The Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services is working with Joy Asuncion, Maine’s ambassador for the Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation (Women’s Memorial) for the first “Maine Women Veterans Memorial Challenge.” The event is a statewide community-led drive to register eligible female veterans in the state for recognition on the Women’s Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, in Washington, D.C.

The Women’s Memorial is the only major national memorial honoring all women who have defended America throughout history. The Women’s Memorial was founded in 1997 and currently has 266,000 female veterans registered, out of the 3 million women who have served or are serving in the U.S. armed forces, starting with the American Revolution.

The Maine Women Veterans Memorial Challenge aims to engage local communities throughout the state in friendly competition to register every known Maine female veteran, past and present. Registration is free and may be completed online at Those without internet access can register via paper forms, which may be requested by contacting Asuncion at 930-5640 or

Female veterans are also encouraged to join the Maine Women Veterans Facebook Group, where they can meet and connect with one another. As this is a closed group, those who wish to participate must submit a request to join at