These women served selflessly in World War II, flying airplanes, training combat pilots, and towing airborne targets. Thirty-eight of them paid the ultimate sacrifice. They are the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs), and they deserve the respect of a grateful nation.
But last year, the administration stripped these female pioneers of their eligibility to have their remains placed at Arlington National Cemetery, America's most hallowed ground. Yesterday, with a bill sponsored by Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ) and signed by Speaker Ryan, Congress took a tremendous step towards restoring inurnment rights for WASPs at Arlington. It now heads to the president's desk, where he should sign it immediately.