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PUBLIC LAW 98-000—MMMM. DD, 1984

PUBLIC LAW 98-438—SEPT. 28, 1984

98 STAT. 1685

Public Law 98-438 98th Congress Joint Resolution Designating the week beginning November 11, 1984, as "National Women Veterans Recognition Week".

Whereas there are more than one million one hundred thousand women veterans in this country, representing 4.1 per centum of the total veteran population; Whereas the number and proportion of women veterans will continue to grow as the number and proportion of women serving in the Armed Forces continue to increase; Whereas women veterans through honorable military service often involving hardship and danger have contributed greatly to our national security; Whereas the contributions and sacrifices of women veterans on behalf of this Nation have not been adequately recognized; Whereas this lack of recognition has denied women veterans the public appreciation and praise they deserve; Whereas the special needs of women veterans, especially in the area of health care, have often been overlooked or inadequately addressed by the Federal Government; Whereas this lack of attention to the special needs of women veterans has discouraged or prevented women veterans from taking full advantage of the benefits and services to which they are entitled as veterans of the United States Armed Forces; and Whereas recognition of women veterans by the Congress and the President through enactment of legislation declaring the week beginning on November 11, 1984, as "National Women Veterans Recognition Week" would serve to create greater public awareness and recognition of the contributions of women veterans, to express the Nation's appreciation for their service, and to inspire more responsive care and services for women veterans: Now, therefore, be it

Sept. 28, 1984 [S.j. Res. 227]