FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2018, file photo, Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., leaves in a T-6 World War II airplane after speaking at a rally in Phoenix. Women with military experience _ many of them combat veterans _ are among the record number of female candidates running for office this year. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Next mission for women with military service: Run for office

August 16, 2018 - 11:57 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Women with military experience — many of them combat veterans — are among the record number of female candidates running for office this year.

Some aspire to change Congress, where veterans account for just 1 in 5 lawmakers. Most of the candidates are Democrats and many are mothers. Some have retired and are looking for other ways to serve.

The female veterans have expertise in national security and veterans issues, with a track record of thriving in institutions dominated by men. Regardless of party, they cast themselves as the antidote to bitterly partisan politics — describing themselves as "mission-driven" and trained by the military to work toward a common goal.

Today, just four of the 535 members of Congress are female military veterans.

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