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Arizona veterans' services director forced out

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By CRISTINA SILVA
Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) - The director of Arizona's veterans' services department has been forced out of his job after he hired a former state representative and she then slammed women troops serving in combat.

A spokesman for Gov. Jan Brewer said Wednesday that Joey Strickland submitted his resignation effective immediately. He had hired former state Rep. Terri Proud after Brewer explicitly told him not to.

Proud was fired after she said menstrual cycles might be too problematic for women to be in combat. She made the remarks in an interview with the University of Arizona's Arizona-Sonora News Service.

Brewer's spokesman Matt Benson says Proud's comments are indicative of why Brewer told Strickland not to hire her.

Strickland was named veterans services director in 2008.

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