Female World War II pilots known as WASPs - Women Airforce Service Pilots - were granted the ability to be inurned at Arlington National Cemetery with military honors in 2002.
Now, in 2016, they no longer have that right.
During WWII, even though WASPs trained and lived like their male counterparts and flew noncombat missions to free up male pilots for combat, the women were considered civilians. Thirty-eight women died in crashes, but neither they nor their families received military benefits.
"If a girl got killed, her parents didn't get anything, not even a flag -- nothing," WASP Barbara Erickson London told CBS News in 2014. "Not even any acknowledgement that their daughter had been in the military."
That all changed in 1977 when they were granted veterans status. And, as mentioned above, in 2002 WASPs became eligible to have their ashes placed at Arlington with military honors.
John McHugh, the now-former Secretary of the Army, revoked these female pilots eligibility in 2015, saying the WASPs never should have been granted it in the first place.
They were, however, granted that privileged and WASPs were buried at Arlington for more than a decade without any problem - until 2015.
The issue has resurfaced now as a family of a WASP who died in April, Elaine Harmon, is pushing to have the eligibility restored. Her ashes are sitting in a closet in her daughter's home.
Now, a petition with over 50,000 signatures to grant burial honors to WASPs is on Change.org, and congresswoman Martha McSally has introduced a bill on January 6, which would give back the WASPs' right to be buried at Arlington.
Chances are the invading Allied troops of D-Day would've faced an even tougher fight on the beaches of Normandy if not for some special pilots spreading their wings in the run-up to the attack.
Stephanie Riggs has the story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots, the WASPs, whose sacrifices during World War II were barely known, until now.
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