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World War II Nurse Honored 70 Years Later

Geneva Burks of Coppell served as a nurse in the Navy Nursing Corps during WWII but was forced to leave the Navy when she got married because of a policy that prohibited married women from serving as active duty nurses.

Congressman Kenny Marchant honors WWII Geneva Burks

Even though she got an honorable discharge, she was never issued a certificate and for almost 70 years her service went unnoticed and she didn’t receive the numerous military decorations she earned during her service.

Enter United States Congressman Kenny Marchant, a former state representative, with a love for those who served in the military and a passion for making sure they are recognized for their service.

“Upon learning of Geneva’s unique case over one year ago, my office began working to get her the formal recognition she has so rightly  deserved for decades. After months of hard work, we were recently able to acquire her signed and approved Honorable Discharge Certificate from Navy Personnel Command leadership,” Marchant said.

He presented Nurse Burks with that certificate on Saturday, May 24, at the Liberty Fest in Farmers Branch, a Memorial Day weekend celebration that featured fireworks, food trucks and a concert featuring the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

His office also successfully retrieved the World War II Victory Medal, Honorable Service Lapel Pin, and Honorable Service Button she earned during her service to our nation.

“I was incredibly humbled to have thousands of North Texans join me in honoring Geneva Burks with the awards and recognition she has always deserved but never received,” Marchant said.

For nearly 70 years, Geneva Burks wasn’t recognized as a WWII veteran. On Saturday a U.S. Congressman helped her get the recognition she deserved.




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