Cardinals Cheerleader Megan Welter is War veteran

Cardinals Cheerleader Megan Welter Is Iraq War Veteran

Megan Welter is a cheerleader for the Arizona Cardinals pro-football team. But there is more than meets the eye in her story.

Not many would associate an Iraq war veteran and cheerleading, but in this case the two go hand in hand. Megan Welter is a 28-year-old regular woman who has made it, not only in the competitive world of pom-poms, but wearing the uniform for the United States Army as a platoon leader.

She has taken ballet since she was 3-years-old and danced competitively since she was 9-years-old. She was part of her college dance team as well.

When Megan graduated in 2007 she put her dancing career on hold for something more meaningful.

“The war was going on at the time when I graduated college,” she told ABC15. “I wanted to take a job that was going to be meaningful, so I decided to join the Army.”

The Iraq war veteran turned Cardinals cheerleader completed basic training and enrolled in Officer Training School.

“I was commissioned a second lieutenant at the end of April in 2007,” Welter said. “And from there I became cable platoon leader and I deployed a month later from Henning Air Force base] to my unit to Iraq.”

Welter knew, as a third generation soldier, that when she entered the military she would have a 100 percent chance of being deployed to the war zone.

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