Women soldiers: We’re already seeing combat

From USA Today:
Last month, a striking photo of a 25-year-old soldier named Dawn Halfaker appeared on the front page of USA TODAY. Lt. Halfaker was wearing an Army T-shirt and was missing her right arm, the result of a rocket-propelled grenade slamming into her armored Humvee in Iraq.
Reaction to the photo was muted. No campaigns to pull women out of combat zones. Just supportive letters noting the sacrifice made by Halfaker and other women in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Now, some members of Congress seem determined to “protect” Halfaker and other women in the military. The lawmakers are challenging Army policies that have placed thousands of women in war zones where front and rear lines are murky.
…As Halfaker matter-of-factly told USA TODAY reporter Dave Moniz: “Women in combat is not really an issue. It is happening.”

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