During Women’s History Month, I want to honor some of our nation’s heroes, who have too often gone unsung, uncelebrated: Our proud women Veterans.
Women have been a part of our military history from the beginning. From women who disguised themselves as men in order to serve, like Deborah Sampson during the Revolution, Sarah Emma Edmonds during the Civil War, and Cathay Williams who joined Buffalo Soldiers—to the incredible women generals I nominated earlier this month to serve as the second and third combatant commanders in history: Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost and Lt. Gen. Laura Richardson—the women who have worn the uniform of the United States military served our country with bravery and honor.
They faced the same dangers and made the same sacrifices to serve. And they are entitled to the same benefits and respect as every other Veteran.
As I’ve often said, we as a nation have many obligations, but we only have one truly sacred obligation: To properly prepare and equip the women and men we send into harm’s way, and to care for them and their families, both while deployed and when they return.
Every single Veteran deserves world-class health care and the support that they have earned — no matter their gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, or anything else. We owe you. It’s as simple as that.
Today, as women make up a larger and larger proportion of Veterans, we have to continually improve our ability to meet the unique health needs and care challenges women Veterans face.
We have to keep working to ensure that all women feel respected and are safe from sexual assault and harassment—in our military and in the VA system.
Nothing should stand between our women Veterans and the support and services they have earned.
To all our women Veterans, you represent the best of America. Service. Duty. Honor. Country. It’s who you are.
And on behalf of all Americans, thank you. We can never fully repay you, but I promise that my Administration will always have your back. Thank you, and may God protect our troops.
Read the president’s proclamation at https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/03/01/a-proclamation-on-womens-history-month-2021/.