Calling all WWII women veterans

State and local officials are making the call for women who served in the military during World War II.

Vita Stone, Monroe’s town clerk and veterans affairs liaison for the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs, is seeking information on women military veterans from all eras so they can be honored in the town’s Memorial Day parade next month — but also women World War II military veterans for the state program.

Stone is asking anyone in town who may be a World War II woman veteran or individuals who may know of a family member or friend who falls in that category to contact her so she can assist in getting the person the application necessary to receive the Connecticut Veterans Wartime Service Medal. But time is of the essence, according to Stone, because to be honored through the state program, Connecticut Veterans Wartime Service Medal/Servicemember and Veteran Registry applications must be submitted by Sunday, April 22.

“I think women’s service in the military has gone by the wayside,” said Stone. “They may have been nurses, but they still served such an important role and deserve to be recognized. They have been in the background for so long, this is a chance to honor them for what they have done for our country.”

The Connecticut Veterans Service Organizations are planning to host an awards ceremony to celebrate and honor all World War II women veterans. The ceremony will be held in June, but no exact date and time have yet been set.

“We want to find any women who served in World War II. It would be great if they lived here, but even if they live in another town or state but their relative lives here, we would like them to contact us,” said Stone, adding that at this point there is only one woman member of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars.

“We are also interested in all women military veterans so they can be honored in the Memorial Day parade, so this search serves two purposes for me,” added Stone.

The Connecticut Veterans Service Organizations are accepting applications for all Connecticut Women Veterans of all eras, but at this time, the state is honoring only World War II women veterans. Stone is seeking information on any and all women veterans so they can be part of Monroe’s Memorial Day parade.

While submitting the application allows these World War II women veterans the chance to be publicly honored for their service, the application’s purpose is to also create a contact list through which veterans can be notified of military and veterans benefits as well as useful information.

For more information or to provide information on a World War II woman veteran, contact Vita Stone at 203-452-2811 or [email protected]

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