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House Proceeding 06-16-09 on Jun 16th, 2009 :: 0:53:45 to 1:00:10
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Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

0:53:43 to 0:54:06( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: bill when it is passed today. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from florida. ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you, mr. speaker. i'd like to give myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you. mr. speaker, as the house sponsor of this legislation, i rise in strong support of senate bill 614, a bill to award the

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

0:53:45 to 1:00:10( Edit History Discussion )
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Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

0:54:07 to 0:54:29( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: congressional gold medal to the women air force service pilots of world war ii. wasp. here is a picture, mr. speaker, of the wasp, one of the many pictures, but as the previous speaker pointed out, not enough recognition was paid to them. special thanks for this bl go to financial service chairman,

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

0:54:30 to 0:54:53( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: barney frank, and ranking member spencer bachus. and their staff as well. for their assistance in bringing this legislation to the floor today. i would also like to thank my staff, mr. speaker, captain deana, united states marine corps, who is serving as a defense fellow in my office for the remainder of the year.

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

0:54:54 to 0:55:15( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: her efforts were instrumental in achieving the required number of co-sponsorfor this bill in record time. and sarah sitting next to her worked so hard on all of our office projects. thanks to all the great staff work on this bill. mr. spear, as has been out the bill before us today

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

0:55:16 to 0:55:38( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: honors the special sisterhood of women. most of them in their 80's, who share unique place in american history. these women have been mothers and grandmothers, teachers and office workers, nurses, business owners, photographers, and dancers. one was even a nun. but befo that they were pilots for the united states army corps

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

0:55:39 to 0:55:59( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: during world war ii. they are heroins, women air force service pilots, or wasps, were the first women in history to fly america's military aircraft. between the years of 1942 to 1944 these courageous women volunteered to fly noncombat

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

0:56:00 to 0:56:20( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: missions so that every available male pilot could be deployed into combat. more than 25,000 women applied for the program, but only qualified women pilots were accepted. unlike their male counterparts, women applicants were required

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

0:56:21 to 0:56:41( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: to be qualified pilots before they could even apply for the army and air force military flight training program. all together 1,102 women earned their wings and went on toly over 60 million miles for the army air force, equal to some

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

0:56:42 to 0:57:04( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: 2,500 times around the globe. their performance was equal in every way to that of male pilots. with the exception of direct combat missions, the waspps flue -- flew the same aircraft and same missions as male pilots. women pilots were used to tow

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

0:57:05 to 0:57:26( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: targets to male pilots, for searchlight missions, engineering countless other in 1944 the wasp were disbanded. their service records sealed. and classified. by the time the war ended, mr. speaker, 38 women pilots had lost their lives while flying for our country.

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

0:57:27 to 0:57:47( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: their families were not allowed to have an american flag placed on their coffins. and although they took the military oath and were promised military status, the wasp never were recognized as military personnel. nor were they ever recognized as veterans at the war's end.

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

0:57:48 to 0:58:08( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: in 1977, more than 30 years after the wasp had serd, another woman pioneer, the late congress indduesed legislation to grant the was -- introduced legislation to grant the wasp veteran status. speaking of the day when the women would be fully integrated

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

0:58:09 to 0:58:31( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: into the military, a wasp noted them, american women will respond. never again will they have to prove they cano any flying job the military has. not as an experiment, not to fill in for men, they will fly as commissioned officers in the future air force of the united

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

0:58:32 to 0:58:53( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: states with equal pay, hospitalization, insurance, vetens benefits. the wasp has earned -- have earned it for these women future. and the wasp were indeed and continue to be true pry nears whose example paved the way for the armed forces to lift the ban on women attending military

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

0:58:54 to 0:59:14( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: flight traing in the 1970's. today women in the military fly every type of aircraft from the f-15 to the space shuttle. my daughter-in-law, lindsay nelson, a marine corps pilot, is part of the lasting legacy of wasp. lindsay's a graduate of the united states naval acamy,

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

0:59:15 to 0:59:36( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: served two combat and afghanistan, where she flew the fa-18 fighter jet. i'm so proud of lindsay and of all our service women, past and present, who continue to aspire young women to achieve the unfathomable. by definition a congressional gold medal is the highest expression of congress of

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

0:59:37 to 0:59:57( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: national appreciation for the most heroic, courageous, and outstanding individuals. given the overwhelming support of this legislation, as evidenced by the bipartisan support of 334 the house companion legislation, i am confident that members of this chamber deem the wasp as

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

0:59:58 to 1:00:10( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: deserving of this honor. . of the 1,102 wasps, more than 300 are alive today and residing

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