-Mont.; Kamala Harris, D-Calif.; and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.