My fellow patriotic American,
My name is Erin Miller, proud granddaughter of Women Airforce Service Pilot Elaine Harmon...
...and I'm writing this urgent letter because I need the help of patriotic Americans, like you, to SAVE THE WASP from being ERASED from history.
You see, I just learned that the Texas State Board of Education is on the verge of ERASING THE WASP from the required curriculum and textbooks for the entire state.
But because textbook publishers often distribute the "Texas approved" textbooks to the rest of the country...
...this one decision could ERASE THE WASP from curriculum and textbooks for tens of millions of children from coast to coast!
And we only have until November 13 to change their minds!
We MUST do everything possible to flood the offices of the Texas State Board of Education with thousands of petitions between now and November 13.
On November 13, the Texas State Board of Education will begin a FINAL HEARING, where they'll hear any in-person testimony, close "public comment", and make their final decision.
I will be there in person to make a final stand on behalf of my grandmother and her fellow "Fly Girls"...
Your signed petition is absolutely critical to help save the WASP from being ERASED FROM HISTORY in schools across America.
If you're a history buff, then you may have heard of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP)...
...but most Americans have no idea of the vital role the WASP played in the war effort because their service was overlooked during the war and forgotten afterwards.
During WWII, the WASP flew planes from factories to airbases, towed live targets for anti-aircraft training, test-piloted newly-repaired and experimental aircraft, trained male pilots, transported vital equipment and personnel, and much more.
They served at more than 120 bases around the country, logged more than 60 million miles of operational flights, and delivered 12,650 military aircraft (more than half of all combat aircraft built in the United States during World War II).
The WASP were the ONLY unit that flew EVERY type of aircraft in the Army's arsenal, from bombers like the B-24 to fighters like the P-51 Mustang.
In fact, it was these fearless "Fly Girls" who proved that the B-29 Superfortress (the largest bomber the world had ever seen) wasn't actually "unflyable" as their male counterparts had complained.
And after watching this massive warbird touch down on the runway and two women emerge from the cockpit, the male pilots quickly got over their fears...
...and within a year, the B-29 Superfortress ended World War II.
By the end of the war, 38 WASP made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
But despite their service and sacrifice, they were denied veteran status and all benefits including the death benefits that male service members received.
When a "Fly Girl" died, her sister pilots had to chip in funds to transport the casket home for a proper burial, and fallen WASP were NOT permitted military honors, such as placing the U.S. flag on their coffins.
Even after my grandmother's death in 2015, it took an act of Congress for my family to finally be permitted to honor her dying wish of having her ashes placed in Arlington National Cemetery's Columbarium.
After the war, the U.S. Army told them NOT to speak about their service flying planes during World War II.
Their government records were sealed and locked away for over 30 years, and the WASP became...
When I was growing up, my school textbooks did not mention the WASP.
If my grandmother, Elaine Harmon, hadn't been one of the "Fly Girls" herself, then I probably never would've heard of the WASP or have been so profoundly inspired by their stories.
This lack of representation in history books is something that concerned my grandmother until the day she died.
You see, my grandmother and her fellow WASP have fought since World War II for basic recognition not only as veterans, but as a part of American history...
...and now the Texas State Board of Education could ERASE it all.
You see, the National WASP WWII Museum and I have teamed up in an effort to FLOOD the Texas State Board of Education with as many petitions as possible between now and November 13...
...and we're counting on YOU to join us in this critical fight.
Your signed petition and generous donation to the National WASP WWII Museum are absolutely crucial to:
☑ Help SAVE THE WASP from being ERASED FROM HISTORY,
☑ Spread the word about "The Forgotten Airforce" to other patriotic Americans,
☑ Keep the memory of the WASP alive for future generations.
But we simply can't accomplish any of this without YOU.
I'd also be greatly honored if you would FORWARD this email to your friends and family and SHARE the petition on Facebook.
Thank you, in advance, for joining the fight to SAVE THE WASP.
P.S. The Texas State Board of Education is planning to ERASE THE WASP from the required curriculum and textbooks for all students - the state the WASP called home during WWII.
And worse, because textbook publishers often distribute the "Texas approved" textbooks to the rest of the country, this one decision could ERASE THE WASP from history in schools from coast to coast!
And you and I only have until NOVEMBER 13 to change their minds!
Thank you for joining the fight to SAVE THE WASP.
The Texas State Board of Education is on the verge of ERASING THE WASP from the required curriculum and textbooks for the entire state.
But because textbook publishers often distribute the "Texas approved" textbooks to the rest of the country, this one decision could ERASE THE WASP from textbooks for tens of millions of American children from coast to coast!
We only have until November 13 to flood their offices with enough petitions to change their minds, so please sign the SAVE THE WASP petition below TODAY.
Once you SUBMIT this petition, it'll be sent directly to the Texas State Board of Education, and your protest will be summarized and responded to in the Texas Register.