BIG FLATS, N.Y. (WENY) -- The American Legion of Chemung County held a recognition day for local women veterans and to provide information on local services available to veterans.

In 1948, President Harry Truman signed the Women's Armed Services Integration Act. The historic legislature allowed for women to serve as full members of the United States Military. Now, women veterans are being rightfully recognized for their service. 

"There's a special camaraderie that veterans have. It's just it's really beautiful, even connecting, getting the word out there about the American Legion, VFW's, there's so many different things that you can still experience that camaraderie and so this is just a way to kind of bring people together," said Ciji Remick-Sheremeta, Vice-Commander of the Chemung County American Legion and Army veteran.

Today's day of recognition took place at the Skinner Ernest American Legion Post 1612 in Big Flats. Included was a free lunch for former servicemembers and their families along with a raffle and ample opportunities to connect with fellow veterans and learn about what services are available to veterans.

"It's a wonderful way to get a paycheck and put some money away, and I wouldn't have given it up for anything. It's a wonderful thing to do for a woman," remarked Carol Mazzarese, on her time in the Women's Army Corps in the early 1950s.

"I think there's a lot of veterans that can use some help, but they don't know it's out there. I didn't know it was out there until I got disabled. And I'll tell you, they treat you good," said, Joan McNamara, who served in the Navy.

Local representatives from Veterans Affairs and Chemung County Veterans Services were also in attendance, highlighting the services and resources available to veterans.