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Some female veterans are still fighting to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery

The families of female World War II pilots are petitioning to allow their grandmothers to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Nearly a thousand World War II military pilots are still fighting, this time for the right to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

These pilots are known as WASPs, which stands for Women’s Air Force Service Pilots. Wile they didn’t see any combat, these women flew fighters and bombers across the country, and trained young men who would ultimately end up flying into combat.

Elaine Harmon was one of thousands of women non-combat pilots who answered their country’s call during World War II. She had requested to be buried at Arlington before she died last year, but was denied.

“I decided that instead of taking 'no' for an answer, we would fight about it,” said Harmon’s granddaughter Erin Miller.

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Forty years ago World War II pilot Lorraine Rodgers lobbied congress for veterans' benefits.She told NBC News that women always had to fight for their place.

“They just did not want the women,” said Lorraine. “I was down there on the Hill, arguing. We were all down there,” lamented Rodgers.

The women won and would be given the right be buried in VA cemeteries, but not in Arlington, which is operated by the Army.

In March, the House unanimously agreed that WASPs should be buried at Arlington, along with thousands of others who supported the troops.

The acting Army Secretary said he wants to see the women buried in Arlington, but the cemetery is filling up.
"There’s about 10 million veterans that are eligible to be interred at Arlington National Cemetery, but there’s less than 100,000 spaces,” said Murphy.

About 100 of the WASPs are still alive, reports NBC News.

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