Vets react to women in combat policy change

8:08 PM, Jan 24, 2013   |    comments
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WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- Women will now be allowed to serve in combat roles in the military after the Defense Secretary lifted the ban on women in combat zones. WZZM 13 went to the Wyoming Armory for reaction from area veterans.

The armory was holding a job fair for veterans to discuss the topic. Veteran Steve Hanson says he's on board with the idea. "They're doing combat arms stuff as it is, they're not being kept from the front line so there's no reason to keep them out."

Veteran Ken Tasker says the biggest change wouldn't be for women but for men. "I think it's a good thing for us to do. I thought it should have been done a long time ago. They want equal rights, so they should have the right to fight in combat if they want to."

But Derrick Knight, US Marine Corps Veteran, has a different take. He's been deployed multiple times in Iraq and Afghanistan. He says it's not about women's lack of abilities, but their anatomy. "Some male marines would go five to seven months without showers. Females could not do that. We had women who needed to be evacuated for those certain cleanliness reasons."

Still Shanna Vandenbosh, a female veteran says if women follow their training, there shouldn't be an issue physically or emotionally. "We are the same, we are all humans and there are men just as weak as women with their emotional standpoints. There are women who are also stronger. I think it's great we're given a chance to go into combat."

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