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US Army Eased Restrictions on Sikhs Wearing Turbans and Beards

A U.S. soldier simply wanted to serve the United States while keeping the articles of his Sikh faith — a turban and beard. But for Bronze Star recipient Major Kamal Kalsi, it took 50 congressional signatures and 15,000 petitioners in a letter to the defense secretary to obtain a religious accommodation in 2009. “It’s been a…

[Photo credits-featured image: By The U.S. Army (Capt. Rattan sings “The Army Goes Rolling Along”) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons]

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