Wednesday, June 24, 2009

DAY 38: DADT Update

At a press conference Monday, at the offices of Equality Illinois, Senator Roland Burris, said that he opposes the military's “Don't Ask/Don't Tell” policy and that the federal law should be repealed by Congress. With veterans and their supporters standing behind him, Senator Burris addressed a press pool of about 20 people.

Burris is not the only member of Congress to be supportive, just one of the most recent ones. If you have not yet written to your senators and representatives, now would be a great time!

In the last five years the military has discharged almost 800 mission-critical troops and at least 59 Arabic and nine Farsi linguists under DADT. Almost 13,000 service members have been discharged since 1994.

We have been telling you here how you can help and letter writing is certainly an easy way. Don't you think it is ridiculous to be firing these qualified men and women based on their sexual orientation? If this was the public sector, it would be totally illegal!

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