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Letter: Women soldiers represent best of nation

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From: Craig Hawes


Received: Feb. 2

I read with interest Mr. Bill Kendall’s letter in the paper titled “Women need to remain out of combat” dated Feb. 2. I personally witnessed a female combat medic pull a 180-pound male out of a downed vehicle.

She did this while donning her individual body armor that weighs about 16.4 pounds and a 7.9-pound weapon with full combat load.

She is a fine example of many female soldiers who now defend and protect our great nation.

There was time 20 years ago when I shared a similar view to Mr. Kendall. I suspect his image of women in combat would be changed if he served today with the caliber of soldiers that surround me.

Today, these young soldiers are volunteers and embody the very best of our nation.

I proudly serve with the best trained soldiers in the world. Some of them just happen to be female. One of them is my daughter, who is a staff sergeant and proud veteran of Iraq at age 26.

 As a veteran of four overseas tours, you can buy us both a beer at the VFW of your choice.

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