Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Women Veterans of Iraq Proved They Belong.(Final)(Editorial)


Army private first class Lori Piestewa, Army supply clerk Jessica Lynch and Army cook Shoshana Johnson were all members of the 507th Ordnance Maintenance Company ambushed in Iraq. Lynch and Johnson were captured and later rescued; Piestewa emptied round after round of ammunition and even thrust her rifle at an oncoming Iraqi soldier before finally succumbing, according to U.S. Army officials.

All three have achieved hero status and unwittingly reignited the debate over the role of women in the military.

Today, the 212,000 women in the all-volunteer military can't serve in front-line infantry positions, special operations forces or on submarines. …

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