I was deployed to Iraq in 2004 as a Female Soldier, and was ATTACHED to an Infantry Army Unit as a Nurse. We lived just like the Male Soldiers, and fought beside the Males, but what we didn't have was the same proper training that the Males had prior to arrival. The women had to adapt and we did. I saw more men start crying to go home after the first Ambush then women. I have 16 years in the military, I am a nurse but I am also trained by the military to do fuel testing, pesticide control, and water sanitation. I had to go out on missions that required me to do more than sit around and be a nurse. I pulled guard duty, Guard prisoners and much more. The problem is that female soldiers don't get the respect from America for what we do. Female soldiers saved thousands of lives in combat, but if the training environment is set-up only to fail Female it don'e mean we can't do the job. Female Soldiers have already proved we can do the job, we did it in Iraq and Afghanistan. We just want the same training and opportunity at home, along with the same awards and recognition that male Soldiers get when they return home. I was denied the Combat Action Badge and much more. I am still in as an Army Reservist and I was injured in Iraq by an RPG which left me 90% disabled. I now in charge training at the Headquarters at Moffett Field, CA and constantly fight to ensure that Female Soldiers are trained fair. Females are strong and are mentally and physically able to be in Combat jobs. America we just need your support!!
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