WASHINGTON – Congressman Greg Gianforte and a bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced legislation today to honor Cadet Nurses who served during World War II.
“Dedicated members of the Cadet Nurse Corps stepped up when our country desperately needed them. With America facing a nursing shortage, they helped contribute to our victories in World War II,” Gianforte said. “Unfortunately, the federal government has not given them the recognition they rightfully deserve. This bipartisan bill honors their rich legacy and recognizes the sacrifices they made in service to our country.”
The bill distinguishes Cadet Nurses as honorary veterans and provides them burial privileges. Gianforte introduced the bill with Representatives Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.), Cindy Axne (D-Iowa), and Troy Balderson (R-Ohio).
Congress established the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps in 1943 in response to a shortage of nurses.
Organizations such as the American Nurses Association, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the American Organization of Nurse Executives support the legislation.
“The Cadet Nurses answered the call of duty to fill a critical need during World War II,” said American Nurses Association President Ernest J. Grant, PhD, RN, FAAN. “We are proud to support this bill to acknowledge and recognize these women for their selfless service to their country.”