New Legislation Allows Female WWII Pilots to be Buried at Arlington National Cemetery

(PHOTO: REUTERS/CARLOS BARRIA) A member of the Third U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) takes part in a "Flags-In" ceremony, ahead of Memorial Day, at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, May 21, 2015.
(PHOTO: REUTERS/CARLOS BARRIA)
A member of the Third U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) takes part in a “Flags-In” ceremony, ahead of Memorial Day, at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, May 21, 2015.

Female pilots who served in the air forces during World War II can now be buried at Arlington National Cemetery, thanks to legislation President Obama signed Friday.

Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASPs, were buried at the military cemetery from 2002 until 2015, when then-Secretary of the Army John McHugh ruled that they never should have been allowed under then-current law. During the war, Congress voted down a bill that would have granted the female pilots military status.

In January, Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), the longest-serving woman in Congress, introduced the bill that cleared the way for the burials. Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), a retired Air Force colonel who took office last year, pushed the bill in the House.

SOURCE: Rachel Weiner
The Washington Post