In recognition of the contribution of women servicemembers, Congress proposes and passes specific bills that are designed bring the level of care and support for military women up to the highest level deserved by all military members.
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Congressional Bills that Benefit Military Servicewomen

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In recognition of the contribution of women servicemembers, Congress proposes and passes specific bills that are designed bring the level of care and support for military women up to the highest level deserved by all military servicemembers. These specific bills have been introduced to honor and support our women in the military.

H.R. 1211: WOMEN VETERANS HEALTH CARE IMPROVEMENT ACT
Introduced February 26, 2009, passed the House of Representatives June 23, 2009

Amended from U.S. Code title 38, the Women Veterans Health Care Improvement Act entitles the Department of Veterans Affairs to expand and improve health care services available to female veterans, particularly serving Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Health care improvements include an in-depth study and assessment of barriers women face in the VA health care system, as well as the effectiveness of current VA health care programs. These studies, for congressional review, will allow the VA to respond to the health needs of military women including maternity care, medical education, counseling, services for sexual abuse, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), as well as the need for childcare.

H.R. 840: MILITARY DOMESTIC AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE RESPONSE ACT
Introduced February 3, 2009

Military Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Act is intended to establish a Victims' Advocate position within the Department of Defense, to support military victims of sexual assault, stalking, and to prevent domestic abuse in military families. In addition, the Military Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Act is intended to amend the Uniform Code of Military Justice to include specific military penalties for domestic abuse.

Support for sexual assault victims is to include Department of Defense crisis intervention and anti-abuse training programs, sexual assault nurse examiners, military community shelter services, and full enforcement of victims' rights.

S. 2904: COMPASSIONATE CARE FOR SERVICEWOMEN ACT
Introduced December 17, 2009

Amending U.S. Code title 10, the Compassionate Care for Servicewomen Act is intended to require that emergency contraception be available to military service members at all military health care facilities, without individual state authorization.

CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL AWARDED TO WOMEN AIRFORCE SERVICE PILOTS (WASP)
Introduced March 17, 2009, passed the House of Representatives June 16, 2009

In honor of pioneering military service and blazing the path for military reform, a single gold medal of honor was awarded to the Women's Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) as a collective, and displayed publicly at the Smithsonian Institution.



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