Statement on Lifting the Ban on Women Serving in Combat Roles

Statement on Lifting the Ban on Women Serving in Combat Roles

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Statement on Lifting the Ban on Women Serving in Combat Roles

NEW YORK (Jan. 23, 2013) — Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America released the following statement from its founder and CEO, Paul Rieckhoff:

“Lifting the ban on women serving in combat roles would be a historic move by the Department of Defense. Opinions on Secretary Panetta’s coming announcement are certain to be diverse across the IAVA community. IAVA will be polling our 150,000 veteran members on this issue specifically, and other important topics, at the end of this month. As a community we stand ready to contribute our experience to this conversation to ensure that the greatest fighting force on the planet continues to be just that.

“It’s important to note that while women have been officially excluded from combat roles, they have been serving bravely in combat throughout the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. There are no clear front lines in these conflicts. Almost 300,000 women have served and over 150 have lost their lives since 2001.

“As an organization representing new veterans, women make up 15% of IAVA’s membership. We have been fighting for improved care and support from the VA and DoD for women warriors for almost a decade. We hope this week’s announcement will also bring a renewed focus on improving services for our women as they return home from theater.”



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