I was excited to have the opportunity to speak out against “Don't Ask Don't Tell” on 60 Minutes
The actual interview lasted about an hour and, while we covered a broad range of topics, Lesley Stahl seemed to steer the conversation towards a discussion on the effects of the policy in our lives and of the lives of those around us.
While this was an amazing opportunity to talk about the changing attitudes in the military towards gay service members. We four service members were addressing the issue from a front line perspective. Just imagine, though, what it might have been like had we been able to converse directly with the obtuse politician and Army Major about their positions on the archaic status quo!
There are empty ranks in critical skill sets, linguists that help prevent engagements with the enemy and medics that save lives when we do. 12,000 men and women have been discharged since the inception of the policy. Change is on the horizon and that makes people uncomfortable. We like to stay in our comfort zone and unfortunately the fear of change is affecting our nation's military readiness.
- Brian Fricke
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