104 STAT. 1180 PUBLIC LAW 101-490—OCT. 31, 1990 Public Law 101-490 101st Congress Joint Resolution Oct. 31, 1990 Designating November 11 through November 17, 1990, as "National Women Veter- [S.J. Res. 307] ans Recognition Week". Whereas there are more than 1,200,000 women veterans in the Nation, representing 4.2 percent of the total veteran population; Whereas the number of women serving in the Armed Forces and the number of women veterans continue to increase; Whereas women veterans have contributed greatly to the security of the Nation through honorable military service, which often involved great hardship and danger; Whereas the contributions and sacrifices of women veterans on behalf of the Nation deserve greater public recognition and appreciation; Whereas the special needs of women veterans, especially in the areas of health care, have often been overlooked or inadequately addressed by the Federal Government; Whereas the lack of attention to the special needs of women veterans has discouraged or prevented many women veterans from taking full advantage of the benefits and services to which they are entitled; Whereas women are performing a wider range of tasks in the Armed Forces of the Nation, as demonstrated recently by the activities of women in the military action in Panama; and Whereas designating a week to recognize women veterans in November 1990 will help to promote important gains made by women veterans: Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That November 11 through November 17, 1990, is designated as "National Women Veterans Recognition Week", and the President is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the people of the United States to observe the week with appropriate ceremonies and activities. Approved October 31, 1990. LEGISLATIVE HISTORY—S.J. Res. 307: CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 136 (1990): Sept. 28, considered and passed Senate. Oct. 16, considered and passed House.