American Indians have participated with distinction in United States military actions for more than 200 years. Sadly, very little is known about the contributions of Native American women to the United States Military. American women risk their lives for their country every day. In fact, women have served alongside men in combat long before they were legally "allowed." That being said, women didn't have the option of joining the military in fields outside of nursing until after the Vietnam War. With such a history, it's important to tell the stories of the women who served and lost their lives while defending our country.