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The enemy's bullets don't discriminate by gender.
And -- neither will the US military hours ago the Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and the joint chiefs chairman general -- -- And out -- they were lifting the ban on women in combat one that stood since 1994.
It's going to be able to be a combat soldier.
Is entitled to a chance.
Of course -- that have been fighting and dying for this country for years and as battlefield lines have blurred.
More women have found themselves in the middle of the action in fact in Afghanistan and Iraq alone nearly a thousand women have been wounded.
Still despite their sacrifices despite the blood they've left behind and despite the reality that women have proven themselves over and over again.
I think that opens up a lot of opportunity for women serving especially women like me.
Women like her will now get the opportunity to serve in positions that were previously off limits.
Like being in -- chance there -- you know strategize and plan and -- told.
Go go go -- build putting themselves side by side with their meal counterparts on the front lines.
I feel like this is a great role for women to.
Show America that we are as strong as men and that we can fulfill the role just as much -- that can't.
That doesn't go I'm an old timer the plan has its skeptics among folks in the military community.
-- Is is -- different thing than than a lot of people understand some women I think you're good time and someone in this would never -- -- but others are taking a wait and see approach.
-- -- I think it'll be really hard women aren't built the same as man.
Different jobs require different physical abilities skills I don't I think it's -- too early going into the picture.
Judge -- Whatever happens it's clear the battlefield has evolved over the past decade.
With more women in the line of fire everywhere -- combat zone.
And in what has happened now is women had been in.
The thick of combat few people can speak to that better than Tammy Duckworth she was the first female double and PT of the Iraq War.
We were hit by an RPG.
It ripped through our aircraft that took off my legs -- most of my right arm.
Now and Illinois congresswoman.
She says she supports the decision to lift the military combat restrictions.
-- this restriction is not going to allow those women who want to fight in combat positions.
To try and to try out for the minute they can make it good for them there's a lot of woman who won't make it -- you know what there's a lot of men who can't make it either.
-- no question their President Obama responded the Pentagon's change with a statement that reads in part.
Today every American can be proud that our military will grow even stronger.
We -- our mothers wives sisters and daughters playing a greater role in protecting the country we love.
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