The Madeleine Brand Show for May 30, 2011

California veteran Mary Bandini reflects on challenges for women in the military

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Meghan McCarty

Former Air Force Staff Sgt. Mary Bandini joined Madeleine in studio to talk about the challenges faced by women serving in the armed forces.

There are almost 170,000 female military veterans in California. Former Staff Seargant Mary Bandini is one - a machine gunner who served in Bosnia and Qatar. She saw combat in what was considered peacetime when a peace keeping mission turned into a combat mission after 9/11. What unique challenges do women face within the military hierarchy and medical system? The Woodland Hills native shares her war stories with us.

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