Female vets discuss women serving on front lines

Published On: Jan 24 2013 11:30:57 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 25 2013 01:36:37 AM EST
PONTE VEDRA, Fla. -

Four female veterans from across the nation came together in Ponte Vedra Thursday night to receive a special gift: guide dogs. 

The canine best friends were offered by K9's For Warriors, a group that helps soldiers deal with post traumatic stress disorder.

"A dog's there for you like medication," said U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Raquel Rojas.

K9's For Warriors said it has helped over 500,000 disabled military warriors. The group was specifically designed to help warriors suffering from conflicts in war after September 11th. 

Looking back on their service, the group of female veterans shared their reaction to news that the Pentagon will allow women to serve on the front lines.

"If we can do it, we should be able to. It should be our choice," said Army and Marine veteran Sheri Martinez. "It's already happened; women are on the front lines in Afghanistan, in Iraq." 

Most of the women said they had already been in combat situations as nurses or truck drivers, and not all of them liked the idea of the policy change.

"I'm not a huge fan of that," said U.S. Army, Col. Heather Meeds. "Even though I'm all for women in the military, I just think it takes a special female to have the strength to do what that is. It's not the mental piece of it, it's just the physical piece of carrying that weight."

"If they are willing to do it, let them do it. Women so far have conquered more than some men. If they want to do it, go for it," said Army Veteran Adrea Mixon.