VFW Statement on Women in Combat Positions

Everyone should have the oppportunity to serve to their fullest potential

WASHINGTON —In response to yesterday’s decision to open up the military’s combat arms branches to women, the national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States said everyone should have the opportunity to serve to their fullest potential, provided all job standards are maintained.

“Women have served honorably and bravely throughout our nation’s history,” said VFW National Commander John A. Biedrzycki Jr. “We support this new opportunity that allows them to continue to serve in career fields previously barred, not because of their ability, but solely because of their gender. Serving in direct line units, and especially in behind-the-line special operations units, are privileges that have to be earned, but as long as the standards for the job are maintained, then the VFW wishes everyone much success.”


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