Posted on March 18, 2014
The Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II were a courageous group of young women who broke down barriers and shattered stereotypes flying military missions in WWII. They were the first women pilots to fly for the military. Thirty-eight WASPs died in the course of duty. They were not recognized as veterans until 2010, at which point surviving WASPS received the Congressional Gold Medal (a civilian award). They courage and conviction in the face of many risks with little reward (other than the chance to fly) are forever an inspiration to me.