Shortly after the war, the Surgeon General asked Dr. McGee to write the section of the Army Reorganization Act making nurses a permanent corps of the Medical Department of the Army. This legislation established the Army Nurse Corps in 1901. Seven years later the Navy established its Nurse Corps.
Their legacy lives on in the Army, Navy and Air
Force nurses and medical corps. In honor of the contributions of the Spanish
American War nurses and Dr. McGee's services, the Daughters of the American
Revolution annually present the Anita Newcomb McGee Award to an outstanding
active duty Army nurse. Their memory is honored at Arlington Cemetery.