Summary

To provide that service of the members of the organization known as the United States Cadet Nurse Corps during World War II constituted active military service for purposes... Read More

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This bill was introduced on May 4, 2011, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

Bill Text

A BILL

To provide that service of the members of the organization known as the United States Cadet Nurse Corps during World War II constituted active military service for purposes of laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ``United States Cadet Nurse Corps Equity Act''.

SEC. 2. SERVICE DEEMED TO BE ACTIVE MILITARY SERVICE.

(a) In General.--For purposes of section 401(a)(1)(A) of the GI Bill Improvement Act of 1977 (38 U.S.C. 106 note), the Secretary of Defense is deemed to have determined that qualified service of a person constituted active military service. (b) Determination of Discharge Status.--The Secretary of Defense shall issue an honorable discharge under section 401(a)(1)(B) of the GI Bill Improvement Act of 1977 to each person whose qualified service warrants an honorable discharge. Such discharge shall be issued before the end of the one-year period beginning on the date of the enactment of this Act.

SEC. 3. PROHIBITION OF RETROACTIVE BENEFITS.

No benefits may be paid to any person as a result of the enactment of this Act for any period before the date of the enactment of this Act.

SEC. 4. DEFINITION.

For purposes of this Act, the term ``qualified service'' means service of a person as a member of the organization known as the United States Cadet Nurse Corps during the period beginning on July 1, 1943,...

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The United States Cadet Nurse Corps Equity Act (H.R. 1718) will grant members of the organization known as the United States Cadet Nurse Corps during World War II active military service for purposes of laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. During World War II, the U.S. faced a domestic nursing shortage when many American nurses went overseas to assist with the war. The members of the Cadet Nurse Corps answered our country's call and signed up to meet the needs of hospitals nationwide and abroad. Despite their sacrifice, the 180,000 women who served in the Corps are not recognized as veterans. Thousands of nurse cadets still live, and AAUW believes that they and the families of those no longer with us deserve the honor and recognition of veteran status this bill would grant.

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I support H.R. 1718: United States Cadet Nurse Corps Equity Act because...My grandmother was in the Nurse Cadet Corps and the only thing she ever wanted in return was a flag on her casket. As her life draws to an end, I want to make this wish and RIGHT of hers a reality. Please recognize these women as the veterans that they are.

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HeatherMaeWebster
OR-3
1 year ago

I support H.R. 1718: United States Cadet Nurse Corps Equity Act because my Great Aunt Rita Swinghamer (nee Soller) served in the United States Cadet Nurse Corps from 1943 - 1946. In her words, "Those of us who are still living don't have many years left .... [A]ll I want is to be recognized for my service to my Country in a time of war. I also would appreciate having a flag before my name in my obituary, and one on my coffin." Having recently read Kim Heikkila's book "Sisterhood of War," regarding women veterans in Vietnam and their struggle for acknowledgement through the Vietnam Women's Memorial, it is clearly far past time to recognize the service to our Country of nurses from World War II and give them the veteran status they deserve.

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Leigh34
MN-1
2 years ago

I support H.R. 1718: United States Cadet Nurse Corps Equity Act because...my mother and my aunt both served. They both took care of sick and wounded GIs around the end of WWII. As nurses they provided care which would not otherwise have been given, to military patients who gave so much, and who deserved the level of professional care and treatment that only nurses can give.

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Tymcycak
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2 years ago

I support H.R. 1718: United States Cadet Nurse Corps Equity Act because...it is the right thing to do. Many nurses have already passed on, but they all took their oath to serve because each knew it to be the right thing to do . Now its our turn ; These nurses gave so much of themselves, at a time when women were not expected to work outside the home...yet each put personal comfort aside, to do what they could to help, in our country's time of need. It's up to us to be accountable to a debt long overdue. These nurses have aged without the support of a grateful nation. These nurses were brave enough to step out of the norm, in order to step up to serve our country. It's time for our country to step up in return, and welcome these nurses into the fold , in their time of need. Too many nurses have been forgotten. Its time to make it right. Signed, Elizabeth Koerner Coen RN daughter of US Cadet Nurse Jean Greaves Heinrich, Bellevue Hospital Graduating Class of '48

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LisaCoen
GA-7
2 years ago

I support H.R. 1718: United States Cadet Nurse Corps Equity Act because my mother, Dorothy Backman Hampton, who has unfortunately passed, joined the cadet corps 2/5/45. She was one of 180,000 who joined the Corps in this country's time of acute need. She was a student at Merritt Samuel Hospital in Oakland California. Following graduation she served at hospitals in both California and Hawaii. She worked in the 1949 Polio outbreak at County Hospital in Oakland along with time in Children's Hospital and Emergency room nursing. She left California in 1956 and worked at both Genesee Hospital ER (until it closed) and Strong Memorial ER in Rochester until the age of 80. This group of men and women are the only WWII uniformed service that has not been recognized. When Congress adjourned this January the Bill was dropped. I am asking your help in reintroducing the bill when Congress reconvenes. Thank you for your time. Please recognize theirs. Donna Hampton Maloney

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donnam16551
NY-26
2 years ago

I support H.R. 1718: United States Cadet Nurse Corps Equity Act because my Mother, who is still alive, was one of the wonderful women who stepped up to take over "over here," for all of the Dr's. and Nurses who went "over there." I do not know a lot of the specifics but I do know that my Mother "signed up," received a uniform, swore an oath, went through the three-years-on-call-24 hrs.-a-day training. Then, once she graduated, per her contract, served a period of time in, I believe, a city hospital, to replace medical staff who were serving overseas. I CANNOT comprehend why the Corps was de-militarized! She served her time and I believe the United States Government owes these veterans, as much as any current veteran, to recognize their commitment to their country. Please give those U.S.C.N.C. veterans who are still with us the respect they sorely deserve! I am requesting that H.R. 1718 be reintroduced. Sincerely, Lisa J. Murway Daughter of Frances S. Rice - Metropolitan Hospital Graduate

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LisaJM13
CA-48
2 years ago

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Bill Summary

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