August 19, 2014

Kaine Presents Service Awards To World War II Women’s Army Corps Veteran

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, participated in a ceremony honoring Mildred Pretzer, a World War II veteran who served as part of the Women’s Army Corps (WAC). Kaine presented Mrs. Pretzer with the Army Good Conduct Medal, the WAC Service Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and the Honorable Service Lapel Pin.

Earlier this year, Mrs. Pretzer contacted Kaine’s office for assistance in verifying her eligibility for certain military medals in recognition of her service. As a result of his office’s efforts, the U.S. Army’s Awards and Decorations Branch determined Mrs. Pretzer is entitled to these awards and helped arrange a proper ceremony in her honor.

"One of the neat things about being in the Senate is that you never know what the next letter will be. This particular request from a 100 year old WWII veteran was a very special one. While today's ceremony may be long overdue, in a way that makes it even more sweet," said Kaine. "The history of women serving our military in times of war goes back a very long way and it's important to tell the story of the trailblazers like Millie Pretzer who paved the way for today's servicemembers.”

Kaine will travel to Gate City this afternoon to meet with Scott County Telephone Cooperative (SCTC) employees and board members and learn about the federally-funded broadband expansion projects the SCTC has undertaken and its future construction plans in Southwest Virginia.