WASHINGTON — Female servicemembers and veterans are the focus on a new congressional caucus launched May 15th 2019 on Capitol Hill.
Reps. Chrissy Houlahan, D-Penn., Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, Elaine Luria, D-Va., and Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J., kicked off the new initiative that they say will be one of a kind and support the fastest growing segment of the military.
Houlahan, an Air Force veteran elected to Congress in November, is the chairwoman of the new House Servicewomen and Women Veterans Congressional Caucus, which now numbers about 50 members. Gabbard, Luria and Sherrill will act as vice-chairs.
“More and more women are hearing the same call …the call to serve,” Houlahan said. But “despite the increased presence across the branches of the military… many women are still struggling with many of the same issues, including access to quality and affordable child care.” The lawmakers, also joined by Reps. Don Bacon, R-Neb., and Gil Cisneros, D-Calif., who are also veterans, and retired Army Col. Ellen Haring, CEO of the nonprofit Service Women’s Action Network, made the announcement near the steps of the Capitol.
Caucus leaders said they want to focus on growing issues facing female servicemembers and veterans today, from concerns of reports of increased sexual assaults in the ranks to more women serving in combat to health care.
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