For one Arizona Cardinals cheerleader, hearing the national anthem and seeing the American flag before games have a special meaning.
It wasn't easy for Megan Welter to go from Iraq veteran to NFL cheerleader, but the journey, she said, was worth it.
"Our country has given us so many freedoms," Welter told ABC15 . "To be a part of fighting for that and maintaining that means a lot. It gives me goosebumps."
After graduating in 2007, Welter put her dance career on hold to "to take a job that was going to be meaningful, so I decided to join the Army."
Welter finished basic training and enrolled in Officer Training school. She ended up doing a 16-month tour in Iraq.
"My job was to make sure that . . . the soliders that were actually out were able to communicate," she said.
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