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From her combat boots: Women in war zones

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  • Stacy Keyte served in the Texas Army National Guard for 12 years
  • Keyte says utilizing female service members and all of their talents could be beneficial for the military

Last week, the U.S. military lifted a 1994 ban that restricted women from serving in combat roles. During the announcement, General Martin Dempsey said, "We all wear the same uniforms, we all fire the same weapons and most importantly, we all take the same oath."

Although the move has received an outpour of support, it also has some critics questioning the practicality of the decision.  They say women on the battlefield could cause a rift among comrades. What does the decision look from a woman's combat boots? Natasha chatted with Stacy Keyte, a 12-year Texas Army National Guard veteran to find out.

Keyte says, instead of focusing on the difficult challenges women may face, the focal point should be what female troops bring to the table. Keyt is currently the North Texas outreach coordinator for Grace After Fire, a peer support system tailored specifically to women in the military.

 

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