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Sikhs Applaud US Army's Easing of Restrictions on Turbans, 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 very, very long road and this is a significant step forward," Kalsi said Friday, just days after the U.S. Army announced a new policy that makes it...

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