Rep. Maloney’s Legislation to Rename Manhattan VA After Revolutionary War Hero Margaret Corbin Passes House
Washington, DC – This week, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1935, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney’s (D-NY) legislation to rename the Manhattan VA the "Margaret Cochran Corbin Campus of the New York Harbor Health Care System.” Margaret Corbin fought alongside the Revolutionary Army and became the first woman to be recognized for her military service by the United States.
“I am thrilled that my legislation recognizing American Revolutionary War hero Margaret Corbin was passed in the House this week,” said Congresswoman Maloney. “Although women have fought for our nation since its founding, women service members rarely receive the same recognition as their male counterparts. Margaret Corbin’s legacy of service endures in the tradition of empowering all veterans, regardless of gender, to be honored at the VA. New Yorkers will be able to take great pride in leading the nation by having the first VA hospital named for a woman veteran right here in Manhattan.”
Margaret Corbin was born in Pennsylvania on November 12, 1751. She accompanied her husband when he joined the Revolutionary Army and supported the Army’s efforts by caring for injured and sick soldiers, cooking, cleaning, and helping her husband load his cannon. On November 16, 1776, Corbin took her husband’s place at the battle of Fort Washington in Manhattan after he was fatally wounded, where she was then shot by enemy fire and severely wounded. In recognition of her service and injuries, Corbin was awarded a lifelong pension, making her the first woman to receive a pension from the United States through military service. Corbin passed away in 1789 in Highland Falls, New York, and she is honored nearby at West Point as a hero of the Revolutionary War.