The U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps Service Recognition Act (H.R. 2056/S. 997) has been introduced in both the House and the Senate. This bill honors women who served in the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps during World War II with honorary veteran status.
When our Nation faced a shortage of nurses during World War II, women from across the country took action by joining the Cadet Nurses Corps, where they trained and worked hard to provide Americans with the necessary care. In response, Congress established the Cadet Nurse Corps, an integrated, uniformed service of the Public Health Administration, in 1943. The Cadet Nurse Corps provided young women with expedited nursing education in exchange for “service in essential nursing for the duration of the war.” In 1944, the Federal Security Agency identified “national recognition for rendering a vital war service” as a privilege of serving in the Corps. In total, nearly 120,000 women completed the Corps’ rigorous training. Cadet Nurses served in military hospitals, VA hospitals, Marine hospitals, private hospitals, public health agencies, and public hospitals until the program ended in 1948.
The U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps Service Recognition Act would: Provide Cadet Nurses with veteran status, with an honorable discharge from service where merited; Provide Cadet Nurses with limited burial benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs; and Permit the Secretary of Defense to provide honorably discharged Cadet Nurses with a service medal.
The legislation would not provide still-living Cadet Nurses with Veterans Affairs pensions, healthcare benefits, or other privileges afforded to former active-duty service members.
See the NLN’s letters supporting H.R. 2056 and S. 997. To encourage your Representative and Senators to cosponsor this bill, please visit the NLN Advocacy Action Center.