On Friday, Nov. 21, the Veterans of Foreign Wars changed its charter to make it more welcoming to women due to the growing role of women in the military.

Congress unanimously supported the replacement of the word ‘men’ with that of ‘veterans’ and ‘widows’ with ‘surviving spouses’ throughout the charter, which had been created over 78 years ago when nearly all service members had been men.

Hawthorne resident and VFW National Commander, John Stroud said, “We didn’t change our congressional charter to be politically correct. We changed it because being an eligible service member or veteran is what’s important to our great organization, not one’s gender, and changing widows to surviving spouses is more representative of today’s military.”