I have read many articles and books about the WASP and how they were finally recognized as veterans of WWII. Always I am disappointed how this subject is reported. Usually a few sentences stating that in Nov., 1977 President Carter signed into law that the WASP could be recognized as veterans of WWII and receive some benefits. Some give the credit for this to Barry Goldwater. Some give credit to the fact that we were organized. What is sadly overlooked is what actually happened.Col. Bruce Arnold, USAF RET volunteered to assist us in obtaining this goal.
He had two main reasons for signing on to such a tremendous task. One was his desire to fulfill the wishes of his father, General Hap Arnold (which I find dramatic), and the other was that he had a sincere appreciation of the WASP contributions to their country. Col. Arnold was a lobbyist for Garrett Airesearch, Inc. in Washington, D.C.