In Pictures: US Women Combat Veterans


Although the US military officially bars women from serving in active combat, in Iraq and Afghanistan the lines between battle and supply roles are blurred. More than 235,000 women have deployed to combat zones, with 129 killed. Photos by Sascha Pflaeging.

In interviews with dozens of women for her book When Janey Comes Marching Home, author Laura Browder found women combat veterans were surprisingly eager to deploy. Many said they found it easier to fight a war than deal with the pressures of home life.

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Copyright © 2010 BBC. This article first appeared on July, 27, 2010.