History Librarian to take a close look at wartime nurses
MATTAWAN - Advertising posters promising a “war job with a future,” “a proud profession,” and “a lifetime education with expenses paid” beckoned nearly 180,000 women to enlist in the U. S. Cadet Nurse Corps between 1943 and 1945.
The Antwerp Sunshine Library, Mattawan, pays tribute to the largest and youngest group of uniformed women to serve their country with an in-depth look into the United States Nurse Corps, Thursday, March 23, at 2 p.m. Local History Librarian Amy Druskovich, whose mother was one of many to enlist, examines the federal program that was established in 1943.
The shortage of nurses during wartime was addressed by passage of the Bolton Act, which provided nursing schools with grants to facilitate the training of nurses who would go on to serve in the armed forces, government and civilian hospitals, health agencies and other war-related industries.
The Cadet Nurse Corps ended in 1948. It was not until 2003 that the participants were granted full veteran status under the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps Equity Act.
The program is free and open to the public. Reservations may be made by visiting the library at 24823 Front Avenue in Mattawan, or calling the library at (269) 668-2534.