Army Women United

The Woman's Army Corps (WAC) Mothers Association was founded during World War II (W.W.II) by some of the mothers of women in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) which later became the Women's Army Corps. The WAC Mothers' purpose was to help both men and women by serving in hospitals and USO's, selling bonds, mending clothes, sending comfort packages to the WACs and doing anything they could to make life more comfortable for the men and women serving their country.

Active members of the Women's Army Corps and Women's Army Corps Veterans in the Chicago area met under the sponsorship of the WAC Mothers Association in January 1946 to discuss the possibilities of organizing a Women's Army Corps Veterans' Association. Definite steps toward organization were taken in the months following and on 14 May 1946, the by-laws of the Chicago Women's Army Corps Veterans' Association were drawn up and adopted. The organization was chartered as a general non-profit corporation in the State of Illinois on 26 July 1946. (On 11 May 1951, the Association was incorporated in the District of Columbia.)

Like efforts toward organization were made in other cities an on 23 and 24 August 1947 the first national meeting of the Women's Army Corps Veterans' Association (WACVA) chapters was held in Chicago for the purpose of establishing a national organization. Officers of the Chicago Chapter served as national officers pro-tem. The national constitution and by-laws were drafted and adopted and the first national election of officers was held with chapters from Chicago Number 1, Pittsburgh Number 2, Columbus Number 3, Milwaukee Number 4, and Cleveland Number 5.

Ours is a non-profit, non-partisan organization. No person who is eligible for membership is barred because of race, creed, color, or political belief unless such belief is contrary to the principles of the Constitution and the government of the United States of America.
At present we have approximately 3,500 active members, but we represent thousands of women who loyally served their country in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Grenada, Panama, Persian Gulf Bosnia and in Iraq and Afghanistan. We count among our members the former directors of the Women's Army Corps, commanders of the WAC Center and School, Officers, warrant officers, NCO's and enlisted women who were the heart of the women's tradition in the United States Army.

Those who have served honorably with the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps, The Women's Army Corps, or those who have served or are serving honorably in the United States Army, the United States Army Reserve or the Army National Guard of the United States, are eligible for membership in the Women's Army Corps Veterans' Association. The membership has grown each year, with new chapters being formed wherever possible. Where no chapter exists, eligible persons become Members-At-Large (MALs) who attend the conventions and participate in the organization's programs and in their various community programs.
 

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