It strikes me that this is the time to push for the ERA again.
Female soldiers are in harm's way. How can we deny them equal pay? Can opponents of ERA argue that they can't get equal pay / rank, etc. because they aren't dying in equal numbers? Isn't the argument against female soldiers at all also an argument against the war, that focusses more attention on the war?
More humanitarian aid orgs. pulled out of Iraq because just being around there, a westerner there, is so dangerous -- if you're American, you're in grave danger, whether you're "in combat" or not.