This 4th of July, Huffington Post Women recognizes some of the heroic women who serve or have recently served in the U.S. military.
As of September 2010, women made up 14.5 percent of the U.S. Armed Forces. Although the Department of Defense bars them from taking part in direct ground combat, Lt. Col. Cheri Provancha, a commander of a support battalion in Mosul, Iraq, told the Washington Post that the Iraq war "has proven that we need to revisit the policy, because [women] are out there doing it... We are embedded with the enemy."
The women featured in the slideshow below have saved lives and in some cases given their own. This is our tribute and thank you to them.
Click here to read more about female soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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