New York Daily News April 7, 2006 Sarge Lost Hand In Iraq, Not Her Zeal By Richard Sisk, Daily News Washington Bureau WASHINGTON - Sgt. 1st Class Juanita Wilson summed up in three crisp words yesterday why she was staying in the Army after losing her left arm below the elbow in Iraq: "I'm a soldier." With 37 other troops, Wilson of Clarksdale, Miss., took the reenlistment oath on the steps of the Capitol from Command Sgt. Maj. Michele Jones, the Army Reserve's senior noncommissioned officer. Wilson, a supply sergeant with the 411th Engineer Battalion, said she was on a resupply run near Camp Victory outside Baghdad on Aug. 21, 2004, when an improvised explosive device went off under her Humvee. "At first I didn't realize what happened," she said. Wilson quickly told the driver to "move us out of the kill zone. I realized I lost my hand when I looked down." After more than a year of rehab, she was anxious to get back to duty. "I never even gave getting out of the military a thought," Wilson said. "I feel I still have a lot to offer." Wilson, 32, said her 7-year-old daughter, Kenyah, knows why Mom is staying in uniform. "My daughter understands the military," Wilson said. "My daughter knows I'm a soldier." This also highlights how ridiculous the whole argument over having women in combat roles really is. If they are going to get wounded and killed anyway, I say let them fight right along side the men if they so desire.