Thursday March 19th, 2009 marked the 6th anniversary of the
Iraq war. What does that mean for us as women? Are we better off
than we were before? For Lindsey Campbell, this question is very personal.
Four years ago she served along with men and women on the battlegrounds of
Iraq. Standing at 5 feet and 2 inches tall her gear almost doubled her weight totaling
200 pounds. Her first introduction to Iraq was driving a humvee and
leading a thirty-eight vehicle convoy across the stateline.
She says that women have to prove themselves in the military and as a
result, women often have to do more than the guys in order to gain
respect. Lindsey jokes that the army often puts the "girls" in the
because they're often shorter and not as visible in the fox holes.
Upon returning from Iraq, Lindsey is serving in the "front lines" in
another way. Lindsey gave birth to a beautiful girl and is going to
college with the $37,000 the army provided for tuition. She is also
sharing her wisdom through her passion for music. Check out her song "Not the Same" about her experience in Iraq.
Lindsey also expressed a new awareness around politics and what's really going
on. She's fought in Iraq and now she if fighting for our planet. In
fact, Lindsey is one of the organizers of the Earth Day celebration at her college.
Lindsey has a different opinion of the war now than she did going in.
While she says it was one of the best things she ever did in her life, she also said
that there is no way she would ever want her daughter to serve in the
military. She is going to college.
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