The Air Force is now working on implementing the policy change by the Department of Defense allowing women into combat roles. Coincidentally, 2013 marks the 20th anniversary of women being able to become combat pilots for the Air Force.
Christa D'Andrea is the chief of public affairs for the Air Force Recruiting Service at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph and served on active-duty for 11 years. She said the integration of women in these roles is the next logical step in the military.
While most of the focus on the legislature thus far has been on issues like education funding, gun control and women's rights, Texas is also faced with the growing needs of veterans who return home; the two most vital being employment and medical care.
State legislators intend to lay out their bills for the 83rd legislative session over the coming months. Veteran's organizations will be waiting to see if they are part of lawmaker's plans. Most notably they'll look for legislation that works on reducing the disability claims backlogs that are continuing to rise in Texas.
Eighteen women have testified or given written statements that an Air Force recruiter committed sex crimes against them in an Article 32 evidentiary hearing at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.
Some of the women said the events caused them to give up on their dreams of joining the Air Force.
A recruiter’s assistant testified in the final day of the hearing that she tried to push him away, but that Tech. Sgt. Jaime Rodriguez sodomized and raped her in a back room of the recruiting office he ran near Houston.