Four Female Combat Veterans Speak Up on Military Issues in Congress

Posted August 4, 2016 at 6:14am

The Washington Post reports that “there are now four female combat veterans in Congress.”  

“And they have something to say about the changing face of the Armed Forces, which is officially open to women joining combat units across the board.”  

“They are a diverse group: Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) is a former Black Hawk helicopter pilot, and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) served in the military police in Kuwait. Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) flew A-10s for the Air Force, and Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) served in the Iowa National Guard.”  

“But they are speaking together in Congress just as the Pentagon is implementing sweeping changes to the face of the military. And as they raise their voices, their colleagues are listening to them on issues such as sexual harassment in the military, expanding family leave and planning options for soldiers, and – most recently – whether women should be eligible for the draft.”