The House of Representatives (The very house which I hope to one day be a member of) is attempting to (once again) pass a resolution barring women from front line combat. News flash honorable ladies and gentleman elected to high office to serve and execute the public trust. There is no such thing as a front-line. Not now, nor ever again. Minding your own business here can see you killed by a snipers bullet. Standing in line to get a drink in the DFAC (cafeteria) can get you blown up. Driving in an armored HMMWV can get you killed. PFC Sam Huff, was 18. She was barely a woman, and barely old enough to vote. She died in combat. To say that women should not serve in combat is degrading, if a woman chooses to serve in the armed forces then the risk that is inherent to service should be shared and shouldered by all. This profession is dangerous, make absolutely no mistake. If you join the military for college money and find yourself in combat blame no one but yourself, only about 5% of the Army is infantry, so guess what the burden of combat is now being shared by all.
The cost of wearing this uniform is tremendously high, often too high. Yet I have shouldered this burden alongside some of the finest men and women America has to offer. This is not flag waiving, this is simply truth from my heart as I feel it. When I threw away a pair of my boots because I couldn't get the blood from the leather, I wasn't waiving a flag, when I see a flag draped coffin, carrying the body of someones husband, wife, son, daughter, brother, or sister, there is no flag waiving. There is only Service, and duty. If I fall tomorrow, there is only duty that remains, and before I am cold another will rise to shoulder my burden. That is what it means to soldier.
I want someone in congress to tell PFC Huff's parents that women shouldn't be in combat. That family lost their only child. I am not a parent but I can only imagine the sheer agony of losing a child, even more so losing your only child. To say that she didn't belong in combat diminishes her service, to say that women don't belong in combat is a step backwards in our no in "their" thinking. To say women should be banned from frontline combat shows an elected body that is out of touch with its military. Because I have news for you Honorable ladies and gentleman elected to serve the public trust, there are women here serving each and ever day in around and on the front, middle, and rear lines of this war. I have seen women bear the burden of being harassed by their male counterparts, I have seen tiny women changing tank tracks holding the track bar that weighed nearly as much as them. I have seen their broken bodies in hospital along side their fellow soldiers. They bleed as the men do when they are wounded, they feel pain just and the men do and just like their male comrades they die just the same and just as fast. Few things offend me, very few. This is one of them.