Dec. 16, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals cheerleaders perform during the game against the Detroit Lions at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Iraq War veteran now a rookie Arizona Cardinals cheerleader

Every team in the National Football League has cheerleaders who have different professionals, from teachers, to all kinds of jobs.

Megan Welter, 28 years old, is used to performing under pressure. Of course, being an Iraq war veteran, she knows what it’s like to be under pressure. You can’t afford to make mistakes when you are in the military, if you make mistakes, there is a good chance you could lose not only your life, but those around you.

I was looking for a story to write about and this one caught my eye. I seen War veteran, Cheerleader and Arizona Cardinals.

As we all know, Pat Tillman, a former Arizona Cardinal, lost his life while serving our country in 2004.

Welter finished basic training and enrolled in Officer Training school. She ended up doing a 16 month tour in Iraq. She put her dance career on hold, after deciding she wanted to take a job that was going to be meaningful, so she joined the Army.

Megan is a 3rd generation soldier and is currently a company commander in the army reserve based out of Mesa, Arizona. She’s in charge of 150 soldiers. Megan was inspired by NFL cheerleaders who were entertaining troops during her tour.

She is looking to be a cheerleader this season, but knows it’s possible for her to be re-deployed.

Here is a video on her story.

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