Proposed Forever stamp would honor female veterans
By KELLY BYER | The Repository | Published: October 4, 2019
CANTON, Ohio (Tribune News Service) — A California congresswoman is proposing a Forever stamp series to honor women who served in the military, including two Stark County women killed in action.
The resolution introduced last week by U.S. Rep. Julia Brownley mentions 1st Lt. Ashley White-Stumpf, a Marlington High graduate killed in Afghanistan, and 1st Lt. Sharon Lane, a Canton South High graduate killed in Vietnam. They are among 18 women suggested by name in the proposal.
"Through my work on the House Veterans' Affairs Committee and as Chairwoman of the Women Veterans Task Force, I have become keenly aware of the tremendous accomplishments and contributions of the over 2 million women who have served this nation in uniform," Brownley wrote in an email from her spokeswoman.
The House resolution, which would not go before the Senate, would encourage the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee to consider the stamp series and recommend it to the postmaster general, who issues such stamps.
White-Stumpf's mother, Deborah White, said she has not been involved in the resolution but wholeheartedly supports it.
"I think it would be wonderful if they honored the women veterans," she said. "There's a lot of women that have done a lot of strong, great things for the military, and I think it's about time they honored the women like they do the men all the time."
White-Stumpf, 24, graduated from Kent State in 2009 and served in the U.S. Army National Guard. She was part of a cultural support team (CST) assisting special operations forces when they triggered an improvised explosive device.
White-Stumpf was the first CST member to die in combat.
Lane was a U.S. Army nurse killed in 1969 — the only American servicewoman killed by direct enemy fire during the Vietnam War. She was an Aultman College of Nursing graduate and is memorialized outside the Canton hospital with a statue, the base of which lists the 110 Stark County servicemen killed in the war.
Brownley stated that her resolution is meant to recognize the "brave and remarkable women" who have served their country.
"I am also working on sending a letter to the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee (CSAC) requesting a stamp series honoring women veterans," she stated. "I am hopeful CSAC will issue such a series so that we can raise the visibility of women's service in the Armed Forces, and as a nation, we can collectively pay tribute and honor the sacrifices of women veterans."