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Duckworth: Ban lift on women in combat will "allow the best man or woman on the frontline"

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Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth, who lost her legs in combat when she was piloting a Black Hawk helicopter, not surprisingly is fully behind Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's decision to lift a ban on combat restrictions on women in the military.

Duckworth was shot down in Iraq in 2004 and lost both her legs.

"Throughout American history and in the last decade in particular women have served in combat zones with distinction and honor," Duckworth said. "In fact, the Army has adopted the Combat Action Badge to all troops who engage in combat, including women. This decision to allow women to serve in combat will allow the best man or woman on the frontline to keep America safe.

"There has always been some level of opposition to increasing the diversity in our military whether it has been minorities or women. It is clear that the inclusion of groups like African Americans and Asians has made our military stronger. As a combat Veteran I know the inclusion of women in combat roles will make America safer and provide inspiration to women throughout our country."

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