Female WWII Pilots Denied Burial at Arlington National Cemetery

Terry Harmon is fighting a rule change that would prevent her mother and other females who flew non-combat missions during World War II from being laid to rest at the military cemetery.
1:39 | 01/05/16

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Terry Harmon's mother was a part of history and World War II becoming the first female pilots to fly military aircraft. It's a legacy that lives on here inside the walls of the women in military service for America memorial most well known. Photo yet after her passing last year harming learned her mother was no longer eligible for an internment in the culinary and that the Arlington national cemetery we were completely thrown off Elaine Harmon was a part of the women airforce service pilots also known as wants during the war to help alleviate the shortage of male pilots who are desperately needed for combat it wasn't until the late seventies that once were recognize his veterans. Since 2002 they've been entitled to new norm an Arlington national cemetery with military honors. But in 2015. The army which runs he Arlington national cemetery decided to change that Elaine Harmon died this past April. I got a phone call some man. Our application was denied she says after doing her own research she learned attorneys for the army found World War II civilians classified as active duty designees during the war. Which include one must do not qualify for an an arm and on the sacred grounds of Arlington. An army spokesperson says under federal law while costs are only eligible for burial at cemeteries run by the Department of Veterans Affairs. As of Monday afternoon more than 121000 people had signed a petition on change dot award to reinstate military burial honors for Wallace. My mother. I was very. Proud of or service. Even more so she was proud to have been able to make a contribution during the war effort as were all of these women in Arlington dying show ABC seven units.

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